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Crew schedule for ISS: A man and a woman in flightsuits, standing next to an aircraft.

EarthSky | NASA sets busy crew schedule for ISS in 2023

NASA Boeing Crew Flight Test astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams pose for a photo during T-38 pre-flight activities at Ellington Field in Houston on August 16, 2022. NASA established a busy crew schedule for the ISS in 2023. Image via NASA/Robert Markowitz. NASA sets busy crew schedule for ISS in 2023 More …

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Based on JWST controversy, NASA is reevaluating how it names spacecraft

Based on JWST controversy, NASA is reevaluating how it names spacecraft

In 2015, the name of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was the subject of controversy when it was revealed that the namesake (the administrator of NASA between 1961 and 1968) was involved in the infamous “Lavender Scare”. This refers to the period of the late 1940s and early 1950s when the US State Department …

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Europe wants to send a 50-pound rover to a tiny and strange moon in the solar system

Europe wants to send a 50-pound rover to a tiny and strange moon in the solar system

Japan and Germany have a history of collaborating in science and technology ventures. The countries have a joint committee on science and technology cooperation which has met several times over the decades. Both countries have advanced and powerful economies and sophisticated technological know-how, so it makes sense for them to collaborate in scientific activities. This …

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Large parts of Europe are warming twice as fast as the planet - already over 2C

Large parts of Europe are warming twice as fast as the planet – already over 2C

The figures on the left and right show the warming in Europe of the summer semester over the past four decades, subdivided for clear sky and full sky conditions, respectively. Credit: Paul Glantz/Stockholm University Warming during the summer months in Europe has been much faster than the global average, shows a new study published in …

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Large parts of Europe are warming twice as fast as the planet - already over 2C

Large parts of Europe are warming twice as fast as the planet – already over 2C

The figures on the left and right show the warming in Europe of the summer semester over the past four decades, subdivided for clear sky and full sky conditions, respectively. Credit: Paul Glantz/Stockholm University Warming during the summer months in Europe has been much faster than the global average, shows a new study published in …

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Canada's top five federal contaminated sites will cost taxpayers billions to clean up

Canada’s top five federal contaminated sites will cost taxpayers billions to clean up

YELLOW KNIFE – At an estimated cost of $4.38 billion, the cleanup of Giant Mine, one of Canada’s most contaminated sites, is also expected to be the costliest federal environmental cleanup in the country’s history. The figure, recently approved by the Treasury Board of Canada, covers costs from 2005 to 2038, when active remediation at …

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SpaceX Dragon docks to ISS with science, solar panels and holiday treats

SpaceX Dragon docks to ISS with science, solar panels and holiday treats

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Less than a day after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft carrying a new slate of science supplies has arrived at the International Space Station. NASA confirmed that the spacecraft was captured overhead on the ISS’ Harmony module at 7:39 a.m. EST. What do you …

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Colorado Skies: Approaching Mars in December skies brings back fond memories

Colorado Skies: Approaching Mars in December skies brings back fond memories

The highlight in Colorado skies this month belongs to the planet Mars which shines brightly in eastern Taurus as it passes opposition to the sun on December 8 and will be closer to earth than at any time over the next two years. The presence of the Red Planet among the stars of the winter …

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Former conservative president joins rebellion against Sunak onshore wind farm ban

Rishi Sunak is embroiled in a growing rebellion against his ban on new onshore wind farms as former Conservative Speaker Jake Berry has become the latest senior MP to announce he will join an effort to overturn the policy. The former minister said he would support former upgrade secretary Simon Clarke, who has tabled an …

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This new chestnut?  USDA plans to allow release of genetically modified trees into wild forests

This new chestnut? USDA plans to allow release of genetically modified trees into wild forests

Although many Americans still associate the winter holidays with chestnuts, the tree that once produced them – the American chestnut – no longer does, except in rare cases. During the first half of the 20th century, billions of chestnut trees died due to an exotic fungus, which was introduced into this country on Japanese chestnut. …

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