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  • InSight has Mapped out the Interior of Mars, Revealing the Sizes of its Crust, Mantle, and Core
    by Matt Williams on July 30, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    In a series of newly-published papers, NASA scientists have shown how InSight’s seismic data allowed them to measure the structure and thickness of Mars’ interior. The post InSight has Mapped out the Interior of Mars, Revealing the Sizes of its Crust, Mantle, and Core appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Bad News. Those Underground Lakes on Mars? They’re Probably Just Frozen Clay
    by Ralph Crewe on July 30, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    If you were planning an ice-fishing trip to the Martian south pole and its sub-surface lakes observed by radar in 2018, don’t pack your parka or ice auger just yet. In a research letter published earlier this month in Geophysical Research Letters by I.B. Smith et al., it seems that the Martian lakes may be … Continue reading “Bad News. Those Underground Lakes on Mars? They’re Probably Just Frozen Clay” The post Bad News. Those Underground Lakes on Mars? They’re Probably Just Frozen Clay appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Starliner Will try Again on August 3 After ISS “Emergency”
    by Nancy Atkinson on July 30, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    The planned launch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) has been pushed back to Tuesday, August 3 after a mishap involving a newly docked Russian module. Originally, Starliner’s flight was to take place today, July 30, 2021 but NASA and Boeing officials agreed to delay the flight following a … Continue reading “Starliner Will try Again on August 3 After ISS “Emergency”” The post Starliner Will try Again on August 3 After ISS “Emergency” appeared first on Universe Today.

  • The Event Horizon Telescope Zooms in on Another Supermassive Black Hole
    by Matt Williams on July 29, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) just captured another amazing image, this time of the relativistic jet coming from the center of the Centaurus A galaxy. The post The Event Horizon Telescope Zooms in on Another Supermassive Black Hole appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Strange Intersecting Sand Dunes on Mars
    by Nancy Atkinson on July 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    In our exploration of Mars, we’ve seen some strange but naturally occurring shapes. Polygons – a shape with at least three straight sides and angles, typically with five or more – have been seen in several different Martian landscapes, and scientists say these shapes are of great interest because they often indicate the presence of … Continue reading “Strange Intersecting Sand Dunes on Mars” The post Strange Intersecting Sand Dunes on Mars appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Blue Origin Offers a $2 Billion Discount to get Back in the Lunar Lander Game
    by Andy Tomaswick on July 29, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Blue Origin has been busy lately.  They launched their founder, Jeff Bezos, into space and put a bid in on NASA’s new Lunar Lander project.  While SpaceX won that contract back in April, Blue Origin has continued to fight for their right to supply the space agency with an alternative lander.  And recently, their not-quite-an-astronaut … Continue reading “Blue Origin Offers a $2 Billion Discount to get Back in the Lunar Lander Game” The post Blue Origin Offers a $2 Billion Discount to get Back in the Lunar Lander Game appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Searching for Dark Matter Inside the Earth
    by Andy Tomaswick on July 29, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Dark matter remains one of the greatest mysteries in science.  Despite decades of astronomical evidence for its existence, no one has yet been able to find any sign of it closer to home.  There have been dozens of efforts to do so, and one of the most prominent just hit a milestone – the release … Continue reading “Searching for Dark Matter Inside the Earth” The post Searching for Dark Matter Inside the Earth appeared first on Universe Today.

  • A New Plan to Search for Extraterrestrial Artifacts at Earth and Across the Solar System
    by Matt Williams on July 28, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Professor Avi Loeb has announced a new project that will search for ‘Oumuamua-like objects in our Solar System, which could be artifacts of extraterrestrial spacecraft The post A New Plan to Search for Extraterrestrial Artifacts at Earth and Across the Solar System appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Balloon Mission May Also Work to Detect Quakes on Venus
    by David Dickinson on July 28, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    An opportunity in 2019 lays the groundwork for balloon-borne detectors on Venus, working to unravel a key mystery. The post Balloon Mission May Also Work to Detect Quakes on Venus appeared first on Universe Today.

  • This is how you get Tatooines. Binary Star Planet Formation
    by Andy Tomaswick on July 28, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    One of the less appreciated aspects of George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars was that he predicted the existence of planets in binary star systems years before we saw even the first exoplanet.  Now a team from the University of Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics have found how exactly those planets … Continue reading “This is how you get Tatooines. Binary Star Planet Formation” The post This is how you get Tatooines. Binary Star Planet Formation appeared first on Universe Today.