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Experimentalists: Sorry, No Oxygen Required to Make These Minerals on Mars

When NASA’s Mars rovers found manganese oxides in rocks in the Gale and Endeavor craters on Mars in 2014, the discovery sparked some scientists to suggest that the red planet might have once had …

Ancient Asteroid Grains Provide Insight Into the Evolution of Our Solar System

The UK’s national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, was used by a large, international collaboration to study grains collected from a near-Earth asteroid to further our understanding …

Alien Planet Found Spiraling to Its Doom Around an Aging Star

The condemned planet could help answer questions about the fate of other worlds as their solar systems …


The quake lasted four hours and identified layering in the crust that could indicate a meteoroid impact. The 4.7 magnitude temblor happened in May 2022 and released five times more energy than any …

Exquisite Views of Distant Galaxies

For decades, the Hubble Space Telescope provided us with the most spectacular images of galaxies. This all changed when the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched and successfully completed …

Sound Recording Made of Dust Devils (Tiny Tornadoes of Dust, Grit) on Mars

When the rover Perseverance landed on Mars, it was equipped with the first working microphone on the planet’s surface. Scientists have used it to make the first-ever audio recording of an …

Hubble Detects Ghostly Glow Surrounding Our Solar System

Imagine walking into a room at night, turning out all the lights and closing the shades. Yet an eerie glow comes from the walls, ceiling, and floor. The faint light is barely enough to see your hands …

Deep-Space Optical Communication Demonstration Project Forges Ahead

Scientists have demonstrated new laser systems for deep-space optical …

Meteorites Plus Gamma Rays Could Have Given Earth the Building Blocks for Life

Even as detailed images of distant galaxies from the James Webb Space Telescope show us more of the greater universe, scientists still disagree about how life began here on Earth. One hypothesis is …

Tiny Underwater Sand Dunes May Shed Light on Larger Terrestrial and Martian Formations

Researchers have been studying the dynamics of how crescent-shaped sand dunes are formed. Known as barchans, these formations are commonly found in various sizes and circumstances, on Earth and on …

Small Asteroids Are Probably Young

The impact experiment conducted on the asteroid Ryugu by the Japanese Hayabusa2 mission which took place two years ago resulted in an unexpectedly large crater. With the use of simulations, a team …

Mars Was Once Covered by 300-Meter Deep Oceans, Study Shows

When Mars was a young planet, it was bombarded by icy asteroids that delivered water and organic chemistry necessary for life to emerge. According to the professor behind a new study, this means that …

Exploring the Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life Living in Caves

For millennia, caves have served as shelters for prehistoric humans. Caves have also intrigued scholars from early Chinese naturalists to Charles Darwin. A cave ecologist has been in and out of these …

Cosmic Chocolate Pralines: General Neutron Star Structure Revealed

Through extensive model calculations, physicistshave reached general conclusions about the internal structure of neutron stars, where matter reaches enormous densities: depending on their mass, the …

2400 New Eyes on the Sky to See Cosmic Rainbows

The Subaru Telescope successfully demonstrated engineering first light with a new instrument that will use about 2400 fiberoptic cables to capture the light from heavenly objects. Full operation is …

Ultrathin Solar Cells Promise Improved Satellite Performance

As low Earth orbit becomes more cluttered, it becomes increasingly necessary to use middle Earth orbits, and radiation-tolerant cell designs will be needed. Making photovoltaics thinner should …

Early Planetary Migration Can Explain Missing Planets

Computer simulations by Rice University scientists and their collaborators are the first to integrate a model of planet formation and evolution that explains two puzzling observations of exoplanets …

Earth’s Oldest Stromatolites and the Search for Life on Mars

The earliest morphological traces of life on Earth are often highly controversial, both because non-biological processes can produce relatively similar structures and because such fossils have often …

Oldest Planetary Debris in Our Galaxy Found from New Study

Astronomers have identified the oldest star in our galaxy that is accreting debris from orbiting planetesimals, making it one of the oldest rocky and icy planetary systems discovered in the Milky …

Astronomers Discover Closest Black Hole to Earth

Astronomers have discovered the closest-known black hole to Earth. This is the first unambiguous detection of a dormant stellar-mass black hole in the Milky Way. Its close proximity to Earth, a mere …

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Source link Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors News

Recent developments in research of asteroids, comets, and meteors have been in the news this week. Scientists have been studying these space phenomena for possible impact with Earth while also exploring the prospect of utilizing these bodies as resources.

Recent discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed our view of asteroids, comets, and meteorites in more detail than ever before. Two rare meteorite falls—one in central India and the other in the south of France—provided researchers with vital data about the origins of these bodies and the possibilities for further study.

In addition, the ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory has detected a comet within the orbit of Mars—the first of its kind in over a decade. Scientists say it is likely to have originated from beyond our solar system and that it could provide valuable insight into the objects’ properties and evolutionary processes.

The next stage of research is likely to involve looking at asteroids, comets, and meteorites more closely, to understand their properties and characteristics and how they might be used. For example, a meteorite that fell in the US recently contained pure gold and iron, which could be used for advanced materials and propellants for space exploration.

Finally, the search for potentially hazardous asteroids, comets and meteorites will continue to be of paramount importance. However, with improved technology we can better understand the risks their presence poses and develop suitable defenses or methods of protection if required.

Overall, the recent news about asteroids, comets, and meteorites represents an exciting new chapter in our exploration of space and the science behind it. We are now able to obtain more challenges and discover, making it an inspiring topic for space enthusiasts of all ages.

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