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South Korea’s first spacecraft to the moon launched
On Thursday, South Korea joined the race to the moon with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite was launched by SpaceX and is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December.
Chinese rocket falls to Earth
On Saturday, a Chinese rocket fell back to Earth over the Indian Ocean. Still, NASA has confirmed that Beijing had not yet shared the "specific trajectory information" needed to know where possible debris might fall. US Space Command stated the Long March 5B rocket re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approximately 12:45 p.m. EDT Saturday (16:45 GMT).
Artificial Intelligence used to predict protein structures
DeepMind, a London-based company, used artificial intelligence techniques to develop its AlphaFold network. This will enable scientists to determine the 3-D shape of almost any protein known to science.
China closely tracking debris of its rocket re-entering atmosphere
On Wednesday, Beijing stated the remnants of a large, newly launched Chinese rocket are expected to re-enter the atmosphere this coming weekend and would be closely tracked but poses little risk to anyone on the ground. The Long March 5B rocket blasted off Sunday to deliver a laboratory module to the new Chinese space station under construction in orbit.
NASA to launch 2 more choppers to Mars
NASA is launching two more mini helicopters to Mars in its effort to return Martian rocks and soil samples to Earth. The helicopters are similar to Ingenuity, the "Marscopter" that accompanied NASA’s Perseverance rover to Mars.
US Senate votes 64-32 to advance the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022
On Tuesday, the US Senate voted 64-32 to invoke cloture (a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote) and advance legislation to boost US semiconductor chip production. The bill, also known as the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, aims to address the domestic semiconductor chip shortage and make the US less reliant on other countries for chip manufacturing.
Croatia opens Chinese-built bridge bypassing Bosnia
Croatia inaugurated a bridge on Tuesday linking its southern Adriatic coast with the rest of the country. The 2.4 km bridge was constructed by China but funded for the most part by the European Union.
Russian and European astronauts make spacewalk at ISS
On Thursday, a Russian cosmonaut and European Space Agency (ESA) engineer made a joint spacewalk at the International Space Station to work on a robotic laboratory arm. The duo began the spacewalk around 10 a.m. EDT, was scheduled to last about six hours, and was the first such joint endeavor in 20 years.
US seizes $500K from North Korean ransomware attacks
US law enforcement recovered roughly half a million dollars in ransomware payments made to North Korean hackers by victims, including a medical center in Kansas and a healthcare provider in Colorado. On Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco stated, "Thanks to rapid reporting and cooperation from a victim, the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors have disrupted the activities of a North Korean state-sponsored group deploying ransomware known as 'Maui'"
US, Russian space agencies to share flights to ISS
The United States and Russian space agencies have signed a long-sought agreement to integrate flights to the International Space Station (ISS). The agreement allows Russian cosmonauts to fly on US-made spacecraft in exchange for American astronauts to ride on Russia's Soyuz.