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Discovery of a far-distant galaxy larger than the Milky Way (dating back to 13 billion years) has made astronomers and astrophysicists think again about the processes of star birth, galaxy formation, and seriously makes people look again at theories regarding dark matter.

https://www.space.com/ancient-galaxy-upending-cosmology
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Interesting story, thanks!

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Views from Odysseus lander, as it landing

and as it gently tipped over.
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Well, at least it GENTLY tipped over! ;D

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The first picture you can see the broken landing leg.
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So it was mechanical/structural failure.  At first glance it looked top-heavy. 

Anyway, no matter what, these private firms have to gain experience.  These trials and failures will lead to success.
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Its not been said, they had suggested the vehicle had been landing almost sideways and the leg clipped a boulder.  However, nothing been said yet.
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Another small step on the road toward aerospace vehicles that can leave the atmosphere, and eventually, the gravity well of our planet.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/the-x-15-rocket-plane-pioneering-hypersonic-flight-and-bridging-atmospheric-and-space-exploration/ar-BB1jukcq
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The above map shows the location of a newly discovered volcano.  Located between the Tharsis Bulge and the Valles Marinaris, this heavily eroded geologic feature escaped notice for quite a while.

More about it in the following link.

https://www.space.com/mars-giant-volcano-hiding-plain-sight
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SpaceX's third launch attempt accrued Today. Reported (among other places.)  in Spacenews here.

The Rocket achieved sub-orbit as planned, however the not everything worked but they got what they needed too sort out next flight.

The booster did not explode, but for some reason failed successfully fully relite it's engines and wasn't able slow down by the time it did hard landing in the Gulf.

While the S28, the Starship test vehicle made it's planned flight path passing Africa and landing in the Gulf.   It appear test door failed, as it seen in video footage open a jar. 
Ice can be seen fly off the vehicle, with possibility that the reaction controls were icing up to the point it wasn't able properly right itself.  However, nothing been said.   

There was spectacular footage of the reentry on the vehicle.
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Good to see them making gradual progress, it is a really impressive sight.
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Progress is progress, no matter how spectacular the failures! :)

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NASA's Europa Clipper is set to launch in October of this year.  Here's a glimpse of some of what will be aboard the orbiter, which is currently slated to make 49 close flybys of the ice covered moon.   Just check the following link.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/nasa-reveals-message-in-a-bottle-concept-for-upcoming-europa-mission/ar-BB1jIsIy?ocid=msedgntp&pc=LCTS&cvid=075777b152fc4a4d91d4bede4bfb6436&ei=143
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Happy hangover Monday!  My girlfriend and I rescued all the snakes from St Patrick last night, so it was worth the damage done.

Anyway...

Neutron Star collisions are now being used to delve into increasingly advanced physical models.  And maybe we can use them to pin down exactly what dark matter is - or debunk it entirely.

https://www.space.com/neutron-stars-collision-dark-matter-standard-model
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A solution to the dark matter problem would be welcome!

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A solution to the dark matter problem would be welcome!

As it stands, I'm actually pretty content realizing that "dark matter" is a placeholder name for an honest-to-goodness actual working and provable theory that we will have in the future.  With a better name, too.
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Slightly dated news, a didn't know about.

Back in September 2012, the Perseverance rover caught view of Phobos cross the sun. Source is NASA.
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A potato-eclipse.

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More news about billionaires talking about exploiting resources in space, as well as talk of earthbound governments setting regulations for what may or may not be done regarding such future industries. 

Let’s take a look…

https://www.businessinsider.com/billionaires-companies-going-to-space-need-rules-2024-3
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ok caught up overnight about voyager probes launched in 70s
seems that the probes had been veering off course for decades and they figured it out why
apparently materials that the probes are made of reflected enough thermal energy to move the crafts off course
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". . .Companies operating on the moon will have a strong incentive to play nice with each other: It's good for business."


HAHAHA, yeah right.   I've heard this many times before.

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Hopefully probe funding will allow for additional missions .
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". . .Companies operating on the moon will have a strong incentive to play nice with each other: It's good for business."


HAHAHA, yeah right.   I've heard this many times before.

Earthbound companies aren’t typically threatened by lack of oxygen, lack of water, threats of starvation, catastrophic decompression.  Rival corporations have been known to dynamite each others’ assets here on the ground, literally and figuratively.  Destruction up there is far easier to accomplish.   

“May you live in interesting times.” - Chinese proverb

Interesting times have found us.
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The old cores of planetesimals should be common in very system; more so if there's more of a disturbance in the gravity-well like in AC3.  It's easier to mine an asteroid like 16 Pysche than to mine a terrestrial-world.  Battletech should be mineral-rich (and also water-rich, as we're discovering water is very, very abundant).


Earthbound companies aren’t typically threatened by lack of oxygen, lack of water, threats of starvation, catastrophic decompression.  Rival corporations have been known to dynamite each others’ assets here on the ground, literally and figuratively.  Destruction up there is far easier to accomplish.   

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Interesting times have found us.


Interesting for a few seconds until the air runs out; to quote Pondsmith's (Deep-Space) concept of, "ARG", Atmosphere, Radiation and Gravity, because if you don't respect those, "ARG", is the last thing you'll say.

Really, there are two schools of thought:

1. "There's enough wealth for everyone to equally gouge and control the markets."
2. "The asteroid is mine: Go #$%& yourself."

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JWST observed different ice bound materials in the protoplanetary discs orbiting very young stars.

Check it out in the link below.

https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-building-blocks-life-icy-molecules-infant-stars
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Composite created image of the Milkyway's supermassive black Hole, known as Sagittarius A (Sgr A) (it's 27k light years away from Earth).

The Event Horizon Telescope, Earth size radio telescopes across the globe was used to capture data allow creation of a visual image.

Appears that Sgr A has passing resemblance to the smaller M87 Galaxy's own Black Hole.

Article originates from Space.com and reported on NASASpaceFlight's This Week In Spaceflight.
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Of course... Black holes by definition will have similar "appearances"... ;)

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that.

And yes, the accretion rings will probably look similar, unless there's local conditions like a colliding galaxy in progress.

Anyone else here thinking about Bolder's Ring?
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