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Rocket Roundup for September 15, 2021

Rocket Roundup for September 15, 2021

The Rocket Roundup this week features two Chinese launches, including one we couldn’t cover last week, a Russian military satellite launch, and some more Starlink and OneWeb internet satellites. Plus, this week in rocket history, we discuss a groundbreaking mission that sent humans farther from Earth than ever before: Gemini 11.

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Early Cambrian Formation Hides Multicellular Algae Fossils

Early Cambrian Formation Hides Multicellular Algae Fossils

The discovery of multicellular algae specimens in an early Cambrian formation in China provides evidence of the change from cyanobacteria to more complex organisms with external membranes and cell walls. Plus, a new spacesuit is tested in Oregon, and we look at the real secrets of Stonehenge.

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Simple Physics Explains Diamond Shapes of Ryugu and Bennu

Simple Physics Explains Diamond Shapes of Ryugu and Bennu

Using a simple model based on granular physics, like those used for modeling sand or sugar deposits, scientists have recreated the diamond shape of asteroids Ryugu and Bennu in computer simulations. Plus, the origins of loner dwarf galaxies and this week’s What’s Up.

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Rocket Roundup for September 8, 2021

Rocket Roundup for September 8, 2021

Our Rocket Roundup is a launch bonanza, with launches from Arianespace, China, Blue Origin, Astra, SpaceX, and Firefly. Plus, this week in rocket history, we look back at the Luna 16 mission, which included the first successful robotic sample return from the Moon.

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New Class of Exoplanet Could Accelerate Search for Life

New Class of Exoplanet Could Accelerate Search for Life

Hycean worlds have hydrogen-rich atmospheres and are covered in oceans, making them prime candidates for the search for life outside our own solar system. These worlds are also more numerous and easier to find than Earth-like exoplanets. Plus, an update on the search for Planet 9 and how volcanoes may provide a climate safety valve.

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Small, Violent Faults Possibly Led to Grand Canyon’s Missing Rocks

Small, Violent Faults Possibly Led to Grand Canyon’s Missing Rocks

New research has pinpointed small, violent faults caused by the breakup of an ancient supercontinent as the potential cause of a major loss in the rock record of the Grand Canyon, known as the Great Unconformity. Plus, using sky mapping tools to find earthly tombs and a review of Andy Weir’s “Project Hail Mary.”

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