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Nasa Mars rover finds organic matter in ancient lake bed

Curiosity digs up carbon compounds that could be food for life in sediments that formed 3bn years ago Nasas veteranwhiffs of chlorine-containing organics in the planets rocks, but concerns over potential contamination and instrument glitches meant that the results did not convince everyone. The latest findings, separate paper published in Science, another Nasa-led team describes Curiositys latest measurements of the Martian atmosphere. Before the rover touched down in August 2012, missions to the red planet had already spotted methane in the atmosphere which spiked from time to time as plumes…

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Life on Mars? Scientists close to solving mystery of the red planet

Mission to find source of methane detected in atmosphere may have an answer in months, researchers believe Scientists have begun an experiment aimed at solving one of astronomys most intriguing puzzles: the great Martian methane mystery. In the next few months they hope to determine whether tantalising whiffs of the gas that have been detected on the red planet in recent years are geological in origin or are produced by living organisms. On Earth, methane is produced mostly by microbes, although the gas can also be generated by relatively simple…

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The Case of the Missing Dark Matter

Physicists don’t know much about dark matter. They can’t agree on what it’s made of, how much a single particle weighs, or the best way to construct a Play-Doh diorama of it. (How would you do it? Dark matter is invisible—light doesn’t interact with it at all.) Nobody has ever caught a dark matter particle on Earth. But after 30-plus years of telescope observations, most researchers do agree on one thing: The universe contains a lot of it. Astrophysicists think dark matter dominates ordinary matter in the universe by more…

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Incredible! We Asked These Astronauts What Its Like To Be In Space

What’s it like to float hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface? We asked seven astronauts to tell us everything. Eugene Cernan “It’s so inspiring to see the entire globe shimmering below you and realize that this is where prog rock started.” Eileen Collins “I was looking forward to being weightless, but gravity still works for me in space. It kind of sucks seeing all the other astronauts floating around while I’m stuck on the floor.” Barry Wilmore “You never know true beauty until you see Earth from space, or…

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Trump wants to create a military branch called ‘Space Force’

President Donald Trump poorly Photoshopped into space.Image: Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images/composite Apparently the U.S. military isn’t big enough, and it needs to expand into space. During a speech at a Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego on Tuesday, President Trump said that the United States needs a “Space Force,” because we obviously need to protect ourselves from the threats of the galaxy.  SEE ALSO: Don’t believe the hype about the coming solar storm dude……space force pic.twitter.com/7jCwPPJvdW — Mike Miller (@OtherMikeMiller) March 13, 2018 “My new national strategy for…

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SpaceX Will Launch the First of Its Global Internet Satellites

Last week, SpaceX realized a decade-long dream of successfully launching the most powerful rocket in the world. The Falcon Heavy’s achievement, marked resoundingly with thunderous sonic booms following twin booster touchdowns at Cape Canaveral, was only upstaged by Starman—a doomed mannequin at the wheel of Elon Musk’s Roadster With the Heavy’s test flight complete, SpaceX is back to business as usual. Or maybe not. What seems like a routine launch this week may have greater implications for the company’s future and profits. The launch’s primary mission is to deliver Paz,…

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Elon Musk shares the last image of his Tesla Roadster in space

Unless you spent your day under a rock on Tuesday, you probably already know that SpaceX successfully launched its largest rocket ever, the Falcon Heavy. Oh, and on that rocket was a Telsa Roadster, because why not? Elon Musk shared the last image of the Roadster — equipped with a “Starman” at the wheel — before it spends the rest of eternity somewhere in space. Kind of haunting, kind of beautiful. May he ride forever, and not be blown to bits.  SEE ALSO: Watching SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch to space…

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SpaceX Successfully Launches the Falcon HeavyAnd Elon Musk’s Roadster

Florida’s space coast roared to life on Tuesday as SpaceX fired off its long-in-development Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center. Tens of thousands of spectators made the pilgrimage from across the country to experience the immense heat and thunderous roar of the rocket’s 5 million pounds of thrust. Upon liftoff, at precisely 3:45 pm Eastern, the Falcon Heavy rocket took its place as the most powerful launch vehicle in the world. About 3.5 miles away from Pad 39A, the site that hosted the first crewed mission to the moon…

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NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity. So consistent was the object's signal that astronomers jokingly nicknamed it LGM-1, short for "little green men." It wasn't long before scientists detected more signals like LGM-1. That decreased the odds that these pulses of radiation were the work of intelligent extraterrestrials. But the identification of other pulsars presented another possibility: Perhaps objects like LGM-1 could be used to navigate future missions to deep space. With the…

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Space Photos of the Week: Home Is Where the Supermassive Black Hole Is

This week we’re spending some time at home, in our own Milky Way galaxy. But wait, you say: How can we take photos of our own galaxy from the inside? It’s not easy, to be sure: Scientists are left looking up and down, left and right trying to image pieces as best they can. This week, NASA released a visualization of the galactic core of the Milky Way. Most galaxies have black holes near their centers, and our is no exception. One reason to study the center of our galaxy…

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COSMOS with Neil deGrasse Tyson returns in 2019

COSMOS is officially returning for another season. And yes, everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, will be hosting. The season will air in spring 2019 on FOX and Nat Geo.  SEE ALSO: Sheets of ice found below Mars’ surface could be a boon for human exploration Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will serve as executive producer of the show, just as he did when it was revived back in 2015. It featured plenty of mind-blowing science facts, animated history lessons, and Tyson riding around in a weird silver spaceship. 

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GM Shows Off New Silverado in Bid to Narrow Ford’s Pickup Lead

It’s going to be the year of the truck in the U.S., and General Motors Co. wants to steal back some market share. GM kicked off the Detroit auto show by revealing an all-new Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the first completely redesigned truck for the automaker since the 2007 model year. The pickup with have eight different trim levels, two new V-8 engines and shed as much as 450 pounds from the current model to save fuel. The redesign — a bigger overhaul than the 2014 refresh of the Silverado —…

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Want to Learn How to Mine in Space? Theres a School for You

Hunter Williams used to be an English teacher. Then, three years into that job, he started reading the book The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. The 1966 novel by Robert Heinlein takes place in the 2070s, on the moon, which, in this future, hosts a subterranean penal colony. Like all good sci-fi, the plot hinges on a rebellion and a computer that gains self-awareness. But more important to Williams were two basic fictional facts: First, people lived on the moon. Second, they mined the moon. “I thought, ‘This is it.…

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One Tax Loophole Untouched So Far: The Trump Golf-Course Break

Republican lawmakers pushing to close dozens of tax loopholes have left open one that’s been good to President the outline for a sweeping tax rewrite on Thursday, a lucrative break for golf-course owners — including the president — remains firmly in place in the House version of the measure. The Obama administration estimated in 2014 that closing the controversial loophole would save more than $600 million over a decade. While Republicans are eliminating many write-offs, the House version of the bill allows golf-course owners to claim deductions for promising never to…

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In search of the neutrino, ghost particle of the universe

A huge, extraordinary machine will soon begin to study an elusive particle in a bid to reveal some of the deep secrets of the cosmos On the outskirts of Karlsruhe, in south-west Germany, engineers have buried a giant, stainless steel device, bigger than a blue whale, inside the towns institute of technology. The machine looks for all the world like a grounded zeppelin or a buried blimp. In fact, the apparatus is one of the worlds biggest vacuum chambers. Air pressure inside it is lower than that on the surface…

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