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Shuttles Launches Delayed Almost a Month.
Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
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- Ice Formations on Europa Explained
- Shuttles Launches Delayed Almost a Month
- Yellowstone Pools Probed for Life
- NASA Considers Human Waste as Fuel Source
ICE FORMATIONS ON Europa EXPLAINED
Astronomers have long been puzzled by the strange cross-hatched patterns
that crisscross Europa's icy surface (Jupiter's second moon). A new theory
from a team at the University of Arizona believe it's caused by massive
tidal swings caused by its interaction with Jupiter's immense gravity.
This theory adds weight to the possibility that Europa is covered with
liquid water, and could contain life.
SHUTTLES LAUNCHES DELAYED ALMOST A MONTH
Because the wiring inspections are taking longer than suspected, the next
launch of the Space Shuttle has been delayed almost a full month. The
Discovery Hubble repair mission was originally scheduled to launch
October 28th, but has been pushed back at least to November 19th.
YELLOWSTONE POOLS PROBED FOR LIFE
In an effort to discover the extremes life is capable of surviving, NASA
scientists are planning to plunge a tiny camera into Yellowstone's hot
springs in search of organisms. The pools are well above 65 degrees
Celsius, which scientists believe is the upper threshold capable of
supporting life. Discovery of life here could help support the search
for life in space's hotter places.
NASA CONSIDERS HUMAN WASTE AS FUEL SOURCE
In space every single ounce of weight is precious including, it turns
out, human waste. NASA engineers are working on a process called pyrolysis,
breaking down the waste without oxygen, and then turning it into all
sorts of useful stuff: plastics, rubber, and even rocket fuel.
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