Thursday , 22 October 2020


Pluto moons get new mythical names

The recently discovered fourth and fifth moons of Pluto now have official names: Kerberos and Styx. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), charged with making official name designations, stipulates in its rules that names derive from mythology. The names – referring to a three-headed dog and a river separating the living from the dead, ranked second and third in an international …

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Russia loses $200 million satellites as launch ends in flames (video)

(Reuters) – A Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites worth around $200 million crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday after its engines suddenly switched off. The accident led to a large spill of heptyl, a highly toxic rocket propellant, but there were no reports of casualties or of any immediate threat to …

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Study: 60 billion alien planets could support life

Though only about dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds that could support plant life. The Milky Way alone may host 60 billion such planets around faint red dwarf stars, a new estimate suggests. Based on data from NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, scientists have predicted that there should be …

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After Mars Rock Drill, Curiosity Ready to Roll (video)

Ten months after touching down on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally heading toward the primary target of its two-year mission — Mount Sharp, a three-mile-high mound of layered rock rising from the floor of the Gale Crater landing site. Tantalizing mineral maps compiled by orbiting satellites provide strong hints that Mars’ changing environment is recorded in Mount Sharp’s rocks. …

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Voyager 1 Discovers Bizarre and Baffling Region at Edge of Solar System

Not content with simply being the man-made object to travel farthest from Earth, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft recently entered a bizarre new region at the solar system’s edge that has physicists baffled. Their theories don’t predict anything like it. Launched 36 years ago, Voyager 1 and its twin Voyager 2 made an unprecedented tour of the outer planets, returning spectacular data from their …

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