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  1. astronaut on moon
    Space

    How do you clean up clingy space dust? Zap it with an electron beam

    An electron beam is the newest addition to a suite of technologies for cleaning sticky and damaging lunar dust off surfaces.

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  2. Akatsuki spacecraft
    Space

    Phosphine gas found in Venus’ atmosphere may be ‘a possible sign of life’

    Astronomers have detected a stinky, toxic gas in Venus’ clouds that could be a sign of life, or some strange unknown chemistry.

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  3. enstatite chondrite
    Planetary Science

    Earth’s building blocks may have had far more water than previously thought

    Space rocks and dust from the inner solar system could have delivered enough water to account for all the H2O in the planet’s mantle.

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  4. comet
    Astronomy

    In a first, astronomers spotted a space rock turning into a comet

    Scientists have caught a space rock in the act of shifting from a Kuiper Belt object to a comet. That process won’t be complete until 2063.

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  5. Hubble Space Telescope during total lunar eclipse
    Astronomy

    Hubble watched a lunar eclipse to see Earth from an alien’s perspective

    Hubble observed sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere during a lunar eclipse to see what a habitable exoplanet’s atmosphere might look like.

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  6. Photos of the four largest moons of Jupiter
    Planetary Science

    Jupiter’s moons could keep each other warm by raising tidal waves

    Along with gravity from the enormous planet, tidal forces between Jupiter’s moons could generate a surprising amount of heat.

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  7. Jupiter clouds
    Space

    ‘Exotic’ lightning crackles across Jupiter’s cloud tops

    Newly spotted lightning, which could form thanks to ammonia antifreeze, is weaker but more frequent than any flashes seen on Jupiter before.

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  8. photo of Perseverance launch
    Planetary Science

    The Perseverance rover caps off a month of Mars launches

    With the launch of NASA’s Perseverance rover, the rush to the Red Planet is under way.

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  9. scientists in the Nevada desert
    Space

    To rehearse Perseverance’s mission, scientists pretended to be a Mars rover

    Seven Mars scientists pretended to be the Mars Perseverance rover on a training exercise in the Nevada desert.

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