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Computer Programmed to Detect Alien Life.
- Moon Has a Sodium Tail
- Computer Programmed to Detect Alien Life
- Recent Solar Ejection Worried Astronomers
- WIRE Failure Caused by Power Glitch
MOON HAS A SODIUM TAIL
Astronomers have discovered a sodium-gas "tail" that stretches away
from the Moon for at least half a million miles. Unsure exactly what's
causing this tail, Astronomers theorize that it might be caused
micrometeorites striking the moon, with the sodium pulled into the
tail by the Earth's gravity.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMED TO DETECT ALIEN LIFE
NASA is developing a computer program which they believe will assist
the search for extraterrestrial life. Designed to recognize every
variant of microbial life on Earth, the program would be incorporated
into future missions to Mars, such as a rover that searches for life
by cracking open rocks.
RECENT SOLAR EJECTION WORRIED ASTRONOMERS
For a few hours last Tuesday, Astronomers didn't know if a massive
coronal ejection, containing superheated plasma, would strike the
Earth. After first witnessing the ejection, Astronomers used the
Internet to compare current images of the Sun from around the world
and decided that a worldwide alert wasn't necessary.
WIRE FAILURE CAUSED BY POWER GLITCH
An investigation into the failure of the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer
(WIRE) satellite has concluded that a surge in a circuit led to the
failure of the satellite. When the satellite was turned on, the surge
caused it to prematurely blow the bolts on a sunscreen which protected
a Hydrogen tank. The unprotected Hydrogen sublimated, spinning the
satellite out of control.
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