A NASA astronaut has announced the release of a new space-based Angry Birds game -- by teaching some basic physics principles from on-board the International Space Station.

Don Pettit used characters from the game as props to explain trajectory in microgravity -- which could come in handy for players of the new game.

He even catapulted an Angry Bird through the space station to promote. A spokesperson said: "Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into the new game.

"From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearby planets, players use physics as they explore the various levels of the game set both on planets and in microgravity."


The chances are we'll never get to go to Mars. And even if we did, we wouldn't want to spend five years, three months and 27 days discovering the planet like the Mars rover Spirit did.

Which is why we're glad someone has decided to make a time-lapse video of the mission which we can enjoy from the comfort of YouTube.

The three minute video consists of almost 3,500 images taken by Spirit's front-right camera which are played at 24 frames per second.

Footage shows the 4.8mile journey across rocks, hills and stirring up the light-coloured soil… which Spirit ended up getting helplessly trapped in.


A time-lapse video of the Earth -- shot by astronauts on board the International Space Station -- has captured an extraordinary view of the northern lights.


The amazing footage of the Aurora Borealis was recorded by the crews of expeditions 28 and 29 using a special low-light 4K-camera 240 miles above Earth and edited together.

Produced by German artist Michael Konig, the five-minute video starts off by showing the USA before moving on to Australia where the Aurora Australis are visible.

The footage also takes in flashes of lightning in the clouds, light caused by human cities and moving satellites illuminated by the sun… now we suggest you stop reading this and press play.

275x250.jpg A 400-meter-wide asteroid is due to cross Earth-Moon orbit later today --but don't worry NASA assure us we're not going to be hit by the hurtling space rock.

The catichily-named 2005 YU55 will pass 15 percent closer to Earth than the Moon’s typical orbit, which is pretty close in space terms.

First discovered in 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program, the asteroid has been previously observed but NASA hope today's fly-by will reveal a wealth of information.

They hope to discover detail about the asteroid’s surface features, shape, and dimensions -- not what happens if it hits us.

275x250.jpg A defunct six-ton NASA satellite has fallen to Earth -- prompting the US space agency to say they're not aware of any injuries or property damage.

After its mission which began in 1991, the decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) broke into pieces during re-entry.

NASA say 26 satellite components -- weighing a total of about 1,200 pounds -- would have been expected to survive the fiery re-entry

And while the precise location of debris have not been determined -- data indicates the satellite bits landed in the Pacific Ocean. All we know is that it didn't hit us!

275x250.jpg NASA have released an 'out of this world' photo of Saturn which was taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft while it was in orbit around the planet.

The stunning image -- which it's hard to believe isn't a CGI creation -- was taken as the probe looked back at the eclipsed sun.

And even NASA astronomers are impressed by the resulting image from 800 million miles away, with one saying: "Cassini saw a view unlike any other.

"First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. 

275x250.jpg NASA have released detailed images of the moon landing sites which it's hoped will finally stop conspiracy theorists from claiming they never really landed on the moon.

They say the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites.

This is said to be thanks to LRO lowering its orbit from 50km above the Moon's surface to just 25km.

Images even show the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored the lunar surface in the 1960s and 70s… unless you think they faked these photos too.

275x250.jpg We all know what a meteor shower looks like, we've even seen what they look like from space, but have you ever wondered what they sound like?

Well if so you're in luck, because this audio clip was recently captured by the U.S. Air Force Space Surveillance Radar in Texas.

Boffins say this is the echoes of the Perseid Meteors passing over the monitoring facility which detects, tracks and catalogues artificial objects orbiting Earth

While we think it sounds a bit like aliens trying to make contact, the experts insist that it's not… and point out that we say the same everytime the radio isn't quite tuned in.

275x250.jpg A group of cosmonauts have set a new record for taking part in the longest ever space mission… despite not even leaving Moscow let alone the Earth.

The Mars 500 crew are part of a simulated mission to Mars investigating the feasibility of a real mars mission and are living in a special container on a Russian car park.

So far they have been in there for 441 days - breaking the previous space mission record of 437 days - surrounded by all the equipment they would have if really in space.

