Science News Roundup: NASA will make second lunar rocket launch attempt on Saturday; Fossilized Tusk of Ancient Giant Elephant Discovered in Israel and More

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NASA will make a second lunar rocket launch attempt on Saturday

NASA is aiming to make a second launch attempt of its giant next-generation moon rocket on Saturday, September 3, five days after a pair of technical issues thwarted an initial attempt to get the spacecraft off the ground for the first time, have agency officials said. tuesday. But prospects for success on Saturday appeared clouded by weather reports predicting just a 40% chance of favorable conditions that day, while the US space agency acknowledged that some outstanding technical issues still needed to be resolved.

Fossilized tusk of ancient giant elephant found in Israel

A fossilized tusk of a giant prehistoric elephant that once roamed the Mediterranean has emerged from a dig site in southern Israel, offering what archaeologists say is a rare glimpse into the lives of the region’s earliest inhabitants. The 2.5 meter long tusk of the ancient straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) is estimated to be around half a million years old and was found in an area where stone and flint tools and other animal remains were recovered.

Nicole Mann says she’s proud to be the first Native American woman in space

Nicole Aunapu Mann waited nine long years for the chance to go into space. And if all goes as planned, that wait will end on October 03, when it directs NASA’s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station.

Scientists Discover Clues to What Makes ‘Immortal Jellyfish’ Immortal

Spanish scientists have uncovered the genetic code of the immortal jellyfish – a creature capable of reverting back to youth multiple times – in hopes of uncovering the secret to their unique longevity and finding new clues about human aging. In their study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Maria Pascual-Torner, Victor Quesada and their colleagues at the University of Oviedo mapped the genetic sequence of Turritopsis dohrnii, the only known species of jellyfish capable of to go back several times. in the larval stage after sexual reproduction.

NASA orders five more astronaut missions from Musk’s SpaceX for $1.4 billion

SpaceX will launch five more astronaut missions to the International Space Station at the end of the decade for NASA as part of a $1.4 billion order announced on Wednesday, the US space agency said, bringing it to 14 the company’s total number of contracted missions for its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule. .

Analysis: Scientists Seek to Solve Ozone Threat to Africa’s Food Security

Plant specialist Felicity Hayes checks on her crops in one of eight small domed greenhouses set against the Welsh hills. Potted pigeon peas and papayas planted in the spring are leafy and green, and will soon bear fruit. In a nearby greenhouse, those same plants look sick and stunted. Pigeon pea is an aged yellow with seedy leaves; papaya trees reach only half the height.

Arid UAE turns to science to extract more rain from clouds

As a twin-turboprop plane takes off into the scorching desert sun with dozens of canisters of salt strapped to its wings, UAE weather chief Abullah al-Hammadi scans weather maps on computer screens for cloud formations. At 9,000 feet above sea level, the plane releases salt flares into the most promising white clouds, hoping to trigger precipitation.

(With agency contributions.)

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