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Starship Mk 1 Blows its Top During Testing

   12 hours ago  |  Universe Today

During a recent cryogenic loading test at Boca Chica, Texas, the Starship Mk 1 prototype experienced a sudden failure and is likely to be scrapped.
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A Brand New Island in the Pacific has Survived 5 Years

   12 hours ago  |  Universe Today

A surtseyan eruption is a volcanic eruption in shallow water. It’s named after the island Surtsey, off the coast of iceland. In 2015, a surtseyan eruption in the Tongan Archipelago created the island Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha?apai. Despite the odds, that island is still there almost five years later. Fortunately, scientists have a wealth of resources …
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Conjunction Alert: Jupiter Meets Venus at Dusk

   21 Nov 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

Get ready: The queries are inbound. ?Did you see those two bright things in the sky last night?? Says a well meaning family member/friend/coworker/random person on Twitter that knows you?re into astronomy. ?They were HUGE!?
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Scientists Search for Ancient Fossils in Australia, Practicing the Techniques They?ll Use on Mars

   21 Nov 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is heading to Mars soon to look for fossils. The ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars rover is heading to Mars in the same time-frame to carry out its own investigations into Martian habitability. To meet their mission objectives, the scientists working the missions will need to look at a lot of rocks and uncover …
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The Impact Site of China?s Longjiang-2 Spacecraft has Been Found on the Moon

   20 Nov 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

Thanks to an amateur tracker, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team found the lunar impact site of China's Longjiang-2 satellite.
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Water Vapor Was Just Found on Europa, More Evidence There?s Liquid Water Beneath All that Ice

   20 Nov 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

What’s been long-suspected has now been confirmed: Jupiter’s moon Europa has water. As we’ve learned more about the outer Solar System in recent years, Europa has become a high-priority target in the search for life. With this discovery, NASA has just painted a big red bulls-eye on Jupiter’s smallest Galilean moon. “While scientists have not …
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How Large Can A Planet Be

   19 Nov 00:00:13  |  Universe Today

When it comes to planets, the largest planet in the universe probably isn't the most massive.
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Scientists Construct a Global Map of Titan?s Geology

   19 Nov 00:00:13  |  Universe Today

Titan’s methane-based hydrologic cycle makes it one of the Solar System’s most geologically diverse bodies. There are lakes of methane, methane rainfall, and even “snow” made of complex organic molecules. But all of that detail is hidden under the moon’s dense, hazy atmosphere. Now a team of scientists have used data from the Cassini mission …
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Weekly Space Hangout: November 13, 2019 ? Dr. Rory Barnes talks VPLanet

   18 Nov 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Sondy Springmann (@sondy) Carolyn Collins Petersen (TheSpaceWriter.com / @spacewriter) Veranika Klimovich ( @VeronikaSpace) This week we welcome Dr. Rory Barnes to the Weekly Space Hangout. Rory is an assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington. He is also a member of …
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Molecular Oxygen on Mars is Behaving Unusually Through the Seasons. A Sign of Life

   18 Nov 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

An atmospheric drama has been playing out on Mars lately. Up until now, the main actor has been methane, and its unusual, spiking behaviour. But now Oxygen is taking the stage, and performing some theatrics of its own. NASA’s Curiosity rover is busy examining Mars to see if it could have supported microbial life in …
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