NASA –“Moon Yields Clues to Infant Sun & Origin of Life”

 

X Ray Sun

 

We didn’t know what the Sun looked like in its first billion years, and it’s super important because it likely changed how Venus’ atmosphere evolved and how quickly it lost water, said Prabal Saxena, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “It also probably changed how quickly Mars lost its atmosphere, and it changed the atmospheric chemistry of Earth.”

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Cassini Mission –”Saturn’s Rings May Not Have Existed During Era of T Rex”

 

Saturn's Rings

 

“We see so much more, and closer up, and we’re getting new and more interesting puzzles,” said NASA’s Ames Research Center’s Jeff Cuzzi, who’s been studying Saturn’s rings since the 1970s and is the interdisciplinary scientist for rings on the Cassini mission. “We are just settling into the next phase, which is building new, detailed models of ring evolution—including the new revelation from Cassini data that the rings are much younger than Saturn.”

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China’s “Milky Way Base”/Apollo 11 Anniversary

 

Chang’e-4 lunar probe

 

“Man on the moon,” cried Walter Cronkite to an amazed world fifty years ago this summer. Although cosmologically, a mere blink of the eye, the USA celebrates the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission marking Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon. Meanwhile, China quietly explores  the mysterious  lunar farside, laying the foundation for the human species’ first moonbase and a radio telescope that will provide an unfettered window on the universe.

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“Psyche Bound”– Exploring the Relic of a Planet Big as Mars

Psyche Asteroid

 

“With the transition into this new mission phase, we are one big step closer to uncovering the secrets of Psyche, a giant mysterious metallic asteroid,” said NASA Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University.

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Mars Message in a Bottle –“Earth’s Future”

Mars 2020 Landing Site Jezero Crater

 

A series of missions will set a new bar for humankind’s technological achievements as NASA and ESA aim to bring  samples back from Mars Jezero Crater that once held a lake and contains an ancient preserved river delta. The rocks in the area will have preserved information about the Red Planet’s long and diverse geologic history and its stark, dramatic climate change through the eons.

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“Inner Space Telepresence” –NASA’s Exploration for Life on Water Worlds

Jupiter's Europa

 

Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space, blending ocean and space research to better understand if the watery worlds found on moons and planets in our solar system harbor conditions that could support microbial life.

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