Nov. 20, 2019

85: Mars 2020 Rover - The Hunt Is On

85: Mars 2020 Rover - The Hunt Is On

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SpaceTime with Stuart Gary S22E85 

*Mars 2020 rover to search for microscopic fossils

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will land on the Red Planet’s JEZERO Crater. The landing site was selected as it’s considered the best place on the planet to look for signs of microscopic fossils and ancient life.

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*New comet interceptor mission

The European Space Agency is planning a new mission to study a comet. The comet interceptor mission will follow on from the Rosetta spacecraft mission which spent two years studying the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

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*New Pluto orbiter mission planned

NASA has funded Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado to study the important attributes, feasibility and cost of a possible future Pluto orbiter mission.


*How Supernova 1987A revealed some of its secrets

It took over thirty years and some of the most remote deserts in Australia for astronomers to uncover some of the deepest secrets of Supernova 1987A.


*Studying space weather’s effect on the ionosphere

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite ICON has been successfully launched into orbit on a mission to study the ionosphere and how space weather from above impacts terrestrial weather from below.

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*Hayabusa 2 on its way back home

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission is on its way back home after spending the last year and a half studying the Near-Earth Asteroid Ryugu.


*The Science Report

Growing evidence that vaping may harm the heart and circulatory system.

Facebook software caught covertly activating i-phone users cameras.

First evidence of feathered polar dinosaurs in Australia.

Iran has begun enriching uranium at a secret underground nuclear plant in breach of UN agreements.

A new study finds people who tend to believe in conspiracy theories are often very lonely


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