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In case you were wondering, there is sound on Mars, and thanks to NASA’s InSight mission we can now hear it. According to CNN, there are marsquakes (as opposed to Earthquakes) that can be heard when the audio from InSight’s seismometer probe is enhanced. Yesterday NASA shared some recordings of rumblings captured in May and July. The May marsquake had a magnitude of 3.7 and the July marsquake registered 3.3 in magnitude. And to think Americans are cynical about what government can do — thanks to our space program, we can hear what is happening on the cratered surface of the red planet.
By the end of July, three countries are sending rockets carrying robots to Mars. For the U.S., its old hat — been there, done that 5 times, but for China and the United Arab Emirates, it’s their maiden voyage. Why three launches so close together? Because Mars passes close to the Earth in its orbit, […]
Have you ever wondered what space smells like? Now we know. According to astronauts, it is “a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum.” Hmmm. CNN reports that the fragrance was invented to help astronauts train for space — so that nothing about it would be surprising to them (seems like that would take […]
Using inexpensive tracking technology and a large antenna installed on the International Space Station, a consortium of researchers is hoping to gather a wider range of data than they had using previous tracking technologies, including long migration patterns, allowing them to better understand how climate change and habitat loss impact wildlife.
Why This Matters: In addition to better understanding of wildlife migration and threats, the technology could be used for a range of other goals.
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