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On the same day China landed a probe on the moon, the US’s massive telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed

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On the same day that China collected lunar rocks in a groundbreaking space mission, a critical US telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed.
The observatory, built in 1963, was a beacon for US astronomical research, lasted through natural disasters, and inspired generations of Puerto Rican researchers.
China’s successful accomplishment with the Chang’e-5 probe is the first time since the 1970s that lunar samples have been collected, and if the spacecraft returns to Earth safely in mid-December, will mark a massive step forward in space exploration. 
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On Tuesday, the United States and China experienced vastly different events in the world of space exploration and observation.The Arecibo Observatory, a colossal telescope located in Puerto Rico, collapsed after deteriorating sharply since August. The Arecibo Observatory had been operating as a center for astronomical observations for 57 years. Meanwhile, far from the Earth’s atmosphere, the unmanned Chang’e-5 probe, a Chinese spacecraft, landed on the moon to bring lunar materials back to Earth for the first time in almost 50 years, the Chinese government announced.China’s moon landing and retrieval of lunar rocks mark the first time a country has acquired sample materials from the moon since …

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China’s Chang’e-5 lands on moon to retrieve samples

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— China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft successfully landed on the near side of the moon late Tuesday– The lander has carried out a series of status checks and settings, preparing for around 48 hours of work on the surface of the moon.– About 2 kg of samples are expected to be collected and sealed in a container.– Chang’e-5 will carry out an unmanned rendezvous and docking in a lunar orbit around 380,000 km away, a first in the history of space exploration. The orbiter is expected to carry the returner back to Earth. BEIJING, Dec. 1 — China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft successfully landed on the near side of the moon late Tuesday and sent back images, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.At 11:11 p.m., the spacecraft landed at the preselected landing area near 51.8 degrees west longitude and 43.1 degrees north latitude, said the CNSA.On Nov. 24, China launched the Chang’e-5 spacecraft, comprising an orbiter, a lander, an ascender and a returner.At 10:57 p.m. Tuesday, the lander-ascender combination of Chang’e-5, from about 15 km above the lunar surface, started a powered descent with a variable thrust engine ignited. Its relative vertical velocity to the moon was lowered from 1.7 km per second to zero.The probe …

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Houstonian creates ultimate space Airbnb in Boca Chica

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HOUSTON – SpaceX Starship enthusiasts know just how rough it can get waiting for a launch. One Houstonian experienced this first-hand and turned his own vision into reality — creating the ultimate space pad Airbnb for many space enthusiasts to rent.David Santilena is no stranger to Space City.“I live in Kingwood,” Santilena said.However, 400 miles away in the rugged terrain of Boca Chica, just 8 miles from the SpaceX Launch Facility, he’s managed to create the ultimate space lover’s experience, Rocket Ranch.“So this is our clubhouse,” Santilena said, taking KPRC 2 through the Airbnb he built from basically nothing but wilderness. The multi-room ranch has a full-kitchen, coffeeroom area, living room and outside amenities, filled with decor space enthusiasts would appreciate.“The different decor is kind of tying in the old vintage 60′s with the current modern space theme,” Santilena said.Photos of different planets, milestone space exploration achievements and touches of trivial space gadgets fill the space. Every detail is intentional.“This is our galactic window. This right here was inspired by a quote from Elon about the window of opportunity being open right now, so we wanted to have a symbol of something that represented that,” …

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The stars are aligned: Grimes shares a starry new picture of son X Æ A-12 with Elon Musk

the stars are aligned: grimes shares a starry new picture of son x Æ a-12 with elon musk

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The stars are aligned for Grimes and Elon Musk’s son, X Æ A-XII.Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, shared a sweet new picture of her nearly 7-month-old son on her Instagram Story Monday, and it appears the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In the snapshot, X Æ A-XII is seen gazing at a space-themed book that illustrates a “bubble space telescope” while appropriately wearing a onesie covered in gold stars. Like father, like son. Musk is the CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, a space exploration and rocket company that is valued at $36 billion.’X Æ A-12 Musk’:Grimes, Elon Musk explain the backstory of new baby boy’s name Boucher, 32, and Musk, 49, welcomed their little space cadet in May and made headlines with his unique moniker, X Æ A-XII, which is pronounced “X-Ash-A-12.”He goes by “X” for short.Musk gave credit to the child’s mother on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, who “mostly came up with the name. She’s great at names,” and said “babies are awesome. They’re little love bugs.”X Æ A-XII is Grimes’ first child. Musk also has five sons – a set of twins and a set of triplets – from his …

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How Many Times Humans Have Been to the Moon

