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Oxygen on Venus

9 November 2023

At https://phys.org/news/2023-11-presence-atomic-oxygen-day-night.html … there are oxygen atoms on Venus, on both sides of the planet, during night and day time. It exists in the atmosphere. There is of course, also carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. The origin of the oxygen may be in sunlight breaking apart the carbon molecules.

The James Webb Space Telescope has been looking at Centaur objects – that orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. These enigmatic space objects are something of a mystery as they can sport a tail and a coma like a comet, or none at all like an asteroid. Hence, the interest of astronomers. See https://phys.org/news/2023-11-jwst-carbon-dioxide-centaur.html … and yes, Centaurs contain carbon dioxide – just like many other cosmic objects. This discovery, it is said, is a game changer when it comes to understanding the composition of centaurs, asteroids, and comets. Perhaps.

At https://phys.org/news/2023-11-vulcan-flight-nears-space-plane.html … the Sierra Space Dream Chaser is being prepared for its first flight. It is designed to take cargo to the International Space Station.

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