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May 21, 2021

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Space.com

The European Space Agency (ESA) has kicked off the development of a future satellite constellation that will orbit the moon and provide navigation and telecommunication services to lunar explorers. If all goes according to plan, the new system could be in …

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Space.com

Four eclipses will occur this year, two of the moon and two of the sun. The first of these will take place during the early hours of Wednesday (May 26) when the full moon becomes completely immersed in Earth’s dark umbral shadow, producing the first total …

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Space.com

By deduction, the study team discarded older hypotheses associated with FRBs. Because the newly found bursts don’t come from regions full of massive stars, this set likely can’t be associated with star explosions — such as those that produce supernovas.

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Phys.Org

A NASA team has found that organic salts are likely present on Mars. Like shards of ancient pottery, these salts are the chemical remnants of organic compounds, such as those previously detected by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Organic compounds and salts on …

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Phys.Org

China’s rover Zhurong, named after the mythological fire god, successfully touched down on Mars on May 14—the first time that China has successfully landed a rover on the red planet. On May 19, China’s National Space Administration issued the first images …

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Space.com

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured a dramatic image last month of Curiosity ascending Mont Mercou, a landform on the slopes of the Red Planet’s 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) Mount Sharp.

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Astronomy Magazine

May 26 brings a confluence of lunar events, including a lunar eclipse. Portions of the eclipse may be visible, depending on your location. maomaochang (Pixabay). Friday, May 21. Rising relatively late (around 10 P.M. local time) is a taste of the summer sky: …

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Phys.Org

On August 7, 1996, the then US president Bill Clinton stood on the White House lawn and announced the possibility that scientists had discovered the ancient, fossilized remains of micro-organisms in a meteorite that had been recovered from Antarctica in 1984.

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CNN

(CNN) This upcoming flight on another planet was never part of the plan. Once the Ingenuity helicopter completed its five flights to prove it could do so on Mars, its mission was supposed to be over. Nobody told Ingenuity, which itself was an add-on to the …

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Phys.Org

A series of ground-based high-speed extraction tests confirm the readiness of a new and upgraded parachute and bag system for a high-altitude drop test in early June, part of critical preparations to keep the ExoMars 2022 mission on track for its next launch …

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