Top Space Tweets for Friday

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It’s Friday Again! Time for the Top Space Tweets from the Twitterverse.

It hasn’t been the busiest week in space news, but there have been some significant developments that are worth mentioning. We’re ready to run down the top five hot topics in space-talk this week’s top space Tweets.

1. SpaceX Still Trying to Solve Starlink Reflectivity Issues

Since they started launching Starlink satellites earlier last year, SpaceX has faced criticism from earth-bound astronomers. In fact, neither professional nor amateur astronomers who depend on terrestrial telescopes for their research are too thrilled. The reason: SpaceX plans to populate low-earth orbit with 42,000 satellites in order to create its Starlink internet satellite constellation. The first batch of Starlink satellites is clearly visible from earth-bound telescopes and obstruct astronomers’ view of space. SpaceX responded by using a special new anti-reflective coating on new satellites.

2. Astronauts of the Future

Meet the new Artemis-era astronauts! This new class of cadets will be lunar and eventually Martian pioneers. As such, I feel it’s my duty to say, “Congratulations, folks! We’re all proud!”

3. How Astronauts Prepare for Life in Space

Check out this totally awesome podcast about how astronauts train for life in space! Of course, there are over a hundred other episodes to check out, too. Also, you can find some great podcasts in this article.

4. Boeing Starliner Woes?

So Boeing’s Starliner test last month wasn’t exactly a glaring success. That doesn’t mean the craft isn’t safe, however. In fact, even though a “glitch” caused the rocket’s trajectory to shift, making its primary goal impossible, the craft landed safe and sound. With both Starliner and Crew Dragon delayed for so long, NASA may be willing to give the craft the okay without much further testing. 

5. Young Pioneers

It turns out it doesn’t matter how old you are. You can make a major discovery. Just ask 17-year-old Wolf Cukier, a high school senior from New York who just found a new exoplanet!  The teen was interning at NASA, combing through TESS data, and found a planet nearly 7 times larger than Earth in a solar system about 1300 light-years away!

There You Have It: The Top Space Tweets.

Again, it wasn’t the busiest week in space news, but Starlink, new astronauts, astronaut training, human spaceflight, and new planetary discoveries are always worth talking about.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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