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Planet Mars is at its ‘biggest and brightest’

Planet Mars is at its ‘biggest and brightest’

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"But you don't have to wait until the middle of the night; even now, at nine or 10 o'clock in the evening, you'll easily see it over in the southeast," says astrophotographer, Damian Peach. "You can't miss it, it's the brightest star-like object in that part of the sky," he told BBC News.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Study predicts increase in mosquito-borne diseases as planet warms

Study predicts increase in mosquito-borne diseases as planet warms

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Sept. 9 (UPI) -- According to a new model, urbanization and rising global temperatures will expand the range of the mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, responsible for spreading a number of debilitating diseases, including yellow fever, Zika, chikungunya and dengue fever. In a new paper, published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, scientists suggest infectious disease experts and public health policy makers must be ready to adapt as malaria becomes less prevalent and new threats emerge. Advertisement "Climate change is going to rearrange the landscape of infectious disease," lead study author Erin Mordecai said in a news release. "Chikungunya and dengue outbreaks like we've recently seen in East Africa are only becoming more likely across much of the continent. We need to be ...
Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot launches to detect life on Red Planet

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot launches to detect life on Red Planet

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The US space agency's Perseverance robot has left Earth on a mission to try to detect life on Mars.The one-tonne, six-wheeled rover was launched out of Florida by an Atlas rocket on a path to intercept the Red Planet in February next year.When it lands, the Nasa robot will also gather rock and soil samples to be sent home later this decade.Perseverance is the third mission despatched to Mars inside 11 days, after launches by the UAE and China. Lift-off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station occurred at 07:50 local time (12:50 BST; 11:50 GMT).Nasa made this mission one of its absolute priorities when the coronavirus crisis struck, establishing special work practices to ensure Perseverance met its laun...
Nasa Mars rover: Meteorite to head home to Red Planet

Nasa Mars rover: Meteorite to head home to Red Planet

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A small chunk of Mars will be heading home when the US space agency launches its latest rover mission on Thursday. Nasa's Perseverance robot will carry with it a meteorite that originated on the Red Planet and which, until now, has been lodged in the collection of London's Natural History Museum (NHM). The rock's known properties will act as a calibration target to benchmark the workings of a rover instrument.It will give added confidence to any discoveries the robot might make.This will be particularly important if Perseverance stumbles across something that hints at the presence of past life on the planet - one of the mission's great quests."This little rock's got quite a life story," explained Prof Caroline Smith, head of Eart...
Mars: Green glow detected on the Red Planet

Mars: Green glow detected on the Red Planet

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Scientists have identified a green light in the atmosphere of Mars.A similar glow is sometimes seen by astronauts on the space station when they look to the Earth's limb.The glow comes from oxygen atoms when they're excited by sunlight.The phenomenon has long been predicted to occur on other planets, but the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) - a joint European-Russian satellite at Mars - is the first to make the observation beyond Earth. "It's a nice result," said Dr Manish Patel from the UK's Open University. "You'd never plan a mission to go look for this kind of thing. Today, we have to be very clear about the science we're going to do before we get to Mars. But having got there, we thought, 'well, let's have a look'. And it worked."To ...