Space

The Lyrid meteor shower, a spectacular annual event, is currently underway from April 15 to April 29. While it was most active on Sunday night to Monday morning, it will still be visible for the next week. An exciting aspect of this year’s shower is the alignment with the April full moon, also known as
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After years of speculation and debate, recent research has provided groundbreaking insight into the composition of the Moon’s inner core. In a study published in May 2023, astronomer Arthur Briaud and his team revealed that the Moon’s inner core is not made of green cheese, as was once humorously suggested, but rather is a solid
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Recently, NASA announced that its Voyager 1 probe, the most remote human-made object in space, had resumed sending useful data back to Earth. This exciting news came after months of the spacecraft transmitting nonsensical information to ground control. The setback occurred on November 14, 2023, when Voyager 1 ceased to provide coherent data, although it
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Known for its intense volcanic activity, Jupiter’s moon Io presents a landscape unlike any other in the Solar System. With around 400 active volcanoes dotting its surface, Io is a spectacular display of fire and fury. Recent flybys by NASA’s Juno spacecraft have provided us with a closer look at some of the previously unseen
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When considering the search for extraterrestrial life, it is important to understand the potential differences between Earth’s biosphere and that of another planet. While Earth is dominated by green plants producing oxygen through photosynthesis, there are organisms on our planet that can survive in extreme environments. This raises the question of what alien plant life
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Pluto, the dwarf planet at the edge of our solar system, is known for its distinctive “heart” feature called Tombaugh Regio. This heart-shaped region has intrigued scientists for years, with its bright appearance and unique geological characteristics. Researchers have long been puzzled by how this heart got started, but a recent study published in Nature
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When NASA initiated the Perseverance rover mission to Mars with the goal of collecting samples, it may have underestimated the complexity of the task. The initial mission cost of US$2.4 billion seemed significant, but as the mission progressed, it became clear that bringing those samples back to Earth would be a monumental challenge. The Ambitious
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NASA’s Mars Sample Return mission has been facing uncertainty in recent times due to budget and schedule issues. An independent review highlighted unrealistic expectations, an unwieldy structure, and ineffective leadership within the program. As a result, there have been significant budget cuts proposed by both the House and Senate appropriations committees, leading to NASA reducing
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In the 16th century, Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory was rumored to have murdered hundreds of girls in a twisted effort to retain her youthful appearance. While the truth behind these accusations remains unclear, the desire for eternal youth continues to captivate the human imagination. Recent studies have uncovered a fascinating phenomenon in the Milky Way’s
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Solar energy has long been regarded as a free and virtually unlimited resource here on Earth. However, its potential extends far beyond our planet, especially when it comes to spacecraft operating in the inner Solar System. In addition to providing electrical energy, the Sun emits a steady stream of solar wind that can be harnessed
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Since its launch in 2009, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been diligently mapping the lunar surface, showcasing NASA’s expertise and precision. The LRO’s mission is to identify potential landing sites, resources, and interesting features such as lava tubes. To date, the LRO has mapped approximately 98.2% of the lunar surface, excluding the deeply shadowed
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Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, has been sending back puzzling signals composed of seemingly random 1s and 0s. Scientists at NASA were baffled by this gibberish until they decided to send a coded command to the spacecraft’s flight data subsystem (FDS) in March. This command triggered a response that unveiled a startling
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In the vast expanse of the universe, there is a binary star system located 3,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Corona Borealis, also known as the “northern crown.” This system is generally too dim to be seen with the naked eye, but every 80 years or so, something extraordinary happens. The two stars
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