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🚨 Organic matter found on Mars, more

🚨 Organic matter found on Mars, more
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What’s up
  • NASA’s Insight lander captures the sound of meteorites hitting Mars. Unlike Earth, Mars has a relatively thin atmosphere. This makes the planet far more vulnerable to meteorite strikes. In newly released audio from NASA, the Insight lander picks up the vibrations and sounds of four meteoroids striking the planet’s surface.
  • Perseverance rover finds organic matter in rock samples on Mars. Last week, NASA briefed the public on the Perseverance rover’s current status on Mars, discussed the mission’s highlights, and announced the discovery of organic molecules that could be associated with life. But this discovery comes with an 82 million-mile caveat. The samples collected by the rover need to be tested in a lab on Earth to confirm if life once existed on the red planet. More here.

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DART's final moments before crashing into an asteroid 6.7 million miles away from Earth earlier today 😲 https://t.co/GFeWP6UdQM
  • NASA deliberately crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid to try and change its orbit. Did it work? A first-of-its-kind maneuver, and one straight out of a sci-movie, we’re looking at you b willy. The DART mission spacecraft (8 feet in height), which comes in a tad bit bigger than Shaq (7’ 1"), struck the target asteroid at over 14,000 mph on Monday, September 26. Its measure of success will come in the coming weeks as scientists evaluate just how much the impact affects the football stadium-sized asteroid. Stay tuned.
  • What’s the deal with NASA’s SLS? After a rollback to the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) to avoid the winds of hurricane Ian last week, the next launch window is set for November 12-27. All necessary fixes seem to be complete, and we’re basically in a waiting game until a launch update from NASA. The final window of this year is December 9-23. After that, if the Artemis I SLS rocket doesn’t launch, it won’t have another opportunity until Spring of next year.
Coming up
  • October 5 - SpaceX crewed Dragon launch to the International Space Station. The four SpaceX Crew-5 crew members include Commander Nicole Mann, Pilot Josh Cassada, and Mission Specialists Koichi Wakata and Anna Kikina will dock Dragon Endurance about 24 hours after launch. You can watch live on NASA’s YouTube channel here.
  • October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower. A minor meteor shower producing about 10 meteors per hour.
  • October 9 - Full Moon. The Moon will be on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun, and its face will be fully illuminated.
  • October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. Telescopes at the ready!
Pic of the week
The Amazon River seen from 254 miles above Earth. Captured onboard the International Space Station.
That’s it for this week’s Weekly Space Digest! Have feedback for us? DM and continue to follow us on Twitter for the latest. We’ll be back next Tuesday for more. Until next time, Ad Astra 🚀
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