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Arin Waichulis

Arin Waichulis is a social media creative and writer for Space Explored. He’s also a former iOS developer and the founder of the popular space and science brand @Latestinspace. Arin has been closely covering space news for 5+ years, with a keen interest in deep space exploration and all things off Earth.

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SpaceX employees pen open letter to executives condemning Elon Musk’s recent behavior

On Wednesday, employees at SpaceX reportedly posted an open letter in an internal chat channel grilling CEO Elon Musk’s recent behavior as a “distraction” and an “embarrassment” to the company.

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China publishes, then deletes, report saying it may have picked up signals from an alien civilization

Chinese researchers say they’ve picked up the trace of signals that could be from an alien civilization, according to the now-deleted report published by the country’s science ministry.

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NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captures Lunar Eclipse from deep space, newly released footage

In a newly released time-lapse, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captured the Moon momentarily vanishing as it moved into Earth’s shadow during last week’s total lunar eclipse.

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How to watch Virgin Orbit’s upcoming LauncherOne mission, ‘Above the Clouds’

Virgin Orbit is back at it again with their one-of-a-kind LauncherOne rocket. Wednesday, the rocket will launch mid-air from Virgin Orbit’s custom Boeing 747 with several customer satellites onboard. Here’s everything we know and how you can watch it live.

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Astronomers discover dwarf planet Eris, sparking Pluto debate | This Day in Space (5 Jan. 2005)

On January 5, 2005, the Palomar Observatory-based team led by Mike Brown discovered a large world, later known as Eris, after systematically scanning for large outer Solar System bodies for several years. Unfortunately for Pluto, this was the beginning of the end for its official planet title.

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Netflix announces release date for ‘Space Force’ Season 2, first photos

It’s time to visit the world of the United States Space Force again. Here’s everything we know about season two of ‘Space Force’ coming to Netflix next month.

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How to track James Webb Space Telescope, mission timeline

Currently, more than 35,000 miles away, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is cruising through space on the way to its 1 million mile parking spot above the Earth. It will take the space telescope almost a month to complete orbital insertion. Here’s how you can track its way there.

FINAL UPDATE (1/31): James Webb is now fully deployed and orbiting in L2. The space telescope will spend the next few months commissioning and testing before taking its first photograph. Last week, NASA announced that Webb will point at HD 84406, a sun-like star 241 light-years away, to focus and align its mirrors in preparation for the moment we’ve been waiting for. Don’t hold your breath though, the mirror alignment process is very slow and tedious. We don’t expect James Webbs to take its first shot of the cosmos until around May 2022.

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How to watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launch on Christmas day

The largest and most powerful telescope ever made is finally set to launch on Christmas day. After years of delays, the long-anticipated James Webb Space Telescope has been given the green light for lift-off. Here’s how you can tune in live.

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The last meteor shower of 2021 peaks tonight, but keep expectations low

It’s Christmas week and also a good time to step outside and admire the sky for the peak of the annual Ursid meteor shower, which will grace the sky tonight. Here’s when, where, and everything you need to know.

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Ohio man sending his music to ‘Oumuamua asteroid in an attempt to make first contact

‘Oumuamua is on its way out of the solar system but that hasn’t stopped researchers from learning what they can. Some individuals are trying to see if they can make contact with it before it leaves our neighborhood.

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How to track Crew-3’s flight up to the International Space Station

Shortly ago, SpaceX’s fifth crewed mission set off on its 20-hour journey to the International Space Station (ISS). Here’s how you can track the mission live online.

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Elon Musk is predicted to blast off to trillionaire status

Elon Musk is already the world’s richest man with an estimated net worth of $253.8 billion, and investment analysts say trillionaire status is likely.

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Astronomers believe to have found the first planet outside our galaxy

Astronomers have found convincing indications of what could be the first planet ever to be discovered outside the Milky Way Galaxy.

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NASA to reveal new findings in Jupiter’s atmosphere on Thursday

NASA has announced that it will hold a virtual media briefing to discuss new findings from the Juno spacecraft.

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First ever image from space makes history | This Day in Space (24 Oct. 1946)

Today we’ve almost become numb to the stunning high-quality satellite images we get of our planet daily. But prior to 1946, people had never seen the Earth from space.

