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Gigantic Solar Ejection Lights Up Mars in Ultraviolet Light --"Caused a Planet-Wide Aurora"

 

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An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface. NASA announced Friday that a coronal mass ejection from the Sun on September 11 was so strong that charged particles caused a planet-wide aurora on Mars. According to team members of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, the solar event caused the entirety of Mars to light up in ultra-violet light. The aurora was also 25 times brighter than any event seen by the MAVEN orbiter thus far. The orbiter has been studying the atmosphere of Mars since 2014.

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"Annihilation" The Movie: The Mystery of 'It' --'Was It Carbon Based, Did It Communicate With You' (WATCH Video)

 

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In this first trailer of Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays a biologist looking for her missing husband while on an expedition with a secret agency and discovers a mysterious creature lurking in the wilderness. Annihilation is adapted from the award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer about a biologist who embarks on a research expedition after her husband returns from a what appeared to be a suicide mission in a bizarrely altered state.

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StarTalk Radio --NASA's Former Chief Scientist on Climate in the Solar System: Earth to Venus, Mars, Titan's Ice Volcanoes & the Anti-Greenhouse Effect

 

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Dr. Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist at NASA, who has been involved with numerous interplanetary spacecraft missions, including the Magellan spacecraft, leads a discussion on Earth’s climate: using space exploration to talk about climate change; the impact of climate change on human health; applying climate models to other planets, volcanoes) and their climatic impact; and much more.

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"Jellyfish Dreams" --Caltech: Sleep is an Ancient Behavior, Untouched by Millennia of Evolution (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)


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Jellyfish and humans may seem wildly different, but both still need to sleep. At first glance, humans seem to have very little in common with Cassiopea, a primitive jellyfish. Cassiopea is brainless, spineless, and spends essentially its entire life sitting upside down on the ocean floor, pulsating every few seconds. However, Caltech scientists have now discovered that, as different as our daily schedules may seem, humans and jellyfish actually start and end their days with the same behavior: sleep. This finding that jellyfish sleep implies that sleep is an ancient behavior, largely untouched by millennia of evolution.

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"The Jupiter Brain" --NASA Space Computer That Will Survive the Gas Giant’s Hellish Radiation & Atmosphere

 

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In the 1970s and 1980s, the Soviets put landers on the surface of Venus. One survived for 57 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 470 degrees Celsius and a pressure of 94 Earth atmospheres. Another lasted for 127 minutes in similar conditions. Yet a third held on for 63 minutes. No spacecraft has yet laid our eyes on the surface of Jupiter because of the planet’s intense radiation.

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"Spooky!" China's Academy of Sciences Holds World's First Unhackable Quantum Videoconference

 

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China holds world's first 'unhackable' quantum videoconference in secure communication breakthrough between laboratories in Beijing and Vienna, that could herald the start of a new era of ultrasecure communications that can never be hacked and could revolutionise how humans connect. The Chinese science academy said the encrypted communication system was being tested for potential 'real-world applications. The call was held between President Chunli Bai of Beijing's Chinese Academy of Sciences and President Anton Zeilinger of Vienna's Austria Academy of Sciences, with plans to carry out similar test conversations between someone in China and Singapore, Italy, Germany and Russia.

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Hidden Sites for Human Habitats on the Moon and Mars --"These Vast Lava Tubes Could Also Shield Extraterrestrial Life from Cosmic Radiation"

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"These results have important implications for habitability and human exploration of the moon but also for the search of extraterrestrial life on Mars, says Dr Riccardo Pozzobon, of the University of Padova. "Lava tubes are environments shielded from cosmic radiation and protected from micrometeorites flux, potentially providing safe habitats for future human missions. They are also, potentially, large enough for quite significant human settlements – you could fit most of the historic city center of Riga into a lunar lava tube."

 

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"Artemis" --Crime and Shadowy Conspiracy Envelop First-and-Only Lunar City in Andy Weir's Followup to The Martian (WATCH VIDEO)

 
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Like The Martian, Andy Weir's new book will be hardcore sci-fi with a moon city and real technology. "I’ve got a lot of contacts at JPL and NASA," Weir said in a 2015 interview. "I’m friends with a lot of astronauts now, which is pretty cool. I can call them, and say, “Hey, I’ve got a question about a largely unknown sub-compartment on the International Space Station. Can you help?”

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"Cities on Mars!" --SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Lays Out 'BFR' Interplanetary Transport Plans for the Red Planet (VIDEO)

 

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled ambitious plans Friday to send cargo ships to Mars in five years and use rockets to carry people between Earth's major cities in under half-an-hour. The planned interplanetary transport system, codenamed BFR (Big Fucking Rocket), would be downsized so it could carry out a range of tasks that would then pay for future Mars missions.

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