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Life on Mars? Liquid water lake found on the Red Planet

This principle of following the water is key to astrobiology - the study of potential life beyond Earth. Everywhere on Mars there lies the evidence that this desert planet was once wet and humid. The body of water is about 20 kilometres across and, if confirmed , would be the first evidence of permanent water on the Red Planet . Now, researchers claim that they've discovered what might very ... [Full Article...]

Scientists find signs of water buried deep in Mars

If confirmed , this would be the most significant body of liquid water found on Mars to date. But there hasn't been evidence of stable bodies of water until now, the researchers said. Jeffrey Plaut of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in an email that the interpretation that it is liquid water is "certainly plausible, but it's not quite a slam dunk yet". [Full Article...]

Water Discovery on Mars Solves 30-Year-Old Scientific Mystery

The "lake" is about 12.5 miles wide, at least 3 feet deep and is located under about a mile of ice. Over the last ten years, different Mars missions have found increasingly more evidence of water on Mars, including large sheets of ice under the surface and salty mud flows on the surface. [Full Article...]

Underground lake found on Mars by Italian researchers

Underground lake found on Mars by Italian researchers But this is the first sign of a permanent body of liquid water now on Mars, which is a really big deal. "This is the first body of water it has detected, so it is very exciting", David Stillman, a senior research scientist in the Department of Space Studies at Southwest Research Institute in Texas, told AFP in an email. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches Telstar satellite on block 5 Falcon 9

SpaceX launches Telstar satellite on block 5 Falcon 9 Less than 33 minutes later, after two burns by the rocket's upper stage, the more than 15,500-pound Telstar 19 Vantage satellite was released on its way to an orbit high over the equator. In South America, Telesat's customer Hughes Network Systems has invested to make use of the Ka-band capacity, while the Ka-band capacity over Northern Canada, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic Ocean will be ... [Full Article...]

Blood moon likely on Friday as longest lunar eclipse takes place

Blood moon likely on Friday as longest lunar eclipse takes place The best viewing spots on Friday will be near the Middle East , Southeastern Africa, Asia, and India. Which is pretty impressive, given that the longest possible totality length is a mere three minutes longer. A lunar eclipse can be seen from Earth at night. The next total eclipse of the moon will be on January 21 next year in the early hours of the morning. [Full Article...]

Longest lunar eclipse of the century set to arrive Friday

Longest lunar eclipse of the century set to arrive Friday From 21h30 until 23h13, it will be totally eclipsed, but faintly lit by light refracted by the Earth's atmosphere, which should give it a pale reddish colour. Another total lunar eclipse is set for January 21, 2019. Those on the east coast will not see the Moon leave the shadow but people living further west should see almost all of the lunar eclipse. [Full Article...]

Century's longest total lunar eclipse to grace night sky on July 27

Stargazers around the world-with the exception of North America-will be able to catch at least a partial glimpse of the July 2018 lunar eclipse during the almost four hours it will be visible in the sky. All of South Africa will see a total eclipse of the moon on Friday evening, 27 July, starting at 20h24, according to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA). [Full Article...]

1 killed, 13 injured in shooting in Toronto, gunman dead

1 killed, 13 injured in shooting in Toronto, gunman dead But details on the second victim were not immediately known. Toronto Police said they had responded to a call at around 10pm (9am in Thailand on Monday) in the city's Greektown district. She said he appeared to be aiming directly into the restaurant. "She was screaming and yelling and in shock". "It's just terrifying", she said. Saunders told a media briefing that the shooter had exchang... [Full Article...]

Longest lunar eclipse of the century happening this week

A total lunar eclipse will be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia and South America on 27 July. A partial lunar eclipse - which looks "like someone took a bite out of the moon - will also be visible in the U.S.in July 2019, Petro said". [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches Block 5 version Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launches Block 5 version Falcon 9 rocket Indeed, the satellite was the largest-ever communications craft handled by SpaceX . The Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to be capable of far more reuse than SpaceX's previous Block 4 variant. To date, SpaceX has successfully landed more than two dozen Falcon 9 first stages and re-flown landed boosters on more than a dozen occasions. The upper stage continued into orbit, and deployed the Telstar 1... [Full Article...]

Judge Dismisses New York City's Suit Against Oil Companies

Judge Dismisses New York City's Suit Against Oil Companies NY said five of the biggest oil companies - BP, Chevron , ConocoPhillips , Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell - should compensate the city for the cost of mitigating the effects of global warming. Judge John Keenan's decision said the claims in the lawsuits, filed under NY state law, are governed by federal common law. In the January complaint , NYC demanded that the oil majors pay for the... [Full Article...]

Neil Armstrong's private collection goes to auction

Neil Armstrong's private collection goes to auction The collection of the astronaut who died in 2012 includes items such as pieces of a wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers flight that Armstrong took with him to the moon . The auctions are being handled by Heritage Auctions, an auction house based in Dallas, which is confident the event will get an awesome turnout. "Space is one of the very, very few categories that every single pe... [Full Article...]

This Summer, Help Britain Count Its Butterflies

This Summer, Help Britain Count Its Butterflies More than 60,000 volunteers took part in the Butterfly Conservation survey a year ago. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. "What people can do is go into the garden, or any open sunny place, and start looking around for 15 minutes and tell us how many butterflies they saw and what kind they were". [Full Article...]

'Quadrillion tons of diamond' may be buried 100 miles under Earth's surface

'Quadrillion tons of diamond' may be buried 100 miles under Earth's surface Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other universities studied sound waves that rumble through Earth's surface after a natural disaster or explosion, called seismic data, to uncover the type of rocks concealed beneath. [Full Article...]

Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections

Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections Wildlife advocates and Democrats are anxious the proposed changes would accelerate extinction rates. The proposal would not affect species already listed as threatened - or critical habitats set aside for them - such as Western desert tortoises struggling to survive in the Southern California desert as temperatures rise and nutritious foliage diminishes. [Full Article...]

99-Million-Year-Old Snake Hatchling Found Encased in Burmese Amber | Paleontology

99-Million-Year-Old Snake Hatchling Found Encased in Burmese Amber | Paleontology Researchers also believe they found a piece of skin from an adult snake in a separate piece. According to a study on the amber, researchers compared the fossil's bone structure to existing snake bone data, helping to determine where it should be slotted into the evolutionary record. [Full Article...]

New ‘thorny head’ dinosaur discovered in Utah

New ‘thorny head’ dinosaur discovered in Utah The bony spiky dinosaur made its public debut Thursday at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City and was announced in the open-access scientific journal PeerJ . Other North American ankylosaurids, like Ankylosaurus , Euoplocephalus , and Ziapelta , featured smooth bony armor on their skulls. The spot where the fossil was found remains within the monument's boundaries, though area... [Full Article...]

ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images

ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope , using the MUSE instrument and a new adaptive optics system captured this stunning view of Neptune in a demonstration of unparalled ground-based resolution. GALACSI confers a form of adaptive optics on this unit, which corrects for atmospheric disturbance as it affects the telescope. The adaptive optics system relies on four bright l... [Full Article...]

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever Another reflown payload was an electromagnetic field experiment from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, previous versions of which went on the sixth and seventh test flights of the vehicle. "This, combined with the data from the first flight, should provide an extensive set of parameters of the test environment". Perched on top of the vehicle is a capsule for crew members, which t... [Full Article...]


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