NASA’s Perseverance Rover Investigates Geologically Rich Mars Terrain – NASA Mars Exploration

The latest findings provide greater detail on a region of the Red Planet that has a watery past and is yielding promising samples for the NASA-ESA Mars Sample Return campaign. NASA’s Perseverance rover is well into its second science campaign, collecting rock-core samples from features within an area long considered by scientists to be a … Read more

Scientists are using AI to dream up revolutionary new proteins

Artificial-intelligence tools are helping to scientists to come up with proteins that are shaped unlike anything in nature.Credit: Ian C Haydon/UW Institute for Protein Design In June, South Korean regulators authorized the first-ever medicine, a COVID vaccine, to be made from a novel protein designed by humans. The vaccine is based on a spherical protein … Read more

‘Overwhelming’: Scientists issue warning as ‘unprecedented’ changes found to major rivers | Science | News

A new study has found over just the past four decades, human activity has been responsible for causing unprecedented, consequential changes to rivers, and the flow of sediment. Using satellite images from the joint NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program and streamflow data, the researchers studied changes in how much sediment was transported to the oceans by … Read more

China’s next moon missions get the green light

China’s government has officially approved three robotic moon missions that will lay groundwork for a permanent lunar base. The Chang’e program missions in development are progressing well, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced on Sept. 10, with the next spacecraft, Chang’e 6, almost complete. China has made a number of leaps in lunar exploration … Read more

Saturn’s rings the remnants of a moon that strayed too close, say scientists | Saturn

Saturn’s famous rings could be the aftermath of a moon that was ripped apart by the planet’s gravity, according to scientists. The research, based on data from the final stage of Nasa’s Cassini mission, suggests that Saturn may have been ringless for almost all of its 4.5bn-year existence. But about 160m years ago, an inner … Read more