Space

More Stories in Space

  1. A photo of a small space capsule parachuting down to land in Utah.
    Space

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx has returned bits of the asteroid Bennu to Earth

    Asteroid dirt from Bennu could help reveal clues about the material that came together to make the solar system — and possibly where life comes from.

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  2. A drone casts a shadow on the ground while it hovers above a dark object flagged as a potential meteorite.
    Planetary Science

    How drones are helping scientists find meteorites

    Searching for fallen space rocks is labor intensive. A team of researchers in Australia is speeding things up with drones and machine learning.

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  3. Quantum astrochemist Clara Sousa-Silva stands in front of a blackboard, holding a molecular model in her hand.
    Space

    Clara Sousa-Silva seeks molecular signatures of life in alien atmospheres

    Quantum astrochemist Clara Sousa-Silva studies how molecules in space interact with light, offering clues to what distant objects are made of.

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  4. Illustration of two black spheres orbiting in a grid with ripples that represent gravidational waves
    Physics

    Scientists have two ways to spot gravitational waves. Here are some other ideas

    From lasers in space to falling atoms on Earth, researchers are cooking up ways to sense gravitational waves that current methods can’t detect.

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  5. An image of Venus.
    Planetary Science

    Flashes in Venus’ atmosphere might be meteors, not lightning

    With upcoming missions planned for Venus, scientists are eager to figure out the origin of the mysterious flashes.

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  6. In this illustration of a supermassive black hole, rays of bright gas escape from the center of a disc-shaped gray cloud.
    Astronomy

    Active supermassive black holes may be rarer than previously thought

    A dearth of rapidly growing black holes in new James Webb telescope data raises questions about how these behemoths grow and influence their galaxies.

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  7. At the Integrated Command Control Centre in Varanasi, India, people look on as the country’s Chandrayaan-3 mission approaches the surface of the moon on August 23.
    Space

    India’s successful moon landing follows recent failures by other countries

    The Chandrayaan-3 mission delivered a lander and rover to the moon. Attempts by other countries this year show that getting there is still a challenge.

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  8. An illustration of one large blue star next to one small blue star with a thin stream of light passing between the two.
    Astronomy

    This extreme star might have huge tidal waves

    Gravitational forces between two orbiting stars might be creating huge waves of plasma on one of the stars that break and crash to the surface.

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  9. A photo of three people, seen in silhouette, pointing at stars on a large wall of several screens.
    Astronomy

    JWST’s hunt for distant galaxies keeps turning up surprises

    In its first year, the James Webb Space Telescope has found many galaxies from the early universe that are bigger, brighter and more mature than expected.

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