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SpaceX launches the first national security mission with a reused commercial rocket – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 takes to the skies over Cape Canaveral on Thursday with a GPS navigation satellite. Credit: Michael Kane / Spaceflight Now / Coldlife Photography A fresh GPS navigation beacon designed to replace a nearly 17-year-old satellite orbited Cape Canaveral on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, marking the first time U.S. risk-averse military officials have …

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New species of giant rhinoceros – the largest land mammal that has ever lived – offers clues to a long-standing mystery

Ecological reconstruction of giant rhinos and the accompanying fauna in the Linxia basin during the Oligocene. Credit: Yu Chen The giant rhino, Paraceraterium, is considered to be the largest terrestrial mammal that has ever lived and is found mainly in Asia, especially China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Pakistan. How this genus spread in Asia, however, has long been a mystery. A …

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Large moving “cosmic depressions” are the largest rotating object in the universe – but science cannot explain them

The tendrils of galaxies hundreds of millions of light-years long are the largest rotating object in the known universe. Scientists discovered these massive phenomena when they mapped the motion of cosmic threads, bridges of galaxies, and dark matter that connect the universe together and that direct galaxies to large clusters at their ends. After the birth of the Universe by …

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The young chaotic star system reveals the secrets of planet formation

Using gas velocity data, scientists observing Elias 2-27 were able to directly measure the mass of the young star’s protoplanetary disk and also track dynamic disturbances in the stellar system. Visible in this panel composite are the data of dust emissions of 0.87 mm (blue), together with the emissions of gases C18O (yellow) and 13CO (red). Credit: ALMA (ESO / …

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HBCU flags and Rosie coins among Boeing Starliner OFT-2 cargo

June 17, 2021 “Flags, patches and pins representing the diverse history of the United States and its space exploration efforts will be on board the next launch of the Boeing Starliner’s CST-100 spacecraft,” the aerospace company said. The colored banners from 14 historic black colleges and universities (HBCU) are packed alongside Rosie Riveter’s medallions and Silver Snoopy pins aboard the …

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