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“Fingerprints” –NASA’s SPHEREx Mission to Probe First Seconds of the Universe

SPHEREx

 

NASA has selected a new space mission, SPHEREx, that will deliver an unprecedented map of the Milky Way containing ‘fingerprints’ from the first moments in the universe’s history, said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “And we’ll have new clues to one of the greatest mysteries in science: What made the universe expand so quickly less than a nanosecond after the big bang?”

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NASA: “RIP Opportunity Rover” –Endured Mars’ 2018 Global Dust Storm

Mars 2018 Dust Storm

 

On August 31, 2018 John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
reported: “If we do not hear back after 45 days, the team will be forced to conclude that the Sun-blocking dust and the Martian cold have conspired to cause some type of fault from which the rover will more than likely not recover,” said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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USA Cities “Will Experience Climates with No Modern Equivalent”

USA from Space

 

“Within the lifetime of children living today, the climate of many regions is projected to change from the familiar to conditions unlike those experienced in the same place by their parents, grandparents, or perhaps any generation in millennia,” said Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. “Many cities could experience climates with no modern equivalent in North America.”

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NASA — “New Science Teams Tackle Detecting Life on Other Worlds”

TESS Spacecraft

 

Decades of research have led scientists to look deeply into the nature of life itself — what it is, how it began on Earth, and what other worlds might also support it. A shift in focus is now emerging as NASA scientists recognize that with a strategic push the possibility of detecting life beyond Earth could be on the horizon with the creation of new teams: Center for Life Detection Science, Network for Life Detection, Laboratory for Agnostic Biosignatures, and Oceans Across Space and Time.

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Stellar Flare in Nearby Orion Nebula –“10 Billion Times More Powerful Than Sun’s”

 

Stellar Flare NASA

 

The flare was thought to be caused by a disruption in an intense magnetic field actively funneling material onto a young, growing star as it gains mass from its surroundings. The event occurred in one of the nearest star-forming regions to the Earth, the Orion Nebula. It lasted only a matter of hours.

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“The Wandering Earth” –China’s Sci-fi Blockbuster: ‘Dawning of a New Era’

Jupiter Planet

 

China’s new sci-fi feature film The Wandering Earth -adapted from a novella of the same name by Liu Cixin, author of the Hugo Award-winning The Three-Body Problem– opens with a crisis of unprecedented proportions: the sun has become unstable, and within a hundred years, it will expand to consume Earth.

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Planet Earth Report –“Amazon Paranoia, Insect Apocalypse, Transmissible Alzheimer’s”

Our Planet

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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“Destination Earth”–New 22-Mile Wide Impact Crater Detected Buried Under Greenland Ice

 

Hiawatha Impact Crater

 

A NASA glaciologist has discovered a possible second impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland. This follows the finding, announced in November 2018, of a 19-mile-wide crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier – the first meteorite impact crater ever discovered under Earth’s ice sheets. Though the newly found impact sites in northwest Greenland are only 114 miles apart, at present they do not appear to have formed at the same time.

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