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Large iceberg breaks off Antarctic’s Pine Island Glacier

Large iceberg breaks off Antarctic’s Pine Island Glacier

A large piece of ice around the size of the island of Manhattan recently cracked and broke off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, a footage captured by a NASA satellite revealed.

The breaking off the 2-mile-long iceberg from the Pine Island Glacier, which is one of the biggest glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, was captured by the Landsat 8 satellite.

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Britain mulling plans to join space race

Britain mulling plans to join space race

Members of the British Parliament are considering a proposal for setting up a spaceport for sending astronauts and satellites into orbit, Aviation Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad announced.

While the UK has been sending astronauts and satellites into Earth’s orbit for the last many decades, it always partnered with other countries like the United States and Russia, for a ride. However, the increasingly lucrative space industry has now prompted British lawmakers to find ways to develop the country’s own launch capability.

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SpaceX pulls off another successful ground-based rocket landing

SpaceX pulls off another successful ground-based rocket landing

Elon Musk-led SpaceX recently pulled off another successful rocket landing as a Falcon 9 rocket flawlessly touched down at the company’s ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Falcon 9 blasted off from the historic 39A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 A.M. ET on Sunday, carrying the Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Stataion (ISS).

The first stage of the rocket returned and made a soft landing at the ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral, for the first time during the day.

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Up to 60,000-year-old microorganisms discovered in Mexican mine

Up to 60,000-year-old microorganisms discovered in Mexican mine

NASA researchers have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as many as 60,000 years in Mexico’s Naica Mine cave system.

Penelope Boston of the federal agency’s Astrobiology Institute said that nearly 100 different sorts of microbes, most of which are bacteria, were discovered locked in Naica crystals for 10,000 to 60,000 years.

The huge crystals were discovered in the Naica mine in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, which is famous for producing lead, zinc and silver. It has huge crystals, some as many as 50 feet long.

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Hundreds rally in Boston to defend science

Hundreds rally in Boston to defend science

Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied at Copley Square on Sunday to protest what they call the “anti-science forces” in power in Washington.

Organizers said they assembled to oppose the Trump administration’s actions against evidence-based science because climate change is a fact, and next generations would pay the price if it is not dealt with now.

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Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

Falcon 9 launch scrubbed due to steering mechanism concern: Musk

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was called off less than 15 seconds before its planned liftoff on Saturday due to a concern with the vehicle's steering mechanism, CEO Elon Musk said.

The launch of the private space firm's Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo craft for the International Space Station (ISS) was scheduled to take place at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18th. But, a slightly odd behavior of the rocket's upper stage engine steering system forced the company to call off the launch.

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NASA to send a superbug to ISS

NASA to send a superbug to ISS

An antibiotic-resistant superbug will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is all set to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic 39A pad.

NASA researcher Dr. Anita Goel said sending antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria to zero-gravity environment in space would help them better understand how a superbug mutates to gain ability to resist available antibiotics.

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Researched discover 50,000-year-old weird cave life

Researched discover 50,000-year-old weird cave life

A team of researchers exploring a Mexican cave system claimed to have discovered microbial life trapped in crystals that could be as many as 50,000 years old.

Penelope Boston, chief of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, said the weird and ancient microbes were found dormant inside crystals in a cave system in Naica, Mexico. The researchers also determined that the microbe were able to exist by living on minerals like iron and manganese.

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NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA wants public to find a missing planet

NASA scientists believe that our solar system has nine planets, and they want member of the public to help them discover that ninth planet.

Space projects site Zooniverse has recently launched a NASA-funded venture, titled “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9,” which allows members of the public to participate in the search for the yet-to-be-discovered planet.

Project managers said anyone can participate in the search for the ninth planet, which is also called the Planet X.

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Scientists define hidden continent Zealandia

Scientists define hidden continent Zealandia

Scientists have defined a hidden continent called Zealandia that would be the world's eighth and smallest continent if would not be under water.

Zealandia is the continent that New Zealand sits on. Situated to the east of Australia, it is 94 per cent below the Pacific Ocean. Scientists estimated that it has an area of 4.9 million square kilometers.

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