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Uncontrollable China rocket hurtles towards re-entry

China’s Long March 5B rocket successfully reached orbit as planned. The core stage, however, also reached orbit, and may now be one of the largest ever to make an uncontrolled reentry back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Going up and coming down this week

Within hours of each other, one rocket left the Earth on April 28, 2021, and one cargo space ship returned on April 29 – via a planned destruction during re-entry – after having been attached to the International Space Station for a year.

Space rock found on Earth traced back to origins on Vesta

In 2018, a small asteroid crashed into Earth, and scientists recovered pieces of it in a Botswana game reserve. Now the scientists have determined the space rock’s origin: Vesta, in the asteroid belt.

Was North America populated by ‘stepping stone’ migration across Bering Sea?

(University of Kansas) A new study from the University of Kansas just published in the open-access journal Comptes Rendus Geoscience, may answer “one of the greatest mysteries of our time . . . when humans made the first bold journey to the Americas.”

Photos of the supermoon, April 2021

The first of 2 supermoons in 2021 took place on April 26 or 27 (depending on your location on Earth). We received many wonderful submissions from you, our readers. Here’s a gallery of some favorites. Thanks to all who submitted!

Scientists don spacesuits to explore Hawaiian lava tubes as if they were on Mars

(European Geosciences Union) Analog astronauts–scientists living in a habitat atop a Hawaiian volcano to train for living and working on the moon and Mars–are exploring lava tubes, which may hold biosignatures of life. The researchers will present their latest findings at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2021, which is meeting from 19-30 April 2021.