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This Week In Space: We Can Still Have Nice Things

Good morning, gentle reader, and welcome to your Friday roundup of the best stories and images from This Week in Space. This week, it’s all good news. The James Webb Space Telescope is fully aligned and sailing through its commissioning phase. And the JWST isn’t the only thing that’s aligned …

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NASA Releases Gorgeous Images

Since its launch in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has knocked out every objective NASA set up for it. It’s fully unfolded, fully aligned, and patrolling the Sun-Earth L2 point at a balmy 6K. Now, NASA has released the first gorgeous, crystal-clear images from Webb. They compare what …

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Spending Time in Space

Until a few decades ago, no human being had ever been away from gravity’s loving embrace. As the era of space exploration dawns, it’s still unclear how long stretches without gravity will affect the body. A new analysis of astronauts from Oregon Health & Science University shows that their brains …

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Intel’s 56 Core Sapphire Ridge

For the past five years, AMD’s workstation-class Threadripper family has held an edge over Intel’s Xeon processors, either in terms of price/performance, maximum performance, or both. While Ryzen has offered increasingly difficult competition for Intel over time, AMD’s workstation edge has been larger and more consistently sustained than its consumer …

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Tesla’s Optimus Robot

(Image: Tesla)Like it or not, humanoid robots are here. Optimus, a human-like droid powered by AI, is Elon Musk’s latest project—one he insists will be worth more than Tesla’s current vehicle business.  Musk originally unveiled the concept for Optimus (the nickname for what’s otherwise called Tesla Bot) at the company’s …

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NASA Perseverance Operations

It’s hard to overstate the importance of NASA’s Perseverance rover, which is only beginning its exploration of the red planet. This robot is bristling with advanced instruments that could help reveal evidence of past Martian life, but this has almost been overshadowed by a mere technology demonstration that was along …

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This Week in Space

  Hello and welcome to This Week in Space, our weekly roundup of all the space news that’s fit to print — or at least, distract you from doomscrolling. First off, May the Fourth be with you: this week we marked Star Wars Day, a nerd-culture staple. Any reason to …

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NASA Boeing Starliner

Boeing has been working with NASA to explore space for decades, which is why it was so surprising to see the company’s much-lauded CST-100 Starliner crew capsule stumble on numerous occasions. After last year’s canceled test flight, NASA and Boeing confirm Starliner is ready to take another swing at the …

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Solar Eclipse on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover has captured a spectacular video of an April solar eclipse on Mars. The video clearly depicts Phobos as it eclipses the sun, as seen from the Martian surface. “You can see details in the shape of Phobos’ shadow, like ridges and bumps on the moon’s landscape,” said …

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Blasting Through Space

When we talk about astronomers spotting something in the far-off corners of the cosmos, it’s usually a galaxy, a star, or some other celestial object. Not this time. A team from South Africa has discovered an ultra-powerful radio-wave laser, a phenomenon known as a megamaser. At more than five billion …

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