Newly discovered Earth-sized planet might be right for life

Of the over 5,000 exoplanets discovered, only about 12 even come close to resembling Earth. That number has been increased with the discovery of Wolf 1069 b, a planet with qualities that make it a good candidate to study further for signs of life.

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Second stage engine malfunction blamed for UK space launch failure

The mystery of why the first orbital mission launched from the UK fell into the sea on January 9 had some light shed on it today as Virgin Orbital announced that telemetry indicated that the second stage engine shut down prematurely.

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First space mission launched from British soil fails to reach orbit

Britain's attempt to launch its first orbital rocket in over half a century and the first from UK soil failed today as the second stage of the mission's Virgin Orbit rocket malfunctioned due to an undisclosed problem.

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James Webb spots Milky-Way-like galaxies earlier than thought possible

The James Webb Space Telescope is probing greater depths of space and time than other observatories. Now it's discovered galaxies with a structure like our own Milky Way 11 billion light-years away, challenging our understanding of galaxy formation.

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Gallery: Incredible images from James Webb’s first year in space

In 2022, decades of work finally came to fruition as the James Webb Space Telescope focused its powerful eyes on the universe. From distant galaxies to our nearby neighbors, let’s look back at some of the most impressive images captured so far.

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Spacewalks shelved as Russian ISS module springs a significant leak

Astronauts and mission control on the ground are busy investigating a leak aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station, after a mysterious plume erupted from its exterior on Wednesday.

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Orion spacecraft leaves lunar orbit and heads for home

NASA's Artemis 1 Moon mission has left lunar orbit and is returning to Earth. At 4:53 pm EST, the uncrewed Orion spacecraft fired its main engine for one minute and 45 seconds, placing it on a lunar flyby trajectory that will ultimately send it home.

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NASA successfully launches its largest-ever rocket, the Space Launch System

The most powerful rocket in the world, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) successfully lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 1:47am EST this Wednesday. It proceeded to carry the uncrewed Orion spacecraft into orbit, as part of the Artemis I mission.

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NASA’s massive Moon rocket rides out the storm as skies clear for launch

NASA is pressing ahead with a launch attempt for Artemis I this week, with the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule in need of only minor repairs after being exposed to the forces of Hurricane Nicole out on the pad.

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US Space Force’s “secret” spaceplane lands after record 908 days in orbit

With a reported sonic boom, the US Space Force's open-secret X-37B spaceplane returned to Earth on Saturday. The robotic craft touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:22 am EST after a record-breaking 908 days in orbit.

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