As part of the 520 day simulation they even spent two days exploring Mars (or a patch of red sand)… all within the delivery zone of the local Dominos. 

275x250.jpg A NASA astronaut has taken an impressive photograph of a meteor slamming into the Earth's atmosphere from the International Space Station.

Ron Garan - who is coming towards the end of his six month stint on ISS - recently saw the Perseids Meteor Shower and quickly reached for his camera.

The resulting shot - which he duly tweeted on Twitpic - shows a piece of comet dust burning up as it enters into the Earth's atmosphere.

Sure photos of meteors are not that rare… but ones where the meteor is heading away from the photographer and not towards them certainly are.

275x250.jpg NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will feature an unusual crew when it launches tomorrow… three little 1.5-inch tall LEGO figurines.

In a bid to inspire more children to explore science, minifigs of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno will set off on the mission.

The trio will arrive at Jupiter at some point in 2016 and the mission will investigate the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

It's not clear exactly what role the toys will play in the mission… but who cares, it's LEGO in space.

275x250.jpgNASA is suing an Apollo 14 astronaut after he tried to sell a souvenir he brought back from the moon, according to reports.

Edgar Mitchell was hit with the legal threat last week, after trying to sell a lunar camera used during the 1971 mission.

The '16mm Data Acquisition Camera' had been expected to sell for £50,000 at a auction in May -- but now NASA say they want it back.

A lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court, states NASA has no record the device was ever transferred to Mitchell and is therefore still their property.

But Mitchell reportedly contests that as NASA were planning to dispose of the camera after the mission, he did nothing wrong by taking it home with him.

275x250.jpg The Earth had a close shave yesterday, when an asteroid the size of a house flew past in one of the closest near-misses ever recorded.

Admittedly the '2011 MD' space rock still missed us by 7,600 miles and even if it had hit, it would have been expected to burn up high in the atmosphere… but even so.

NASA say the 20 meter wide asteroid was closest to Earth at around 6pm and was bright enough to be seen even with a modest-sized telescope.

Astronomers had only spotted the asteroid last week, having previously thought it was a piece of space junk… maybe that's why they could only come up with such a poor name.

275x250.jpg A US man who describes himself as an 'armchair astronomer' claims he's found a strange structure on the surface of the red planet after using the Google Mars.

Though more professional astronomers are yet to be convinced, David Martines has already dubbed his find "Bio-Station Alpha" and claims it's evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Martines says he was scanning Google Mars when he stumbled on the discovery which he says is a 700ft long and 150ft wide cylindrical structure.

Speaking on YouTube - where great astronomers release their findings - Martines said: "It could be a power station or it could be a biological containment or it could be a glorified garage — hope it's not a weapon."

275x250.jpgA woman tried to sell a purported moon rock for £1m… to an undercover NASA investigator who was working with police.

Authorities in California say the woman arranged to meet the buyer at a restaurant so that he could examine it.

But what she didn't realise was that he actually worked for Nasa and had contacted police because it's illegal to sell bits of the moon in the US.

This is because all lunar samples - and more then 2,000 of them were brought back from space missions - are considered national treasures.
 
NASA, who've been investigating the case for several months, are now working to determine whether the 'moon rock' is the real deal… if it is the punishment could be out-of-this-world.

275x250.jpg Space may be the final frontier -- but why shouldn't you be able to enjoy a beer while exploring it? Well, thanks to an intrepid team of Australian brewers, you might.

An Ozzie microbrewery has teamed up with space engineers from a astronautics firm to develop a special brew with would be ideal supped in space.

Jaron Mitchell of 4 Pines Brewing Company says that with the expected growth of space tourism, there's going to be a burgeoning market for space booze.

That's why he's teamed up with Jason Held of Saber Astronautics to create the beer which will be specifically designed to be enjoyed in zero gravity.

275x250.jpgEveryones favourite theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking says the idea of heaven is nothing more than a fairy story.

Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the 69-year-old said there was no room in his view of the universe for heaven to exist.

Talking about his fears of death he said: "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail.

"There is no heaven of afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark."