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Astronomers witness white dwarf star rapidly ‘switch on and off’

Astronomers have discovered a new astronomical phenomenon in which a white dwarf star has been switching “off and on,” with its brightness abruptly dimming and intensifying in just 30 minutes.

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New details on Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids from NASA’s prelaunch briefing

Earlier today, in a virtual media briefing, the NASA Lucy mission director and other notable figures on the Lucy project shared additional information about the space agency’s historic mission to the Trojan asteroids.

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Mars communication blackout period with rovers and spacecraft nears its end

NASA is anxiously awaiting the return of communication with Martian rovers and spacecraft after ceasing all communications on October 2.

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Soyuz spacecraft carrying film crew docked at space station, not without problems

Soyuz MS-19 successfully docked with the International Space Station, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. “Just like you trained for. You’ll be fine,” said Russian Mission Control Center (MCC-M).

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Scientists find that Climate Change is causing Earth to lose its shine

The far reach effects that climate change has on our planet is something researchers are still uncovering. The crisis is responsible for large swaths of problems our planet is currently experiencing, including loss of sea ice, accelerated sea-level rise, and longer, more intense heat waves. Now, a new study indicates that climate change has caused Earth to dim — literally!

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BepiColombo reaches Mercury, first spacecraft in over a decade

On Friday, the BepiColombo spacecraft flew by the smallest planet in our solar system for the first time on its planned 7-year travel.

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is swirling faster and scientists don’t know why

The famed Hubble Space Telescope is tasked with keeping an eye on many important objects in the Universe, including Jupiter and its stormy red eye. After more than a decade of observations and collecting data, NASA has discovered that the gas giant’s Great Red Spot is speeding up.

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Mega-comet, first thought to be a dwarf planet, is approaching the solar system

Comets are hardly innocent little cosmic snowballs. They average over 6 miles (10 km) in diameter and hurtle through space with incredible speeds, giving them an order of magnitude more destructive power than an asteroid of the same mass.

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Blue Origin announces next customers launching to space on New Shepard

On Monday Blue Origin announced some details of its 18th New Shepherd flight, NS-18, including two crew members who will be aboard. The mission is set to blast off October 12 as Blue Origin’s second human flight, following Jeff Bezos’ trip to space back in July.

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NASA gearing up to launch its best Earth–imaging satellite yet, Landsat 9

NASA is gearing up for the launch of Landsat 9 – the latest satellite in the longest-running Earth-imaging satellite program, with its beginnings in the early 1970s. The ongoing partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is responsible for capturing over 8 million beautiful scenes of our home planet – providing a record of Earth’s changing landscapes.

Every Landsat satellite has been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base since the program’s inception. On Monday, the space agency will once again follow tradition by launching Landsat 9, its latest planetary selfie cam.

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NASA announces landing site on the Moon for its water hunting rover, VIPER

NASA is sending a rover where no man or robot has gone before.

As of recent, mining lunar water ice has been all the talk for enabling deep space exploration and establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon. We’ve known from decades of study that the Moon has water, but where and how much has been the question.

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‘Oumuamua is still lurking somewhere in the outer Solar System

ʻOumuamua is the first known interstellar object detected passing through the Solar System. Researchers at Harvard’s Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics made waves in the mainstream media after publishing a paper claiming the object may have had an “artificial origin”—Presenting speculation that ‘Oumuamua could have been sent “intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization.”

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Inspiration4 crew scheduled to return from space today

In a tweet yesterday, SpaceX announced that Dragon Resilience, carrying the Inspiration4 crew, has a scheduled splashdown time after orbiting the Earth since Wednesday.

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Lucy in the sky with asteroids: NASA’s mission to Jupiter’s Trojans

Like fossils here on Earth, asteroids, comets, and other primordial bodies act as time capsules to trace the origins of our solar system. NASA’s upcoming Lucy mission, currently scheduled for an October lift-off, is setting out to do just that.

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Astronauts wake up to smoke alarms and melted plastic smell on the space station

Fire and smoke alarms have gone off in the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) overnight. The crew reported smelling “burned plastic, maybe burned electronics odor”.

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NASA’s new Administrator and his love-hate relationship with the ‘New Space Era’

Bill Nelson was sworn in as NASA’s new Administrator earlier this year. With every new political movement in the space industry comes controversy and division. Bill Nelson’s appointment came with many but the biggest has been his relationship with NASA’s use of commercial space companies.

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