Curiosity Rover Detected Methane on Mars in 2013, a New Analysis Confirms

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NASA’s Curiosity rover shook the science community six years ago when it apparently detected traces of methane—an important chemical linked to life—on Mars. Researchers failed to confirm these results in the years that followed, but that’s now changed thanks to a re-analysis of data collected from orbit.

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https://gizmodo.com/curiosity-rover-detected-methane-on-mars-in-2013-a-new-1833722727

Saturn’s Ravioli-Shaped ‘Ring Moons’ May Have Formed From a Giant Impact

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During the final days of the legendary Cassini mission, the NASA spacecraft performed a series of ring-skimming orbits around Saturn, snapping unprecedented images of the gas giant’s enigmatic ring moons. These photos and other data have now been analyzed by astronomers, shedding new light on these elusive objects and…

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Wildly Spinning Asteroid Caught In the Throes of Self-Destruction

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With its long, bright tail, this object bears an uncanny resemblance to a comet, but it’s actually an active asteroid. New observations suggest the asteroid is spinning so quickly that it’s starting to break down and crumble, in what is a relatively rare cosmological phenomenon.

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https://gizmodo.com/wildly-spinning-asteroid-caught-in-the-throes-of-self-d-1833647635

Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time

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Late last year, astronomers detected the sixth known dark vortex on Neptune. This time, however, scientists were able to chronicle the formation of this swirling storm over the course of several years, offering new insights into these enigmatic and ephemeral weather features.

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https://gizmodo.com/formation-of-dark-vortex-on-neptune-captured-for-the-ve-1833555871

A ‘Hairy Blue Spider’ on Mars Is One of the Cool New Scenes Captured by European Orbiter

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Sadly, David Bowie was wrong about spiders on Mars, despite this exciting new image of what appears to a gigantic blue tarantula on the Martian surface. In reality, the false-color picture shows a series of trails produced by Martian dust devils. The photo is one of many captured by Europe’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter,…

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https://gizmodo.com/a-hairy-blue-spider-on-mars-is-one-of-the-cool-new-scen-1833300152