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Mars dust storm may lead to new weather discoveries
28th June 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Humans, Space

This storm may not be good news for the NASA solar-powered Opportunity rover, but one professor sees this as a chance to learn more about Martian weather.

New Model Predicts That We’re Probably The Only Advanced Civilization In The Observable Universe
28th June 2018 archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

The Fermi Paradox has been reevaluated in such a way that it makes it seem likely that humanity is alone in the observable universe.

Claims That NASA Has Published Dodgy Asteroid Data Just Got More Serious
27th June 2018 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space, Tech

The NEOWISE data a lot of researchers rely on allegedly has a much bigger margin of error than previously thought.

Daring Japanese mission reaches unexplored asteroid Ryugu
27th June 2018 | nature.com | Space

Hayabusa-2 will hover above its target and release four landing probes before touching down to collect samples to return to Earth.

Mysterious interstellar visitor is a comet — not an asteroid
27th June 2018 | nature.com | Space

Quirks in ‘Oumuamua’s path through the Solar System helped researchers solve a case of mistaken identity.

Scientists find evidence of complex organic molecules from Enceladus
27th June 2018 phys.org | Space

Using mass spectrometry data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists found that large, carbon-rich organic molecules are ejected from cracks in the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Nathan Myhrvold: ‘Nasa doesn’t want to admit it’s wrong about asteroids’
25th June 2018 | theguardian.com | Humans, Space

The maverick inventor, ex-Microsoft executive and ‘patent troll’ is battling Nasa on its asteroid data and exploring pizza science.

An asteroid exploded over Russia this week
25th June 2018 earthsky.org | Earth, Humans, Space

The small asteroid exploded in the air; fragments may have reached Earth. Plus … why are so many large meteors seen over Russia?

Preparing for the Asteroid Apocalypse
24th June 2018 | bloomberg.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The U.S. launches a new effort to better catalog Earth killers. But the big question is what to do if we find one headed our way.

CERES HAS EVEN MORE ORGANIC MOLECULES ON IT THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
19th June 2018 | universetoday.com | Space

Last year, scientists with NASA’s Dawn mission made a startling discovery when they detected complex chains of carbon molecules – organic material essential for life – in patches on the surface of Ceres.

Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star
15th June 2018 | heritagedaily.com | Space

For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a jet of material ejected when the gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close.

This Tech Expert Says NASA’s Asteroid Data Is Flawed—Now Scientists Are Backing Him Up
15th June 2018 | outerplaces.com | Humans, Space

Data from NeoWISE has come under fierce criticism from a former Microsoft chief technologist, who has accused NASA of using shoddy methods and even doctoring data.

The Milky Way Just Got Larger
14th June 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Space

Using a large survey of stars instead of just models, astronomers have now determined the disk of our galaxy to be 200,000 light-years across — twice as large as was believed a decade ago.

Will we ever colonise an asteroid?
14th June 2018 | bbc.com | Humans, Space, Tech

The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one?

NASA Shuts Down Opportunity Rover Due To Mars Dust Storm Bigger Than North America
13th June 2018 | techtimes.com | Space

Within days, the dust storm expanded to over 7 million square miles. It has covered Perseverance Valley, where Opportunity is currently located, and has blotted out the sunlight.

Nanodiamonds responsible for mysterious source of microwaves across the Milky Way
11th June 2018 phys.org | Space

Evidence for nanodiamonds in protoplanetary disks has grown over the past several decades. This is, however, the first clear connection between nanodiamonds and AME in any setting.

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