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Astronomers Find Cyanide Gas in Interstellar Object 2I/Borisov, but Don?t Panic Like it?s 1910

   06 Oct 00:00:17  |  Universe Today

An international team of astronomers recently obtained spectra from the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, which confirmed the presence of cyanide gas.
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Hayabusa 2 Has Sent its Last Rover to Ryugu

   06 Oct 00:00:17  |  Universe Today

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission to asteroid Ryugu has reached one of its final milestones, if not its climax. The sample-return spacecraft has launched the Minerva-II2 rover at the asteroid. This is the last of four rovers that Hayabusa 2 is deploying on Ryugu. Minerva-II2 is actually two components in one, and the launch procedure has …
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The Raw Materials for Amino Acids ? Which are the Raw Materials for Life ? Were Found in the Geysers Coming out of Enceladus

   05 Oct 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

According to a recent study, Enceladus' plumes may contain the building blocks of amino acids, which are the building blocks of life!
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NASA is Going to Test 25 New Technologies in Upcoming Aircraft, Balloon and Sub-Orbital Rocket Flights

   05 Oct 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

NASA’s Flight Opportunities program has selected 25 space technologies for further testing. They’re testing the technologies on aircraft, balloons, and sub-orbital rocket flights. NASA hopes to learn a lot about each of the technologies with this rigorous testing, without the expense of sending them all into orbital space. This testing will subject each of the …
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Juno is Afraid to Death of Jupiter?s Shadow. So it Fired its Thruster for Over 10 Hours to Avoid It.

   04 Oct 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

In a death-defying maneuver for the spacecraft, NASA’s Juno has completed an unprecedented and unplanned engine burn. The purpose? To save the spacecraft’s “life,” or at least the rest of its mission to Jupiter. Jupiter casts a deep, dark shadow. Dark enough, in fact, to effectively kill Juno if it flies through it. Rather than …
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Here?s NASA?s New Plan to Get InSight?s Temperature Probe Into Mars

   04 Oct 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

The mole is still stuck. The mole is the name given to the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) instrument on NASA’s Mars InSight lander. It’s job is to penetrate into the Martian surface to a depth of 5 meters (16 ft) to measure how heat flows from the planet’s interior to the surface. …
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Is the Milky Way Gaining or Losing Mass

   03 Oct 00:00:06  |  Universe Today

According to a study by The Milky Way Halo Research Group, we now know how quickly the Milky Way is losing and gaining new material - which is key to understanding how it changes over time.
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InSight Has Already Detected 21 Marsquakes

   03 Oct 00:00:06  |  Universe Today

The SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) instrument on NASA’s InSight lander has sensed 21 Marsquakes since it was deployed on December 19th, 2018. It actually sensed over 100 events to date, but only 21 of them have been identified as Marsquakes. SEIS is extremely sensitive so mission scientists expected these results. SEIS is a …
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India?s Crashed Lander is In This Picture, Somewhere

   02 Oct 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

This image of the lunar highlands is from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. You’d need superhuman eyesight to spot it, but India’s crashed Vikram lander is in there somewhere. The lander attempted to land on the Moon on September 6th, but when it was only 2.1 km above the surface, within reach of its objective, ISRO …
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A Red Dwarf Star Has a Jupiter-Like Planet. So Massive it Shouldn?t Exist, and Yet, There It Is

   02 Oct 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

Thanks to the Kepler mission and other efforts to find exoplanets, we’ve learned a lot about the exoplanet population. We know that we’re likely to find super-Earths and Neptune-mass exoplanets orbiting low-mass stars, while larger planets are found around more massive stars. This lines up well with the core accretion theory of planetary formation. But …
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