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THE LAUNCHPADNASA ponders SpaceX astronaut rescue after Soyuz leak(NASA/Kjell Lindgren)NASA might use a SpaceX spacecraft to rescue three space station crew members depending on a leaky Soyuz to get home, a report suggests.The Soyuz spacecraft on the International Space Station suffered a severe coolant leak on Dec. 15 and a decision about whether it is safe to send the crew back to Earth on it will come in January. Full Story: Space (12/29) Mars dust won’t bury Perseverance rock sample tubes(NASA/JPL-Caltech)Neither dust nor wind nor dark of night will disturb new caches of precious Mars samples on the Red Planet.”My team’s not worried’ about dust or wind disturbing the lightsaber-shaped cache tubes,” NASA’s Perseverance mission wrote on Twitter. Full Story: Space (12/28) POLL QUESTION:Space Quiz: What crewed spacecraft are docked at the International Space Station right now?Learn the answer here?SpaceX Dragon and Russian ProgressRussian Soyuz and SpaceX DragonSpaceX Dragon and Boeing StarlinerRussian Soyuz and Boeing StarlinerSPACE DEAL OF THE DAYHoliday sale: Save 32% on All About Space magazine(Future)Subscribe to All About Space today from just $8.77 per issue, in this holiday sale, saving you a massive 32%. Full Story: Space (11/25) SKYWATCHINGSee the final first quarter moon of 2022 with Jupiter(NASA/JPL-Caltech)Tonight, the moon will reach its first quarter phase; this will be the last time the moon reaches one of its four major phases in 2022. Here’s when and where to look to see it. Full Story: Space (12/29) SCIENCE & ASTRONOMYChina to build Asia’s largest optical telescope(Peking University)Peking University wants to build the largest optical telescope in Asia and close the gap in astronomy capabilities with the rest of the world. The project resembles an Earth-bound James Webb Space Telescope. Full Story: Space (12/28) SPACEFLIGHTRussia’s ‘final decision’ on leaky Soyuz coming in January(NASA TV)The Soyuz is docked to the International Space Station and it’s unclear if it can bear its crew back home, following a severe coolant leak earlier in December. Full Story: Space (12/29) TECHNOLOGYNASA’s new X-59 supersonic plane gets powerful engine(NASA)The X-59 supersonic plane of NASA’s Quesst mission just got its 13-foot-long engine, according to a recent announcement from the space agency. This crucial piece of hardware will deliver 22,000 pounds of thrust and fire up the X-59 to fly faster than the speed of sound. Full Story: Space (12/28) Sign Up  |    Update Profile  |    UnsubscribePrivacy Policy  |    Cookies Policy  |    Terms and Conditions

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