JWST has discovered methane and carbon dioxide in an exoplanet environment. K2-18 b is an exoplanet 8.6 occasions as huge as Earth that lies about 120 light-years away, orbiting in its star’s liveable zone the place floor liquid water might be potential. JWST’s new insights add to latest research suggesting that K2-18 b might be a promising setting to seek for proof for all times. Pictured: An artist’s impression of K2-18 b. Picture credit score: NASA, CSA, ESA, J. Olmsted (STScI).
Japan has launched a lunar lander. The SLIM (Sensible Lander for Investigating Moon) spacecraft took off last week and can try a delicate touchdown on the lunar floor in a number of months, doubtlessly making Japan the fifth nation to land on the Moon. The launch additionally carried the XRISM (X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission) house telescope, a collaboration between JAXA, NASA, and the European Area Company.
Psyche is ready for an October launch. The mission to the asteroid of the identical identify confronted setbacks final yr when it missed its launch window on account of institutional points on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory the place it was being constructed. Psyche is back on track now, and is scheduled to launch someday between Oct. 5 and Oct. 25.