New images show intriguing Perseverance discovery on Mars

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If you love space and want to learn more about it, there is a lot to be amazed by right now.

Scientists found strange diamonds that probably came from a dwarf planet that used to be in our solar system but was destroyed when it hit a big asteroid 4.5 billion years ago. 
Researchers have found more than just rare space diamonds that are interesting. The James Webb Space Telescope took a “breathtaking” picture that shows how stars are made in the Orion Nebula. In the coming weeks, Webb will take more pictures that have never been seen before. 
The new launch date for the Artemis I mission is September 27, with a 70-minute window that starts at 11:37 a.m. ET. 
On Mars, the Perseverance rover is investigating an intriguing location and making some exciting discoveries. 

New images show intriguing

The Perseverance rover has just found the most interesting thing on Mars so far. 
Perseverance has finally brought back samples from the site of an old river delta. The site is full of rock layers that show how Mars has changed over time. NASA scientists say that some of the rocks have the highest amount of organic matter that the rover has found so far. 
There are minerals in the organic matter that match up with sulfates. These could hold evidence of once-habitable places on Mars and the microbes that may have lived there. 
New pictures show the rocks that look good in the strange landscape of the delta. These important samples could help answer the most important question in the universe: Are we alone? We are related. 

Neanderthals and modern people lived together until about 40,000 years ago when our ancient relatives died out. Now, scientists think they may have found what made Homo sapiens smarter than the hominins who lived in the Stone Age. 
Scientists found a genetic change that may have made it possible for neurons in the modern human brain to form faster. 
Huttner, who wrote the study and is a professor and former director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, said, “We’ve found a gene that helps make us human.” 

We are family

But some experts think that more research is needed to find out how the gene really affects things. 
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and these golden geese have done a lot of good. 
The American Association for the Advancement of Science gave the 2022 Golden Goose Awards to three teams of scientists for making important new discoveries. 
One of these is the Foldscope, which is a $1.75 microscope made out of paper. Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, had the idea while doing research in the Thai jungle more than a decade ago. 
The scientific tool has been all over the world, and scientists have even used it to figure out what kind of cyanobacteria it is. 
Defying gravity 
Set your calendars for: On September 26, a NASA spacecraft will crash into a small asteroid on purpose. 

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, spacecraft took off in November and is now on its way to meet Dimorphos, a small moon that orbits the asteroid Didymos. 
In a first-of-its-kind test of kinetic impact, the mission will try to change the speed and path of the asteroid, which doesn’t pose any danger to Earth. If DART works, the task could show how to protect Earth from space junk in the future. 
About 20 million miles (32.2 million kilometers) away, the spacecraft recently saw Didymos for the first time. On the day of the encounter, we’ll get our first look at Dimorphos before DART crashes into it. The Xerces blue butterfly is no longer alive and can only be seen in a museum. 
Some of the species that humans have killed off include the Xerces blue butterfly, the Floreana giant tortoise, and the Tasmanian tiger. 

Defying gravity

Marc Schlossman is an environmental and travel photographer. For his new book, “Extinction: Our Fragile Relationship With Life on Earth,” he spent 15 years taking pictures of extinct and endangered animals in the Field Museum collection in Chicago. 
Schlossman gives people hope at a time when the loss of biodiversity is getting worse. He said that 23 of the 82 species photographed for the book are no longer alive. 
The rest have either been saved from extinction thanks to conservation efforts or, like New Zealand kept, can recover with “robust” conservation work.


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