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Fifty-one years ago, the world was united in celebration as they witnessed what was, for many, the single-greatest accomplishment in human history. After more than a decade of concerted effort, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had succeeded in sending the first men to the Moon.The mission launched from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16th, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins. After separating from its spent boosters, the Apollo 11 spacecraft flew to the Moon and arrived in orbit about three days later.On July 20th, the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle separated from the spacecraft and began the descent to the surface. It touched down at precisely 20:17:40 UTC (03:14:40 PST; 06:14:40 EST), at which point Armstrong signaled Houston, “The Eagle has landed.”After several hours of preparation, Armstrong and Aldrin departed the Eagle lander in their spacesuits and descended the ladder to the surface. At 02:56:15 UTC (19:56:15 PST; 22:56:15 EST), six and a half hours after landing, Armstrong stepped off Eagle’s footpad and declared: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”This moment in history was the culmination of years’ worth of preparation and billions of dollars …

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ACPS Student Takes Virtual Learning to Space

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Andras Jacobson, a second grade student at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, will get a unique opportunity later this week to take some of his space questions to the experts: an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station.
Jacobson, a space exploration enthusiast, is scheduled to take part in a discussion with NASA officials on Thursday, Dec. 3, according to ACPS. Jacobson will get to direct his question to astronaut Victor Glover. Jacobson’s mother reported that his question focused on how human muscular systems respond to conditions in space.
“Here on Earth I know how our muscles act, but in space it may act differently,” Jacobson told ACPS. “I am also interested in the human body.”
The program is scheduled to be streamed through Facebook starting at 12:30 on Thursday.
Photo via ACPS

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Dreaming of space exploration? You’re better off riding bikes

dreaming of space exploration? you’re better off riding bikes

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Some 350 million years ago, life came out of the ocean and exploded on land, beginning to store massive amounts of atmospheric carbon in fossils. Computer models show that returning that carbon back to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels is inching Earth towards the prehistoric climate. The planet was warmer and greener back then but the sea level was higher than it is today and hurricanes may have been more violent. Should we stop using fossil fuels?Energy stored in coal, oil and natural gas helped develop industrial agriculture that is feeding the 7.8-billion human population of Earth as compared to only one billion 200 years ago. It gave us modern homes, cars, airplanes, health care and smartphones. Fossil fuels are currently providing 80 percent of the U.S. energy supply. Since 2019 the shale industry is making the U.S. the energy-independent biggest producer of oil and natural gas in the world. ADVERTISEMENTHowever, fossil fuels are a limited resource. If we continue to burn them at the current growing rate, they will be exhausted by the end of the century. It may be good news for climate but, if we run out of fuel, freezing in winter will become a bigger problem …

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China lands spacecraft on the moon for the third time, another sign of its ambitions in space

china lands spacecraft on the moon for the third time, another sign of its ambitions in space

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Chinese state media reported Tuesday that the probe “successfully landed” at its targeted site, an area called Oceanus Procellarum. China did not immediately announce any other details about the landing.On the lunar surface, the probe is expected to dig some seven feet deep, collecting as much as 4.5 pounds of rocks and lunar soil into the ascent vehicle, which would then meet up with the service capsule in lunar orbit and return to Earth.Once the material is back on Earth, scientists would be able to calculate its age and examine it to determine its composition.On Twitter, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for the science mission directorate, congratulated China. “This is no easy task,” he wrote. “When the samples collected on the Moon are returned to Earth, we hope everyone will benefit from being able to study this precious cargo that could advance the international science community.”As part of its lunar exploration mission, NASA has been working to get countries around the world to adopt what it calls the “Artemis Accords,” a legal framework that would govern behavior in space and on celestial bodies such as the moon. The accords are named for NASA’s current lunar …

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How to See the 1960s Rocket Booster That Will Fly by Earth Today

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Photo: NASA image libraryThe 1960s were a time of great technological optimism and international competition, and space exploration was reason—and the venue—for much of it. Yet everything futuristic will one day pass into history, and it turns out that some of the 20th century’s most sophisticated rocket technology is now little more than space junk that, on occasion, circles back into Earth’s orbit. Such circumstances provide us an opportunity to reflect on the arc of history. They can also make for prime viewing for those with an interest in astronomy and the science of space exploration.AdvertisementThat’s what’s expected to happen today, as a mysterious object believed to be a Centaur rocket booster from the 1966 launch of the Surveyor 2 rocket traverses the skies 31,000 miles from the our planet. Originally launched as part of the American Surveyor program, the unmanned lunar expedition failed to reach the Moon, relegating what was a key vessel in U.S. efforts to claim supremacy in the Space Race into a wayward piece of debris floating through the solar system.Here’s what we know about the object—which could still be an asteroid—and how to see it. Advertisement

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