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What Mars sounds like, and the rover’s welcome party

Mars is about to be a very busy place when three separate missions arrive at the red planet in February. One of those missions includes NASA’s Perseverance rover. When it lands, we’ll be able to hear the sounds of Mars for the first time, thanks to microphones riding on the rover. A new interactive experience…

A Spanish mountain climber has died after falling from K2

Spanish mountaineer Sergi Mingote has died while climbing K2, the world’s second highest summit, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday. “Sad death of Sergi Mingote at K2,” Sanchez tweeted. “He wanted to continue making history by being part of the first expedition to crown this mountain in the middle of winter and a tragic…

Trudeau says Canada needs to ‘buckle down’ as cases surge, vaccines delayed

Canada got a one-two punch Friday as public health officials said vaccine deliveries would be delayed and its Covid-19 measures still aren’t working to control a resurging virus. “We have to buckle down, this is our best way through in the coming weeks of winter,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a news conference Friday…

A stream of nearly 500 stars in the Milky Way is actually a family

Our Milky Way galaxy is filled with streams of stars, but one of them appears to be a family that includes nearly 500 relatives, according to a new study. Astronomers have discovered 8,292 stellar streams in our galaxy. Rather than clusters of stars, streams form linear patterns. Each stream is named Theia for the Greek…

The world marks 2 million coronavirus deaths. The real toll is likely much higher

It’s as if 10 of the world’s largest commercial jets fell out of the sky, every day for an entire year. The official global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2 million on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The tragic milestone came just over a year after the first Covid-19 death was reported…

Oldest quasar and supermassive black hole discovered in the distant universe

The most distant quasar and the earliest known supermassive black hole have been discovered, shedding light on how massive galaxies formed in the early universe. This discovery was revealed Tuesday at the 237th meeting of The American Astronomical Society, happening virtually due to the pandemic. The study has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical…

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