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Fake Flybys Help Solve Phobos Mystery

Fear, Panic and Excitement: A Close Encounter with a Mysterious Moon

Mars is kept company by two crater moons – an inner moon named Phobos and an outer moon named Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona Asaph Hall, an American astronomer, discovered two small moons surrounding the planet March Mars is the second smallest planet in our solar system and the fourth planet from the sun. It’s …

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New discovery fills long-missing gap in evolutionary history

New discovery fills long-missing gap in evolutionary history

The infant’s upper jaw Yuanmoupithecus. Credit: Terry Harrison, NYU Department of Anthropology The oldest gibbon fossil has been discovered in southwestern China. The oldest gibbon fossil has been discovered by a team of researchers, filling a long-missing evolutionary gap in ape history. The study, which was published in the Journal of Human Evolutionfocuses on the …

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Insight First and Last Selfies

The end is near: NASA prepares to say “farewell” to the Mars InSight lander that made history

This image alternates between Insight’s first and last selfies, for comparison purposes. Using its robotic arm’s camera, NASA’s InSight lander took these selfies on December 6, 2018 – just 10 days after landing on Mars – and April 24, 2022. A thick layer of dust is visible on the lander and its solar panels in …

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Insight First and Last Selfies

The end is near: NASA prepares to say “farewell” to the Mars InSight lander that made history

This image alternates between Insight’s first and last selfies, for comparison purposes. Using its robotic arm’s camera, NASA’s InSight lander took these selfies on December 6, 2018 – just 10 days after landing on Mars – and April 24, 2022. A thick layer of dust is visible on the lander and its solar panels in …

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An artist's illustration captures an asteroid orbiting closer to the sun than Earth's orbit.

‘Planet-killer’ asteroids detected after being hidden by sun glare

Astronomers have detected three asteroids near Earth, two of which pose a potential threat as “planet killers” due to their larger and dangerous size, but don’t worry, says a NASA expert, they shouldn’t hurt us. According to findings published Monday in the peer-reviewed Astronomical Journal, the three asteroids – which belong to a group found …

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CAPSTONE on target to reach lunar orbit after difficult journey

CAPSTONE on target to reach lunar orbit after difficult journey

Artistic representation of CAPSTONE in lunar orbit. GIF: NASA/Daniel Rutter NASA’s CAPSTONE performed its fourth of six scheduled course correction maneuvers on Thursday, Oct. 27, setting the stage for the spacecraft’s arrival in an elliptical halo lunar orbit in less than two weeks. Randall Park | Early fandoms The 55-pound cubesat fired its propulsion system …

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CAPSTONE on target to reach lunar orbit after difficult journey

CAPSTONE on target to reach lunar orbit after difficult journey

Artistic representation of CAPSTONE in lunar orbit. GIF: NASA/Daniel Rutter NASA’s CAPSTONE performed its fourth of six scheduled course correction maneuvers on Thursday, Oct. 27, setting the stage for the spacecraft’s arrival in an elliptical halo lunar orbit in less than two weeks. 01:30 Randall Park | Early fandoms Friday 3:07 p.m. The 55-pound cubesat …

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NASA prepares to say "farewell" to the InSight spacecraft - NASA's InSight Mars lander

NASA prepares to say “farewell” to the InSight spacecraft – NASA’s InSight Mars lander

InSight Selfie Comparison Using its robotic arm’s camera, NASA’s InSight lander took these selfies on December 6, 2018 – just 10 days after landing on Mars – and April 24, 2022. A thick layer of dust is visible on the lander and its solar panels in this last image. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download picture › A …

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Powerful telescope captures jaw-dropping aftermath of giant star's death

Dramatic image captures ‘ghostly’ aftermath of giant star’s death 11,000 years ago

The space organizations didn’t let us forget that it was Halloween on Monday. The NASA Exoplanets Twitter account has become NASA Hexoplanets and NASA Goddard was NASA Ghoul. The James Webb Space Telescope has updated its portrait of the celestial pillars of creation disengage something from a hellish vibe. And on Monday, the European Southern …

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