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*Cassini’s grand finale going out in a blaze of glory
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft which has been orbiting the Saturnian system since 2004 will officially end its mission with a suicidal death plunge into the ringed world on September 15, this year. As part of its end game mission managers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California have begun sending the probe on riskier more adventurous missions.
*Could Fast Radio bursts be powering alien ships
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success. However, a new study that the mysterious phenomena known as fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology.
*Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
A group of scientists are proposing a new definition for a planet. The current definition was formulated after observations indicated larger worlds existed beyond Pluto in the dark reaches of the Kuiper Belt.
*Dinosaur asteroid spawned a mountain range taller than the Himalayas’
A new study claims the asteroid impact 66 million years ago -- which led to the extinction of all dinosaurs other than birds – also spawned a giant mountain range taller than the Himalayan Mountains today. New computer simulations of the Chicxulub impact event show the initial rebound of the Earth crust from the impact of the 10 to 15 kilometre wide asteroid would have temporarily produced what scientists call a ring peak – a mountain range inside the crater. Similar structures are seen commonly seen in craters on the Moon as well as on other bodies throughout the solar system.
*Launch of Delta IV Rocket Carrying WGS-9 US Air Force Satellite
A Delta 4 rocket has successfully blasted off from the Cape Canaveral air force base in Florida carrying a new military satellite into orbit.
The first Delta 4 mission for 2017 carried the US Air Force space command’s Wideband Global Satcom WGS-9 telecommunications satellite.
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