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Neanderthal cave discovery and more top space and science stories this week

The colorful handprints of ancient humans. A spacecraft beyond the solar system. They couldn’t be more different, but some of the first known cave art and the Voyager 1 spacecraft are among humanity’s most iconic creations. It can stop you in your tracks when you think about the fact that humans were making art thousands…

Volcanoes could still be active on Mars

The barren landscape of Mars makes the planet seem like a quiet, frozen desert where nothing has happened for billions of years except for the occasional dust storm. New research, however, suggests that the red planet has a more recent history of activity — and it could still be volcanically active. Scientists still are trying…

China has successfully landed a rover on Mars, state media says

China has successfully landed its rover on Mars, according to state media, becoming the second country in history to have a rover on the red planet. The rover, Zhurong, named after a god of fire in Chinese mythology, landed Saturday morning at the pre-selected area in Utopia Planitia on Mars, according to the state-run Xinhua…

Scientists bring to life nearly 100 baby sharks through artificial insemination

Sharks are as fascinating as they are endangered, and scientists have been sounding the alarm on the rate at which shark populations are declining. Sixteen out of 31 oceanic shark species are now critically endangered or endangered, a study published in the journal Nature found earlier this year. The number of oceanic sharks and rays…

Perseverance rover is ready to unlock the history of Mars

For the past month, the Perseverance rover has spent much of its time documenting the flights of the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. In between those events, the rover has also been taking in the local view and spied a multitude of intriguing rocks. Now, Perseverance is gearing up to conduct its primary mission: studying Jezero…

New images of Jupiter reveal some of the planet’s mysterious features

Images captured by two different telescopes are showing our solar system’s largest planet in a new light. The Gemini North telescope in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope have captured Jupiter in visible, infrared and ultraviolet light, revealing striking atmospheric features of the gas giant in detail. These include superstorms, massive cyclones and, of course,…

Voyager spacecraft detects ‘persistent hum’ beyond our solar system

One of the Earth’s longest-flying spacecraft has detected a “persistent hum” beyond our solar system, according to a new study. NASA’s Voyager 1 launched on September 5 1977, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket, just weeks after its sister craft, Voyager 2. Although they were initially designed to last five years, more than…

Gnawed bones of 9 Neanderthals found in Italian cave in ‘extraordinary’ discovery

The discovery of the ancient remains of nine Neanderthals, a pack of hyenas and several elephants in the Guattari Cave near the Italian resort town of San Felice Circeo has astounded archaeologists, who have long suspected that a considerable population lived in the area. “It is an extraordinary discovery,” Dario Franceschini, Italy’s cultural minister, said…

NASA spacecraft carrying history-making asteroid sample now heading toward Earth

After spending two-and-a-half years together, a NASA spacecraft bid farewell to its asteroid companion Monday and began the long journey back to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission, and it carries a generous amount of material collected from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. It’s the culmination of years of hard work…

The Covid pandemic is highlighting men’s mental health and how they can seek help

Irish musician and mental health advocate Niall Breslin was standing alone in a coffee shop in March when he was approached by an elderly man. After some brief small talk, the man made a surprisingly intimate admission to Breslin. He was deeply lonely. His wife had passed away a few years before, and the pandemic…

Africa’s oldest human burial and 5 other top space and science stories this week

Welcome to Wonder Theory, your weekly space and science digest. Each day, we’re weaving the story that will remain once we’re gone. These imprints left behind, however small, are what we use to learn about our ancient ancestors. All of the insights collected from the past illustrate the evolution of humanity over thousands of years,…

Lunar telescope could reveal the Dark Ages of the universe

Scientists want to build a radio telescope on the far side of the moon to help pull back the curtain on the mysteries surrounding the beginning of the universe. While not an official full-fledged NASA mission, the concept of the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope, or LCRT, has been in development for years. The project recently…

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