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  1. NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter just completed its fourth flight, once again setting records for extraterrestrial flight.

    The post Mars Helicopter Completes its 4th Flight. 117 Seconds of Airtime appeared first on Universe Today.

  2. If an alien civilization has a Starlink-like constellation of satellites, we might be able to find them.

    The post We Could Detect Extraterrestrial Satellite Megaconstellations Within a few Hundred Light-Years appeared first on Universe Today.

  3. The Parker Solar Probe has been getting in a lot of extracurricular activity lately.  Originally designed to observe the Sun, the probe has been taking full advantage of its path through the solar system.  In addition to snapping pictures of comets, the probe has repeatedly focused on Venus, including capturing an image peering underneath the …

    The post What we’ve Learned About Venus From the Parker Solar Probe appeared first on Universe Today.

  4. The English vocabulary has some words that only make sense from an Earth-bound perspective.  Earthquake is one of those.  Even in some science fiction and fantasy books, where the action takes place somewhere other than Earth, that team is used to denote the ground shaking.  It’s therefore nice to see planetary scientists trying to expand …

    The post One Full Year of Seismic Data Collected by Mars Insight Includes 500 Quakes appeared first on Universe Today.

  5. On the fifth attempt, SpaceX nailed the high-altitude flight test with a Starship prototype! Onward and upward we go!

    The post SpaceX’s SN15 Starship Prototype Nails It! appeared first on Universe Today.

  6. If dark matter exists, it could make Jupiter-like exoplanets warmer than we expect.

    The post Dark Matter Could Change the Temperature of Exoplanets, Allowing us to Detect it appeared first on Universe Today.

  7. May the 4th be With You! Blasting out of Mos Eisley Space Port, the Millennium Falcon carries our adventurers off Tatooine bringing Luke Skywalker across the threshold into space. With Imperial Star Destroyers closing, Luke bemoans Han Solo’s delay in jumping to Hyperspace. It takes time to make these calculations through the Falcon’s “Navicomputer.” Han …

    The post “Ain’t like Dusting Crops!” How We’ll Actually Navigate Interstellar Space appeared first on Universe Today.

  8. Using the radio-echo timing technique, a team of researchers have precisely measured the length of a day on Venus

    The post How Long is a Day on Venus? We Finally Know the Exact Answer appeared first on Universe Today.

  9. Rocks can tell us a lot about a planet.  On Earth, the study of geology has been around for hundreds of years and has resulted in such scientific findings as the theory of plate tectonics and the discovery of dinosaur fossils.  Geology on Mars has not had as long and storied a history, but with …

    The post Dune Fields in Gale Crater Tell the Story of Mars’ Shifting Climate Over Eons appeared first on Universe Today.

  10. The outer reaches of the Milky Way galaxy are a different place.  Stars are much harder to come by, with most of this “galactic halo” being made up of empty space.  But scientists theorize that there is an abundance of one particular thing in this desolate area – dark matter.  Now, a team from Harvard …

    The post New All-Sky Map of the Milky Way’s Galactic Halo appeared first on Universe Today.

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