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NASA Sets May 5 Launch of InSight Mars Mission

Days Are Numbered: Power Levels Diminishing for NASA’s Marsquake Hunting InSight Lander

Illustration of NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Credit: NASA Dusty solar panels and darker skies are expected to bring the NASA’s InSight Mars lander is progressively losing power and will likely end science operations later this summer. InSight’s team expects the lander to become inoperative by December, concluding a …

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Octopuses torture and eat themselves after mating. Science finally knows why.

Octopuses torture and eat themselves after mating. Science finally knows why.

Many animal species die after they reproduce. But in octopus mothers, this decline is particularly alarming: In most species, as an octopus mother’s eggs get close to hatching, she stops eating. She then leaves her protective huddle over her brood and becomes bent on self-destruction. She might beat herself against a rock, tear at her …

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Dust-covered solar panels mean NASA Mars lander's mission is coming to an end

Dust-covered solar panels mean NASA Mars lander’s mission is coming to an end

Due to a decreasing power supply, the mission will cease scientific operations by the end of late summer, said Kathya Zamora Garcia, InSight deputy project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, during a news conference Tuesday. InSight’s solar panels have been increasingly covered in red Martian dust, despite creative efforts by the …

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The InSight Mars Lander Mission Will End This Year, NASA Says

The InSight Mars Lander Mission Will End This Year, NASA Says

NASA officials announced in a press conference today that the InSight lander on Mars will likely stop operating at the end of 2022, following three years of scientific work on the surface of the Red Planet. InSight arrived on Mars in November 2018, and during its time on the Martian surface it has collected remarkable …

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NASA reveals launch dates for Artemis I through the first half of 2023

NASA reveals launch dates for Artemis I through the first half of 2023

Enlarge / NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is seen on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in April. Trevor Mahlmann NASA has published a list of potential launch dates for the Artemis I mission (see PDF), starting as early as July 26 and running through June of next year. During this time period, due …

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Cave discovery in Laos could unlock more about human evolution's biggest mystery | CNN

Cave discovery in Laos could unlock more about human evolution’s biggest mystery | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  A tooth unearthed from a remote cave in Laos is helping to sketch an unknown chapter in the human story. Researchers believe the tooth belonged to a young female who lived at least …

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150,000-Year-Old Human Tooth Is Rare Evidence of the Extinct Denisovans

150,000-Year-Old Human Tooth Is Rare Evidence of the Extinct Denisovans

The suspected Denisovan molar. Photo: F. Demeter et al., 2022 Paleontologists in Laos have uncovered an ancient molar that likely belonged to a young Denisovan girl. The discovery is a big deal, as the Laotian cave in which the molar was found is now one of only three spots known to host these enigmatic humans. …

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