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Astronomers come up dry in search for water on exoplanets
(Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics) A team of astronomers has made the most precise measurements yet of water vapour in the atmospheres of Jupiter-like planets beyond our Solar System and found between ten and a thousand times less water vapour than what models predict.

New mass map of a distant galaxy cluster is the most precise yet
(ESA/Hubble Information Centre) Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble's Frontier Fields observing programme, the map shows the amount and distribution of mass within MCS J0416.1-2403, a massive galaxy cluster found to be 160 trillion times the mass of the Sun.

Highest-precision measurement of water in planet outside the solar system
(University of Cambridge) The discovery of water vapour in the atmospheres of three exoplanets includes the most precise measurement of any chemical in a planet outside the solar system, and has major implications for planet formation and the search for water on Earth-like habitable exoplanets in future.

NASA's HS3 mission spotlight: The HIRAD instrument
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning Aug. 26 through Sept. 29.

NASA team lays plans to observe new worlds
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. A team led by scientists and engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is now studying the scientific and technical requirements and costs associated with building a successor to Hubble and the Webb telescope.

NASA sees Typhoon Matmo making second landfall in China
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite passed over Typhoon Matmo when it was moving through the Taiwan Strait for its final landfall in mainland China.

Satellite shows Atlantic tropical depression degenerate
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured imagery of the Atlantic Ocean's Tropical Depression 2 is it degenerated into a tropical wave on July 23.

AGU: Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space
(American Geophysical Union) In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object. But, in the nearly two years since that historic announcement, and despite subsequent observations backing it up, uncertainty about whether Voyager 1 really crossed the threshold continues.

A new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence: targeting alien polluters
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms like microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs? They might, if they spew industrial pollution into the atmosphere.

MIPT-based researcher models Titan's atmosphere
(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Professor Vladimir Krasnopolsky from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, who heads the Laboratory of High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of Planetary Atmospheres, offered a reliable mathematical model of Titan's atmosphere.

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