The comment - seen as Hawking going beyond his book "The Grand Design" which said science can explain the universe's origin without invoking God - is sure to upset religious types… not that he cares.

275x250.jpgA NASA astrobiologist claims to have found evidence of alien worms inside meteorites discovered from the depths of space.

Dr Richard Hoover says he has discovered microscopic fossils of worm-like bacteria inside three meteorites which landed on Earth.

In research published in the Journal of Cosmology, he claims this proves that life must be widespread in the universe and that we are not alone.

The fossilised space worms are said to have been found in a rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites - of which only nine are known to exist on Earth.

Hoover believes his find suggests life on earth could have been seeded by meteors and comets - critics claim the fossils were contaminated after they landed.

275x250.jpg A team of astronauts who are simulating a 520 day mission to Mars have finally 'landed' at their destination… a car park in Moscow

After spending 257 days locked together a steel tube the six researchers - investigating the feasibility of a real mars mission - have 'arrived' at their faux Red Planet.

In actual fact it's a car park outside a block of flats in Moscow, but that hasn't stopped the astronauts from jubilantly emerging amid the sandy surroundings.

The Mars500 team will now spend two days 'exploring' the site before getting back into their metal tube for the 250 day return flight… we bet they can't wait.

275x250.jpg Astronomers have revealed what is said to be the most detailed map of the universe ever created - stitched together from seven million images.

The resulting image - which is made from more than a trillion pixels - is so big it would take 500,000 HD televisions to be fully displayed.

While the picture has been released toady by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III, it was originally started in 1998 using a 138-megapixel imaging detector.

Since then astronomers have been scanning the sky to help identify and describe nearly half a billion stars and galaxies.

275x250.jpg There were countless photographs taken of the partial solar eclipse yesterday… but this one has to be our favourite.

It shows (or the bigger version below does) a double partial solar eclipse with both the moon and the International Space Station passing in front of the sun.

And it didn't happen by accident, after calculating the geometry of the ISS orbit, astrophotographer Thierry Legaul travelled from France to the Sultanate of Oman to get the perfect shot.

Not only that, but he had to act fast, because the ISS was only in front of the Sun for less than second… meaning we'd have still been fiddling with the lens cap.

275x250.jpg It was one small step for spud, one giant leap for spudkind. A potato has been dressed as Santa and launched to the edge of space. As you do.

The bizarre space mission was organised by a primary school in Devon with kids dressing the spud with a white beard and red hat.

It was then placed in a pop bottle 'rocket' christened Spudnik2 and attached to an extra large helium balloon and launched from a local car-park.

Also fitted with camera and a GPS system Spudnik then rose 17 miles up before the balloon burst and everything fell back to earth. Luckily no-one was injured the space potato -- that would be embarrassing.

275x250.jpg A group of British space fans have successfully launched a paper plane into space and captured some amazing images in the process.

The trio of amateur space enthusiasts created an impressive paper aircraft with a 3ft wingspan and launched it using a helium balloon.

A small onboard camera then took a series of photos as it soared to 23 miles (90,000ft) above the earth and the balloon burst due to air pressure.

The plane then glided back down from the edge of sapce landing 100 miles from where it had been launched… and to think the best I've ever made have only gone eight metres.

275x250.jpg Felix Baumgartner has been forced to cancel plans to skydive from the edge of space after a legal challenge was launched against his Red Bull Stratos project

The daredevil had been scheduled to complete a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 feet and attempt a free-fall jump that would reach supersonic speeds later this year.

But that's now been cancelled after organisers Red Bull received notice that a multi-million dollar lawsuit had been filed against them by another skydiver.

Daniel Hogan claims he "owns certain rights to the project" and that Red Bull stole confidential plans he had developed for the stunt. We bet they now wish they could push him out of a plane.

275x250.jpg An asteroid which is larger than a double-decker bus will today pass within the Earth-moon system in a cosmic near miss.

But before you run and hide in your concrete bunker, it's worth noting NASA say there is zero chance of it hitting the planet.

The space rock, labeled TD54, will travel within 28,000 miles of Earth at around 6:50 EDT and will pass over southeastern Asia in the vicinity of Singapore.

