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Space news stories

Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions
19th March 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Space

A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars’ putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million years earlier and were not as deep as once thought.

Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system
19th March 2018 phys.org | Space

“It’s remarkable that we’ve now seen for the first time a physical object from outside our Solar System,” says Dr. Alan Jackson, a postdoc at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough in Ontario, Canada.

Nasa’s plan to deflect deadly asteroid will not work on asteroid that could collide with Earth, study finds
18th March 2018 | independent.co.uk | Space, Tech

Nasa’s plan to deflect deadly asteroids wouldn’t be up to the job of keeping us safe from the deadly asteroid that could one day hit us, a study has found.

Now Russia wants to nuke threatening asteroids, too
18th March 2018 nypost.com | Space, Tech

Neither the HAMMER concept nor Russia’s testing puts us on the doorstep of a nuclear asteroid defense system just yet, but they’re both steps in that direction.

Mars 2020: The Red Planet’s Next Rover
15th March 2018 | space.com | Ancient, Space, Tech

NASA’s next Mars rover won’t just explore the Red Planet; it will, the space agency hopes, make it so a little bit of Mars might make it to Earth.

Galaxies Behave Like Clocks, Rotating Once Every Billion Years
15th March 2018 | sci-news.com | Space

An international team of astronomers has discovered that all galaxies rotate once every billion years, no matter how big they are.

Russian physicists make toy asteroids and blast them with a laser
14th March 2018 | eurekalert.org | Space, Tech

The modelling technique is a way of experimentally evaluating asteroid destruction criteria such as the explosion energy needed to eliminate a dangerous object on a collision course with Earth.

Ash from dinosaur-era volcanoes linked with shale oil, gas
14th March 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Earth, Space

Nutrient-rich ash from an enormous flare-up of volcanic eruptions toward the end of the dinosaurs’ reign kicked off a chain of events that led to the formation of shale gas and oil fields from Texas to Montana.

ASTEROIDS AND COMETS SHOWER MARS WITH ORGANICS
14th March 2018 | astrobio.net | Ancient, Space

Until now, astronomers assumed that the organics on Mars mainly came from dust particles from space. Now, computer simulations indicate that one third of the material comes from asteroids and comets.

This Time-Lapse Shows 13.8 Billion Year History of Universe in Just 10 Minutes
13th March 2018 interestingengineering.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The voiceover includes Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough. Each second represents 22 million years, which really puts into perspective how old our universe is.

‘HAMMER’ Time? Spacecraft Could Nuke Dangerous Asteroid to Defend Earth
10th March 2018 | space.com | Space, Tech

Scientists and engineers have drawn up plans for a spacecraft that could knock big, incoming space rocks off course via blunt-force impact or blow them to bits with a nuclear warhead.

China’s Tiangong-1 space station will crash to Earth within weeks
7th March 2018 | theguardian.com | Space

Apparently it is impossible to plot where module will re-enter the atmosphere, but the chance is higher in parts of Europe, US, Australia and New Zealand.

Taking a Dim View
5th March 2018 discovermagazine.com | Space, Tech

Astronomers learned to see beyond the Milky Way’s glare into a hidden realm of faint galaxies.

Stephen Hawking Says He Knows What Happened Before the Big Bang
4th March 2018 | livescience.com | Space

Hawking’s answer to the question “What was there before there was anything?” relies on a theory known as the “no-boundary proposal.”

There’s Only One Way For Humanity to Survive. Go To Mars.
4th March 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

Futurist Michio Kaku sees humans doing ballet on Mars and projecting their brains into the cosmos. And aliens? Oh, they’re coming.

The moon actually came from inside our planet, scientists believe
3rd March 2018 uk.news.yahoo.com | Ancient, Space

According to the model, the collision between Earth and Theia threw molten rock and metal into orbit that collided together to make the moon.

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