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Every Life Form on Earth Uses the Same Chemical for Energy.  This Could Explain Why.

Every Life Form on Earth Uses the Same Chemical for Energy. This Could Explain Why.

All life as we know it uses the exact same energy-carrying molecule as a kind of ‘universal cellular fuel’. Now, ancient chemistry may explain how that all-important molecule ended up being ATP (adenosine triphosphate) a new study reports. ATP is an organic molecule, charged up by photosynthesis or by cellular respiration (the way organisms break …

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Juno gets highest-resolution close-up of Jupiter's moon Europa

Juno gets highest-resolution close-up of Jupiter’s moon Europa

Surface features of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa are revealed in an image obtained by Juno’s Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) during the spacecraft’s Sept. 29, 2022, flyby. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI Observations from the spacecraft’s passage of the moon provided the first close-up in over two decades of this ocean world, resulting in remarkable imagery and unique science. …

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An Albert Einstein toy doll floats on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon "Endurance" as the Crew-5 astronauts

Astronauts fly Albert Einstein doll to demo physicist’s ‘happiest thought’

Albert Einstein’s “happiest thought” has been proven again by four international astronauts and a small doll made in his likeness (opens in new tab). Upon entering Earth orbit on Wednesday (Oct. 5), the crew members onboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft “Endurance” (opens in new tab) revealed their chosen “zero-g indicator,” a plush toy of the late …

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Webb, Hubble space telescopes capture an intriguing galactic pair  CNN

Webb, Hubble space telescopes capture an intriguing galactic pair CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — When astronomers combine the observational powers of James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope, they capture more detailed portraits of the cosmos. A new image showcasing a galactic pair, shared by NASA …

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Crew Dragon launches safely, carrying first Russian from US soil in 20 years

Crew Dragon launches safely, carrying first Russian from US soil in 20 years

Enlarge / The Crew-5 mission launches from the Kennedy Space Center on October 5, 2022. Trevor Mahlmann Four days before Thanksgiving in 2002, the space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Among the seven crew members to the International Space Station was one Russian cosmonaut, Nikolai M. Budarin, making his …

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The simulation screenshot shows a stream of ejected material created by a giant impact coalesces into the body that would become the moon.

Massive space rock impact could have ‘instantly’ created the moon

A giant impact may have rapidly placed the moon into orbit around Earth rather than creating a disk of debris from which the moon gradually formed over time, new research suggests. A highly detailed computer simulation created by Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology revealed this alternative origin story for Earth’s lunar companion. This new, …

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The simulation shows the moon forming from the shattered remains of Theia and parts of Earth

How did the moon form? A supercomputer may have just found the answer

The moon could have formed immediately after a cataclysmic impact that tore off a chunk of Earth and hurled it into space, a new study has suggested. Since the mid-1970s, astronomers have thought that the moon could have been made by a collision between Earth and an ancient Mars-size protoplanet called Theia; the colossal impact …

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NASA and SpaceX launch Crew-5 mission from Florida with first Russian

Space is important to us and that’s why we’re working to bring you top coverage of the industry and Florida launches. Journalism like this takes time and resources. Please support it with a subscription here. — Cloud-kissed skies above the Kennedy Space Center welcomed the launch of four people aboard a SpaceX rocket Wednesday, giving …

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Why the Death of India's Groundbreaking Mars Orbiter Is a Big Deal

Why the Death of India’s Groundbreaking Mars Orbiter Is a Big Deal

On Sept. 24, 2014, the Indian Space Research Organization made history. A year earlier, the nation’s premier space agency blasted a little spacecraft toward Mars, hoping to punch the boxy probe into the red planet’s orbit and hover it alongside NASA’s state-of-the-art Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and ESA’s inventive Mars Express. This, at the time, was …

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Why the Death of India's Groundbreaking Mars Orbiter Is a Big Deal

Why the Death of India’s Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Is a Big Deal

On Sept. 24, 2014, sounds of celebration echoed across Bangalore as the Indian Space Research Organization had just made history. A year earlier, the nation’s space agency blasted a little spacecraft towards Mars, hoping to punch the boxy probe into the red planet’s orbit and hover it alongside NASA’s state-of-the-art Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and ESA’s …

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