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Oldest black hole discovered dating back to 470 million years after the Big Bang

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have discovered the oldest black hole yet, formed a mere 470 million years after the Big Bang. The findings, published Monday, confirm what until now were theories that supermassive black holes existed at the dawn of the universe. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory teamed up for the observations. Given the universe is 13.7 billion years old, that puts the age […]

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NASA capsule on way to moon after launch by giant new rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space capsule is hurtling toward the moon for the first time in 50 years. The spacecraft with three test dummies aboard launched on top of NASA's new moon rocket early Wednesday. The Florida launch brings the U.S. a big step closer to putting astronauts back on the lunar surface for the first time since the end of the Apollo program. If all goes well, […]

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Engine problem leads NASA to scrub launch of new moon rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fuel leak and then an engine problem have forced NASA to scrub the launch of its new moon rocket on a no-crew test flight. The next launch attempt will not take place until Friday at the earliest. The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket was set to lift off Monday morning from Florida with three test dummies aboard on its first flight, a mission to […]

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New space telescope reaches final stop million miles out

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's biggest and most powerful space telescope has reached its final destination 1 million miles away. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters Monday, one month after launching on a quest to behold the dawn of the universe. The maneuver put the $10 billion observatory into orbit around the sun at a spot where the gravitational forces of the sun and Earth […]

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NASA launches spacecraft to test asteroid defense concept

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA has launched a spacecraft on a mission to smash into an asteroid and test whether it would be possible to knock a speeding space rock off course if one were to threaten Earth. The spacecraft is called DART, for Double Asteroid Redirection Test. It lifted off from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base. If all goes well, in September 2022 it will slam head-on into Dimorphos, […]

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