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NASA Tests Sunshield for James Webb Telescope

Nope, this isn't how NASA gets ready to roast a chicken. In fact, this image shows its engineers testing the sunshield for the NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The size of a tennis court, it folds up like an umbrella, thus has to be tested extensively to make sure the five layers of thin membrane can unfurl reliably in space. [NASA]

This is Not a Jellyfish. Or a Sperm.

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Not a jellyfish. Nor a sperm. In fact, this is a cloud formed by a Russian Soyuz rocket as it rose through the thin air of near space on the morning of Tuesday 8 July. The cross, right at the top of the formation, was made by the Soyuz's four boosters, as their plumes ballooned out in the thin air. [Roscosmos via New Scientist]