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Astronomers detect a new cataclysmic variable system

Astronomers discovered a new cataclysmic variable (CV) through its ultraviolet (UV) bursting activity using NASA's Swift spacecraft. The newly discovered CV, dubbed TUVO-21acq, was discovered as part of the Transient UV Objects Project (TUVO). The discovery is detailed in a paper published on arXiv.org...

NASA experiment suggests need to dig deep for evidence of life on Mars

According to a new NASA laboratory experiment, rovers may need to dig 6.6 feet (two metres) or more beneath the Martian surface to find evidence of ancient life because ionising radiation from space degrades small molecules like amino acids relatively quickly. Life and non-biological chemistry...

Webb’s NIRISS instrument is ready to see cosmos in over 2,000 infrared colors

The Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph instrument (NIRISS), one of the James Webb Space Telescope's four primary scientific instruments, has completed its post-launch preparations and is now ready for science.The Single Object Slitless Spectroscopy (SOSS) capability was the last NIRISS mode to be checked...

Study explores the properties of a unique intermediate polar

Indian astronomers conducted a broadband X-ray analysis of a unique intermediate polar known as Paloma using data from ESA's XMM-Newton satellite and NASA's NuSTAR space observatory. The study's findings, which were published on arXiv.org on June 17, shed more light on the properties of...

NASA asteroid mission on hold due to late software delivery

NASA cancelled an asteroid mission on Friday, blaming the delay in delivering its own navigation software. The Psyche mission, named after a strange metal asteroid, was supposed to launch this September or October. However, the agency's Jet Propulsion Lab was several months late in...

Aerosol instrument SPEXone mounted on NASA’s climate satellite

A team of engineers from SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Airbus Netherlands, and NASA has been working on installing the Dutch aerosol instrument SPEXone on NASA's PACE satellite for the past few weeks. PACE will collect data on oceans and aerosols to investigate...