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Writer Fuel: Who Smashed a Rocket Into the Moon?

new lunar craters - NASA

NASA has photographed the crash site of the mysterious rocket that smashed into the far side of the moon in March, and the unidentified spacecraft left behind a weird double crater that has scientists puzzled. Images of the crash site were taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on May 25 and released on June … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Perseverence Rover Has a Pet Rock

Perseverance Rover's pet rock - NASA

Roaming Mars is a lonely existence for NASA’s Perseverance, but the exploratory rover now has a traveling companion: a hitchhiking “pet rock” that got stuck in one of its wheels. Luckily, the Martian stone won’t impact the rover’s science mission and is only a minor inconvenience  — like having a pebble stuck in your shoe.  … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Marsquakes!

Mars - Pixabay

NASA’s marsquake-hunting lander has detected its two largest seismic events to date — and on the far side of the planet, no less. NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars in November 2018 carrying the most sensitive seismometer ever designed. Since the mission’s arrival, it has detected countless events dubbed marsquakes, using the signals to … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Mars Orbiter Finds Giant “Fingerprint” in Crater

Airy Crater "Fingerprint" - NASA

NASA has released a stunning image of a unique crater on Mars with strange, luminous ridges that give it the appearance of a human fingerprint. The crater in the photo is known as Airy-0, a 0.3-mile-wide (0.5 kilometer) depression that sits within the much larger Airy crater, which is around 27 miles (43.5 km) wide. … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: No, Curiosity Did Not Just Find Marvin the Martian’s House (But Wouldn’t It Be Cool If It Did?)

Martian "door" from Curiosity Rover - NASA

No, this is NOT a doorway for Martians. Although the internet erupted on Thursday after a photograph from NASA’s Curiosity rover appeared to show an “alien door,” experts are pretty sure it’s just a natural feature of the Martian landscape. “This is a very curious image,” British geologist Neil Hodgkins, who has studied the geology … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: NASA’s New Mega Moon Rocket

Mega Moon Rocket - NASA

Officials at NASA are no doubt both excited and nervous as the agency gets ready for the debut of its most powerful rocket ever, dubbed the “Mega Moon rocket.” The vehicle is officially known as the Space Launch System (SLS) and is part of NASA’s Artemis program. It is being prepped for a rollout towards … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Life Imitates Fiction As Nasa Uses Antarctica as a Proxy for Mars

Antarctica - Pixabay

Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today: NASA is tracking two explorers on a 2,268-mile (3,650 kilometers) journey across Antarctica to learn more about humanity’s ability to survive on … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: When a Year Lasts Just 16 Hours

Hot Jupiter - NASA

Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:  Astronomers have broken yet another record, spotting a new gas giant with the shortest known orbit. The world takes just 16 hours … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: NASA to Deflect Asteroid

DART asteroid deflection - NASA

Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:  In the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster “Armageddon,” Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck race to save the Earth from being pulverized by an asteroid. … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: How to Get to Mars, Cheap

Mars - Pixabay

While officials at NASA and the European Space Agency, as well as planners in China, plot out ultra-expensive and complicated missions to return samples from Mars, there are an increasing number of researchers blueprinting low-cost and novel ways to further explore the Red Planet. Be it via souped-up helicopters or inexpensive landers and orbiters, they … Read more