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Hubble Space Telescope spots ‘soccer balls’ in space

The Hubble Space Telescope has identified soccer ball-shaped molecules amid the gas and dust that fills the space beyond our solar system and between other star systems. That space is known as the interstellar medium or ISM, and Hubble is exposing some of the mysterious electrically charged molecules within it. A recently published study in…MORE

Your child could name NASA’s Mars 2020 rover

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is set to launch next summer and land in Jezero Crater on the red planet in February 2021. It’s called the 2020 rover for obvious reasons, but it will carry a new name before launch. This is a tradition with the Martian rovers. Before it was dubbed Curiosity, the previously deployed…MORE

This glowing ring of light is from a distant galaxy

New instruments on telescopes are allowing us to look back in time at the early universe, when it was only a few billion years old, including spectacular rings of light that represent halos around galaxies. Far from the center of each galaxy is an abundance of neutral hydrogen. This is where gas is exchanged between…MORE

Curiosity rover detects highest levels of methane on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover encountered something new on the Red Planet last week and the results could potentially have implications for life on Mars. The rover’s tunable laser spectrometer, called SAM, which stands for Sample Analysis at Mars, detected the largest amount of methane ever measured during its mission. The reading indicated 21 parts per billion…MORE

A 10th American has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic

A man from New York died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, according to a US State Department official, making him the 10th American tourist to have died during or after their stay in the Caribbean nation. The official confirmed the death in response to questions from CNN about media reports regarding…MORE