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Today’s Deep Space Extra

12 May 2021, 12:23 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… James Webb Space Telescope continues toward October 31 launch. New images of Jupiter’s atmosphere reveal details in different light.

Human Space ExplorationRussia says it’s quitting the ISS, but it’s also testing a new ISS moduleFuturism (5/11): Though Russia has declared its intent to move on from the International Space Station (ISS) in order to establish a new independent orbital outpost of its own, Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, continues to prepare Nauka, a Multipurpose Laboratory Module, for launch to the 15 nation orbital outpost in the coming months.

Space ScienceNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope unfolds its giant mirror for last time ahead of October 31 launchCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpace.com (5/11): NASA continues to strive toward October 31 for the launch of the NASA-led James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission. This week, pre-launch preparations focused on the deployment of the 6.5-meter primary mirror are concluding at Northrop Grumman facilities in Redondo Beach, California. The launch planned for October 31 from French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket is not restricted by a launch window.
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