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Asteroid Touchdown! –“If We Find Organic Matter, It Might Be What Became Life on Earth”

asteroid Ryugu landing

 

“When we first saw Ryugu last June we were very surprised, because the shape is a spinning top and we never imagined that. Our next surprise was that the surface of the asteroid is covered by lots of boulders and rocks,” says Makoto Yoshikawa, a world-famous leader in celestial mechanics and Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission manager.  “Maybe the next surprise will be the sample. If we find organic matter in it, this is the material that would eventually become life on earth. We want to find that original material.”

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“The Invisible Unveiled” –Hundreds of Thousands of Unknown Galaxies in the Distant Universe

galaxy cluster Abell 1314

 

Astronomers have recently discovered that the expanse of space-time within range of our telescopes—‘the universe’—is only a tiny fraction of the aftermath of the Big Bang. In a new, mind-boggling project, an international team of astronomers have mapped 300,000 previously unknown objects using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, almost all of which are galaxies in the distant universe; their radio signals traveling billions of light years to reach Earth.

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Planet Earth Report –“Missing Link Skull to Human Quantum Mind”

 

Earth from Space

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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“Super Humans” –NASA Tackles Perils of Astronaut Missions to Mars: ‘250 Million-Mile Journey’

National Geo Mars Journey

 

“Creative thinking and problem solving are the very things that are really going to matter on a Mars mission,” said Leslie DeChurch, who leads the ATLAS research laboratory is currently working with NASA’s Human Research Program to solve hard problems about teamwork in space explorer teams. “We need the crew to be getting the right answer 100 percent of the time.”

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“China’s ‘Milky Way Base’ to USA Apocalypse”

 

NASA Exoplanets

 

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Colossal Object–“Observed Around a Star That’s Been Exploding for a Million Years”

 

Nova Remnant

 

Evidence of a gigantic 400-light-year-wide super remnant surrounding an exploding white dwarf star in the nearby Andromeda Galaxy known as M31N 2008-12a, has been discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope erupting on a regular basis for millions of years –brightening a millionfold and ejecting material at thousands of miles per second.

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“The Milky Way Base” –China Names First Human-Technology Landing Site on Moon’s Far Side

China's Chang'e 4 Rover

 

China has named the landing site of its Chang’e-4 lunar probe “Statio Tianhe” –after the Chinese name for the Milky Way Galaxy for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon last month. The Chang’e-4 probe, launched on December 8, landed on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on January 3. As of today, a total of 12 lunar features have been named by China.

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“Impact!” The Asteroid That Towered a Mile Above the Cruising Altitude of a 747 (Weekend Feature)

Chicxulub Impact

 

“The asteroid itself was so large that, even at the moment of impact, the top of it might have still towered more than a mile above the cruising altitude of a 747,” writes Peter Brannen in Ends of the World. “In its nearly instantaneous descent, it compressed the air below it so violently that it briefly became several times hotter than the surface of the sun,” hitting Earth with enough force enough to lift a mountain back into space at escape velocity.

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