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The Moon has Resources, but Not Enough to Go Around

   27 Nov 00:00:44  |  Universe Today

A new study led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics explains how the Moon may not have enough resources to support everything we plan to build up there.
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A New Artist?s Illustration of the Extremely Large Telescope. So Many Lasers

   26 Nov 00:01:51  |  Universe Today

Everyone loves lasers. And the only thing better than a bunch of lasers is a bunch of lasers on one of the world’s (soon to be) largest telescopes, the E-ELT. Well, maybe a bunch of lasers on a time-travelling T. Rex that appears in your observatory and demands to know the locations and trajectories of …
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RocketLab Recovers a First-Stage Booster for the First Time: ?Return to Sender

   26 Nov 00:01:51  |  Universe Today

In recent years, one of the most impressive developments for space exploration has been the rise of the commercial space industry (aka. NewSpace). Beyond fulfilling contracts with space agencies like NASA to provide commercial and crewed launch services, private aerospace companies are also fostering innovation that is helping to reduce the cost of sending payloads …
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Hubble Sees Dark Shadows That Could Be Cast by a Supermassive Black Hole

   25 Nov 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

We use the term ‘supermassive black hole’ with a kind of casual familiarity. But stop and think about what they really are: Monstrous, beguiling singularities where the understood laws of physics and cosmology are brought to their knees. A region where gravity is so powerful that it warps everything around it, drawing material in?even light …
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At One Time, This Region of Mars was Inundated by a ?Megaflood

   25 Nov 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

A new study of the Curiosity rover's data has show that the Gale Crater once experienced massive flooding, bolstering the case for past life on Mars.
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Mars Might Have Lost its Water Quickly

   24 Nov 00:00:15  |  Universe Today

Mars is an arid place, and aside from a tiny amount of water vapour in the atmosphere, all water exists as ice. But it wasn’t always this arid. Evidence of the planet’s past wet chapter dots the surface. Paleolakes like Jezero Crater, soon to be explored by NASA’s Perseverance Rover, provide stark evidence of Mars’ …
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One of the Building Blocks of Life Can Form in the Harsh Environment of Deep Space Itself. No Star Required

   24 Nov 00:00:15  |  Universe Today

In many ways, stars are the engines of creation. Their energy drives a whole host of processes necessary for life. Scientists thought that stellar radiation is needed to create compounds like the amino acid glycine, one of the building blocks of life. But a new study has found that glycine detected in comets formed in …
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Some of the Milky Way?s oldest stars aren?t where they?re expected to be

   23 Nov 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

Some of the oldest stars in our galaxy have orbits similar to the Sun, and we don't know why
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A High Resolution, Cross-Eyed Look at the Entire Surface of Mars

   23 Nov 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

A group of amateur and professional astronomers have collaborated to create what may be the highest resolution global map of Mars ever created with images taken from Earth. The images were taken with the 1-meter telescope at the Pic-du-Midi observatory in the Pyrenees of France, during several nights in October and November, 2020 when Mars …
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Weekly Space Hangout: November 18, 2020 ? Dr. Ralph Lorenz, Planetary Scientist and Dragonfly Mission Architect

   22 Nov 00:00:21  |  Universe Today

This week we are airing Fraser’s pre-recorded interview with Dr. Ralph Lorenz, planetary scientist and aerospace engineer from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Ralph is the Mission Architect of the upcoming Dragonfly Mission to Titan, and the author of the new book, Saturn’s Moon Titan Owners’ Workshop Manual. Ralph was a member of the …
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