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Chandra X-ray telescope uncovers evidence of the universe’s missing matter

An illustration of the Millennium simulation, which uses supercomputers to formulate how the key components of the Universe would have evolved over cosmic time. Illustration: Springel et al. (2005); Spectrum: NASA/CXC/CfA/Kovács et al. There’s a puzzle that has been taxing astronomers for many years: Where is all of the matter in the universe? You might […]

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White spots on Ceres are evidence of ancient ice volcanoes erupting

This mosaic from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, of Cerealia Facula combines images obtained from altitudes as low as 22 miles (35 kilometers) above Ceres’ surface. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI NASA’s Dawn spacecraft went dark last year, but data collected by the craft is continuing to be used to make discoveries about the dwarf planet Ceres that it orbited. Ceres […]

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InSight has placed its heat probe, will dig 16 feet beneath the surface of Mars

NASA’s InSight lander set its heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3), on the Martian surface on February 12. NASA/JPL-Caltech/DLR Having placed its seismometer onto the Martian surface and covered it with a heat shield to keep it safe, NASA’s InSight mission has moved on to deploying its second instrument. New images […]