Scientists thought about the mission to search for life on Mars and doubted the theory of asteroid formation of the Earth: News Digest

Selection of the most interesting space news for breakfast: Hubble made a portrait of a globular cluster in the constellation Scorpio. NASA has named the launch date of the Cargo Dragon cargo spacecraft to the ISS, and we recommend the book “Think like NASA” and tell you why it is worth reading.

Mission to search for life on Mars may be launched in 2030

Scientists have proposed NASA to create a Mars Life Explorer (MLE) mission, its goal will be to search for life underground on the Red Planet. If approved, the mission can be launched in the 2030s. MLE will look for signs of life in the ice beneath the surface of the planet. The lander will drill ice, collect samples and analyze them right on the spot.

Scientists can “form” the Earth from planetesimals

Scientists have questioned the theory that the Earth was formed from asteroids similar in chemical composition to modern chondrites. Instead, they built a model of how it formed from different planetesimals.

Scientists have come to the conclusion that there is another explanation for the strange isotopic composition of the Earth. They suggested that it was formed from planetesimals. But they took into account that these small stone bodies could have already passed the gravitational differentiation of the nadra before they formed our planet. That is, the substances on them were no longer the same as in modern chondrites.

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Landing of the first stage of the Falcon 9 on a barge. Source: SpaceX

The launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with a grouping of Starlink microsatellites was carried out by the American company SpaceX. It was SpaceX’s 29th launch in 2022. There are 46 microsatellites on board the rocket, which should be launched into low Earth orbit. After the launch, the stage in automatic mode should smoothly descend to a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean.

NASA is ready to launch Cargo Dragon cargo spacecraft to the ISS

The launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon cargo spacecraft with supplies, equipment and scientific experiments on board to the International Space Station (ISS) will take place on July 15, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Friday.

“NASA and SpaceX are now planning to launch a climate change monitoring tool to the International Space Station as part of SpaceX’s 25th commercial cargo delivery mission to the ISS at 08:44 p.m. East Coast time, July 14 (July 15 at 03:44 a.m. Kyiv time),” said in a message on the management’s website.


Globular cluster Terzan 2 (Hubble photo). Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Cohen

Portrait of the Terzan 2 globular cluster

The presented image was published by specialists of the Hubble mission support group. It demonstrates Terzan 2, a globular star cluster located in the direction of the constellation Scorpio. Globular clusters are groups of stars closely bound by gravity and orbiting the galactic center as a moon. They are considered one of the oldest objects in the Universe and mainly consist of old luminaries. 

Think like NASA. Habits, Ideas and Strategies for Achieving the Impossible (Book Review)

Thinking like a spaceflight professional means thinking outside the box, challenging stereotypes and standard thought patterns to achieve the impossible. NASA scientists turn disasters into triumphs and limitations into advantages. Rocket engineers are not driven by blind faith, but by self-doubt. They aim not at short-term results, but at long-term breakthroughs. It is thanks to these approaches that man was able to set foot on the moon, spaceships cover millions of miles in outer space, landing in precisely defined coordinates. Most people think that this kind of thinking is only for the gifted. However, the author assures: although only a few are capable of becoming rocket engineers, everyone can think and solve problems like them.

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