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Prospector-1 will fly beyond Earth's orbit by 2020 for the first commercial mining mission

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A small 110-pound vehicle will travel to celestial bodies by 2020, with the intent to mine for ice water, building materials, and precious metals. Designed by Deep Space Industries, Prospector-1 is set to carryout the first commercial mining mission beyond our planet's orbit by flying to near-Earth asteroids. This mission is an important step in the firm's overall plans to harvest and supply in-space resources to support the growing space economy. A small 110-pound vehicle will travel to celestial bodies by 2020, with the intent to mine for ice water, building materials and precious metals. Designed by Deep Space Industries, Prospector-1 is set to carryout the first commercial mining mission beyond our planet's orbit by flying to near-Earth asteroid Prospector-1 is the brainchild of Deep Space Industries (DSI).


This Is Why Understanding Space Is So Hard - Facts So Romantic

Nautilus

If all the matter in the universe suddenly disappeared, would space still exist? Space, he imagined, was something like Star Trek's holodeck, a 3-dimensional virtual-reality grid onto which simulated people and places and things are projected. As Newton put it in the early pages of his Principia: "Absolute space, of its own nature, without reference to anything external, always remains homogeneous and immovable." 1


Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Mashable

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of ice, to flood-ravaged cities.


Planet Earth wobbles as it spins, and now scientists know why

FOX News

Earth is seen in this image taken by NASA's JunoCam as it flew by Earth, using its gravity to get a boost needed to reach Jupiter on October 9, 2013, in this NASA handout image released to Reuters. Humans are responsible for some of the wobble in Earth's spin. Since 1899, the Earth's axis of spin has shifted about 34 feet. Now, research quantifies the reasons why and finds that a third is due to melting ice and rising sea levels, particularly in Greenland -- placing the blame on the doorstep of anthropogenic climate change. Another third of the wobble is due to land masses expanding upward as the glaciers retreat and lighten their load.


NASA to reveal findings the search for alien life

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA researchers will soon present new findings on topics ranging from the origins and evolution of life on earth to the search for habitable environments and life in our solar system, the space agency has revealed. The findings will be presented during the 2017 Astrobiology Science Conference between April 24 and April 28 in Mesa, Arizona. The announcement comes on the heels of last week's reveal that Enceladus, one of Saturn's icy moons, was found to have hydrogen - a potential source of chemical energy that could support microbes on its seafloor. NASA researchers will soon present new findings on topics ranging from the origins and evolution of life on earth to the search for habitable environments and life in our solar system. Dr Giada Arney of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will discuss organic haze on Earthlike planets as possible biosignatures.