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January 11, 2022

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Space.com

Perseverance Mars rover collects 6th Red Planet rock sample but chokes on some pebbles

“I recently captured my sixth rock core and have encountered a new challenge. Seems some pebble-sized debris is obstructing my robotic arm from handing off the tube for sealing/storage. More images and data to come.

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Space.com

Moon ‘mystery hut’ is just a rabbit-shaped rock, Chinese rover finds

The new images, published by Ourspace, a Chinese language science outreach channel affiliated with the China National Space Administration (CNSA,) reveal a small rock near the rim of a crater, with Yutu 2’s drive team describing it as a “jade rabbit” (玉兔 …

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Space.com

Weird ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanet is shaped like a football

The new observations of WASP-103b came courtesy of the CHaracterizing ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS), a European space telescope that launched in December 2019. Researchers also used previous observations made by NASA’s long-running …

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Spaceflight Now

Astronomers relieved with final Webb telescope deployment milestone

Still cruising toward its operating orbit nearly a million miles from Earth, the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope completed a transformation into its final dimension Saturday with the last of some 50 post-launch deployments, the unfolding of the …

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NPR

Who gets to use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope? Astronomers work to fight bias

The scientists who eventually get to peer out at the universe with NASA’s powerful new James Webb Space Telescope will be the lucky ones whose research proposals made it through a highly competitive selection process. But those that didn’t make the cut …

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Space.com

NASA’s newly launched X-ray space telescope is ready to start observing the cosmos

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest space observatory, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), is set to begin spying on some of the universe’s most dramatic objects — black holes and neutron stars — potentially changing our understanding of …

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Phys.Org

Simulated image shows how NASA’s Roman could expand on Hubble’s deepest view

A team of astrophysicists has created a simulated image that shows how the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope could conduct a mega-exposure similar to but far larger than Hubble’s celebrated Ultra Deep Field Image. This Hubble observation transformed …

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CNN

Oceans were the warmest on record in 2021, for the 3rd year in a row

An aerial view of the southern tip of Fongafale island in Tuvalu. The low-lying South Pacific island nation is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise, which is caused in part by warming ocean temperatures.

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The New York Times

Uncovering Mysteries of Female Dolphin Sexual Anatomy

A close examination of 11 clitorises from common bottlenose dolphins suggests the female cetaceans experience pleasure during frequent sexual activity.

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EarthSky

Can we – should we – send life to the nearest star?

A new study by scientists probes what’s needed to send life to the nearest star. One idea is that tardigrades, or water bears, such as the one pictured in this artist’s concept, would be among the first to go. These little creatures are only about 1 mm …

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