For thousands of years, people have been watching the Earth's satellite in the hope of finding out the weather faster than the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The moon really affects the weather and even the climate of our planet, although the reasons why this happens have not yet been studied.
Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most intriguing places in the Solar System. So much so that NASA plans to send a rotorcraft there in the mid-2030s. Recently, the scientific group behind the Dragonfly mission outlined its scientific goals and objectives and shared them with the public.
A new model of changes in the main current of the Atlantic is constructed — the Gulf Stream is slowing down. The area of flooding in the world increased by 20% from 2000 to 2015. No matter how much we plant forests, it will not help to cope with CO2 emissions. At the current rate of ice melting, emperor penguins will virtually disappear by 2100.
New research has refuted the presence of liquid water under the surface of Mars. Water vapor circulates in the moon's atmosphere. In one day, the Greenland ice sheet lost 22 gigatons of ice. The lower the level of the world ocean, the higher the activity of volcanoes.
Astrophysicists have discovered light coming from the back of a black hole. This discovery confirmed hypotheses about how these colossal objects distort the streams of light.
While the pandemic reigns on Earth, there are enough problems in space. There are problems with air leakage on the ISS again. In addition, Russian cosmonauts risk being left without spacesuits for spacewalking. The good news is the repair of the Hubble telescope, which has not worked for more than a month.
Cornell University scientists have built a theory of the origin of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus: the source of the gas is not microorganisms, but volcanoes. Scientists at Leiden University have discovered a carbon isotope in the atmosphere of an exoplanet. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have calculated the location of methane flares on Mars. Scientists at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Science have estimated the minimum depth at which life can be detected on Jupiter's moon Europa.
An American company has developed an alternative meat from an extremophile fungus found in a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. An Israeli company is launching a factory for growing meat from living cells. Scientists compared the composition of beef and vegetable meat alternatives.
NASA has allocated about 500 million US dollars for two missions to Venus: the first will be launched in 2028, the second in 2030. Roscosmos plans to send a mission to Venus in 2029. The private company Rocket Lab plans to send an automatic station to Venus in 2023.
NASA has published a photo of the center of the Milky Way, which was collected for 20 years by the orbiting Chandra X-ray telescope and the MeerKAT radio telescope. Astronomers from the University of Toulouse are looking for antimatter stars in the Milky Way. Australian astronomers have concluded that a collision with other galaxies was not needed to form the Milky Way. The Internet portal Capture the Atlas has published the results of its annual Milky Way Photographer of the Year contest.