5 October 2022
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Sofia, the Historic Airplane-Borne Telescope, Lands for the Last Time

Over the past eight years, a modified Boeing 747 jetliner has flown hundreds of flights on a unique mission: carrying a 19-ton, 2.5-meter telescope known as Sofia, or the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Flying a telescope on a jumbo jet offered a way to peer into the heavens at wavelengths that could not be […]

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NASA’s DART Spacecraft Smashes Into an Asteroid—on Purpose

“This is the first time we’ve actually attempted to move something in our solar system with the intent of preventing a [potential] natural disaster that has been part of our planet’s history from the beginning,” says Statler. The DART probe—the name is short for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test—has been in the works since 2015. […]

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Hurricane Ian Blows Back NASA’s Artemis Launch

NASA’s team leading the Artemis program of lunar missions really wants to get on with their inaugural spaceflight—which was slated for tomorrow morning. But with a strengthening Hurricane Ian barreling toward the Florida launchpad, it’s time to move the massive Space Launch System rocket to safety. The space agency will roll the rocket back to […]

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The UK Is Rejoining the Space Race

Virgin Orbit’s flight is expected to be just the start of the country’s launch prowess. Two more spaceports are currently under development, one at the northernmost tip of mainland UK in Sutherland, Scotland, and another in the Shetland Islands, even further north, off the Scottish coast. Both will be used for more classic vertical rocket […]

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022 photos are out of this world

These images are some of the winning and shortlisted entries for this year’s competition, organised by the Royal Observatory in London Space 16 September 2022 By Gege Li Stabbing Into the Stars Zihui Hu These spellbinding photos reveal what is lying in wait when we cast our gaze upwards to the vast expanse of space. The […]

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Digs Up Organic Molecules on Mars

After trundling around the Jezero crater for 550 Martian days, NASA’s Perseverance rover has amassed nearly half its planned rock collection—including some containing organic molecules, a possible sign that life could have thrived there more than 3 billion years ago. These are compounds that contain carbon, and often hydrogen or oxygen, which are likely crucial […]

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The UN Wants to Curb Anti-Satellite Missile Tests

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also created challenges for space diplomacy. At the UN meeting, several diplomats expressed support for Ukrainians in their statements. Each time, the Russian delegate reminded the chair that comments are supposed to remain focused on the issues at hand. “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is going differently now, and Russia has […]

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Strange hexagonal diamonds found in meteorite from another planet

Diamonds found in four meteorites in north-west Africa probably came from an ancient dwarf planet, and they are expected to be harder than Earth diamonds Space 12 September 2022 By Alice Klein Electron microscopy has revealed hexagonal diamonds (the dark area near the middle of the picture) in meteorites found in Africa Alan Salek/RMIT Mysterious […]

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The Webb Space Telescope Snaps Its First Photo of an Exoplanet

The JWST’s size and sensitivity enabled it to collect more light from this planet than any previous observatory has obtained. (Its photo looks grainier than SPHERE’s only because the JWST observes longer, infrared wavelengths.) This allowed Hinkley, Biller and their team to refine the estimate of the planet’s mass, which they peg at about seven […]

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The number that is too big for the universe

TREE(3) is a number that turns up easily from just playing a simple mathematical game. Yet, it is so colossally large that it couldn’t conceivably fit in our universe, writes Antonio Padilla Mathematics 9 September 2022 By Antonio Padilla TREE(3) is colossal John Hayward / Alamy Stock Photo There are many numbers that fit quite naturally […]

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