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Europe’s Mars orbiter finds no trace of methane on Red Planet
Great surprise! A joint European-Russian spacecraft orbiting Mars has found no signs of gases related to the existence of life in the atmosphere of Mars..
Russia launches huge Nauka science module to space station after years of delays

The Multipurpose Research Module, also known as Nauka (“Science”, in Russian language), blasted off toward the International Space Station on July 21 atop a Proton-M rocket from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The launch was a longtime coming for Nauka, which was originally slated in 2007, but was repeatedly delayed for various reasons.

Dangerous asteroids? China says: “strike first, and very hard!”
Chinese scientists have decided to save the world from asteroid impacts, even those that have only a small chance of hitting our planet someday.
And to do so, they claim the best method is to “strike first, and very hard.” And they’ve demonstrated this by simulating the bombardment of a very famous space rock with Long March 5 rockets .

Alma radio telescope detects how a moon is born on an exoplanet
A paper recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters reported the detection of a planetary system in formation, in which two protoplanets emerge from the disk of dust still surrounding the star.
The Martian helicopter Ingenuity has completed its tenth flight, covering a total of one mile since the day of its first flight. A milestone in the exploration of the Red Planet

Ingenuity has done it again this time. Last weekend, NASA’s helicopter completed its tenth flight into the atmosphere of Mars, the most technically difficult so far and which allowed it to complete its first mile (1.609 kilometers).

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