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NASA's InSight lander just detected the biggest quake on Mars

NASA’s InSight lander just detected the biggest quake on Mars

The NASA InSight lander just detected the biggest quake ever found on another planet — a marsquake with a magnitude of 5 that took place on the red planet on May 4. “Since we set our seismometer down in December 2018, we’ve been waiting for ‘the big one,’” said Bruce Banerdt, InSight’s principal investigator at …

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James Webb Space Telescope captures sharp views of invisible light

James Webb Space Telescope captures sharp views of invisible light

The highly anticipated first science images by the world’s first space observatory aren’t expected until this summer. But recent test images captured by the telescope during its final commissioning phase are providing a glimpse of what’s to come. “These are the sharpest infrared images ever taken by a space telescope,” said Michael McElwain, Webb observatory …

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Scientists Follow a 'Yellow Brick Road' in a Never-Before-Seen Spot of The Pacific Ocean

Scientists Follow a ‘Yellow Brick Road’ in a Never-Before-Seen Spot of The Pacific Ocean

An expedition to a deep-sea ridge, just north of the Hawaiian Islands, has revealed an ancient dried-out lake bed paved with what looks like a yellow brick road. The eerie scene was chanced upon by the exploration vessel Nautilus, which is currently surveying the Liliʻuokalani ridge within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM). PMNM is one …

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NASA's Artemis I mega moon rocket will get another prelaunch test in June

NASA’s Artemis I mega moon rocket will get another prelaunch test in June

The NASA team is preparing to roll the 322-foot-tall (98-meter-tall) Artemis I rocket stack, including the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, back to the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida later this month. The crucial test, known as the wet dress rehearsal, simulates every stage of launch without the rocket leaving the launchpad. …

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Vast amount of water discovered hidden beneath Antarctica

Vast amount of water discovered hidden beneath Antarctica

The groundwater system, found in deep sediments in West Antarctica likely to be the consistency of a wet sponge, reveals an unexplored part of the region and may have implications for how the frozen continent reacts to the climate crisis, according to new research. “People have hypothesized that there could be deep groundwater in these …

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New eye-scanning app can screen people for Alzheimer's, ADHD: researchers - National

New eye-scanning app can screen people for Alzheimer’s, ADHD: researchers – National

By recording close-up images of eyes through an app, researchers at the University of California San Diego are making it possible for people to screen for Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and other neurological diseases and disorders from the comfort of their own homes. The app uses a near-infrared camera, which is built into newer smartphones for …

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The James Webb Space Telescope is fully aligned and ready to observe the universe

The James Webb Space Telescope is fully aligned and ready to observe the universe

Hailed as the world’s premier space observatory, Webb has successfully completed a number of steps within the past few months that were crucial for aligning its 18 gold mirror segments. The mirror is so large that it had to be folded to fit inside the rocket for its December 25 launch. After reaching an orbit …

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Ingenuity helicopter takes pictures of debris field on Mars

Ingenuity helicopter takes pictures of debris field on Mars

During its one-year anniversary flight on April 19, the little chopper took photos of the striped parachute used during Perseverance’s landing — often referred to as “7 minutes of terror” because it happens faster than radio signals can reach Earth from Mars — on February 18, 2021. It also spotted the cone-shaped backshell that helped …

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Ingenuity helicopter takes pictures of debris field on Mars

Ingenuity helicopter takes pictures of debris field on Mars

During its one-year anniversary flight on April 19, the little chopper took photos of the striped parachute used during Perseverance’s landing — often referred to as “7 minutes of terror” because it happens faster than radio signals can reach Earth from Mars — on February 18, 2021. It also spotted the cone-shaped backshell that helped …

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