China Claims Rover Discovered Water on Mars

Fourth EstateMartian Polar Ice Caps - NASA

Chinese Scientists published Wednesday, findings from a Chinese rover mission to Mars, suggesting evidence that the planet had a more active water cycle tens of millions of years ago than scientists expected.   The lead researcher at the National Space …

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First Commercial Space Flight Crew Returns to Earth

Fourth EstateSpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean - SpaceX

The first exclusively commercial crew to visit the International Space Station returned to Earth on Monday. SpaceX’s Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) was brought to a close when astronauts Michael López-Alegra, Larry Connor, Eytan Stibbe, and Mark Pathy returned to the …

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European Space Agency Stops Cooperation with Russian Lunar Missions

The European Space Agency ended cooperation with Russia on three missions to the Moon due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday, following a previous decision to do the same for a Mars mission. The European Space Agency said it …

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ESA Astronaut Simulates Polar Moon Landing

Fourth EstateThe ESA simulator 'flown' by ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori to practice lunar polar orbit landings - DLR

A European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut used a sophisticated flight simulator to practice a simulated polar landing as part of a mission to develop a ‘human-in-the-loop’ lunar landing system. The ESA-led ‘Human-in-the-Loop Flight Vehicle Engineering’ technology research looked into the …

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NASA’s Testing for Megarocket Artemis 1 Begins

NASA/Ben SmegelskyArtemis I Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft at Launch Pad 39B - NASA/Ben Smegelsky

A prelaunch test dubbed as a “wet dress rehearsal” for NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission commenced at LaunchPad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The three-day test will put the Artemis 1 stack, a Space Launch System …

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Discover Farthest Star Yet

Fourth EstateEarndel Cluster - NASA

NASA announced that a group of astronomers has identified the furthest star yet discovered, a blue giant that originated nearly 13 billion years ago at the beginning of the cosmos using the Hubble Space Telescope,  The newly discovered star was …

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Mysterious Giant Stone Jars Found in India

Fourth EstateSandstone jars scattered across four sites in the north-eastern state of Assam, India - Tilok Thakuria / North-Eastern Hill University

A team of researchers at the Australian National University found sixty-five ‘mysterious’ sandstone jars in the north-eastern state of Assam, India, over four different sites. The newly discovered sandstone jars range in shape and decoration, with some tall and cylindrical …

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NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei Goes Home in Russian Space Capsule

(NASA/Bill Ingalls)NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is seen outside the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft - NASA/Bill Ingalls

Mark Vande Hei, a record-breaking NASA astronaut, is set to return to Earth from the International Space Station on March 30th in a Russian Soyuz rocket along with two Russian cosmonauts. Vande Hei had been on the ISS since April …

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Fossil of ‘World’s Largest Jurassic Pterosaur’ Found in Scotland

Researchers found the remains of the world’s largest Jurassic pterosaur — an extinct winged reptile informally known as a pterodactyl — at the Scottish Isle of Skye. The researchers extracted the bones wedged into a layer of limestone on a …

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