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Scientists gain new insight into the atmosphere of Pluto

In the middle of August 2018, the dwarf planet Pluto passed in front of the star giving astronomers an ideal opportunity to learn more about the atmospheric density of the former planet. Researchers from the Southwest Research Institute and a team of astronomers used telescopes at numerous sites in the US and Mexico to observe the atmosphere of Pluto as … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/scientists-gain-new-insight-into-the-atmosphere-of-pluto-06694155/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Shane McGlaun

Bizarre ‘Bone’ Asteroid Is Even Weirder Than We Imagined

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Astronomers have captured the best images yet of Kleopatra, a 168-mile-long asteroid nicknamed the “dog-bone” on account of its unusual shape. The latest observations are offering fresh insights into the object’s shape and precarious spin and how its moons likely came into existence.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/bizarre-bone-asteroid-is-even-weirder-than-we-imagined-1847638453
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A giant asteroid buzzed the Earth yesterday

A gigantic asteroid that is considered potentially hazardous by NASA zipped past the Earth yesterday at a very high rate of speed. The asteroid, called 2016 AJ193, flew past the Earth at a velocity of 58,000 mph. It’s hard to imagine a speed that high; it equates to traveling about 16 miles every second. NASA estimates the asteroid is about … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/a-giant-asteroid-buzzed-the-earth-yesterday-22687978/
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Russian Space Junk Hit a Chinese Satellite in March, Evidence Suggests

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The mysterious breakdown of the Yunhai 1-02 satellite in March has likely been solved. The discarded remnants of an old Russian rocket appear to have smashed into the Chinese satellite, in what is an ominous sign of things to come in our increasingly cluttered low Earth orbit.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/russian-space-junk-hit-a-chinese-satellite-in-march-ev-1847511922
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The Article Was Written/Published By: George Dvorsky

Check out this rare photograph of a triplet galaxy

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A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captures a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. This system – known as Arp 195 – is featured in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, a list which showcases some of the weirder and more wonderful galaxies in the universe.

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Thom Dunn

NASA’s Perseverance rover fails to collect its first Mars rock sample

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NASA’s Perseverance rover just had a rare misstep. The space agency has revealed that the robotic vehicle failed to collect Mars rock samples during its first attempt. While the percussive drill, coring bit and sample tube processing worked “as intended,” a probe indicated that the tube was empty — not exactly what scientists were expecting when everything else checked out.

Scientists are still investigating what happened and may not have an answer for a few days. Perseverance project manager Jennifer Trosper said the team suspected the rock might have reacted in an unexpected way during the coring process. The equipment is likely fine, in other words.

The Martian surface has created problems more than once. The Phoenix Lander had trouble gathering “sticky” soil in 2008, for instance, while Curiosity and InSight have also had trouble cracking into rocks and the surface itself.

This initial setback won’t necessarily jeopardize Perseverance’s mission. However, NASA will want to keep incidents like this to a minimum. The rover was sent to Mars in no small part to collect samples that would eventually return to Earth and help scientists look for signs of past life. The fewer samples NASA gets, the fewer chances it will have to explore Mars’ history.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/nasa-perserverance-mars-rover-rock-sample-failure-153947031.html?src=rss
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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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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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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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