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China’s Tianwen-1 Mars Mission Team Wins International Space Award

China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission team has won this year’s International Astronautical Federation (IAF) World Space Award, an award recognizing a person or a team for exceptional contributions to space exploration, during the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Paris, held from September 18 to 22. The award aims to recognize outstanding achievements in space science …

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Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth – Kelowna Capital News

When an undersea volcano erupted in Tonga in January, its watery blast was huge and unusual — and scientists are still trying to understand its impacts. The volcano, known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the atmosphere, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. …

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Surprising New Features of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Defy Current Understanding

Artist’s conception of Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in China. Credit: Jingchuan Yu Fast Radio Bursts – A Puzzling and Deepening Mystery An international team of scientists reveals an evolving, magnetized environment and surprising source location for deep-space fast radio bursts – observations that defy current understanding. Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-long cosmic …

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Stunning NASA James Webb Telescope Image Reveals Neptune’s Delicate Rings

When we imagine a world embraced by cosmic haloes, we typically envision Saturn. One might even argue Saturn based its entire personality on those dazzling rings — and rightfully so. They’re solid. Visible. Luxurious even. But if you didn’t already know, it is my honor to tell you Neptune has rings too. They’re just much …

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Monday will be the closest Jupiter is to Earth in nearly six decades

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Stargazers across the globe will get a great view of Jupiter come Monday night, weather permitting. The solar system’s largest planet will be unusually close to the Earth on Monday, astronomers said. It marks the first time Jupiter has been this close to Earth in 59 years, according to NASA. The …

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‘Drag sail’ to deorbit satellites receives $750K in seed funding

A “drag sail” concept designed to help get space junk out of orbit just received a cash infusion. The Spinnaker concept to deorbit small satellites received $375,000 in seed funding from the investment firm Manhattan West, which NASA will match under its Small Business Innovative Research Phase II-Extended (SBIR Phase II-E) contract. The combined $750,000 …

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What time will NASA’s DART spacecraft hit an asteroid on Sept. 26?

A NASA spacecraft will soon make history when it crashes into an asteroid in the world’s first planetary defense test. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART asteroid mission, will slam a spacecraft into the tiny moon of the asteroid Didymos on Monday, Sept. 26with the impact set at 7:14 p.m. EDT (2314 GMT). If …

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Deepest scientific ocean drilling sheds light on Japan’s next great earthquake — ScienceDaily

Scientists who drilled deeper into an undersea earthquake fault than ever before have found that the tectonic stress in Japan’s Nankai subduction zone is less than expected, according to a study from researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington. The findings, published in the journal Geologyare a puzzle because the …

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Comparing Two Centuries of Global Surface Temperature

All the Contents of the Universe, in One Graphic Scientists agree that the universe consists of three distinct parts: everyday visible (or measurable) matter, and two theoretical components called dark matter and dark energy. These last two are theoretical because they have yet to be directly measured—but even without a full understanding of these mysterious …

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