Rocket Report: Norway’s nuclear rocket concerns; Ariane 6 delayed again

Rocket Report: Norway’s nuclear rocket concerns; Ariane 6 delayed again

Enlarge / Artist’s view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using four boosters on the ELA-4 launch pad together with its mobile gantry. We’ll have to wait awhile longer to see flight hardware. ESA-D. Ducros Welcome to Edition 5.15 of the Rocket Report! We’re back with the usual rocket news about launch delays and companies fundraising …

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Mars Meteoroid Strike Artist

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Detects Stunning Meteoroid Impact on Red Planet

Artist’s impression of the meteorite impact of December 24, 2021, in the Amazonis Planitia region on Mars. Credit: © IPGP -CNES – N. Starter NASA’s InSight lander felt the ground shake during the impact while cameras aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the cavernous new crater from space. Last December 24, NASA’s InSight lander recorded …

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Plastic Conducts Like Metal

Scientists Astonished by Strange Material That Can Be Made Like Plastic but Conducts Like Metal

A group of scientists at the University of Chicago has discovered a way to create a material in which the molecular fragments are jumbled and disordered, but can still conduct electricity extremely well. This goes against all of the rules we know about conductivity. Above is an artist’s conception of the lattice. Credit: Illustration by …

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Space rock slams into Mars, forming a crater that revealed chunks of ice | CNN

Space rock slams into Mars, forming a crater that revealed chunks of ice | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  Christmas came a little early for NASA’s InSight mission last December when the lander detected a massive quake on Mars. Now, scientists know what caused the red planet to rumble. A meteoroid slammed …

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a dark hole gaping in reddish brown surface with weak white patches around it

NASA’s ailing Mars lander feels shockwaves from ice-blasting meteoroid impact

Christmas came one day early for a lone geologist stationed on the Red Planet. NASA’s InSight mission touched down on Mars in November 2018 to peer inside the planet, mapping its layers and faultlines. And on Dec. 24, 2021, the lander made a remarkable detection, catching seismic waves from a sizeable meteoroid impact. Photos taken …

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Brightest-Ever Space Explosion Reveals Possible Hints of Dark Matter

Brightest-Ever Space Explosion Reveals Possible Hints of Dark Matter

Explore On Sunday, October 9, Judith Racusin was 35,000 feet in the air, en route to a high-energy astrophysics conference, when the biggest cosmic explosion in history took place. “I landed, looked at my phone, and had dozens of messages,” said Racusin, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. “It was really exceptional.” The …

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Traces of ancient ocean discovered on Mars

Traces of ancient ocean discovered on Mars

There has long been debate in the scientific community about whether Mars had an ocean in its low-elevation northern hemisphere. Using topography data, a Penn State led research team was able to show definitive evidence of a roughly 3.5-billion-year-old shoreline with substantial sedimentary accumulation, at least 900 meters thick, that covered hundreds of thousands of …

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Shrew-like creature was placental mammals’ last common ancestor

The last common ancestor of today’s placental mammals – a group that includes humans, whales and armadillos – was probably a shrew-like creature with a long snout, researchers have revealed. The forerunners of mammals are believed to have split from what eventually became reptiles around 320m years ago, but it was not until some time …

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NASA's Webb Telescope Reveals Shimmering Scene Invisible to Hubble

NASA’s Webb Telescope Reveals Shimmering Scene Invisible to Hubble

When the James Webb Space Telescope launched late last year, astronomers bestowed it with an infinite number of missions. I say infinite because the ultimate goal of this engineering marvel isn’t merely to answer every question we have about the universe. It’s to answer questions no mortal human would’ve thought to ask. But before skipping …

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An aurora spotted from the International Space Station.

Gigantic radiation storms have been pummeling Earth for at least 10,000 years and could strike again, tree ring analysis reveals

A series of sudden and colossal spikes in radiation levels across Earth’s history could have come from a series of unknown, unpredictable and potentially catastrophic cosmic events, a new study has revealed.  Named Miyake events after the lead author of the first study to describe them, the spikes occur roughly once every 1,000 years or …

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