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Discovery of deep space: the Oddball gamma-ray burst forces a revision of the theoretical framework

Discovery of deep space: the Oddball gamma-ray burst forces a revision of the theoretical framework

Artist rendering. Credit: Anyu Lei and Jing Chen, Nanjing University School of Arts The mysteries of the cosmos continue to amaze astronomers, and each new sighting is a chance to deepen – or shake up – our understanding of the universe. In the December 7 issue of the journal Nature, an international team of astrophysicists …

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In 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope brought us new views of the cosmos

In 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope brought us new views of the cosmos

This year marked the end of a decades-long wait for astronomers. The James Webb Space Telescope is finally in action. The telescope, which launched in December 2021, released its first scientific data in July (SN: 8/13/22, p. 30) and immediately began to exceed astronomers’ expectations. “We realized that James Webb is 10 times more sensitive …

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The new space race will drive innovation.  Here's where it goes next

The new space race will drive innovation. Here’s where it goes next

Colin Anderson Productions pty ltd In 1962, the first space race was already underway. The Soviet Union sent the first human, Yuri Gagarin, into space. American Alan Shepard followed soon after in suborbital space. Then, with instantly iconic remarks, President John F. Kennedy upped the ante: “We choose to go to the moon in this …

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The new space race will drive innovation.  Here's where it goes next

The new space race will drive innovation. Here’s where it goes next

Colin Anderson Productions pty ltd In 1962, the first space race was already underway. The Soviet Union sent the first human, Yuri Gagarin, into space. American Alan Shepard followed soon after in suborbital space. Then, with instantly iconic remarks, President John F. Kennedy upped the ante: “We choose to go to the moon in this …

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Geopolitics goes into orbit with the space ambitions of the United States and China | East Asia Forum

Author: Saadia M Pekkanen, University of Washington Space stations are the harbinger of a growing bipolarity in international space relations. The United States leads the International Space Station (ISS) and will lead everything after it, but it is no longer considered the undisputed unipolar power in space. China now also has a national space station, …

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Full-color images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

How the James Webb Space Telescope captures stunning images from space

The James Webb Space Telescope has offered fascinating new images of the cosmos – from nebulae to galaxies to the early universe – since its first set of images was revealed in July. Webb is the successor to the still-active Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched in 1990. Both are designed to observe different bands …

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Fierce competition will decide the James Webb Space Telescope’s next views of the cosmos

It’s been almost a year since the James Webb Space Telescope launched into space, and NASA’s mightiest distant traveler has already given us many new glimpses into our ever-captivating universe. Able to see objects 100 times fainter than the Hubble Space Telescope, the JWST is a flagship; Enthusiasm for the craft has only skyrocketed since …

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Scientists propose a new, faster method of interstellar space travel

Scientists propose a new, faster method of interstellar space travel

JWST’s first deep-field image. Image: Xinhua News Agency/Contributor via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-blowing scientific research, future technologies, new discoveries and major breakthroughs. Scientists have proposed a dazzling new mission for traveling to the stars that is inspired by the elegant flights of seabirds, such as albatrosses, a new study reports. Conceptual interstellar mission …

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'Dynamic soaring' trick could speed up spacecraft through interstellar space

‘Dynamic soaring’ trick could speed up spacecraft through interstellar space

Sailing to the stars on the scale of human lifetimes could be a matter of choosing the right type of wind. Researchers from McGill University in Canada and the Tau Zero Foundation in the United States have come up with a new way to traverse the extraordinary distances of interstellar space, using lots of nothing …

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Researchers say space atomic clocks could help uncover the nature of dark matter

Researchers say space atomic clocks could help uncover the nature of dark matter

Artist’s impression of a space atomic clock used to discover dark matter. 1 credit: Kavli IPMU Studying an atomic clock aboard a spacecraft inside Mercury’s orbit and very close to the sun could be the trick to uncovering the nature of dark matter, suggests a new study published in natural astronomy. Dark matter makes up …

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