NASA set to observe outer planets from Senegal

A mission of 40 NASA scientists is heading to Senegal at the start of August 2018, to help with the planning for the final stage the New Horizons space mission to observe the outer planets. It will also strengthen science in the country, says David Baratoux, the chairman of the…

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We are getting closer to finding traces of life on Mars

It was to a great fanfare of publicity that researchers announced they had found evidence for past life on Mars in 1996. What they claimed they had discovered was a fossilised micro-organism in a Martian meteorite, which they argued was evidence that there has once been life on the Red…

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Possibility of ancient life on Mars

It looks like we have gotten closer to knowing whether there is (or was) life on Mars as NASA’s Curiosity rover found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life. The Curiosity rover discovered “tough” organic molecules in sedimentary rocks that…

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New planet discoveries thanks to AI

Two new exoplanets have been discovered thanks to NASA’s collaboration with Google’s artificial intelligence (AI). One of those in today’s announcement is an eighth planet – Kepler-90i – found orbiting the Sun-like star Kepler-90. This makes it the first system discovered with an equal number of planets to our…

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