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Underground ‘Lakes’ on Mars May Just Be Big Globs of Clay

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Recent hubbub about subsurface lakes detected on Mars has a new twist, as new research argues that the underground structures aren’t lakes at all. The researchers behind the study say that, rather than liquid water, the Martian south pole contains smectites, a class of clays that have been misinterpreted in the data.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/underground-lakes-on-mars-may-just-be-big-globs-of-clay-1847394125
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Isaac Schultz

Dinosaur killer asteroid research says source in solar system

It would appear that we’re a bit closer to the source of the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs on Earth. Researchers from Southwest Research Institute published a paper this week with research on material samples harvested from the crater dated back to the event that changed the course of life on Earth. Perhaps most surprising among the details shared … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/dinosaur-killer-asteroid-research-says-source-in-solar-system-29684584/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Burns

NASA Captures Spooky Photo of the Moon’s Shadow on Earth During an Eclipse

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Earthlings were privy to an exciting astronomical event last month: an annular solar eclipse, which cast a lunar shadow across the Arctic Circle. Today NASA shared an image of that shadow, taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) aboard NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory nearly a million miles from…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/nasa-captures-spooky-photo-of-the-moons-shadow-on-earth-1847349614
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NASA’s Ingenuity completes ninth flight despite massive challenge

NASA has announced that Ingenuity, its small Martian helicopter, successfully passed its ninth and most challenging flight thus far, marking a new milestone for the surprisingly capable vehicle. Unlike past flights, NASA used the most recent flight to pit Ingenuity against “challenging terrain,” not to mention the ample distance traveled. It’s important to remember that Ingenuity was designed merely as … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/nasas-ingenuity-completes-ninth-flight-despite-massive-challenge-08681758/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Brittany A. Roston

The high stakes of Branson and Bezos’ race to space

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When Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson take flight aboard the rockets their companies built, the hopes and dreams of a burgeoning industry will be flying with them as well.

Why it matters: Accidents or errors on these high-profile flights from Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin could derail their plans — and possibly affect others’ plans — for commercial space tourism and travel.


Driving the news: Last week, Virgin Galactic announced that it would push to fly Branson and others on a fully crewed test flight on July 11, just ahead of Blue Origin’s first flight with Bezos, scheduled for July 20.

  • There has been a low hum of animosity brewing between the two companies in public since it was revealed Bezos might fly before Branson.
  • That rivalry spilled over last week after the Branson announcement, with Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith saying the two companies aren’t after the same prize in these first flights.
  • “We wish him a great and safe flight, but they’re not flying above the Karman line and it’s a very different experience,” Smith said of Branson and Virgin Galactic in a statement via the New York Times. (The Karman line is the unofficial altitude at which space begins, about 62 miles up.)

The big picture: Launching and building satellites is a big moneymaker in the space industry, but suborbital space tourism is seen as a means of getting more people interested in the space industry in the long term.

  • In theory, these flights should be more affordable and available to a large group of people who will only need to train for a day or two before going to the edge of space.
  • If something were to go wrong with one of these high-profile, early flights, it could threaten the companies’ business plans going forward and cast doubt on whether suborbital space tourism could serve as a boon for the rest of the industry.

Flashback: An accident during a Virgin Galactic test flight in 2014 left one pilot dead.

  • After the crash, Branson considered stopping development of the company’s space plane altogether.

Yes, but: The company did continue on, and public support for it has been steady.

  • It’s possible an accident from either of the companies wouldn’t hurt public opinion of the endeavor as a whole.
  • Depending on why an accident occurred, “I don’t think you would see a mass exodus of Virgin Galactic reservation holders or a noticeable drop in interest in flying on Blue Origin,” space historian Robert Pearlman said.

What to watch: A major failure or problem could also put pressure on Congress to start pushing for more regulation of private human spaceflight, which some argue could stifle the space travel industry just as it is beginning.

  • At the moment, the FAA is not allowed to regulate the safety of “spaceflight participants” — Bezos, Branson or anyone else who would fly on one of these vehicles — until at least 2023.
  • Instead, the crews today fly under a regime known as “informed consent” where they must agree to and be told of the risks before launch.
  • That moratorium on regulation was put in place in order to allow the industry to launch before restrictions were placed on it.

Source: https://www.axios.com/branson-bezos-space-race-stakes-8261d5aa-a206-4fbe-9d89-84c72caf5f14.html
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The 7 Weirdest Things About Venus, Hell Planet

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It’s been nearly 30 years since a NASA spacecraft went to Venus, a yellowish planet 67 million miles from the Sun and 141 million miles from us. Venus is often thought of as a sibling planet to Earth, both being rocky worlds close enough to the Sun to bask in its heat. And yet, at some point in their histories, the…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/the-7-weirdest-things-about-venus-hell-planet-1847169040
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Isaac Schultz

Over 500 fast radio bursts captured by the CHIME telescope in its first 12 months

It’s challenging to capture a fast radio burst or FRB. To capture an FRB, a radio telescope has to be pointed in just the right direction. FRBs are bright flashes of light that register in the radio band of the electromagnetic spectrum and only exist for a few milliseconds before they vanish without a trace. Scientists have spotted FRBs in … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/over-500-fast-radio-bursts-captured-by-the-chime-telescope-in-its-first-12-months-10677146/
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