Starshade is an exoplanet-hunting mission
The story starts with crescent-shaped sand dunes where wind and surface interacted...
What could it be?
"Imagine taking a pile of metal five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground"
An Earth impact from a space object is extremely rare however asteroids have hit the planet previously and caused significant damage. Just ask the dinosaurs...
But there are probably countless others just in the narrow patch of sky that the researchers were looking at
The rock-studying rover looks up from time to time
It's called the "One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act"
Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon
Why avoid the cosmic void?