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Planetary Sciences Mar 26, 2023

Scientists offer 'non-alien explanation' for interstellar visitor

When the first object ever known to have visited the Earth's Solar System from outer space zoomed past in 2017, it was so strange that at least one leading astronomer was convinced it was an alien vessel.

Astronomy Mar 22, 2023

A surprisingly simple explanation for 'Oumuamua's weird orbit

In 2017, a mysterious comet dubbed 'Oumuamua fired the imaginations of scientists and the public alike. It was the first known visitor from outside our solar system, it had no bright coma or dust tail, like most comets, and ...

Space Exploration Mar 22, 2023

Measuring the cohesive force of meteorite fragments to identify the mobility of asteroids

The cohesive force of asteroid particles influence microgravity and can be evaluated under several assumptions of particle size and their sensitivity to particle shape. Approximately hundreds of kilograms of material fall ...

Biotechnology Mar 20, 2023

A sowing, pruning, and harvesting robot for Synecoculture farming

Synecoculture is a new agricultural method advocated by Dr. Masatoshi Funabashi, senior researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL), in which various kinds of plants are mixed and grown in high density, ...

Space Exploration Mar 15, 2023

Engineers keep an eye on fuel supply of NASA's oldest Mars orbiter

Measuring the fuel supply on Odyssey, a decades-old spacecraft without a fuel gauge, is no easy task.

Planetary Sciences Mar 15, 2023

Scientists offer evidence that Venus is volcanically active

Venus appears to have volcanic activity, according to a new research paper that offers strong evidence to answer the lingering question about whether Earth's sister planet currently has eruptions and lava flows.

Space Exploration Mar 14, 2023

Mix-and-match kit could enable astronauts to build a menagerie of lunar exploration bots

When astronauts begin to build a permanent base on the moon, as NASA plans to do in the coming years, they'll need help. Robots could potentially do the heavy lifting by laying cables, deploying solar panels, erecting communications ...

Planetary Sciences Mar 13, 2023

A helicopter is going to Titan. Could an airplane be next?

What are the hydrocarbon seas on Titan really like? While the upcoming Dragonfly helicopter mission to Saturn's hazy and frigid moon should arrive by 2034 to explore Titan's atmosphere, the need remains for a mission that ...

Planetary Sciences Mar 13, 2023

A brief history of the UK's Winchcombe meteorite

On February 28, 2021, for the first time in 30 years, a meteorite fell in the U.K. and was later recovered by scientists. Today, there's an international effort to study this space rock and learn more about its place in the ...

Planetary Sciences Mar 7, 2023

Planets similar to Neptune and Jupiter observed circling a sun-like star

A small international team of space scientists has discovered a pair of planets that bear a striking resemblance to Neptune and Jupiter circling a star similar in nature to our sun. The group has published their findings ...

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