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May 12, 2021

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Space.com

The hope is that, by bringing some of the Red Planet back to Earth, we can gain more insight into Mars’ potential for life by using high-resolution lab instruments to examine Martian rocks.

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Space.com

Of the five bright naked-eye planets, by far the easiest and brightest to see is Venus. There never seems to be a problem in locating this dazzling world, whether it is in the morning or evening sky. Still, there are occasions when Venus is not very well placed for …

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Space.com

The California-based company aims to recover the first stage of the Electron rocket that launches its next mission, which is currently targeted to lift off no earlier than Saturday (May 15) from New Zealand.

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Space.com

The mirror, which is composed of 18 hexagonal segments, is too wide to fit inside the payload fairing of any currently operational rocket, so it will launch in a compact configuration and deploy after reaching space.

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CNN

Now, Perseverance is gearing up to conduct its primary mission: studying Jezero Crater and searching for signs of ancient life on Mars. About 3.9 billion years ago, the crater was filled with a lake that was fed by a river delta.

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The New York Times

Changes to the atmosphere caused by carbon dioxide emissions could increase the amount of debris that stays in orbit.

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BBC News

The technological marvel that is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is going through final testing before being shipped to the launch site. The successor to the mighty Hubble is due to leave Earth in October to begin a new era of astronomical discovery …

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EarthSky

Interstellar space isn’t quite as empty as a vacuum, and a team of scientists announced on May 10, 2021, that Voyager 1 has now sent back a message, saying it’s detected a faint, monotonous hum of interstellar gas (plasma).

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Space.com

Scientists have spotted water in a primitive meteorite, expanding our understanding of the ancient solar system. Water is abundant in our solar system — from the icy rings of Saturn to the subsurface water on its moon Enceladus and the liquid water and ice …

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Phys.Org

Now NASA engineers have rendered the flight in 3D, lending dramatic depth to the flight as the helicopter ascends, hovers, then zooms laterally off-screen before returning for a pinpoint landing. Seeing the sequence is a bit like standing on the Martian surface …

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