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*A huge dust storm on Mars bringing a halt to scientific research
One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading over the face of the red planet – forcing NASA to suspend science operations of its Mars Opportunity rover. However, the swirling dust storm has opened a window for four other spacecraft to learn more about the event.
Cosmic dust grains older than the solar system
Scientists have found what appear to be interplanetary dust particles which predate the birth of the solar system -- some 4.6 billion years ago. The discovery opens a new window in understanding the processes which led to the solar system’s formation.
*Six more Milky Way galactic collisions revealed
Astronomers have discovered evidence of a series of at least six galactic collisions involving the Milky Way. The intergalactic crashes were revealed in relics of the merger events in the Milky Way’s galactic halo.
*Rocket rules face a major shake up
The Federal Government is introducing new legislation designed to make it easier to launch spacecraft from Australian soil. The new regulations -- are part of a major shake-up for Australia’s stagnant space industry which long ago lost the glory of its heyday during the 1960’s and early 70’s when Australia became only the fourth nation on Earth to build a satellite and have it launched into orbit from its own soil.
*Crew change aboard the International Space Station
There’s been a busy change of crews aboard the International Space Station. Just days after the Expedition 54/55 crew members returned safely to Earth following their 168 day stay aboard the International Space station – the Expedition 56/57 crew blasted into space for their own six month stay aboard the orbiting outpost.
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*The Science Report
Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 increasing sea-level by 8 millimetres.
Study confirms loneliness really is bad for the heart and a strong predictor of premature death.
The real dining habits of salt water (estuarine) crocodiles.
A new study looking at why we love fries with that.
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