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The sky is not the limit! | Moon samples, trapped astronauts, a solar storm, and…

While the crew of the Starliner spacecraft, Boeing
After receiving news that they would spend a few more days “trapped” in space, the Chinese behind the Chang'e 6 mission opened the capsule containing samples brought back from the moon.

Furthermore, a solar storm hit Earth, the intensity of which reached the “severe” classification, surprising scientists who had expected a smaller event. Finally, a giant asteroid passed so close to Earth that it became visible in the night sky.

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Astronauts 'trapped' in space

a The return of the Starliner capsule to Earth has been postponed
For the month of July, as announced NASA
and Boeing, because of the need to collect more data on problems with spacecraft thrusters and helium leaks.

The Starliner spacecraft is not yet ready to return astronauts to Earth (Image: Bob Haynes/NASA)

You Astronauts Barry Wilmore and Sunita Williams 'trapped'
On the International Space Station (ISS) since June 5, awaiting launch for the return flight that was initially scheduled for June 14. They have already been in space for more than 20 days.

Samples from the far side of the moon

Tuesday (25), at 3:06 AM Brasilia time, The Chinese Chang'e 6 mission has returned to Earth
With samples collected from the far side of the Moon, it landed in Inner Mongolia, in northern China.

next day, The capsule was opened in Beijing
But details of the samples have not yet been released to the public. Now, China has become the first country to collect samples from the lunar face, which is always “hidden” from observers on Earth.

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Severe solar storm

One Geomagnetic storm classified as “severe”
It occurred after coronal mass ejection (CME) was achieved. Atmosphere
From the ground. The event started on Friday morning (28).

Space weather experts were surprised because they had expected a G1 storm, which is weak. One factor that may have influenced this was the solar wind speed, which was 500 kilometers per second, which is higher than the expected 400 kilometers per second.

Asteroids that pass near Earth

Two large, massive asteroids passed close to our planet. One of them, 2011 UL21, is 2.3 kilometers in diameter, larger than 99% of near-Earth objects and is classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA). Its closest approach was 17 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

The second asteroid came much closer, just over half the distance between Earth and the Moon. This was enough for observers with simple binoculars to see it in the early morning sky.

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