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InSight is digging holes on Mars to assist the Mole.

InSight is digging holes on Mars to assist the Mole.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said InSight is on a strategic move to assist, “the Mole,” its heat probe. The Mole is a heat probe designed by NASA and packed with the InSight rover to study the interiors of Mars. The InSight was programmed to use Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport mission to investigate the deep interiors of the red planet. The heat probe named, “Mole,” was the most crucial self hammering tech attached to InSight by NASA. Following the protocol, the Mole started to bury itself into the Martian soil from February 2019. The equipment was designed to dig up to 16 feet. However, the Mole managed to submerge only a part of itself since then. NASA pushed InSight’s arm to help its heat probe last week. As reported by the InSight team, the probe dug another 2 centimeters with the help of the rover’s arms. As reported by NASA, the probe needs friction from its surroundings. Hopefully, InSight’s robotic arm came in to provide friction with the “pinning” […]

Ridgecrest aftershocks might have woken up the sleeping Garlock fault.

Ridgecrest aftershocks might have woken up the sleeping Garlock fault.

California: Caltech’s geophysics assistant professor, Zachary Ross, said in his recent study, they have never found this dormant fault moving for the past 500 years. It is a significant fault in California, running directly under Los Angeles, which is capable of making unimaginable violent tremors. California Institue of Technology found that the Garlock Fault, which once considered as dormant, has just slipped .8 inches following the aftershocks of July earthquakes. On July 4 and 5 this year, California had experienced a violent shock that was not like any others that happened in the past two decades. NASA’ Jet Propulsion Laboratory has recorded around 110,000 aftershocks following the mainshock. That earthquake, which hit Ridgecrust dessert town, had sent ruptures to the interconnected faults under the state. According to Ross, they can’t understand what does the recent slip of Garlock meant. He feels that a major one that is yet to occur in the future may be from the interconnected faults that could be a complex one even to predict. The USGS […]

Researchers found a simplified way to turn Carbon dioxide into fuel. Image credit: L.A. Cicero

Researchers found a simplified way to turn Carbon dioxide into fuel.

Researchers from Stanford University have found a much easier way to convert carbon dioxide into fuel. Will this bring any change to global warming? As per the report published by Stanford University, researchers have managed to find a way that could result in a larger yield than the previous methods. They found a catalyst that could pull out an oxygen molecule and add hydrogen to the CO2 in a single reaction. Matteo Cargnello, the lead researcher of this invention, said that one can imagine the conversion of carbon dioxide as “catching the burned CO2 and turning them into fuel and catching the burned CO2 again and converting them back into fuel again”. There are many previous methods like this, but none has brought this much of yield, reported the Stanford. Many previous processes like this mainly had two steps. The first is to convert the CO2 into CO (Carbon Monoxide). The second to produce Hydrogen fuels like methane by combining the CO with Hydrogen. This two-step process takes time and […]

Venus May Not Have Been As Earthlike

Earth’s evil twin Venus is full of hot lava instead of liquid water confirmed by a study

Earth’s evil twin Venus is full of hot lava instead of liquid water confirmed by a study. A study by Allan Treiman published in the journal of Geophysical Research reverses last month’s hope by NASA of Venus to allow liquid water. The new research confirms that Venus is full of lava at temperatures as high as 700 degrees Fahrenheit or 370 degrees Celsius. With this new study, the possibility of habitation in Venus has vanished. NASA under fire recently about habitation in other planets With noble laureate, Michel Mayor recently criticizing habitation in other planets as crazy, and this new study is making its research on Venus negative. In September, NASA researchers released simulations of several scenarios that made it possible for second solar planet Venus to allow liquid water to exist at its surface for millions of years. The said research was presented at the European Planetary Science Congress held in September 2019. They also found that the high altitude region of Ovda Fluctus is continuous with the lower […]

Michel Mayor The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019

The fantasy of living in another planet other than earth is crazy, says Noble laureate

The fantasy of living in another planet other than earth is crazy, says Noble laureate. Michel Mayor, one out of three to win this year’s 2019 noble prize, said it is completely crazy to have a fantasy of living in another planet. Since even the closest world to earth is a few dozen light-years away and will take hundreds of millions of days to reach there with the means available now. He also stressed mother earth is still much beauty, and taking care of it should be the priority. Michel Mayor – winner of noble prize winner 2019 After receiving the noble prize last week for 2019, Swiss Astrophysicist Mayor said that humans would never leave earth’s solar system. Mayor, along with his student Didier Queloz and Canadian-American astrophysicist James Peebles won 2019 noble prize for physics. He is a professor at the University of Geneva’s Department of Astronomy. In 1995, Mayor and his co-recipient and student Queloz discovered the first extrasolar planet called 51 Pegasi. Only after its confirmation […]

2019 Meteor Showers

2019 Meteor Showers: Shooting stars brighten California sky from Sacramento to San Diego

2019 Meteor Showers: Many residents living across California from Sacramento to San Diego have reported having seen shooting stars lighting the sky. It is in accordance to the American Meteor Society confirmation that October 8th, Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, the Draconoids will peak. The stargazers were for a treat with stunning shooting stars, also known as Giacobinids peaking as usual in the first week of October, which will continue for four more days. Also, 2019 Meteor Showers on the arrival of bigger Orionid later this month. Social media buzzes with Meteor Showers in California On October 7th, social media were filled with pictures of many shooting stars resembling meteors. They were seen across California, including places like Sacramento, Lynwood, and San Diego. Along the Oceanside, there was also a picture of a glowing fireball shooting across the sky. What are Draconid meteor showers? When the planet earth passes through the Comet 21 P/Glacobini-Zinner’s tail, the Draconid meteor shower of the shooting star shower starts in October. It will […]