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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot keeps shrinking

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking. The biggest windstorm in the solar system has been slowly declining for decades, but some new research may explain why. There are fewer storms feeding this giant anticyclone, causing it to shrink. The findings are detailed in a study published in the September 2024 issue of the journal Icarus.  […]

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NASA’s VIPER rover won’t be going to the moon after all

Back in November 2019, NASA announced plans to send a new rover to the moon. After nearly 5 years and multiple delays, however, it seems Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) won’t be launching at all.VIPER was originally planned to land in late 2022 with a mission to search for water at the moon’s south

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What it was like to spend a year in NASA’s Mars base simulation

Spending over a year physically isolated from everyone but three crewmates may not be most people’s idea of a fun getaway, but Anca Selariu wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. “Absolutely,” Selariu tells Popular Science. The US Navy microbiologist specializing in viral vaccine discovery and infectious disease research exited Mars Dune Alpha, NASA’s 3D-printed habitat

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Newly discovered exoplanet’s orbit is like a ‘cucumber’

The gas giants in our solar system—Jupiter and Saturn, along with their ice giant cousins Uranus and Neptune—orbit far from the sun. However, that’s not the case for some of the giant planets we’ve discovered beyond the solar system. Many of them are extremely close to their stars, closer than Mercury is to our sun.

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NASA beamed Missy Elliott’s ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)’ to her favorite planet

Music legend Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s favorite planet is Venus—so after over 30 years in the industry, it’s only fitting that her debut solo single received a one-way ticket to Earth’s neighbor courtesy of NASA. The agency and the first female hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame both announced on July

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Why food tastes more bland in space

Researchers say they may finally have an explanation why astronauts often lose their appetite in space. Thanks to a first-of-its-kind study involving virtual reality headsets, experts could soon learn the ingredients necessary to solve this issue affecting not just space travelers, but more isolated populations, such as nursing home residents. New arrivals to the International

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There really are moon lava tunnels—and humans may live in them one day

NASA’s astronauts have walked the lunar surface during the Apollo missions and will likely do it again in just a few years for the Artemis program. Now, new evidence appears to confirm visitors may one day explore the moon’s interior—and even live or work within them. According to findings published July 15 in Nature Astronomy,

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The race to save glacial ice records before they melt away

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360. When Margit Schwikowski helicoptered up to Switzerland’s Corbassière glacier in 2020, it was clear that things weren’t right. “It was very warm. I mean, we were at 4,100 meters and it should be sub-zero temperatures,” she says. Instead, the team started to sweat as they lugged their ice core drill

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SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 success streak met a fiery end

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded July 11 evening, roughly an hour after launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The upper engine’s rapid unscheduled disassembly (RUD) marked the company’s first accident in roughly eight years and ended a record-setting streak of nearly 300 successful missions that have transported cargo, satellites, and astronauts. SpaceX

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