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A 20km-wide body of water lies beneath a Mars ice cap

The discovery was reported in the journal Science . Before we get too excited about drilling 1.5km into the poles of Mars to look for ice, however, we'll probably want independent confirmation that this high-reflectivity region shows up consistently and behaves as if it's liquid water . [Full Article...]

Huge lake of salty water found buried deep in Mars

Further evaluation of the bright feature indicated an interface between the ice and a stable body of liquid water . As reported in Science , the researchers, led by Roberto Orosei from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, examined radar profiles collected between May 2012 and December 2015 and discovered the evidence of liquid water trapped below the ice. [Full Article...]

Water on Mars: Scientists discover 12 MILE liquid lake on Red Planet

But today, low atmospheric pressures mean that any surface water would boil away. Now, if this discovery pans out, it's clear that some large pockets of liquid water still exist on or near the Martian surface. Another clue comes from the permittivity of the reflecting material: its ability to store energy in an electric field. Then, concerned that their hope the bright spots might be water could... [Full Article...]

Huge underground lake found on Mars

Huge underground lake found on Mars Some experts are skeptical of the possibility since the lake is so cold and briny, and mixed with a heavy dose of dissolved Martian salts and minerals. Researchers said the lake looked similar to the ones found beneath the Antartic and Greenland. "The problem is that this water is located 1.5km underneath the South Pole, so there is an very bad lot of ice to be drilled to before you reach this li... [Full Article...]

NASA images show Martian dust storms engulfing the entire planet

NASA images show Martian dust storms engulfing the entire planet Since May 30, a giant dust storm has encompassed the entire planet. Luckily, all that dust acts as an atmospheric insulator, keeping nighttime temperatures from dropping down to lower than what Opportunity can handle. Most of NASA's spacecraft are studying the dust storm from above. The storm has gotten so intense that the solar-powered Opportunity rover - which landed on Mars in 2004 - ha... [Full Article...]

NASA to launch Parker Solar Probe soon

NASA to launch Parker Solar Probe soon NASA will launch in a few days a probe to study the "red zone", one of the most unsafe areas of the Sun, as part of a risky mission. The launch will be on August 6 between 4am and 6am EST, with the launch window open until August 19. The projectors mimicked the heat of the Sun, while the particle accelerator exposed the cup to radiation to make sure the cup could measure the accelerated parti... [Full Article...]

Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week

Blood moon: Longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming this week A partial lunar eclipse will come our way next July, during which the southern half of the moon will pass into Earth's shadow. The eclipse will end at 11.14, making it the longest eclipse of the moon this century. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. The next total lunar eclipse visible in the USA will be on January 21, 2019, according to NASA. [Full Article...]

Falcon 9 lifts off with Telstar 19 VANTAGE

Falcon 9 lifts off with Telstar 19 VANTAGE But as dramatic as the booster recoveries are, the primary goal of Sunday's flight was to place Ottawa-based Telesat's Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite into a highly elliptical orbit with a presumed high point of more than 20,000 miles and a low point of less than 200 miles. [Full Article...]

Canada to witness longest lunar eclipse of 21st century this week

Canada to witness longest lunar eclipse of 21st century this week While we've got the times ready, unfortunate for most likely readers of this article, this eclipse won't be visible from most of North America! Once the clock strikes midnight, the moon will be returning to normal and the penumbral eclipsing will end by around 12.30am BST. [Full Article...]

In Toronto video, man dressed in black seen shooting into restaurants

In Toronto video, man dressed in black seen shooting into restaurants Paramedics, firefighters and police converged on the scene in Toronto's east end. Witness Jody Steinhauer has told CBC she was at a restaurant on Danforth Avenue with her family when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 firecracker blasts. [Full Article...]

Britain has a summer job for you: Count the butterflies

Britain has a summer job for you: Count the butterflies The annual survey began in 2010 and the group says it's become the largest butterfly monitoring project in the world. Sir David Attenborough is backing the campaign which is the set to be the world's biggest butterfly count and the public are asked to try and spot 17 different species of the insect. [Full Article...]

Blood moon likely on Friday as longest lunar eclipse takes place

Instead, people in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia will get the best look, weather permitting. When is the next lunar eclipse over the UK? When will we see the lunar eclipse? . Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. In London, the eclipsed moon will appear at moonrise sometime around 8.50pm BST for example. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches Telstar 19 Vantage for Telesat

SpaceX launches Telstar 19 Vantage for Telesat Eastern time Sunday morning. The "Block 5" variant of the two-stage Falcon 9 blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:50 a.m. EDT (0550 GMT), successfully delivering to orbit a satellite for the Canadian communications company Telesat . [Full Article...]

Southern District of New York Dismisses Climate Change Case Against Chevron

Southern District of New York Dismisses Climate Change Case Against Chevron New York City and Oakland seem to have anticipated that the Clean Air Act would displace their claims based on emissions within the U.S. Both suits also alleged oil companies engage in global oil sales so they're liable for worldwide emissions. [Full Article...]

Neil Armstrong’s ‘moon mission’ collection goes to auction

Neil Armstrong’s ‘moon mission’ collection goes to auction Schmitt was one of the last people to set foot on the moon during the final mission of NASA's Apollo program. Neil Armstrong's collection includes a variety of artifacts from his 1969 lunar landing, as well as private mementos. Dubbed the Armstrong Family Collection, the collection contains more than 2,000 items and will be under the hammer in a series of three auctions. Armstrong's famous... [Full Article...]

Trump administration seeks endangered species rule changes

Trump administration seeks endangered species rule changes Until those plans are completed, he said, broad protections against harming plants and animals should stay in place. It protects species like the gray wolf, grizzly bear, and spotted owl, by designating them as endangered and barring the destruction of their habitat and hunting. [Full Article...]

Sound waves reveal the diamond cache deep inside the earth

Sound waves reveal the diamond cache deep inside the earth They are too deep for humans to mine. Using that estimate, and the number of known craton roots, the scientists arrived at their quadrillion ton estimate - 1,000 times more than originally thought, according to CNN . They are usually cooler and less dense than surrounding rock and result in faster sound waves . The project to uncover deep Earth diamonds began because scientists were puzzle... [Full Article...]

Fossilised snake embryo found in 105 million-year-old amber

Fossilised snake embryo found in 105 million-year-old amber About 150 million years ago (Late Jurassic epoch), Myanmar was joined to Australia, Antarctica, Africa and South America, forming the supercontinent Gondwana. The piece of amber described in the study was originally privately owned and was later donated to the museum of the Dexu Institute of Palaeontology, near Beijing, where the researchers were able to analyze it, Caldwell said. [Full Article...]

Look at This Incredible New Armoured Dinosaur Found in Utah

Look at This Incredible New Armoured Dinosaur Found in Utah For those interested, a reconstructed skeleton of the dinosaur is on display at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Akainacephalus johnsoni derives from Greek words that mean thorn or spike, and head, with the last part of the name acknowledging museum volunteer Randy Johnson who prepared the skull. [Full Article...]

ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images

ESO Very Large Telescope gets adaptive optics for sharper images The image on the left was obtained during by the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope. MUSE was the first instrument to benefit from this new facility and it now has two adaptive optics modes - the Wide Field Mode and the Narrow Field Mode. [Full Article...]


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