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Such A Lot of the exoplanets discovered through Kepler, TESS, and other projects are much higher than Earth. Larger planets are much easier to identify with our current technology, however scientists suspect there are a lot of Earth-like planets in the market, too. Astronomers inspecting knowledge from the Kepler mission have spotted one such planet that just about fell during the cracks, and it might be essentially the most Earth-like planet ever came upon.  This exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-1649c, sits about 300 light-years away from Earth — that’s practically right next

You’ve to be lovely good on your name to turn into synonymous with intelligence. So, it’s no longer exactly stunning that many of Albert Einstein’s theories were supported by observable proof. Chalk up another posthumous win for Einstein — a new examine of the black hollow at the middle of our galaxy confirms the speculation of common relativity (once more).  In 1915, Einstein revealed his theory of common relativity, which made a large number of predictions about the nature of the universe. Relativity led to scientists to reconsider an excellent

NASA’s InSight lander is part of NASA’s budget-minded Discovery program, but it’s accomplishing a surprising number of “firsts” on Mars in spite of the smaller budget. It was the first mission to take seismic readings on another planet and the first to record the sound of Martian winds. Now, it’s got a shot at being the first to study the internal temperature of Mars — NASA’s plan to nudge the lander’s subsurface probe with the robot arm appears to be working.  InSight landed at Elysium Planitia on Mars back in

NASA is still aiming to get the Perseverance rover on its way to Mars this summer in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the Curiosity rover is still setting records and doing science on the red planet even if it has to wait longer for some company. Curiosity recently took a new Mars selfie immediately before climbing its steepest slope yet. NASA has also shared a video detailing how the rover takes all those impressive selfies.  Curiosity landed on Mars in Gale Crater back in 2012. For the first

Scientists around the world have been speculating on dark matter for decades, but we still don’t know what the mysterious substance is. It doesn’t look like that’s changing any time soon, either. A new study from University of Michigan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of California Berkeley evaluated a popular dark matter hypothesis. The team found no evidence that so-called sterile neutrinos are the key to understanding dark matter.  Dark matter is a tricky and sometimes frustrating topic in the physics community. We know dark matter exists and

Things on Earth are getting a bit treacherous with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but SpaceX is still working on its plans for outer space. The company just completed its latest Starlink satellite deployment, bringing it tantalizingly close to flipping the switch for consumer connectivity. However, CEO Elon Musk confirms the Falcon 9 rocket failed to land on the company’s drone ship thanks to a malfunctioning engine.  The fog cleared just in time for the Falcon 9 to launch this morning from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, taking

SpaceX has dealt with its fair share of setbacks as it works toward crewed NASA flight certification. One of the company’s Dragon 2 spacecraft exploded during testing last year, but SpaceX managed to address that potential flaw surprisingly quickly. Now, the company’s launch timeline could be undone by a seemingly minor failure during an otherwise successful mission. NASA and SpaceX are currently examining the loss of an engine during the March 18th Starlink satellite launch, and the outcome could delay the first crewed launch yet again.  The March 18th Falcon

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is finally taking shape. The rover finally has a name — Perseverance, and engineers have wrapped up testing on the rover’s flying companion. The Mars Helicopter just spun its blades on Earth for the last time. When next it spins up, it’ll be on the red planet.  NASA did not design the Mars 2020 mission or Perseverance rover around the Mars Helicopter, but it’s making the trip nonetheless. The helicopter is a technology demonstration, not an integral part of the mission. However, it could pave the

The chronically delayed James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is looking at another setback, but this time it’s completely out of NASA’s control. The agency has announced it will pause work on the telescope immediately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The launch is still currently on the books for approximately one year from now, but any this delay will likely push the launch back yet again. This also calls into question the timeline for other projects like the Perseverance Mars rover.  The first hints of a new delay came during

We used to think of Mars as a bone dry husk of a world. While there is some evidence of occasional flowing water on the surface, most of the planet’s water is long gone. We can still reconstruct some of Mars’ liquid past with the help of rock samples in the form of Martian meteorites. A team from the University of Arizona analyzed a pair of such objects and determined that Mars may have had two distinct water reservoirs, and that could change how we understand planetary formation.  Scientists may

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