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December 13, 2023
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Perseverance rover celebrates 1000 Mars days on the Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance rover just rolled past a big milestone on the Red Planet. The car-sized Perseverance has now been exploring its exotic environs for 1,000 Mars days, or sols. (One sol is slightly longer than an Earth day — 24 hours and 37 minutes.).

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CNN

Voyager 1 stops communicating with Earth due to computer issue

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a computer glitch that’s causing a bit of a communication breakdown between the 46-year-old probe and its mission team on Earth. Engineers are currently trying to solve the …

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James Webb Space Telescope spies record-breaking ‘failed star’ that shouldn’t exist (video)

Meanwhile, the smallest one has a mass around three times that of Jupiter, making it a challenge to current theories about how these celestial objects are born. The discovery could help astronomers better determine where the line between planets and stars …

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Webb telescope captures closest, most detailed glimpse inside a supernova

Thousands of years ago, a star in our galaxy violently exploded and created a glowing supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A that has intrigued scientists for decades. Now, a new image captured by the James Webb Space …

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Mars’ atmosphere swelled like a balloon when solar wind stopped blowing. Scientists are thrilled

But for a rare two days last December, some of that wind went away. Its sudden and dramatic disappearance, causing the atmosphere on Mars’ sun-facing side to swell by nearly four times its usual size — from its usual 497 miles (800 km) to over 1,864 miles …

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The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. Here’s what weather you can expect in the US

Those in the favored regions for viewing should be sure to bundle up, as overnight temperatures will be in the teens and 20s. Comments (0). a dark mountainous landscape beneath a dark sky with many shooting stars. A view of the Geminid meteor shower in …

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Relive Artemis 1 Orion’s fiery return from the moon in this amazing video

Has it already been a year? On Dec. 11, 2022, NASA’s uncrewed Orion capsule returned safely to Earth, bringing a successful end to the landmark Artemis 1 moon mission. That homecoming was a fiery and dramatic one, as video from Orion shows: The capsule …

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Scientific American

Road Map for US Particle Physics Wins Broad Approval

The 164-page report also offered strong support for building the Cosmic Microwave Background Stage IV (CMB-S4) project—a series of telescopes to study the early universe—and for pursuing R&D for a muon collider, a technically intimidating goal that could …

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Earth may have had all the elements needed for life all along − contrary to meteorite origin theories

Volatiles evaporate more readily than other elements. Common examples include carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, though our research focused on a group called chalcogens. Sulfur, selenium and tellurium are all chalcogens.

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The Geminids could send hundreds of meteors streaking across the sky this week

In an area with clear viewing conditions and no light interference from a full moon, NASA estimates that the Geminids could offer up to 120 visible meteors per hour, making it the strongest annual meteor shower, or “king of the meteor showers,” as Lunsford …

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