Success! Stunning NASA Dart Imagery Confirms Target Asteroid Orbit Changed

This image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured on October 8, 2022, shows the debris blasted from the surface of Dimorphos 285 hours after the asteroid was intentionally impacted by NASA’s DART spacecraft on September 26. The shape of that tail has changed over time. Scientists are continuing to study this material and how it …

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SpaceX fully stacks the Starship rocket for the first time in six months

For the first time in more than six months, SpaceX has stacked both stages of its next-generation Starship rocket, creating the largest and most powerful launch vehicle ever fully assembled. It’s not the first time. SpaceX has conducted three other ‘full-stack’ Starship demonstrations: once in August 2021 and again in February and March 2022. But …

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SpaceX fully stacks the Starship rocket for the first time in six months

For the first time in more than six months, SpaceX has stacked both stages of its next-generation Starship rocket, creating the largest and most powerful launch vehicle ever fully assembled. It’s not the first time. SpaceX has conducted three other ‘full-stack’ Starship demonstrations: once in August 2021 and again in February and March 2022. But …

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Scientists Just Detected a Colossal Gamma-Ray Burst, And It’s a Record-Breaker : ScienceAlert

Observatories around the world have just detected a colossal flare of extremely energetic radiation described as “record-breaking“. The event first detected on October 9, was so bright that it was initially confused for an event closer to home. Originally dubbed Swift J1913.1+1946it was thought to be a brief flash of X-rays from a not-too-distant source. …

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NASA Says Shallow Lakes in the Icy Crust of Jupiter’s Moon Europa Could Erupt

This illustration depicts a plume of water vapor that could potentially be emitted from the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. New research sheds light on what plumes, if they do exist, could reveal about lakes that may be inside the moon’s crust. Credit: NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI New scientific research makes hypotheses that[{” attribute=””>NASA’s Europa Clipper …

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Smashing success: NASA asteroid strike results in big nudge

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A spacecraft that plowed into a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away succeeded in shifting its orbit, NASA said Tuesday in announcing the results of its save-the-world test. The space agency attempted the test two weeks ago to see if in the future a killer rock could be nudged …

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Nikon Small World microscopy contest 2022: Meet this year’s top 10 winners

Enlarge / This arresting image of the hand of an embryonic Madagascar giant day gecko took first place in the annual competition. The Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma the great) is a popular exotic pet, perhaps because it looks a bit like Geico’s beloved animated gecko mascot. Adults measure about 10 inches in length and …

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The DART mission successfully shifted its target’s orbit

Enlarge / A recent Hubble photo shows the 10,000 km tail of debris left behind by DART’s impact. On Tuesday, NASA announced that its first test of a potential planetary defense system was a notable success. The Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) successfully smashed by a spacecraft into an asteroid in late September, hoping to …

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New Discoveries Could Reveal the Nature of Dark Matter

By Arc Center of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO 3D) October 11, 2022 The gravitational lenses might also let us “see” the invisible dark matter that makes up most of the Universe. The dozens of newly identified gravitational lenses could also reveal ancient galaxies. Earlier this year, a machine learning algorithm detected …

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