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BepiColombo spacecraft sends its first images of Mercury during flyby - The Guardian
European-Japanese probe swoops in to almost 200km above Sun’s nearest planet, photographing its pock-marked features

These Mysterious Animal Burrows Seem to Pre-Date Animals. We Finally Know How - ScienceAlert
Scientists just solved a 50-year-old geological puzzle: the mystery of ancient animal traces dating back to an era before animals had evolved on Earth.

Lucy in final preparations for launch, Principal Investigator discusses mission's trajectory - -
After being shipped to Florida in early August, NASA’s most daring asteroid exploration mission yet…

Astronomers May Have Discovered the First Known Planet to Orbit 3 Stars - SciTechDaily
Potential discovery of a circumtriple planet has implications for bolstering our understanding of planet formation. In a distant star system — a mere 1,300 light years away from Earth — UNLV researchers and colleagues may have identified the first known plane…

Two Decades of Data Show That Earth Is 'Dimming' as The Planet Warms Up - ScienceAlert
Earth is getting dimmer, researchers have found, and climate change is likely to blame. As the oceans get hotter, they appear to be generating fewer bright clouds, which means less sunlight is reflected back into space – and that warms up the plane

Why NASA's Mars missions will be silent for weeks - Fox News
NASA is standing down from commanding its Mars missions for the next few weeks.

Stinky 'mushball' hailstones on Uranus may explain an atmospheric anomaly there -
There's no good reason why ammonia shouldn't be present at Uranus and Neptune.

SpaceX's Dragon caused a sonic boom in Florida after splashing down in the Atlantic, residents say - Yahoo News
A sonic boom reportedly followed the landing of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft, which marked SpaceX's 23rd commercial resupply mission to the ISS.

A New Paper Claims Photosynthesis Could Be Possible in The Clouds of Venus - ScienceAlert
The putative detection of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus raised the fascinating question of whether it could be of biological origin.

NASA reveals the four people who will live and work in its Mars habitat - SlashGear
This past summer, NASA announced that it was seeking applications from professionals who had certain qualifications and who were interested in spending more than a month in a simulated Mars habitat…

Fierce 'hell heron' dinosaur puts new wrinkles in Spinosaurus origin story - National Geographic
The fossil is one of two newfound cousins of the bizarre dinosaur that together shed new light on how these predators spread across ancient Earth.

Rogue Planets Could be Habitable - Universe Today
There might be billions, even trillions, of rogue planets in the Milky Way. Could they support life? How can we find out?

NASA won't rename James Webb telescope — and astronomers are angry -
The agency found no evidence that the flagship observatory’s namesake was involved in anti-LGBT+ activities, but some say that Webb bears responsibility.

First SLS launch likely to slip to 2022 - SpaceNews
A top NASA official said NASA will soon set a target launch date for the first SLS mission, but that it’s “more than likely” it will slip into early 2022.

Unprecedented view of a single catalyst nanoparticle at work -
A DESY-led research team has been using high-intensity X-rays to observe a single catalyst nanoparticle at work. The experiment has revealed for the first time how the chemical composition of the surface of an individual nanoparticle changes under reaction co…

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