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Scientists Identify a Possible Source for Red Cap on Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon

Scientists Identify a Possible Source for Red Cap on Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon

Southwest Research Institute scientists combined data from NASA’s New Horizons mission with novel laboratory experiments and exospheric modeling to reveal the likely composition of the red cap on Pluto’s moon Charon and how it may have formed. New findings suggest drastic seasonal surges in Charon’s thin atmosphere combined with light breaking down the condensing methane …

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Ongoing Artemis moon rocket's final prelaunch test faces issues on the launchpad

Ongoing Artemis moon rocket’s final prelaunch test faces issues on the launchpad

The fourth attempt of a final prelaunch test started on Saturday, with fueling of the rocket expected to begin Monday morning. The crucial test, known as the wet dress rehearsal, simulates every stage of launch without the rocket leaving the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This process includes loading supercold propellant, going through …

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A Chinese Telescope Did Not Find an Alien Signal. The Search Continues.

A Chinese Telescope Did Not Find an Alien Signal. The Search Continues.

It was a project that launched a thousand interstellar dreams. Fifty years ago, NASA published a fat, 253-page book titled, “Project Cyclops.” It summarized the results of a NASA workshop on how to detect alien civilizations. What was needed, the assembled group of astronomers, engineers and biologists concluded, was Cyclops, a vast array of radio …

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Remnants of early E. Coli bacteria were present in the gallstones of a mummified Italian prince

Gallstone from a mummified 16th century prince used to reconstruct the ancient genome of E. coli

When you think about precious crown jewels, a 400-year-old gallstone is probably not what springs to mind! However, a team of scientists have found something very valuable inside calcified balls extracted from a 16th century Italian prince’s gallbladder. Remnants of early E. Coli were found to be present, and researchers from McMaster University in Canada have used …

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Building the Ultimate Milky Way Map: Here's What Scientists Have So Far

Building the Ultimate Milky Way Map: Here’s What Scientists Have So Far

Beyond the realm of mind-blowing spaceflight, groundbreaking satellites and stunning moon landings, the European Space Agency is focused on one crucial quest. It’s simply to “create the most accurate and complete multidimensional map of the Milky Way.”  The ambitious endeavor is called Gaia, and for the last several years, ESA has been steadily making progress …

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A Rogue Black Hole Roaming Our Galaxy May Have Just Been Confirmed

A Rogue Black Hole Roaming Our Galaxy May Have Just Been Confirmed

The first detection of what appears to be a rogue black hole drifting through the Milky Way, revealed earlier this year, just got important validation. A second team of scientists, conducting a separate, independent analysis, has reached almost the same finding, adding weight to the idea that we’ve potentially identified a rogue black hole wandering …

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SpaceX faces NASA hurdle for Starship backup launch pad

SpaceX faces NASA hurdle for Starship backup launch pad

Starship prototypes are pictured at the SpaceX South Texas launch site near Brownsville, Texas, U.S., May 22, 2022. Picture taken May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) – NASA wants Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ensure its plan to launch its next-generation Starship rocket …

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Europe's 'largest predatory dinosaur' found by UK fossil hunter

Europe’s ‘largest predatory dinosaur’ found by UK fossil hunter

An artist’s depiction of the massive White Rock spinosaurid. A giant crocodile-faced dinosaur, discovered on the Isle of Wight by one of Britain’s best fossil hunters, was probably the largest predator ever to stalk Europe, scientists said on Thursday. Most of the bones of the two-legged spinosaurid were found by the late local collector Nick …

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An Ultra-Rare Cosmic Object Was Just Detected in The Milky Way, Astronomers Report

An Ultra-Rare Cosmic Object Was Just Detected in The Milky Way, Astronomers Report

A new member of a category of star so rare we can count the known number of them on our fingers and toes has just been discovered in the Milky Way. It’s called MAXI J1816-195, located no greater than 30,000 light-years away. Preliminary observations and investigations suggest that it’s an accreting X-ray millisecond pulsar – …

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