NASA say even if TD54 were to enter Earth’s atmosphere, it would be expected to burn up high in the atmosphere and cause no damage to Earth’s surface. Which makes us wonder why we're reporting it.

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SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial spaceship, has successfully completed its first piloted free flight.

After being taken to an altitude of 45,000 ft (13,700 metres) over the Mojave Desert, SpaceShipTwo was released from its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo.

After successfully gliding for 11 minutes, pilot Pete Siebold and co-pilot Mike Alsbury then landed her on a runway at Mojave Air and Spaceport.

SpaceShipTwo is currently undergoing rigorous testing before being used to carry tourists to space. In the latest test, it did not fire its rocket engine which will be used to climb into space.

It's hoped the six-passenger craft will be fully operational soon -- especially by the 370 people who have committed to each paying £125,000 for a ticket.

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A team of British scientists will this week begin their search for alien life in the Earth's atmosphere.

Boffins from Cranfield University plan to launch a ballon from Sweden which will carry an array of scientific instruments 20 miles into the sky.

There it will spend five hours collecting samples, hopefully including examples of microscopic alien life -- or non-Earth bacteria and micro-organisms, as the CASS.E researchers call them.

The extreme conditions of the atmosphere, a near vacuum with extreme radiation and freezing -90C temperatures mean that if life can survive there, it would be more likely to also exist on other planets.

It's claimed such a find would also suggest life on Earth originated from somewhere else and arrived on the back of a wayward asteroid… meaning aliens are already here, you.


A photographer has taken some amazing video footage from 19 miles above the Earth - by attaching a camera and an iPhone to a balloon.

Luke Geissbuhler decided he wanted to take a look at the Earth from above without having to rely on the usual NASA equipment, so he built a miniature spacecraft. As you do.

The tiny ship featured a high-definition camera, an iPhone for tracking via GPS and was built to withstand the extreme conditions experienced travelling to the edge of space.

After eight months of fine tuning, the camera-ship was attached to a weather balloon and released from New York… with the obligatory countdown provided by his kids.

275x250.jpg Astronomers have discovered a planet which they claim is about the right distance from its Sun to have water and support life.

The catchily named 'Gliese 581g' is about 20 light-years away, is three times the size of Earth and orbits its sun in 37 days though it does not rotate.

However, boffins say it falls within the "Goldilocks Zone" - the right distance form the sun to have water and an right atmosphere - therefore it could potentially support life.

It's said finding a habitable planet so close means they must be more common than previously thought… but remember an astronomers definition of "so close" is probably different to yours.

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A meteor crater in the Egyptian desert which was only found thanks to Google Earth, could help us prepare for future impacts, claim scientists.

The Kamil crater - which measures 16 metres deep and 45 metres wide -  is said to be one of the best-preserved meteorite impact sites ever discovered.

It was created when a rare 10-tonne metallic meteorite travelling over 12,000 km/hour smashed into Earth's surface within the last several thousand years.

But it remained unfound until it was spotted on Google Earth in 2008 and the first expedition there took place earlier this year.

Experts collected over 1000 kg of metallic meteorite fragments, including one 83-kg chunk… unfortunately there was no signs of alien life. 

275x250.jpgAn annual meteor shower is due to light up the UK night sky tonight, as the celestial fireworks coincide with a moon-free night.

Each July or August the Perseid meteor shower sees a swarm of dusty particles from the Swift-Tuttle comet colliding with the earth's atmosphere.

Hitting at over 120,000mph the particles burn up leaving impressive shooting star trails of light dashing across the dark sky.

This year Perseid will coincide with a moon-free night meaning star-gazers will get a better than usual display which will peak at around 11.30pm.

While people in the countryside will see more than one shooting star every second, city-dwellers will only see the very brightest… but they do live near a McDonald's.

275x250.jpgSecret files revealed today show that Winston Churchill was accused of ordering a UFO cover-up - because he was worried people would panic.

The latest batch of UFO files released by the National Archives include a letter from the grandson of an RAF officer who was also one of Churchill's bodyguards.

In it he claims his grandfather overheard Churchill talking about aliens with US wartime General Dwight Eisenhower - in particular a UFO shadowing aircraft returning to Britain.

