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September 16, 2022
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Space.com

Smallsat launcher ABL Space Systems gearing up for its 1st-ever liftoff

ABL completed a key fueling test, called a wet dress rehearsal, with its RS1 rocket on the pad at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week, the company said.

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Spaceflight Now

Rocket Lab’s 30th mission delivers Japanese radar satellite into orbit

Rocket Lab’s 30th mission delivered the StriX 1 radar imaging satellite into orbit for the Japanese Earth observation company Synspective, beginning the deployment of a constellation of 30 commercial radar satellites planned over the next four years.

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CNN

Perseverance rover finds strong clues in ‘treasure hunt’ for life on Mars

(CNN) Investigating the site of an ancient river delta, the Perseverance rover has collected some of the most important samples yet on its mission to determine if life ever existed on Mars, according to NASA scientists.

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Space.com

See elusive planet Neptune in opposition tonight (Sept. 16)

On Friday (Sept. 16), skywatchers will get the opportunity to view Neptune in opposition as it moves opposite the sun in the night sky. Skywatchers will be able to see Neptune for the majority of the night, from around the time the sun sets to roughly …

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CNN

Meet the mystery diamond from outer space

Professor Andy Tomkins, left, from Monash University with RMIT University PhD scholar Alan Salek and a ureilite meteor sample. From RMIT University. Editor’s Note: Sign up for …

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Space.com

We still haven’t found most of Mars’ ancient lakes

But such large, dramatic craters may not be representative of most ancient Mars lake habitats, according to the new study; indeed, statistics suggest that most Martian paleolakes probably have not been found yet. In …

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The New York Times

China’s Discovery of Lunar Mineral Could Add to Fuller View of the Moon

Scientists found a single crystal of a new phosphate mineral while analyzing lunar basalt particles, which were collected from the moon two years ago by the Chang’e-5 mission.

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Livescience.com

Whip-cracking burst of energy from sun could explain solar wind

Scientists have captured the first direct evidence of the sun’s magnetic field quickly switching directions, which could help explain the mysterious force that flings particles across our solar system. The researchers observed the phenomenon using the …

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USA TODAY

Did life ever exist on Mars? NASA’s Perseverance rover finds organic matter in rock samples

NASA’s Perseverance rover is investigating signs of ancient life on Mars, and has now collected some of the most promising samples from the Red Planet yet. According to NASA, several rock samples containing organic matter were found in Jezero Crater, …

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Popular Science

Space diamonds sparkle from the wreckage of a crushed dwarf planet

Today, our solar system is fairly stable. There are eight planets (sorry, Pluto) that keep constant orbit around the sun, with little risk of being crushed by asteroids. But it wasn’t always that way. Some 4.5 billion years ago, as the solar system was …

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