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  • Missing Mass? Not on our Watch—Dr. Paul Sutter Explains Dark Matter
    by Matt Williams on January 25, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    In the first episode of a new series with ArsTechnica – Edge of Knowledge – Dr. Paul Sutter explains the mysterious and elusive nature of Dark Matter! The post Missing Mass? Not on our Watch—Dr. Paul Sutter Explains Dark Matter appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Webb Has Arrived Successfully at L2
    by Nancy Atkinson on January 25, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    It’s really happening. The James Webb Space Telescope has successfully reached its orbital destination in space, 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from Earth. A final 5-minute thruster firing on January 24, 2022 put JWST in its halo orbit at the Sun-Earth Lagrange 2 (L2) point. The formal commissioning process can now begin. “We’re excited … Continue reading “Webb Has Arrived Successfully at L2” The post Webb Has Arrived Successfully at L2 appeared first on Universe Today.

  • A Private Mission to Scan the Cloud Tops of Venus for Evidence of Life
    by Andy Tomaswick on January 25, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    The search for life on Venus has a fascinating history. Carl Sagan famously and sarcastically said there were obviously dinosaurs there since a thick haze we couldn’t see through covered the surface. More recently, evidence has pointed to a more nuanced idea of how life might exist on our sister planet. A recent announcement of … Continue reading “A Private Mission to Scan the Cloud Tops of Venus for Evidence of Life” The post A Private Mission to Scan the Cloud Tops of Venus for Evidence of Life appeared first on Universe Today.

  • 13 Rovers Recently Competed to Scour the (Simulated) Moon to Harvest Resources
    by Andy Tomaswick on January 25, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Challenges are one way to encourage innovation. They’ve been leveraged by numerous space and non-space research organizations in the last decade, with varying degrees of success. The European Space Agency (ESA) is now getting in on the action, with a challenge to prospect the moon for vital resources that will make a sustainable presence there … Continue reading “13 Rovers Recently Competed to Scour the (Simulated) Moon to Harvest Resources” The post 13 Rovers Recently Competed to Scour the (Simulated) Moon to Harvest Resources appeared first on Universe Today.

  • It’s Been Constantly Raining Meteors on Mars for 600 Million Years. Earth too.
    by Evan Gough on January 25, 2022 at 1:41 am

    New research shows that Mars has faced a constant rain of meteors during the last 600 million years. This finding contradicts previous research showing that the impact rate has varied, with prominent activity spikes. Why would anyone care how often meteors rained down on Mars, a planet that’s been dead for billions of years? Because … Continue reading “It’s Been Constantly Raining Meteors on Mars for 600 Million Years. Earth too.” The post It’s Been Constantly Raining Meteors on Mars for 600 Million Years. Earth too. appeared first on Universe Today.

  • ESA’s ARIEL Mission Will Study the Atmospheres of More Than 1,000 Exoplanets
    by Evan Gough on January 24, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    We found our first exoplanets orbiting a pulsar in 1992. Since then, we’ve discovered many thousands more. Those were the first steps in identifying other worlds that could harbour life. Now planetary scientists want to take the next step: studying exoplanet atmospheres. The ESA’s ARIEL mission will be a powerful tool. ARIEL stands for Atmospheric … Continue reading “ESA’s ARIEL Mission Will Study the Atmospheres of More Than 1,000 Exoplanets” The post ESA’s ARIEL Mission Will Study the Atmospheres of More Than 1,000 Exoplanets appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Remembering NASA Engineer Jerry Woodfill, the Inspiration Behind “13 Things That Saved Apollo 13”
    by Nancy Atkinson on January 24, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Jerry Woodfill, an engineer who worked diligently behind the scenes during NASA’s Apollo program, has passed away at age 79. Jerry was still employed by the Johnson Space Center (JSC) at the time of his death, working there for over 57 years. Most notably, Jerry worked as the lead engineer behind the Caution and Warning … Continue reading “Remembering NASA Engineer Jerry Woodfill, the Inspiration Behind “13 Things That Saved Apollo 13”” The post Remembering NASA Engineer Jerry Woodfill, the Inspiration Behind “13 Things That Saved Apollo 13” appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Extreme Tidal Forces Have Deformed an Exoplanet
    by Brian Koberlein on January 24, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    What an exoplanet shaped like a rugby ball tells us about its composition. The post Extreme Tidal Forces Have Deformed an Exoplanet appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Astronomers Might Have Detected the Background Gravitational Waves of the Universe
    by Matt Williams on January 23, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    A new data release from a gravitational wave consortium has revealed indications of the long sough-after gravitational wave background (GWB). The post Astronomers Might Have Detected the Background Gravitational Waves of the Universe appeared first on Universe Today.

  • A Worldwide Search for Dark Matter Fails to Turn up a Signal for This Mysterious Particle
    by Brian Koberlein on January 23, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    A global search for dark matter turns up nothing, but than in itself is useful. The post A Worldwide Search for Dark Matter Fails to Turn up a Signal for This Mysterious Particle appeared first on Universe Today.