The letter goes on to claim Churchill said the incident needed to be classified because it would "create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church."

In odd news none of the documents have yet revealed whether Churchill really did have a hotline to the TARDIS and Doctor Who.

275x250.jpg An asteroid has been identified which might collide with the Earth, but impact isn't due until 2182... and even then there's only a 1-in-1000 chance of it hitting.

But a team of international space experts say the 560m wide asteroid poses a threat to the Earth and could even destroy a city as large as London.

The rogue space rock, now said to be a "potentially hazardous asteroid" was first discovered ten years ago and given the catchy name of '1999 RQ3'.

Since then they've plotted its cosmic trajectory and discovered close it could come to hitting us. Worrying… well it will be for your great, great, great, great grandchildren.

275x250.jpg British astronomers have discovered the biggest star ever seen in the universe - a whopping 250 times the mass of the sun.

Using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope which is located in in Chile they say the star R136a1 is a massive find, in more ways than one.

The gargantuan star is said to shine millions of times brighter than the sun, burn seven times hotter and goes beyond what was thought to be physically possible.

Spotted in the R136 cluster around one hundred thousand light years away it is twice the size of any object ever seen -- which makes you wonder how they missed it for so long.

275x250.jpg A £143 million prototype of an unmanned combat aircraft which could be capable of attacking targets in another continent has been revealed by the Ministry of Defence.

The futuristic-looking Taranis craft - named after the Celtic god of thunder - is the creation of BAE Systems who say it's the future of unmanned flight.

They claim the device - which began development in December 2006 - will provide the UK MoD with "critical knowledge" about the capabilities of Unmanned Combat Air Systems.

Stealthy, fast and able to carry a number of weapons, Taranis could even be controlled by trained troops operating at a safe distance… let's just hope they don't get the report mixed up with their PS3.

275x250.jpg Felix Baumgartner - who plans to do a free-fall skydive from the edge of space - has tested his pressurised space suit by doing bungee jumps.

During his Red Bull Stratos mission Baumgartner will use a helium balloon to float to the edge of space before plummeting back to Earth at speeds of 690mph.

To make sure he is comfortable in his suit, which needs to protect against temperatures of -56C, his team are now conducting a series of tests which have included stepping-off from the actual capsule, high-altitude skydives and the bungee jumps -- carried out in a deserted fairground.

But at just 200ft fall per bungee jump, Baumgartner will have to do 600 to match the 120,000ft he will fall during the actual jump.

275x250.jpgSix volunteers have begun 18 months of isolation in a Russian research centre - to see what a mission to Mars would be like.

The men - an Italian, a Frenchman, three Russians and one Chinese man - will spend 520 days in the sealed facility to see if they could cope psychologically.

While in there they will have to survive on the limited rations that would be available on a mission to Mars, and their only contact without he outside world will be email.

The study will recreate a real mission as much as possible, with the centre mimicking the size and shape of a space craft and the team will be given daily roles.

However, given they will not leave Moscow the chances of them encountering aliens it considerably slimmer.


275x250.jpg Aircraft makers Boeing have revealed a futuristic spy plane called the Phantom Ray, which can cruise at 614mph, can't be tracked by radar and doesn't need a pilot.

While such planes would normally be built to specification for a customer like the US military, Boeing say the Phantom Ray is their "test bed" for new technologies.

The sleek-looking plane - based on a prototype the firm made for the US Air Force - has a 50ft wingspan, measures 36ft long and has a gross weight of 36,500lbs.

Bosses say the unmanned airborne system (UAS) will operate at an altitude of 40,000ft, with initial test flights scheduled for December… prompting countless UFO reports.

Russia plans to send a monkey to Mars

275x250.jpgRussian authorities have revealed plans which could see them send monkeys to Mars.

After putting mon­­­keys into orbit in 1983 the Soviets moved on to human astronauts - but now the apes could be making a return.

While space experts say while the aim is to get humans on Mars, the length of the flight and effects of cosmic rays is said to make it impossible to plan for at the moment.

As a result the Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy - which supplied apes for the programme in the 1980s - has revealed plans for a monkey Mars mission.

