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New Horizons’ space snowman is named Arrokoth

The snowman-shaped object that NASA’s New Horizons probe flew past nearly a year ago on the solar system’s icy fringe now has a Native American name: Arrokoth, a word that means “sky” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language. Arrokoth replaces earlier labels for the Kuiper … Continue reading

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BlackSky wins $50M loan for satellite infrastructure

BlackSky, a geospatial intelligence company with offices in Seattle and Virginia, says it’s secured a $50 million loan from the Intelsat satellite powerhouse to boost its nascent Earth observation constellation. In a news release issued today, the companies say the transaction will result … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX sent its second set of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit today, atop a Falcon 9 rocket that featured the fourth go-round for the first-stage booster and the first reuse of a nose cone. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in … Continue reading

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Sounders’ soccer crowd sets off ‘fan quakes’

Can Seattle Sounders fans match the Seahawks’ “Beast Quakes” when it comes to making the earth move? Seismologists from the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network conducted their first experiment to address that question. Based on today’s results from … Continue reading

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Blue Origin spaceships inspire Lego toy designs

Which will go into commercial service first: Blue Origin’s orbital-class New Glenn rocket and Blue Moon lunar lander, or the Lego toy versions? The answer will depend not only on how much progress Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space venture makes … Continue reading

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Watch the transit of Mercury online or in the sky

The planets will be aligned on Nov. 11 for a rare astronomical event known as the transit of Mercury, and skywatching fans are sure to see it even if the skies are cloudy, thanks to this little thing called the … Continue reading

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Bill aims to keep space station going until 2030

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has joined with three other U.S. senators in introducing a NASA authorization bill that aims to extend federal support for International Space Station to 2030. The bill voices support for NASA’s Artemis campaign to explore the moon in preparation for … Continue reading

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