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The Bottom of Valles Marineris Seems to Have Water Mixed in With the Regolith

   22 Dec 19:00:09  |  Universe Today

According to data obtained by ESA's Trace Gas Orbiter, it looks like there's plenty of water ice at the bottom of Valles Marineris on Mars.
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Now We Know Why Pluto has These Strange Features on its Surface

   21 Dec 19:00:03  |  Universe Today

After New Horizons made its close flyby of Pluto in July of 2015, scientists were astounded at the incredible closeup views of Pluto?s surface. One of the most intriguing and mysterious features was a bright plain inside the prominent heart-shaped feature on Pluto, called ?Tombaugh Regio? (Tombaugh Region) named after Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto …
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Webb Telescope Officially Cleared for Launch on December 25

   21 Dec 19:00:03  |  Universe Today

UPDATE: Shortly after publication of this article, Arianespace announced the launch for JWST has been delayed until December 25: “Due to adverse weather conditions at Europe?s Spaceport in French Guiana, the flight #VA256 to launch the James Webb Space Telescope ?initially scheduled for December 24? is being postponed,” Arianespace said via Twitter. “Tomorrow evening, local …
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Japanese Billionaire Finishes Up Space Station Mission With Online Flourishes

   20 Dec 19:00:15  |  Universe Today

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and two crewmates have returned to Earth after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station that was marked by online innovations including an NFT drop and a lottery giveaway. Maezawa, his production assistant Yozo Hirano, and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin took a 3.5-hour ride from the station on a Soyuz …
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Floating ?Aerobats? Could be the Best way to Explore the Cloud Tops of Venus

   20 Dec 19:00:15  |  Universe Today

Researchers, with support from NASA, are developing software that will allow balloon-based aerial robots to explore Venus' atmosphere.
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Astronomers See a Star Crash Through the Planetary Disk of Another Star

   19 Dec 19:00:13  |  Universe Today

What causes an otherwise unremarkable star to become over 100 times brighter? That’s a question astronomers have been pondering since 1936, when a star in Orion brightened from 16th magnitude to 8th magnitude in a single year. The star, named FU Ori, is still bright to this day. Astronomers have come up with different explanations …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Escape Velocity

   19 Dec 19:00:13  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll finally get away with today’s topic: escape velocity! If you really want to get away for a vacation, you’re gonna have to work for it. Getting into space isn’t all that hard. Staying in space in a whole different ballgame. Never …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Galactic Halo

   18 Dec 19:00:12  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll wrap your head around today’s topic: galactic halo! When you look at a random galaxy, your eye is drawn to the disk. That’s not surprising, considering that the disk contains the vast majority of stars, and thereby gives off the most …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Irregular Galaxies

   18 Dec 19:00:11  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll feel a little odd after today’s topic: irregular galaxies! When it comes to galaxies, there are the beautiful striking spirals, with their glowing arms stretching for tens of thousands of lightyears. There are the proud and stately ellipticals, demanding respect for …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Giant Molecular Clouds

   17 Dec 19:00:06  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll be a source of inspiration from today’s topic: giant molecular clouds! They’re called “clouds” because like many things in the universe, they’re just diffuse clumps. The word “molecular” appears because they’re cold enough for their elements to bind up as molecules. …
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