It is likely to start with a ground-based simulation capsule mission for 520 days… and about 1,500 bananas.

275x250.jpgA beer, made from a line of barley seeds which once orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station, has gone on sale in Japan.

Produced by Sapporobeer Brewery, the 'Space Beer' used the fourth generation of seeds that were on the Russian laboratory of the ISS for five months.

But makers say the beers - of which only 1,500 have been produced - taste just the same as normal terrestrial brews. The only thing astronomical about them is the £13 per bottle price tag.

The barley seeds were taken onboard the ISS as part of a project to investigate the feasibility of growing edible plants in space.

Boffins say there are no differences between earth or space barley… bringing astronauts dreams of space station home-brew one step closer.

Galloway Forest becomes a Dark Sky Park

275x250.jpgA Scottish park has become the UK's first Dark Sky Park -- meaning it is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

Galloway Forest Park has been given the award because the sky is pitch black and is not 'spoiled' by near-by lights.

This gives star-gazers a clear view of distant galaxies. It rated 23/24 for dark skies - a normal city would rank at just 13/24.

A spokesperson for the park said the award could see the current number of 850,000  tourists visiting the park each year double.

He added that he hoped they would remember to switch their lights off at night.

275x250.jpgA competition has just launched in the Mojave Desert for teams planning to build an elevator to space… yes you read that correctly.

For the next couple of days Space Elevator Games will see robotic machines climbing a 1km high cable (held by a helicopter) and will be powered by laser beams.

The idea is that if this can be achieved, the technology could develop into a fully fledged Space Elevator like that in Arthur C. Clarke's "The Fountains of Paradise."

If a space elevator could one day be attached to a mass in geosynchronous orbit, it would offer much cheaper space travel than rockets… and give Starbucks somewhere else to open a branch.

NASA say the Universe is beige not black

275x250.jpgExperts at NASA claim the universe is not black as you might expect - but rather a rather dull shade of beige.

Space boffins have found that if you were to average out the light emitted by galaxies currently analysed, you would be left with the dull-looking colour.

NASA say the shade is constantly changing and has become much less blue over the past 10 billion years (so not a quick change then) indicating that redder stars are becoming more prevalent.

It has now been dubbed "Cosmic Latte" after being discovered by astro-physicians Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldr.

You will notice it bares a striking resemblance to the shade of paint used in TV home makeover shows... suggesting that Sarah Beeny could be our supreme creator.

275x250.jpg A company which plans to launch the world's first space hotel, say they will be ready to open their doors air-locks in 2012.

Galactic Suite say plans for their multi-billion dollar project are coming together and they've already taken 43 bookings for out of this world holidays.

Tourists - who will be required to fork out an astronomical £2,650,000 - will get to spend four days on the space station 450 kilometers from the Earth.

They will see the sun rise 15 times a day and loop around the world every 80 minutes… they will also get to take the first holiday photographs that people won't mind sitting through.

Commercial spaceship unveiled

200x175.jpgVirgin Galactic have released the final design of their ship which will take high-paying passengers into space.

Starting in 2010 the ship will take eight people (two pilot astronauts and six ticketed passengers) on two-and-a-half hour sub-orbital trips.

Despite each seat costing £100,000 Virgin Galactic say 200 people have already booked with another 85,000 having registered interest.

NASA photo of green man on Mars

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(Weird News) NASA have released a photo from mars which appears to show a little green man walking down a hill on the red planet - though sceptics think it could be a rock.

The image was sent back to Earth by Spirit, Nasa's Mars explorer vehicle which landed there four years ago.

While initial inspections didn't highlight anything out of the ordinary, users of  astronomy websites spotted the figure which seems to be a woman with an outstretched arm.


Suicide tree can be seen from space

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Botanists have discovered a new kind of Palm so big it can be seen from space.

The gigantic Tahina spectabilis, found by accident in Madagascar, grows over 18m high and it's leaves can each measure 5m in diameter.

But the plant has an unusual and spectacular life-cycle, after growing to dizzying heights it bursts into branches of hundreds of tiny flowers using so much energy it dies.




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