Falcon Heavy carries 24 satellites into orbit in SpaceX's "most difficult launch ever"

Falcon Heavy in flight during an earlier mission

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has lifted off again, this time embarking on what the company calls one of the most challenging launches in its history. With a slew of government satellites and important spacecraft onboard, the world's most powerful operational vehicle took off into the night sky for the first time, on a mission to deliver payloads into three different orbits.

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Alien-ocean-in-a-lab experiments produce new crystals not found on Earth

A near-infrared view of Titan's northern hemisphere, with the orange areas highlighting where crystals of butane ...

With Earth-like canyons and oceans of liquid methane, Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most fascinating places in the solar system. To better understand this weird world, scientists recreated Titan's alien oceans in the lab, producing new types of crystals that don't occur naturally on Earth but may form a common crust on Titan.

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Thermal vision highlights Uranus's rarely-seen rings

Thermal images taken of Uranus, showing the planet's rings clearly

Although Saturn sports the most impressive ring system in our neighborhood, it's not alone. Uranus is also packing some rings, although they're usually too faint to see without a powerful telescope. But a striking new set of images shows these rings in very clear detail thanks to thermal imaging, while also allowing astronomers to measure their temperature for the first time.

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Mars Curiosity detected high methane levels and scientists are excited

We take for granted a lot of gases here on Earth, including our precious oxygen. Even less so gases like methane, which is mostly a waste product of certain living organisms. But when you find unusually high levels of that substances in a planet bereft of life but believed to have once hosted life, it’s a pretty big deal. That’s … Continue reading

Curiosity rover detects unusual spikes of methane on Mars

Curiosity at work on the Red Planet

The latest methane measurements on Mars to generate some intrigue among planetary scientists stems from the largest ever reading of the gas taken during the NASA Curiosity rover's seven-year mission, which again raises the prospect of microbial life existing at some time, some place on the Red Planet.

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