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Back in October, the executive director of New Mexico’s Spaceport America was fired. Now a report that’s full of evidence that he broke several laws and policies during his tenure has been released by the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor that describes his “dysfunctional” leadership.

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On Sunday, November 29, Japan launched a top-secret communications satellite manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The new optical data relay satellite will be used to send data that is collected by Japan’s Information Gathering Satellites (IGS) back down to Earth.

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November 27

Sandia National Laboratories recently released a video showcasing part of the United States’ future arsenal; the B61-12 nuclear bomb. The video also gave the public their first glimpse at the F-35A Dual Capable Aircraft.

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LIGO is the world’s largest gravitational wave observatory in the world. It was here that the first gravitational waves were detected back in September 2015 using the facility’s two enormous laser interferometers. But how exactly is a feat as complex as detecting gravitational waves done?

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SpaceX is on track to meet an exciting new milestone in Starship development this week. The team in South Texas will attempt the first high altitude test flight using a prototype version of the next-generation launch system as soon as Sunday.

The plan for Starship SN8 hardware, or Serial Number 8, is to launch, ascend 15 kilometers in the sky, and hopefully land. For perspective, SpaceX previously launched and landed its Starship SN6 prototype 150 meters high (twice). If successful, SN8 will fly 100 times further than SN6.

SN8 also looks a lot more like a finished Starship than SN6, and Space Explored will be on site in Texas this week to capture whatever happens.

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Japan’s newest launcher system has been in development for the past couple years and was planning on making its debut launch by the end of this year. But there have been several issues that will push the date to next year.

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Astronomy is a field that is often complex for the casual observer. In combination with the iPhone and Apple TV, the Unistellar Enhanced Vision telescope demystifies the complexities and provides an approachable viewing experience. Read more to see our experience.

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Part of the Borexino sphere that detected the neutrinos
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For the first time ever, scientists at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics have detected neutrinos that were produced within the Sun by the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen cycle. This was something that was theorized back in 1938, but until now, it remained just a theory.

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November 26

For 20 years there has been a human presence in space on board the International Space Station (ISS). In those 20 years plenty of astronauts have made the sacrifice to be away from family and friends during Thanksgiving to continue the world’s push for new scientific discovery. Even though they are in space and remain busy, they still get the chance to celebrate the holiday.

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NASA has a long history of developing new technologies that change the way we view the world. From the small cameras used in all our phones and computers to making sure the food in our Thanksgiving dinner is safe to eat, here are some reasons to be thankful for America’s space agency.

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