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Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has confirmed that its Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica will be closed for several months as a large crack in the ice shelf has come within a few miles of the station.

The Halley VI Research Station is located on Brunt Ice Shelf (a floating ice shelf) jutting to the Weddell Sea. Researchers have detected multiple cracks in the ice shelf and one of those cracks has reached within four miles of the facility.

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Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

Massive ice crack in Antarctica forces British researchers to flee

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has confirmed that its Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica will be closed for several months as a large crack in the ice shelf has come within a few miles of the station.

The Halley VI Research Station is located on Brunt Ice Shelf (a floating ice shelf) jutting to the Weddell Sea. Researchers have detected multiple cracks in the ice shelf and one of those cracks has reached within four miles of the facility.

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Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan may be gone, but his footprints are still alive on the Moon. Some images captured by the U.S. space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show that the Apollo 17 Commander’s footprints are still present there.

The footprints were left there in December 1972, when Cernan his crewmate Harrison Schmitt landed and walked on the Moon’s surface. The LRO images reveal that the snaking footprints of the two astronauts as well as the Apollo 17 tire tracks left in the lunar dirt haven’t faded away over the decades.

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Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft captures gravity wave on Venus

Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft captures gravity wave on Venus

Not long after entering Venus’ orbit in December 2015, Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft has captured a really weird atmospheric phenomenon, a gravity wave, in the planet’s upper cloud layer.

Gravity waves are common phenomenon, and their effects are often seen on the clouds and oceans. These waves are caused when an atmosphere or body of water is disturbed. As gravity tries to restore equilibrium, it overshoots and causes a wave effect.

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Launch of Japan’s mini rocket SS-520 ends in failure

Launch of Japan’s mini rocket SS-520 ends in failure

Japan’s space efforts suffered a major setback on Sunday when the launch of its miniature SS-520 rocket, which was designed to put a microsatellite into Earth’s orbit, ended in failure.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the SS-520 rocket lifted off successfully at 8:33 a.m. local time and it was on a normal flight path. But ignition of the rocket’s second stage was cancelled by ground controllers after it stopped sending telemetry data.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight

After a gap of several months, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster returned to flight on Saturday, Jan. 10th, and successfully launched 10 satellites into Earth’s orbit.

SpaceX announced that a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 12:54 p.m. EST (1754 GMT) from a launch pad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, just a few hundred meters from the scenic coastline of the state.

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Two astronauts carry out spacewalk to boost ISS’ power grid

Two astronauts carry out spacewalk to boost ISS’ power grid

Two astronauts carried out a trouble-free hours-long spacewalk on Friday to complete an upgrade to the International Space Station’s (ISS’) power supply.

The spacewalk was scheduled to last roughly 6.5 hours, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully complted the mission in merely 3.5 hours.

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Tillerson questions scientists’ ability to predict effects of increased carbon levels

Tillerson questions scientists’ ability to predict effects of increased carbon levels

Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, recently said that scientists’ ability to predict the effect of increased concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is “very limited.”

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The Moon is a blend of multiple moonlets: study

The Moon is a blend of multiple moonlets: study

Earth's Moon is not a single rock but a blend of multiple moonlets, a new study led by planetary scientist Raluca Rufu of Israel's Weizman Institute of Science suggested.

According to the new study, the silently serene Moon was formed as a result of merger of a number small moonlets or disks of planetary debris produced by multiple objects' collision with Earth.

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Monkey caught attempting sex with female deer

Monkey caught attempting sex with female deer

Revealing a rare case of an attempted inter-species mating, researchers on Tuesday posted a video showing a highly unusual behaviour of a male monkey trying to have sex with female deer in Japan.

Sex between animals from different species is really rare and uncommon. However, exceptional cases of sex between creatures from different species are known to occur, mainly in captive and domesticated animals.

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