Category: Space & Exploration

Dwarf Planet Ceres Was Formed In Coldest Zone Of Solar System And Thrust Into Asteroid Belt

By Simona Kitanovska A dwarf planet that exists between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter was probably created in the frozen deep space before it became part of the asteroid belt. Ceres was almost a complete mystery until the robotic NASA spacecraft Dawn approached it for its orbital mission in 2015, and since then scientists

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Dream Achieved: NASA Astronaut Jessica Watkins Boards The International Space Station

By John Murphy NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins made history last month when she became the first Black woman to live and work on the International Space Station. Late last year, NASA announced Watkins would be assigned to the SpaceX Crew-4 mission to space. She was first selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2017. On

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Picture Perfect: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Captures Martian Solar Eclipse 

By Allison Finch Space is the final frontier — for photography. While the next solar eclipse in the United States won’t be for another two years, the Perseverance Mars rover, which landed on the surface of the Red Planet in early 2021, recently captured spectacular footage of Phobos, Mars’ largest moon, crossing the face of

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Eureka! Scientists Believe Jupiter Moon Europa Could Sustain Life

By Zachary Rosenthal Life in outer space might be more than a sci-fi fantasy. Scientists studying Europa, one of Jupiter’s most famous icy moons, have found that some of its frozen features are similar to those on Greenland, which suggests the moon could hold life. A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications studied double

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Telescope Hopes To Be Able To See Back To Birth Of First Galaxies By Super Cooling Equipment

By Darko Manevski NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is being deep-frozen to assist it with its latest mission to see the first galaxies formed after the big bang. Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) – a joint development by NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) – reached its final operating temperature below 7 kelvins (minus 447

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Rapid Retreat Of Sea Ice In Antarctica Explained By ‘Simple Physics Of Sun’s Melting Powers’

By Anamarija Brnjarchevska The rapid retreat of sea ice in Antarctica can be explained by the “simple physics” of the sun’s melting powers, according to a new study. Heat from the sun could explain why ice around the South Pole does not expand and retreat at the same speed, scientists say. Ice cover around Antarctica

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Out Of This World: Lettuce Grown In Space Might Resist Astronauts’ Bone Loss

By Martin M Barillas Transgenic lettuce may one day be grown in space and eaten by astronauts to fight bone-density loss, known as osteopenia, during long-term space travel in microgravity — and may also address bone loss for the Earth-bound. At the University of California-Davis, researchers are developing a genetically modified lettuce featuring a bone-growing

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New NASA Telescope’s First Photo Is Stunning Image From Deep Space

By Zachary Rosenthal The first sharp image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captured a stunningly clear photo of a twinkling star roughly more than 2,000 light-years away from Earth. The photo, released on Wednesday, shows the distant Milky Way star located in deep space about 2,000 light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation. Experts

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