The Cosmic Companion October 19, 2019

Hello everyone! This was quite an interesting week in space and astronomy news, and not just because of the first-ever all-female spacewalk from Jessica Meir and Christina Koch. In 1976, the Viking landers from NASA had inconclusive results from their life detection experiment. Now, two of the primary investigators on that instrument are calling for a follow-up experiment to be sent to the Red Planet. Speaking of Mars, a new study shows several types of crops can grow in Martian soil, making growing food in space a real possibility. Lastly, a study looking at a type of dead star known as white dwarfs shows rocky planets with atmospheres around other stars may be plentiful, increasing the chances of finding life around other stars.

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