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The European Space Agency Is Going to Use a Giant Claw to Grab Space Junk

pcmag.com
  • They’ll start in 2025, with a mission to catch a small-satellite-size device remaining from a 2013 mission, and perform controlled atmospheric reentry.
  • The mission, codename ClearSpace-1, will demonstrate if it’s possible to safely bring back space debris.
  • This is an important milestone for establishing a new commercial market for cleaning space.

The Building Blocks of Life Can Form Even Without Stars or Planets, Scientists Say

independent.co.uk
  • Glycine, the simplest amino acid and building block of life, can form without energy.
  • It can happen through “dark chemistry”, which doesn’t need energetic radiation to happen.
  • Even before stars and planets were formed, glycine could exist in interstellar clouds, forming on icy dust grains.
  • This finding could suggest that life-creating molecules could be more widespread in the Universe than we previously thought.

Nasa Reveals That There Is Water On The Moon In Breakthrough That Could Lead To Deep-Space Travel

independent.co.uk
  • Researchers have evidence of water on the sunlit side of the Moon, although it’s only as much as 1% of all water in the Sahara desert.
  • There are also a lot of shaded areas and pits on the Moon that could potentially hold ice, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.
  • NASA plans to go to the Moon in 2024, with the goal to establish a sustainable human presence by 2030, and water on the Moon would help them a lot.
  • Besides drinking it, scientists could use it to make fuel, enabling new routes to explore space.

Massive Stars Are Factories for Ingredients to Life

nasa.gov
  • Massive amounts of water and organic molecules, never before seen, discovered in swirling, disk-shaped clouds surrounding young stars.
  • Young stars are produce life-inducing molecules, and It probably also happened during the formation of the sun and the inner planets of our solar system.
  • It was discovered through infrared observations of NASA’s airplane telescope, which demonstrates the power of infrared observatories to find simple organic compounds.
  • Celestial clouds collapse into a rotating disc of gas and dust to form stars, the chemical soup of organic molecules was found in the inner regions of these discs.
  • Further studies of massive young stars will help scientists understand the processes creating organic molecules.

Some planets may be better for life than Earth

news.wsu.edu
  • 24 “superhabitable” planets have been identified outside our solar system, all more than 100 light years away.
  • Some of them are older, a bit bigger, a bit warmer, and might have more water than Earth.
  • Since new space telescopes are being finalized, these planets might be good candidates for observation.
  • The planets were chosen by geobiologists and astronomers from 4,500 potentially habitable planets, but we don’t know if they have life yet - only conditions for life.
  • One of the 24 planets meets four critical characteristics of a superhabitable planet - energy from a sun-like star, the right size, the right mass, and water.

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