Volcanoes on Mars exploded in ‘super eruptions’ that blotted out the sun
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Volcanoes on Mars exploded in ‘super eruptions’ that blotted out the sun

Mars is home to the solar system’s largest volcano, Olympus Mons, and volcanic activity has had a profound impact on shaping the planet into the state it is in today. Now, new evidence shows that volcanic eruptions on ancient Mars were incredibly dramatic, with thousands of “super eruptions” throwing huge quantities of dust and gases Read more

SpaceX Inspiration4 civilian crew land safely off Florida coast
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SpaceX Inspiration4 civilian crew land safely off Florida coast

SpaceX’s first all-civilian crew has splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean following a three-day trip to orbit. The four members of the space tourism crew are healthy and well and their mission has surpassed its fundraising goal for research into childhood cancer. The Inspiration4 mission aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon splashed down off the Read more

Hear the sounds of space with these Chandra sonifications
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Hear the sounds of space with these Chandra sonifications

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has shared a new way to experience space, with three new “sonifications” which turn visual astronomy data into sounds. The first sonification is of Westerlund 2, a cluster of young stars which have been imaged in the optical wavelength by Hubble and in the X-ray wavelength by Chandra. As the sound Read more

Inspiration4 crew shares an update on their mission from orbit
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Inspiration4 crew shares an update on their mission from orbit

The crew of SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission, Inspiration4, has shared an update on how they have been spending their time in orbit — including performing scientific research, admiring the view from space, and enjoying art and music. The Inspiration4 crew consists of mission commander Jared Isaacman, the billionaire founder of Shift4 Payments, pilot Sian Proctor Read more

See the surface of Mars in 3D thanks to the Ingenuity helicopter
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See the surface of Mars in 3D thanks to the Ingenuity helicopter

On its 13th flight, the Ingenuity helicopter skimmed low over the surface of Mars, imaging one particular area of rock. Unlike previous flights, which had covered multiple targets over larger areas, this flight was to investigate one target in-depth — and now NASA has released a 3D image from that flight, showing a portion of Read more

Scientists discover how to turn toxic sewer gas into hydrogen fuel
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Scientists discover how to turn toxic sewer gas into hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen sulfide, known as sewer gas because it is emitted by manure and sewer pipes, is not only unpleasant to smell but is also poisonous and corrosive, and needs to be removed from products like natural gas. But now, researchers have found a way to convert this foul-smelling, dangerous sewer gas into useful fuel. Mick Read more

European Space Agency’s Trace Gas Orbiter snaps a volcanic trench on Mars
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European Space Agency’s Trace Gas Orbiter snaps a volcanic trench on Mars

A new image of the surface of Mars captured by a European and Russian orbiter shows a stunning overhead view of deep trenches in the surface of the planet created by activity from nearby volcanoes. Mars is host to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, and volcanic activity has played a key Read more

How to locate a habitable exoplanet by looking for moons
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How to locate a habitable exoplanet by looking for moons

When it comes to the search for habitable exoplanets, there are many factors to consider: A planet’s size and mass, its distance from its star, and its composition. But one factor that might be more important than you imagine is whether or not it has moons. A new study in The Astronomical Journal suggests finding Read more

Stars sparkle and shine in Hubble image of a distant globular cluster
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Stars sparkle and shine in Hubble image of a distant globular cluster

Another week, another beautiful image of space captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. This week’s image shows the globular cluster NGC 6717, located over 20,000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. A global cluster is a dense group of stars, often thousands or even millions of stars strong, which is bound together by gravity. Read more

There’s a weird asteroid shaped like a bone whipping around our sun
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There’s a weird asteroid shaped like a bone whipping around our sun

Astronomers have gotten their closest look yet at an unusually shaped asteroid orbiting the sun in the asteroid belt located between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars. The strange asteroid, named Kleopatra, was recently imaged in the most detail to date using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The image below shows the Read more