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A CubeSat is Flying to the Moon to Make Sure Lunar Gateway?s Orbit is Actually Stable

   14 May 20:00:11  |  Universe Today

To validate the Lunar Gateway's orbit around the lunar poles (a halo orbit), NASA is sending the CAPSTONE mission to the Moon!
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We?ve Now Seen Planet-Forming Disks Around Hundreds of Young Stars. What Do They Tell Us

   13 May 20:00:11  |  Universe Today

Is our Solar System comparable to other solar systems? What do other systems look like? We know from exoplanet studies that many other systems have hot Jupiters, massive gas giants that orbit extremely close to their stars. Is that normal, and our Solar System is the outlier? One way of addressing these questions is to …
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What?s the Right Depth to Search for Life on Icy Worlds

   13 May 20:00:11  |  Universe Today

Are we alone? Is there life beyond Earth? These are the questions that plague the very essence of science, and in particular, planetary science. Unfortunately, robotic exploration of exoplanetary systems currently remains out of reach due to the literal astronomical distances to get there. For context, our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 4.25 light years …
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This is it! Meet the Supermassive Black Hole at the Heart of the Milky Way

   12 May 20:00:05  |  Universe Today

The Event Horizon Telescope has just released the first images of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy!
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Astronomers Finally Catch a Nova Detonating on a White Dwarf as it's Happening

   12 May 20:00:04  |  Universe Today

On July 7, 2020, the X-ray instrument eROSITA captured an astronomical event that ? until then ? had only been theorized and never seen. It saw the detonation of a nova on a white dwarf star, which produced a so-called fireball explosion of X-rays. ?It was to some extent a fortunate coincidence, really,? said Ole …
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Martian Dust is Starting to Darken Ingenuity?s Solar Panels

   11 May 20:00:19  |  Universe Today

Like every solar-panel-powered vehicle on Mars, maintaining electrical power always becomes an issue at some point in the mission. Last week, mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory lost contact with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. While they were able to re-establish communications, which is done through the Perseverance rover, engineers know that keeping Ingenuity?s batteries …
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The Clocks are Telling Lies:? A New Book from Universe Today Writer Scott Alan Johnston

   11 May 20:00:19  |  Universe Today

Scott Alan Johnston (that’s me!) joined the Universe Today team just over a year ago. Since then, I’ve written over 50 space news stories for the website – time flies when you’re having fun! But when I’m not writing articles here on Universe Today, I’m a historian of science, and I recently released a new …
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What?s the Best Way to Build Landing Pads on the Moon

   10 May 20:00:03  |  Universe Today

A new study considers the most cost-effective way to build landing pads on the Moon, which is essential to establishing a sustainable human presence there.
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Mars' Carbon Dioxide Glaciers are on the Move

   10 May 20:00:03  |  Universe Today

New research has shown that the southern polar glaciers on Mars are migrating, and have been for a very long time!
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Russia Says it?ll Quit the International Space Station Over Sanctions. Also, Russia Says a lot of Stuff That Doesn?t Happen

   09 May 20:00:17  |  Universe Today

When Russia sent its armed forces into Ukraine amidst accusations of Nazism and NATO aggression, it left most of its credibility behind. What’s left of its credibility is in shreds as Russia lurches towards pariah status. That’s what happens when you unleash your military on your peaceful neighbour and when the body count grows alongside …
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