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NASA considers mission to Venus after recent discovery of possible life

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NASA is considering approving by next April up to two planetary science missions from four proposals under review, including one to Venus that scientists involved in the project said could help determine whether or not that planet harbours life. An international research team on Monday described evidence of potential microbes residing in the harshly acidic…
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Virgin, Rolls-Royce to build a supersonic commercial plane that flies at three times the speed of sound

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Space tourism company Virgin Galactic on Monday announced a partnership with engine-maker Rolls-Royce to build a supersonic commercial aeroplane that flies at three times the speed of sound. The aircraft would travel at Mach 3 -- rather than the Mach 2 speed of Concorde, the pioneering jet that operated from 1976 to 2003. Any new…
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NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life

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The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off for the red planet Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life. NASA's Perseverance rode…
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NASA launches rover to seek signs of past life on Mars

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NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Thursday atop an Atlas 5 rocket on a $2.4 billion mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth's planetary neighbour. The next-generation robotic rover - a car-sized six-wheeled scientific vehicle - also is scheduled to deploy a mini-helicopter on Mars…
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Study solves mystery origin of Stonehenge's iconic boulders

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Stonehenge, a Neolithic wonder in southern England, has vexed historians and archaeologists for centuries with its many mysteries: How was it built? What purpose did it serve? Where did its towering sandstone boulders come from? That last question may finally have an answer after a study published Wednesday found that most of the giant stones…