James Webb photographed Jupiter, and Galileo’s letter turned out to be a fake: News Digest

Selection of the most interesting space news for the week: Astronomers found an ocean planet, Galileo’s letter turned out to be a fake, as well as an amazing photo of Jupiter from the James Webb Telescope.

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Galileo Galilei’s letter turned out to be a fake

The letter of the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, which for many years was considered the pearl of the collection of the University of Michigan library, turned out to be a fake. During a recent inspection, it turned out that the document was made at the beginning of the XX century. This is evidenced by ink, handwriting, some words and watermarks on paper.

A fake letter from Galileo Galilei. Source: sciencealert.com

Satellite images showed Russian equipment near Zaporizhzhia NPP

The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain has published a series of satellite images of the Zaporizhzhia NPP. They demonstrate trucks and armored personnel carriers of the Russian invaders standing just 60 meters from the power unit. According to British intelligence officers, this was done in order to accuse Ukraine of creating the risk of a nuclear catastrophe.

Satellite image of Russian military equipment at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Source: UK Ministry of Defence

James Webb photographed Jupiter

Scientists working with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have published a striking new image of Jupiter. It shows many amazing details of the largest planet in the Solar System, including giant storms, auroras, its moons and rings. 

An infrared image of Jupiter taken by the James Webb telescope. Source: NASA, ESA, CASA, Jupiter ERA Team, Judy Schmidt

Ocean planet found

After analyzing the data collected by the TESS space telescope, an international team of astronomers announced the discovery of an exoplanet that is part of a system consisting of two red dwarfs. The results of observations suggest that this world may be an ocean planet that is completely covered with water and has no land.

Ocean planet in the artist’s image. Source: Benoit Gougeon, Université de Montréal

Successful test firing of a 3D-printed rocket

Relativity Space has published a video. It demonstrates the successful test firing of the first stage of the Terran 1 rocket. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it is almost completely printed on a 3D printer. According to representatives of Relativity Space, the first launch of Terran 1 will take place in the near future.

Photo of the week

Astrophotographers Andrew McCarthy and Connor Matern have published a strikingly detailed portrait of the Moon, which took them two years to create. The 174-megapixel image, dubbed “The Hunt for Artemis,” shows the lunar surface strewn with numerous craters. Due to the increased color saturation, the image also gives an idea of the chemical composition of the Moon. The red tones correspond to regions rich in iron and feldspar, and the blue color is the areas where the regolith is rich in titanium.

174-megapixel image of the Moon “Hunt for Artemis”. Photo: PetaPixel

Interesting figure  — 5 000

That is how many Starlink satellite Internet stations from SpaceX have recently been received by Ukraine. The new batch of terminals was financed by Poland. In total, since the beginning of the large-scale Russian aggression, Ukraine has already received more than 20 thousand Starlink terminals. They help the Ukrainian Armed Forces to always stay in touch, and critical infrastructure facilities to work in difficult conditions.

Starlink terminals help users connect to the Internet via the company’s satellites without the need for a cable connection

Something to read on the weekend

Early next week, NASA plans to launch the Artemis I mission, which marks the beginning of the return of humans to the Moon. You can learn more about what is the most powerful launch vehicle since the legendary Saturn V and the new Orion spacecraft from our special material.

We also wrote about the tenth anniversary of the Voyager 1 probe’s entry into interstellar space and what the future holds for the record-breaking device.

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