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Oct 28, 2022

Bound NASA instrument preparing to brave the harsh atmosphere

Posted by in categories: chemistry, space

NASA scientists are preparing to paint the most detailed picture to date of the atmosphere of Venus when the aptly named DAVINCI — or Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry, and Imaging — mission drops a probe to the planet’s surface.

When the 3-foot-wide (0.9 meters) descent sphere of the DAVINCI mission takes its one-way parachute trip to Venus’ surface in the early 2030s, it will be carrying the VASI (Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation) instrument along with five other instruments. VASI will collect data regarding the temperature, pressure and winds of Venus’ atmosphere as it makes its hellish descent and enters the planet’s crushing lower atmosphere.

Oct 28, 2022

‘Conan the Bacterium’ Has What It Takes to Survive on Mars

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

“If Martian life ever existed, even if viable lifeforms are not now present on Mars, their macromolecules and viruses would survive much, much longer,” says study lead author Michael Daly, a pathologist at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in a statement. “That strengthens the probability that, if life ever evolved on Mars, this will be revealed in future missions.”

Mars is an exceedingly hostile place. The planet’s surface is dry and frozen, and cosmic radiation and solar protons are constantly bombarding it. But that may not have always been the case—scientists believe water flowed on Mars between 2 and 2.5 billion years ago, which would’ve made the planet slightly more hospitable.

Researchers were curious to know what kind of life might have evolved—and, potentially, survived into the present—on the Red Planet. To attempt to answer that question, they mimicked the cold, arid conditions of Mars here on Earth with six species of microorganisms.

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Oct 28, 2022

Quakes on Mars reveal there may be magma beneath the surface

Posted by in category: space

Mars may not be the geologically dead world we thought it was, as hints of magma have been discovered underground.

The Red Planet is thought to have been volcanically active in the past, but not for many millions of years. Now, by studying a cluster of more than 20 seismic events on Mars using data from NASA’s InSight lander mission, Simon Stähler at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and his colleagues have uncovered a likely magma deposit near Cerberus Fossae, a region of fissures created by fault lines.

InSight landed on Mars in 2018 with the objective of studying seismic waves that travel across the planet’s surface and from deep within its interior. By investigating the speed and frequency of these waves, we can better understand Mars’s geological structure.

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Oct 28, 2022

Existential Hope: Creon Levit | On space and the long-term future

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, engineering, food, nanotechnology, space, supercomputing

Are we alone in the universe? What could a future for humans in space look like? And what would Creon’s advise to Elon Musk be if he wants to make a self-sufficient mass colony there? This Hope Drop features Creon Levit, chief technologist and director of R&D at Planet Labs.

Creon Levit is chief technologist at Planet Labs, where he works to move the world toward existential hope via novel satellite technologies. He also hosts Foresight Institute’s Space Group.

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Oct 27, 2022

Listening to Equation-of-State Changes

Posted by in categories: information science, physics, space

Simulations indicate that postmerger gravitational waves from coalescing neutron stars could allow researchers to hear the phase transitions between exotic states of matter.

Oct 27, 2022

Martian Impacts Seen and Heard

Posted by in categories: mapping, space

Linking acoustic and seismic signals from meteorite strikes to orbiter images is a step toward mapping the planet’s interior.

Oct 27, 2022

Amateur scientists uncover origin story of meteorite that makes pigs vomit

Posted by in category: space

They believe it was spotted by a student as it descended on Earth and retrieved in a pond.

Science sleuths may have unlocked the century-old mystery of the origins of a Martian meteorite whose toxins make pigs and humans vomit, according to a press release published on Monday by the University of Glasgow.


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Oct 27, 2022

Surprise! Webb Telescope image reveals an ancient galaxy is actually two objects

Posted by in category: space

Astronomers thought they were looking at one distant galaxy, but new Webb images reveal two — on a collision course with a third.

Oct 27, 2022

See Saturn’s rings in glorious detail in stunning new composite image

Posted by in category: space

A newly processed image, comprising 41 observations by NASA’s retired Cassini mission, provides insights into the origins of Saturn’s rings.

Oct 26, 2022

SpaceX announces a new ‘flat high performance’ Starlink dish for internet on moving vehicles

Posted by in categories: internet, space

The newly-designed dish allows users to have a permanent high-performance Starlink installation on their vehicles.

SpaceX announced it is now accepting orders for its new “flat high-performance” Starlink dish for moving vehicles.

In a Tuesday tweet, the private space firm explained that the new offering allows customers to “enjoy high-speed, low-latency internet while on the move!”

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