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December 15, 2023
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Space.com

Perseverance Mars rover to climb crater rim next spring in bonus mission

Nearly three years ago, NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars as part of a decades-long effort to study if the now-barren planet ever hosted life. Jezero Crater once harbored a big lake and a river delta. The car-sized Perseverance, equipped with …

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Space.com

This ISS mission could ‘open some eyes’ about climate science

NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission has delivered the first-ever comprehensive map of minerals located across Earth’s dust source regions. Created with data collected up until Nov. 2023 …

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Space.com

Tiny 14-inch satellite studies ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanets evaporating into space

A small ultraviolet telescope in a cubesat has been watching the atmospheres of some hot Jupiters evaporate. Comments (0). An artist’s illustration of a planet with an evaporating trail of matter running behind it. An illustration of a hot Jupiter with …

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Space.com

Saturn moon Enceladus harbors key ingredient for life

‘Not only does Enceladus seem to meet the basic requirements for habitability, we now have an idea about how complex biomolecules could form there, and what sort of chemical pathways might be involved.’ Comments (0). the top of a planetary body rises …

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Spaceflight Now

Live coverage: SpaceX to launch first Starlink satellites with direct-to-cell capability

Update 1:13 a.m. EST: SpaceX delayed the launch until Friday night at 9:19 p.m. PST (12:19 a.m. EST, 0519 UTC). SpaceX is looking to rebound from a week of scuttled launches with a Falcon 9 launch from California. The Starlink 7-9 mission will feature …

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Space.com

‘What is that material?’: Potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu stumps scientists with its odd makeup

Tasked with finding clues about origins of life on Earth, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft scooped up pieces of a rugged, rubble-pile asteroid named Bennu in late 2020 and delivered them to Earth about two months ago. On Monday (Dec.

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Space.com

SpaceX to launch 1st batch of ‘direct to cell’ Starlink satellites early Dec. 15

a rocket carves a yellow-orange arc into the sky during a night launch. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 23 Starlink satellites on Nov. 7, 2023.

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Space.com

NASA identifies 17 exoplanets with possible subsurface oceans

Some of these worlds may be home to vast watery oceans beneath their freezing surfaces. … As far as we know, life needs water. Due to this simple truth, astronomers and astrobiologists have naturally …

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The Washington Post

The biggest solar flare since 2017 just launched off the sun

Energy from the eruption could cause minor geomagnetic storming on Earth and the northern lights in the high latitudes this weekend … At 12:02 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, a massive X-class solar flare — the strongest kind — launched off the sun.

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Phys.Org

Computational model captures the elusive transition states of chemical reactions

During a chemical reaction, molecules gain energy until they reach what’s known as the transition state—a point of no return from which the reaction must proceed. This state is so fleeting that it’s nearly impossible to observe it experimentally.

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