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Lubbock Lights

IN AUGUST 1951 a series of unusual lights appeared in the night sky over a Texas city for weeks before disappearing and they have never been seen again. The unexplainable and erratic nature of the bright beams terrified the residents and grainy images of the event still capture the attention …

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NASA

FROM prayer and sacrifice to sunbathing, humans have worshipped the sun since time immemorial. And it’s no wonder. At around 150m km away, it is close enough to provide the light, heat and energy to sustain the entire human race. But despite the fact that our parent star has been …

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NASA

NASA is poised to launch a US$1.5 billion spacecraft on a brutally hot journey toward the Sun, offering scientists the closest-ever view of our strange and mysterious star. After the Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11, it will become the first spacecraft ever to …

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Uakitite

RUSSIAN gold prospectors thought they had struck it rich. On the ground before them was a yellow-specked 3.96kg lump of metal. It ended up being far more valuable. It was a meteorite. It had only recently tumbled out of the sky. Most of it was pretty ordinary for a meteorite: …

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Elon Musk’s secret Mars colony conference

IT was declared impossible just weeks ago: scientists studying Mars have found there’s simply not enough frozen carbon dioxide or water there to create a viable atmosphere. Elon Musk immediately rejected the notion. With characteristic bravado, he asserted He gave no research to back his claim. Mars, it seems, had …

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