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The Moon Crater Where NASA Will Send Its Viper Rover - The New York Times
The agency picked the Nobile crater near the lunar south pole to seek frozen water that will be essential to future astronaut missions.

See the harvest moon shine in the night sky tonight, 2 days before the autumnal equinox - CNN
This year's harvest moon will rise on September 20, two days before the autumnal equinox, showering Earth with bright moonlight only 20 to 30 minutes after sunset.

Mars was always too small to hold onto its oceans, rivers and lakes -
Mars' story may hold a basic truth about planetary habitability.

Understanding photon collisions could aid search for physics beyond the Standard Model -
Hot on the heels of proving an 87-year-old prediction that matter can be generated directly from light, Rice University physicists and their colleagues have detailed how that process may impact future studies of primordial plasma and physics beyond the Standa…

NASA TV to Air Landsat 9 Launch, Prelaunch Activities - NASA
NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions that began with the fir…

Elon Musk taunts President Biden with 'sleeping' tweet after SpaceX completes mission - Yahoo News
Elon Musk took a jab at President Joe Biden the day after his spacecraft SpaceX, completed a historic mission as the first all-civilian flight crew.

Elon Musk trolls 'sleepy' President Biden over perceived Inspiration4 snub - CNET
Musk wants acknowledgment for the historic mission.

Evidence that a cosmic impact destroyed ancient city in the Jordan Valley -
In the Middle Bronze Age (about 3,600 years ago or roughly 1650 BCE), the city of Tall el-Hammam was ascendant. Located on high ground in the southern Jordan Valley, northeast of the Dead Sea, the settlement in its time had become the largest continuously occ…

Kids' fossilized handprints may be some of the world's oldest art -
Newfound hand and footprints on the Tibetan Plateau date about 169,000 to 226,000 years old.

Extreme volcanism did not cause the massive extinction of species in the late Cretaceous -
A study published in the journal Geology rules out that extreme volcanic episodes had any influence on the massive extinction of species in the late Cretaceous. The results confirm the hypothesis that it was a giant meteorite impact what caused the great biol…

Mysterious “Empty Sky” Gamma-Ray Puzzle Solved – May Lead Astrophysicists To Unravel Dark Matter - SciTechDaily
Star-forming galaxies are responsible for creating gamma-rays that until now had not been associated with a known origin. Star-forming galaxies are responsible for creating gamma-rays that until now had not been associated with a known origin, researchers fro…

Engineers create light-emitting plants that can be charged repeatedly -
Using specialized nanoparticles embedded in plant leaves, MIT engineers have created a light-emitting plant that can be charged by an LED. After 10 seconds of charging, plants glow brightly for several minutes, and they can be recharged repeatedly.

Forget Yellowstone: Thousands of immense supervolcano eruptions buried much of ancient Mars - SYFY WIRE
In one of the single most terrifying articles I have ever read, planetary scientists show that ancient Mars suffered from immense, repeated supervolcano eruptions that buried a huge region under ash as deep as a kilometer, and that these eruptions are tied to…

Men sleep worse during the first half of the lunar cycle, study finds - Daily Mail
Men's sleep may be more powerfully influenced by the lunar cycle than women's, report researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Hubble takes 31st anniversary image: Two new views showcase the dual nature of the star AG Carinae -
Comparing two images shows puffing dust bubbles and an erupting gas shell—the final acts of a monster star's life.

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