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NASA and the European Space Agency reveal more details of the plan to return the Mars sample

A sample repository will be set up on Mars for NASA’s Perseverance rover to hide Martian gas and rock samples before the lander arrives to bring the material back to Earth sometime in the 2030s…hopefully. Persevering, sent to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient microbial life, has been cruising through Jezero crater …

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Princeton physicists discover strange quantum state at room temperature

Researchers at Princeton University have found that a material known as a topological insulator, made of the elements bismuth and bromine, exhibits specialized quantum behaviors typically seen only under extreme experimental conditions of high pressures and temperatures close to absolute zero. Credit: Shafayat Hussain and Muhammad Zahid Hassan of Princeton University For the first time, …

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The huge dust storm on the red planet has finally weakened as the seasons of Mars change

A massive dust storm on Mars that had threatened NASA’s lander has finally dissipated. In late September, NASA Mars reconnaissance vehicle Sound the alarm for the missions you are studying red planet: a dust storm was brewing. Such storms have a grim reputation among surface missions since a storm orbiting the whole planet has ended …

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Haunting image: NASA’s Webb Space Telescope reveals horrific pillars of creation

The James Webb Space Telescope’s mid-infrared view of the Pillars of Creation elicits a chilling tone. Thousands of stars in this region are disappearing – and endless layers of gas and dust seem to become their focus. Credit: Science: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI Image Processing: Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI) Webb highlights the velvet-like …

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Electrons with Planckian scattering in exotic metals follow the standard rules of orbital motion in a magnet

A 100 Tesla magnetic system at the National Laboratory for Intense Magnetic Fields in Toulouse, France. Credit: Nanda Gonzag. Exotic metals, or non-Fermi liquids, are distinct states of matter that have been observed in various quantum materials, including copper superconductors. These states have unusual conductive properties, such as resistance linearly related to temperature (T-linear). In …

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Electrons with Planckian scattering in exotic metals follow the standard rules of orbital motion in a magnet

A 100 Tesla magnetic system at the National Laboratory for Intense Magnetic Fields in Toulouse, France. Credit: Nanda Gonzag. Exotic metals, or non-Fermi liquids, are distinct states of matter that have been observed in various quantum materials, including copper superconductors. These states have unusual conductive properties, such as resistance linearly related to temperature (T-linear). In …

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Huge meteor hit Mars. Then NASA made an even bigger discovery.

The average earthquake that the Mars Insight rover heard was not a roar across the land of the Red Planet last Christmas Eve. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter apparently found the source of the bang two months after its space location: a stunning meteor strike more than 2,000 miles near Mars’ equator, estimated to be one …

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NASA won’t cancel Psyche asteroid mission, targeting launch in October 2023

NASA’s Psyche asteroid mission pulled its head off the chopping block. The Psyche spacecraft was supposed to blast off towards a strange metallic space rock in the main asteroid belt, between August and October of this year, of the same name. But issues with Psyche’s flight program made it impossible to get through that window, …

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