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“The Robot Planet” –On July 30 NASA Will Launch a Programmed ‘Scientist’ to Search for Life on Mars

"The Only Planet Inhabited Solely by Robots" --On July 30 NASA Will Launch a Programmed 'Scientist' to Search for Life on Mars

 

It’s been said that Mars tugs at the human imagination like no other planet. “It’s there,” said astronaut Buzz Aldrin, “waiting to be reached” and this July, 2020, NASA is planning to launch a mission to grab its first ‘taste’ of the Red Planet –the only known planet inhabited solely by robots. On Thursday, 30 July, NASA will launch the Perseverance rover that will, hopefully, touch down at the Jezero Crater landing site in February 2021 as a robotic explorer.

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Beyond Hubble’s Constant –“A New Age of the Universe”

New Hubble Deep Field

 

“Eventually, we reach the utmost limits of our telescopes.There we measure shadows and search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial,” wrote Edwin Hubble in 1916, inventor of the famous “constant” that describes how fast the universe is expanding at different distances from a particular point in space, implying the existence of a timescale or age for the universe. New research by a team of astronomers employing a novel approach using known distances of 50 galaxies from Earth have estimated the age of the universe at 12.6 billion years. (more…)

Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“The Ocean Planet to New Strange State of Matter”

*Planet Earth 800-Million-Years Ago" --A Massive Storm of Two-Quadrillion Kilograms of Rock Triggered a Terrifying Ice Age

 

 

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Planet Earth Report –“Global Pandemic is a Hinge in History to Havens for Ancient Alien Life”

 

Planet Earth Report --"Herod's Flu to What Life Will Look Like in 2022"

 

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species.

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“Phobos” –Mars Strange ‘Science-Fiction’ Moon May Hold Clues to Ancient Life

"Phobos" --Mars Extremely Strange 'Science-Fiction' Moon May Hold Clues to Ancient Life

 

A mysterious origin and Arthur C. Clarke-level science-fiction speculation about the 17-mile-wide, deeply-grooved moon as an alien artifact captured in the ancient past by Mars gravitational field, may explain Russia’s almost mystical obsession with Phobos. First the Soviet Union, then more recently, Russia, made three attempts to reach the enigmatic object, but software errors and launch disasters have aborted each attempt.

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“Cosmic Connection” –New Hubble Image Harbors Secret of Saturn’s Rings

"A Cosmic Connection" --New Hubble Image Reveals Secret of Saturn's Rings

 

“When you see Saturn floating in the eyepiece of your telescope, you feel a cosmic connection –as if you uncovered mystery in the cosmos,” says Carolyn Porco, who led the science-imaging team for NASA’s Cassini spacecraft mission, which in its final year provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn’s complex rings showing that they may not have been there during the reign of Earth’s dinosaurs, and may be a fairly recent development in our solar system.

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A New State of Matter –“Black Hole Physics of Strange Metals”

A New State of Matter --"The Black Hole Physics of Strange Metals"

 

“Not only does God play dice but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen,” said Stephen Hawking about the paradoxical physics of black Holes. Welcome to the bizarre quantum world of “strange metals” –a new state of matter.

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“800-Million-Years Ago” –A Massive Storm of Two-Quadrillion Kilograms of Rock Triggered a Terrifying Ice Age

*Planet Earth 800-Million-Years Ago" --A Massive Storm of Two-Quadrillion Kilograms of Rock Triggered a Terrifying Ice Age

 

“Our moon is a witness to the history of the solar system,” says planetary scientist Kentaro Terada at Osaka University in Japan, referring to the lack of erosion on moon’s surface and evidence from the Copernicus crater and glass impact spherules from Apollo landing sites of a massive asteroid storm about 800 million years ago, in which two quadrillion kilograms of rock rained down the moon and Earth. A cosmic storm of about 30 and 60 times as much mass as the Chicxulub impactor that ended the reign the dinosaurs– kickstarting the most brutal ice ages in the planet’s history known as the Cryogenian epoch.

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