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SpaceX launches 51 Starlink satellites from California

SpaceX launched 51 Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California Friday. The satellites lifted off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Friday at 11:12 a.m. PT, 2:12 p.m. EST.

NASA, Boeing target April for manned Starliner test flight

NASA and Boeing said Friday they aim to launch the first manned test flight mission of the CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station in April.

James Webb Telescope gives scientists unprecedented view of nearby galaxies

NASA said on Thursday that scientists are getting a high-resolution view of nearby galaxies and their structures, thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope.

Japan aborts launch of new flagship rocket

Japan on Thursday aborted the launch of its next-generation H3 rocket.

U.S. has 'blind spots' in its preparations for zoonotic diseases, experts warn

The United States, where more zoonotic diseases have originated than any other country in the world, has "blind spots" in its strategies for preparing for such threats, according to an analysis published Thursday.

Researchers: Dinosaur print found in England belonged to 'Megalosaurus-like Theropod'

A large dinosaur print discovered by a local archeologist in Burniston Bay, England, in 2021, likely belonged to a "Megalosaurus-like Theropod," according to research findings published Thursday.

Study: Original COVID-19 vaccine could attack boosters given too soon

A new study from Northwestern Medicine suggests that the original COVID-19 vaccine worked so well that it actually hurt boosters given too soon by "mopping up" the new shots before they can become effective.

James Webb Telescope returns images of galaxy megacluster

The latest images sent back to Earth by NASA's James Webb Telescope show three clusters of galaxies converging to form a megacluster, astronomers confirmed Wednesday.

Climate change could cause plankton migration, researchers say

Climate change could cause an exodus of plankton from the tropics, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Austin.

New research links black holes to dark energy

For the first time, scientists have uncovered evidence of "cosmological coupling," linking black holes to dark energy. University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers scanned 9 billion years of data to make the proposal.

NASA releases composite image of photos from Mars Perseverance lander

NASA has released a composite of hundreds of images showing the locations of samples collected by the Perseverance Mars rover.

Cornell AI tool designed to prevent online conversations from escalating into 'incendiary language'

Researchers at Cornell University have developed and are testing an artificial intelligence tool that can track online conversations in real time, alerting a person before things get too heated.

Researchers develop 'green' method to extract hydrogen from seawater

Researchers at RMIT University have developed a new method to extract hydrogen from seawater without desalination. The advance could help simplify the process of obtaining hydrogen for renewable energy.

No test pilot needed as AI flies tactical aircraft for the first time, Lockheed Martin says

Artificial intelligence operated a tactical training aircraft for more than 17 hours recently, aerospace company Lockheed Martin revealed Monday.

NASA announces crew for Axiom Mission 2

The crew for NASA's next privately-funded mission to space has been selected as the agency moves closer toward commercializing space travel.

NASA awards Mars mission launch to Blue Origin

NASA has commissioned private space launch company Blue Origin, to launch the Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers mission which will study Mars' magnetosphere.

Chinese astronauts complete first walk outside Tiangong space station

A crew of Chinese astronauts on a six-month mission aboard the country's newly completed space station ventured outside the orbiter for the first time Friday for what became a successful spacewalk.

SpaceX attempts ignition of 33 engines for Starship booster

SpaceX attempted to fire all 33 engines for Booster 7, a prototype for Starship's Super Heavy rocket, successfully igniting 31 of the Raptor engines during the test Thursday.

People can tell whether they like a song within seconds, study finds

New research from New York University has concluded that people can determine whether they like a song after listening to it for only a few seconds.

Arctic squirrels may hold key to helping astronauts survive on long missions

A University of Alaska researcher is studying the effects of an experimental drug in hibernating Arctic ground squirrels, with the goal of one day helping astronauts survive in space.

Russia launches resupply ship to International Space Station

Russia successfully launched a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan on Thursday with a final destination of the International Space Station where it will deliver some 3 tons of supplies on the weekend.

SpaceX to test-fire all 33 Starship booster engines Thursday

SpaceX will embark on a monumental step toward launching Starship on Thursday when it test fires all 33 of its first stage booster's Raptor engines.

Ring discovered around dwarf planet surprises astronomers

Astronomers have discovered a ring around a dwarf planet called Quaoar in the outer reaches of the solar system.

SpaceX launches Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission

SpaceX successfully launched its Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission Monday evening after it was scrubbed Sunday because of inclement weather.

Dire study finds 40% of animals, 34% of plants face extinction

Biodiversity in the United States is in a state of extreme tumult, and a study from nonprofit organization NatureServ paints a dire picture of environmental collapse.