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December 16, 2023
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Space.com

NASA donates Ingenuity Mars Helicopter prototype to Smithsonian

‘This is something that I had at the top of my wish list ever since I heard that Ingenuity was flying along with Perseverance.’ Comments (0). a small, four-rotor drone sits on a grayish-white surface. NASA’s aerial prototype for its Ingenuity Mars …

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Space.com

This Week In Space podcast: Episode 91 — 2023 Holiday Special!

This holiday special episode of This Week in Space covers a wide range of space topics from 2023, including asteroid sample return, China’s space achievements, commercial lunar landers, Mars sample return challenges, UFO disclosure, and more.

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CNN

Land of the lost: Hidden lagoon network found with living fossils similar to those from more than 3 billion years ago

A high plateau in northwestern Argentina has salt lagoons with living giant stromatolites, layered rocks created by microbes that represent the earliest fossil evidence for life on Earth. Brian Hynek.

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CNN

Rare rock structures could provide a glimpse into possible life on ancient Mars

In Puna de Atacama, a high plateau in northwestern Argentina, researchers uncovered a system of lagoons that contain living giant stromatolites, or layered rocks created by microbes. Brian Hynek.

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The Washington Post

Here’s what happens when the sun’s ‘wind’ disappears near Earth and Mars

The disruptions to the Martian magnetosphere caused by changes in solar wind could help paint a fuller picture on how the planet lost its water billions of years ago, the study’s authors say. On Earth, scientists say …

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Space.com

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch of X-37B space plane now targeted for Dec. 28

a white rocket stands on a launch pad against a dark blue sky. A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket topped with the U.S. Space Force’s X-37B space plane stands on the launch …

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CNN

Life may have everything it needs to exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Plumes can be seen releasing water vapor and organic compounds into space at the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

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BBC News

Coral islands in Australia at risk of disappearing

Multiple stresses including rising sea levels threaten their existence. Their disappearance could have implications for the country’s maritime borders, the study said. The islands extend the jurisdiction of Australia …

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The Washington Post

A remote desert ecosystem may hold clues to Earth’s earliest days

Researchers have discovered a unique lagoon ecosystem in Argentina’s high Puna de Atacama Desert, they announced at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union last week. The ecosystem, which features bizarre rocky formations that teem with microbial …

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Popular Science

This new synthetic material is nearly as durable as diamonds

Apart from their luxury connotation, diamonds are also desired for their far more tangible, useful property—being the hardest material on Earth. The glittering mineral’s durability measures somewhere between 70 and 150 gigapascals (GPa), …

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