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January 3, 2024
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The Planetary Society

Revisiting the discovery of phosphorus on Enceladus

This week on Planetary Radio, we are revisiting one of the biggest recent headlines in planetary science, the detection of phosphorus in the oceans of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Phosphorus is a key ingredient for life on Earth, and this discovery marks the …

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Space.com

The top 10 spaceflight stories of 2023

1. Starship · 2. Science · 3. OSIRIS-REx · 4. Chandrayaan-3 · 5. Luna-25 crash · 6. Frank Rubio · 7. Soyuz leak · 8. Silent Barker …

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Space.com

Starship, Starlink and more: SpaceX poised for huge 2024

Surprise, surprise: SpaceX plans to set more spaceflight records this year. Elon Musk’s company launched 96 orbital missions in 2023, a big jump from its previous high of 61, which was set a year earlier. And SpaceX is planning another big leap in 2024 …

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Space.com

Spacetime ripples detected in 2023 continue to puzzle astronomers. Could they be from the dawn of the universe?

The discovery team, the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, or NANOGrav, collaboration, strongly suspects the ripples in space-time were created from merging supermassive black holes, each a billion times more massive than our sun …

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CNN

How to watch the Quadrantids, the first meteor shower of the year

Meteors are leftover pieces from broken asteroids and comet particles that spread out in dusty trails orbiting the sun. Each year, Earth passes through the debris trails, and pieces of dust and rock create colorful, fiery displays called meteor showers as …

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Spaceflight Now

Live coverage: SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch Ovzon-3 satellite, kicking off launch year at the Cape

The orbital launch year is about to kick off in Florida in the same way it ended 2023: with the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. On board the workhorse launch vehicle is a communications satellite for Sweden-based Ovzon. Liftoff of the rocket is set …

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope could look for ‘carbon-lite’ exoplanet atmospheres in search for alien life

“We have a way to find out if there’s liquid water on another planet. And it’s something we can get to in the next few years.” Comments (0). An illustration of different exoplanets. (Image credit: Christine Daniloff, MIT; iStock).

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Space.com

The Quadrantid meteor shower 2024 peaks tonight alongside a bright moon

But back in the late-18th century there was a constellation here called “Quadrans Muralis,” the “Mural or Wall Quadrant” (an astronomical instrument). Quadrans Muralis is a long-obsolete star pattern, invented in 1795 by J.J. Lalande to commemorate the …

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Space.com

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter sets new distance record on the Red Planet

The little rotorcraft covered 2,315 feet (705 meters) during its 69th flight, on Dec. 20.

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Space.com

SpaceX to launch Swedish internet satellite tonight: Watch it live

If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9’s first stage will return to Earth tonight, touching down back at Cape Canaveral eight minutes after liftoff. It will be the 10th launch and landing for this particular booster, according to the SpaceX mission …

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