Science News Roundup: Tiny meteoroid tops $10 billion Webb Space Telescope; NASA to launch rockets from northern Australia for science studies and more

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Tiny meteoroid tops $10 billion Webb Space Telescope

A tiny meteoroid hit the newly deployed James Webb Space Telescope in May, knocking one of its gold-plated mirrors out of alignment but not changing the orbiting observatory that is expected to become fully operational shortly, NASA said Wednesday. The small space rock hit the $10 billion telescope in late May and left a small but noticeable effect on the telescope’s data, NASA said in a statement, adding that it was the fifth and largest impact on the telescope since its launch in December.

NASA to launch rockets from northern Australia for scientific studies

NASA will launch three rockets in a few weeks from northern Australia for scientific research, authorities said Wednesday, marking the first time the space agency has fired rockets from a commercial facility outside the United States. The Australian government has granted regulatory approval for the rockets to be launched from Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) private space center in Arnhem, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday.

France to sign US-led lunar exploration deal – sources

France is set to sign a U.S.-led multilateral agreement to govern countries’ behavior in space and on the moon, according to two people familiar with the plans. France’s signing of the pact, called the Artemis Accords, will mark one of the most significant endorsements yet of Washington’s efforts to shape international legal norms and standards for lunar surface exploration, the officials said. sources, who asked not to be identified.

Astronomers ponder ‘cosmic mystery’ over powerful bursts of radio waves

Powerful bursts of radio waves emanating from a distant dwarf galaxy that have been detected using a massive telescope in China bring scientists one step closer to solving what has been called a lingering ‘cosmic mystery’ For years. Since its discovery in 2007, astronomers have struggled to understand what causes phenomena called fast radio bursts involving pulses of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation from places inside our Milky Way and other galaxies. Radio waves have the longest wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum.

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