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  • The Sky This Week from May 24 to June 2
  • Fri, 24 May 2019 10:00:00 GMT - Jupiter’s largest moon seemingly disappears as it slides into the giant planet’s shadow to start the week, while a waning crescent Moon passes near Venus to wrap it up.

  • Mars' layered ice caps reveal its climate history
  • Fri, 24 May 2019 10:00:00 GMT - Insulating blankets of sand layered atop ice sheets may have prevented the Red Planet from losing much more of its water into space.


  • Origami-inspired design may soon help cushion rocket landings
  • Fri, 24 May 2019 10:00:00 GMT - Whether applied to auto collisions or rocket landings, absorbing energy from impacts is a valuable trait, and industries have been working on various solutions for years. For spacecraft, landing safely has entailed everything from inflatable airbag systems to sky cranes to retro-thrusters. But what if the force of impact never made it to the spacecraft at all? That’s the idea being pursued by Hiromi Yasuda and colleagues at the University of Washington. They’re using foldable materia

  • NASA announces contractor for first stage of Lunar Gateway
  • Thu, 23 May 2019 10:00:00 GMT - Maxar Technologies will build the propulsion system of the planned Moon-orbiting space station, which will be key to NASA's larger plan to return humans to the Moon by 2024.

  • Why scientists are putting a telescope on the bottom of the ocean
  • Thu, 23 May 2019 10:00:00 GMT - An underwater observatory may soon begin tracking some of the universe's most mysterious particles.

  • Rare meteorites found in Costa Rica could shed light on Earth's water
  • Wed, 22 May 2019 10:00:00 GMT - Because it's basically a ball of clay, researchers expect it to provide ample data on the history of water in the solar system.

  • Scientists gear up to look for fossils on Mars
  • Tue, 21 May 2019 10:00:00 GMT - With NASA’s Mars 2020 mission soon heading for the Red Planet, researchers are figuring out the best ways to hunt for signs of ancient life far from home.

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