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Space factory startup Varda secures NASA partnerships ahead of demo flight next year

Varda co-founders Varda Space Industries Early stage Varda Space Industries has signed a pair of agreements with NASA, the company announced Friday, securing access to key technologies the company will need for the first demonstration of its space factory system. Varda’s goal is to develop a new method for manufacturing materials in space, an opportunity …

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Astronomers Say They’ve Found The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Observed

It’s a record that has been broken multiple times over the past two years alone, and one that we expect to see broken again soon. Astronomers using the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have announced the discovery of what appears to be the most distant galaxy yet.   If this sounds familiar, it’s …

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SpaceX, ULA launch rockets from Space Force Station on same day

Space is important to us and that’s why we’re working to bring you top coverage of the industry and Florida launches. Journalism like this takes time and resources. Please support it with a subscription here. — Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday hosted back-to-back rocket launches in an occurrence that hasn’t happened since 1966. SpaceX’s …

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The crew of NS-22 pose for a portrait prior to their spaceflight.

‘Woohoo! We’re not going to die!’ Blue Origin space tourists celebrate successful mission

“Woohoo! We’re not going to die,” one of the passengers of Blue Origin’s NS-22 space tourist mission could be heard screaming on the livestream of the mission today (Aug. 4). “Our poor families!” Shortly after landing in the West Texas desert — and not dying — the crew of Blue Origin’s sixth crewed spaceflight sat …

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Liftoff on Blue Origin

Blue Origin launches 6 people on company’s 6th space tourism mission

Blue Origin’s sixth crewed spaceflight is in the books.  The company’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle carried six people to the final frontier this morning (Aug. 4), including a few who notched spaceflight firsts. New Shepard lifted off from Blue Origin’s West Texas site at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT) and was back on Earth about …

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United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-6) satellite this morning (Aug. 4)

Atlas V rocket launches missile-detecting satellite for U.S. Space Force

The United States’ missile-tracking capabilities are about to get a boost. United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-6) satellite this morning (Aug. 4), completing the SBIRS GEO constellation for the U.S. Space Force‘s Space Systems Command (SSC). An Atlas V rocket carrying the missile-detection satellite lifted …

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Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists have just caught light acting the part of ‘glue’ between atoms, in a kind of loosely bonded molecule. “We have succeeded for the first time in polarizing several atoms together in a controlled way, creating a measurable attractive force between them,” says University of Innsbruck physicist Matthias Sonnleitner.   Atoms connect to form molecules in …

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Scientists Glimpse The Earliest Dark Matter Ever Observed in The Universe

What little we know of dark matter comes from calculations based on the glow of surrounding galaxies. The further away we look, however, the dimmer that starlight gets, making it harder to see the subtle influence of this most mysterious of forces.   Now a collaboration between astronomers from Japan and the US has found …

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Shaun, the title character from the Aardman stop-motion TV series

European Space Agency recruits Shaun (the sheep) for Artemis 1 moon mission

A popular stop-motion sheep is about to go from Mossy Bottom Farm to the moon. Shaun, the title character from the animated television series “Shaun the Sheep,” has been assigned a space on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, targeted for launch later this month. The unusually clever Shropshire lamb — in plush doll form — will …

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