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Orion soars around the Moon with a lonely Earth in the distance

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This image taken by NASA's Orion spacecraft shows its view just before the vehicle flew behind the Moon.

Enlarge / This image taken by NASA's Orion spacecraft shows its view just before the vehicle flew behind the Moon. (credit: NASA)

NASA's Orion spacecraft flew to within 130 km of the Moon's surface on Monday morning after executing one of the most demanding maneuvers of its 25-day mission.

Since launching on top of the Space Launch System rocket last Wednesday, Orion's European Service Module had conducted four "trajectory correction burns" on the way to the Moon. These were brief firings of the service module's main engine, an Aerojet-built AJ10 engine. However, the propulsion system faced a stiffer test on Monday as part of a maneuver to enter orbit around the Moon. It passed with flying colors.

The AJ10 engine burned for 2 minutes and 30 seconds as Orion passed behind the Moon, out of contact with NASA back on Earth. When Orion reemerged from the lunar shadow, all was well, and the spacecraft was positioned to reach its temporary destination—a distant retrograde orbit around the Moon.

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Cassiopeia Quinn - Science, Sweet Science

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New comic!

Today's News:

Hey all, by the time you're reading this we're probably at New York Comic-con. We're not tabling or anything, not really our style. We just like to see the sights and meet some like minded comic folks and bump into each other. In fact, it's actually one of the few times Gunwild and I get to hang out. So we try to make the most of it!

- Psu

I'm one of those people who goes to conventions and actually spends most of the time watching boring panels where creative professionals talk about their work and methods. Love 'em. Keep 'em coming.

- Gunwild


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Restraining order sought against armed right-wing goons intimidating voters in Arizona

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Armed goons said to be with a right-wing group interested in "election integrity" are lurking near ballot drop box locations in Arizona. A temporary restraining order was requested Tuesday alleging this amounted to voter intimidation and breaks federal law. — Read the rest

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Clarence Thomas blocks order to have Lindsey Graham testify against election meddling

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In a move to stall the J6 investigation until the Supreme Court enables the upcoming mid-term MAGA takeover of the U.S. government, Justice Clarence Thomas shielded Lindsey Graham from testifying before a grand jury about his role in trying to subvert the 2020 presidential election. — Read the rest

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Armed folks intimidate voters near drop boxes in Arizona (and nobody has been arrested)

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People armed with weapons and dressed in tactical gear hung around Arizona ballot drop boxes last week and over the weekend, according to Maricopa County Elections Department in a series of tweets on Saturday. And voters in Maricopa County have complained of voter intimidation, claiming the armed individuals followed them, took pictures and video of them, and allegedly accused at least one person of "being a mule," according to ABC15. — Read the rest

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This Lego version of Back to the Future is awesome

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Brick to the Future

Lego is the biggest toy brand on the planet. At the turn of the century, the construction toy went from being a popular children's item to become the alpha in the toy aisle through their licensed sets. In the early 2000s, Lego started producing Star Wars and Harry Potter sets, allowing die-hard fans to replicate their favorite locations and vehicles from both series. — Read the rest

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