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Unusual molecule found in atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan

Unusual molecule found in atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is the only moon in our solar system that has a thick atmosphere. It’s four times denser than Earth’s. And now, scientists have discovered a molecule in it that has never been found in any other atmosphere. The particle is called cyclopropenylidene, or C3H2, and it’s made of carbon and hydrogen.…MORE

Juno mission observes ‘sprites’ dancing in Jupiter’s atmosphere

Juno mission observes ‘sprites’ dancing in Jupiter’s atmosphere

Blue sprites and elves have been detected twirling in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter by NASA’s Juno mission. While it may sound like something out of a fantasy novel, sprites and elves are actually two types of quick, bright flashes of light, or transient luminous events. Although these lightning-like flashes happen on Earth, this marks…MORE

Antarctic fossil could have been the biggest flying bird ever, study finds

Antarctic fossil could have been the biggest flying bird ever, study finds

In the 1980s, paleontologists at the University of California Riverside visited Seymour Island, part of an island chain in the Antarctic Peninsula. They brought home a number of fossils — including the foot bone and partial jaw bone of two prehistoric birds. For decades, the fossils sat in a museum at the University of California…MORE

NASA, European Space Agency to collaborate on Artemis Gateway lunar outpost

NASA, European Space Agency to collaborate on Artemis Gateway lunar outpost

It’s another step in humankind’s return to the moon, and eventually on to Mars. As NASA seeks to return humans to the lunar surface through its Artemis program, the space agency is adding international partnerships to facilitate sustainable exploration of the moon — while demonstrating that a human mission to Mars is possible in the…MORE

‘Fireball’ meteorite that fell to Earth in 2018 reveals its secrets

‘Fireball’ meteorite that fell to Earth in 2018 reveals its secrets

A 12-million-year-old meteorite that fell to Earth in January 2018 is covered in more than 2,600 organic compounds, according to new research. Meteorites such as this one likely acted as messengers early in Earth’s history, delivering the building blocks of life, the researchers said. A fireball meteor was seen streaking across the sky over the…MORE

NASA spacecraft will stow asteroid sample to stop it from leaking into space

NASA spacecraft will stow asteroid sample to stop it from leaking into space

A week after collecting a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will stow the sample to protect it from leaking into space on Tuesday. The mission team received images sent by the spacecraft last Thursday that revealed the sample collection head was full of surface material — so much so that a…MORE

NASA mission finds water on the sunlit surface of the moon

NASA mission finds water on the sunlit surface of the moon

There may be more water on the moon than previously believed, including on its sunlit surface. This water could be used as a resource during upcoming missions — like NASA’s return of humans to the lunar surface through the Artemis program. The two studies published in the journal Nature Astronomy, and researchers shared their findings…MORE