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September 2017

Boron discovered on Mars supporting theory of life on planet

By | 2017-09-25T22:48:32+00:00 September 24th, 2017|

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has discovered the existence of Boron on Mars, particularly in the Gale Crater, giving us new evidence that the planet may have supported life. How important is boron in supporting life? Boron is considered to be an interesting element by astrobiologists since, on Earth, it is thought to stabilize the sugary molecule ribose. It is a key component of ribonucleic acid or RNA, a molecule that [...]

Study shows water molecules may exist on moon’s surface all day

By | 2017-09-21T21:52:23+00:00 September 21st, 2017|

A new study published shows that water may be bound to rocks on the moon’s surface throughout the day, hence this might mean that large amounts of water molecules are already present on the surface of the moon. There has been previous research that suggested the existence of water molecules across the surface of the moon. Except in times when there is permanent shadows of craters at the lunar [...]

New planet’s rings 200 times larger than that of Saturn

By | 2017-09-20T19:18:31+00:00 September 20th, 2017|

A very young planet, about 420 light years away, lies around a very young and sun-like star, with rings that are similar to that of Saturn. It is an unusual find as scientists discovered that it has truly massive rings around it. How massive are these rings? It is thought to be up to 200 times larger than the rings of Saturn. Hence, J1407b has been called a Super [...]

Is a big gravitational waves announcement about to happen?

By | 2017-09-18T20:26:50+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

You may want to keep an eye on the schedule of LIGO announcements. If the rumors in the scientific community are true, then we might be in for a huge gravitational wave announcement very soon. While people are still speculating about this, since anything is yet to be confirmed, there have been exciting hints that point to this being just the case and that for the first time, scientists might [...]

Elevated zinc and germanium levels on Mars bolster evidence for habitable environments

By | 2017-09-18T17:29:12+00:00 September 18th, 2017|

New data has been gathered by the Mars Curiosity rover which indicate that the Gale Crater on Mars may have had a history of hypothermal activity. The new study broadens the variety of habitable conditions that were once present on the red planet. Scientists have found concentrations of both the elements Zinc and Germanium to be up to 100 times greater in sedimentary rocks in the Gale Crater as compared [...]

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft bids farewell after 13 years in orbit

By | 2017-09-14T20:04:39+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

The Cassini spacecraft is about to plunge itself into Saturn’s atmosphere and disintegrate after being in orbit for the last 13 years. NASA has decided to end its mission as the probe is nearly out of fuel. Cassini's mission has been a success, as it has provided scientists with new discoveries and details about the second-largest planet in our solar system. The discoveries include the hurricanes at Saturn’s poles. According [...]