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NASA’s Planetary Science Division submits report on Europa lander concept

NASA’s Planetary Science Division submits report on Europa lander concept

NASA’s Planetary Science Division has finally submitted its report on the potential science value of landing a space probe on the surface of Europa – Jupiter’s icy, ocean-filled moon.

The U.S. space agency convened a 21-member team of scientists for assessing the science value and engineering design of a Europa lander mission in the future. The Science Definition Team (SDT) deliberated to describe a feasible and worthy set of science objectives as well as measurements for the Europa lander mission concept, and submitted its report on 7th of February.

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Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

An international team of scientists have discovered evidence of a massive ancient undersea landslide close to Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The Gloria Knolls Slide, which could also have triggered a tsunami, occurred nearly 300,000 years ago. It was 32 cubic kilometers in volume, or nearly thirty times the size of Uluru, a rock landmark in central part of Australia.

The researchers discovered the ancient landslide while conducting 3-dimentional mapping of the Queensland Trough’s ancient reefs. The Queensland Trough is a big basin adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

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London exhibition charts 500 years of evolution of robots

London exhibition charts 500 years of evolution of robots

A soon-to-be opened exhibition in London will chart five hundred years of evolution of robots and organizers believe that that it will force people to think about how robots and autonomous technologies can enhance their lives.

Ben Russell, who charted the evolution of robots for the exhibit titled “Robots,” said robotic machines have been with humans for centuries as they can help a lot in making lives better.

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New study further complicates mystery of water on Mars

New study further complicates mystery of water on Mars

Further complicating the mystery of water on Mars, a new study by NASA scientists revealed that early atmosphere of the Red Planet likely didn’t contain sufficient carbon dioxide (CO2) to keep the planet warm enough for liquid water to last.

Mars is now cold and dry, but scientists have plenty of evidence suggesting that its surface was once covered with oceans, rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. Space probes captured some dark, narrow lines on the surface of Mars that indicated that liquid water could once be running down some of its slopes.

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