The United Arab Emirates successfully launches its first Mars mission

After blasting off from the southern tip of Japan on July 20, the Mars-bound Hope mission is set to begin its roughly seven-month journey to the Red Planet. By Bruce Dorminey  |  Published: Monday, July 20, 2020 The Hope Mars orbiter will study the martian atmosphere over time. Here, it appears with its solar panels …

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If we find alien life, can we avoid harming it?

Extraterrestrial microbes might need protection from humans trying to learn about them. And although some outlines already exist, we still have many ethical details to flesh out. By Erica Naone  |  Published: Thursday, September 5, 2019 Subsurface water on Jupiter’s moon Europa is one place humans plan to search for life. This artist’s concept shows …

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