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Asteroid Rate Jumped in Solar System’s Past

Before they can connect all those points, however, the team must continue to convince their peers that the asteroid impact peak has really increased. "There's definitely a change in the impact rate, or at least I'd bet a lot of money on it," said Joshua Bandfield of the Space Science Institute. The disfigurement, he said, is "how can you say …

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Asteroid strikes ‘increase threefold over last 300m years’ | Science

The speed with which the asteroids are rattling on Earth has almost tripled since the dinosaurs first wandered, according to an investigation into the scars left behind. Researchers calculated the rate of asteroid attacks on the moon and Earth and found that the number of collisions had increased dramatically over the past 290 million years. Before that time, the planet …

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Video: 15 years of Mars images | Space

The Mars Express space probe from ESA started sending images from its orbit around Mars in January 2004. Take 5 minutes to see some of the most beautiful images of the mission so far. <! – -> EarthSky's lunar calendars are fantastic! They make great gifts. Order now. Going fast! ESA's Mars Express went into orbit around Mars on December …

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Scientists ‘resurrect’ giant prehistoric lizard as a walking robot (VIDEO) — RT World News

European researchers animated a four-legged prehistoric creature that lived before the dinosaurs by studying its gait and creating a robotic model that could walk the earth just like its prototype 280 million years ago. The model is the result of in-depth research conducted by a multidisciplinary team led by John Nyakatura of Humboldt University in Berlin, who published an article …

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A Russian company wants to put giant billboards in low-earth orbit

WTF ?! Ads are practically everywhere these days. From TV to phones to posters, it's hard to avoid. But there is a piece of unexplored real estate that could eventually show huge billboards for everyone to see: space. StartRocket, Russian startup, wants to fill the night sky with logos and brands like McDonald's, KFC and Coca-Cola, which, as you can …

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Giant streaks discovered in Venus’ atmosphere | Space

<! – -> Inferior clouds of Venus with the stripes observed with the Akatsuki IR2 camera (left) and the planetary-scale structure reconstructed by the AFES-Venus simulations (right). Image with Nature Communications paper. Venus is a mysterious world, with its surface permanently hidden from view by a thick layer of clouds. While the probes have landed on the surface – surviving …

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NASA’s newest Ultima Thule images reveal object’s slow rotation

A new animation shows Ultima Thule while NASA's New Horizons spacecraft approached for seven hours. The animation reveals the rotation of the object as it increases, and is joined by an elaborate alternative that eliminates the change in size, leaving only the rotation. The animation was created using raw images taken by the NASA space probe, which have been improved …

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