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Earth Has Only 500 Million Years Left.
Endeavour Mission Wrapping Up
Earth Has Only 500 Million Years Left
quasar Earns Record for Most Distant Object
ENDEAVOUR MISSION WRAPPING UP
Astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour completed their
final full day of radar mapping on Sunday, but thanks to fuel
savings, they will be able to keep the boom extended until Monday
morning to get as much data as possible. Once the crew returns on
Tuesday, the 326 digital cassettes filled with data will take
18-24 months to analyze with public release of the maps in 2003.
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EARTH HAS ONLY 500 MILLION YEARS LEFT
A new computer model produced by James F. Kasting, a professor of
geosciences at Pennsylvania State University predicts that the
Sun's gradually increasing temperature will evaporate the Earth's
oceans, and make the planet uninhabitable within 500 million years.
If their calculations are correct, Earth is already 90% of the way
through its habitable timeframe.
QUASAR EARNS RECORD FOR MOST DISTANT OBJECT
A team of Astronomers using the 5.1 meter telescope at Mt. Palomar
have observed what they believe is the most distant object ever
discovered. It's a quasar, named RD J030117+002025, and it's over
13 billion light-years away, which means it was around when the
universe was less than 8% of its current age.
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