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15/12/2018 07:05:22  

Researchers at the University of Geneva Switzerland have used NASA's Hubble telescope to find an exoplanet that's evaporating. The exoplanet, GJ 3470b, shows signs of losing hydrogen in its atmosphere, causing it to shrink. USA Today reports: The study is part of exploration into "hot Neptunes," planets that are the size of Neptune, sit very close to their star, and have atmospheres as hot at 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, says NASA. Finding a "hot Neptune" is rare because they sit so close to their star and tend to evaporate more quickly. In the case of GJ 3470b, scientists classify it as a "warmer" Neptune because it sits farther away from its star. The exoplanet discovered by astronauts is losing its atmosphere at a rate 100 times faster than a previous "warmer" Neptune planet discovered a few years before, according to a study published Thursday in the journal "Astronomy & Astrophysics." The planet sits 3.7 million miles from its star. For comparison, Earth is 92.9 million miles from the sun. Researchers say these "hot Neptune" planets shrink in size and morph into "Super Earths," versions of our planet that are massive and more rocky.

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14/12/2018 22:06:09  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #828 14 December 2018 (Space Life Science Research Results)
14/12/2018 22:06:03  

NASA Announcement – Release of the DRAFT 2019 Announcement of Opportunity for Discovery Program
14/12/2018 22:06:02  

NASA's Langley Research Center Participates in 115th First Flight Anniversary, Honoring of Katherine Johnson
14/12/2018 22:05:54  

SLS Rocket Support Center Comes to Life
14/12/2018 22:05:48  

Western planetary scientists assist in capturing first full-colour image of NASA InSight using HiRISE space camera
14/12/2018 15:06:06  

Who was big? Who doubted? Who scored Liverpool’s winner?

What offer did basketball player Stephen Curry receive this week?

President Trump offered him the job of coaching USA’s Olympics basketball team

Marvel offered him a role as a baddie in their next superhero movie

Phil Mickelson offered him a winner-takes-all round of mini-golf

Nasa offered him a tour of the lunar lab at their space centre in Houston

Michael “Rocky” Fielding fights Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in New York this weekend. Why was Rocky given his nickname?

He starred in Creed 2 as young Rocky’s body double

He was born in Ballyrock

He has never watched any Rocky films and vows he never will

He weighed 10lb when he was born

On a similar theme, what does “canelo” mean?

Champ

Chopper

Cinnamon

Chilled

All four English clubs in the Champions League have qualified for the knockout stages. Which of them did so with a negative goal difference in their group?

Manchester United

Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City

Vinicius Junior was just 18 years and 152 days old when he made his Champions League debut for Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Which player was even younger when he started for Real against Ajax in the competition in September 1995?

Iker Casillas

Raúl

Guti

Luis Enrique

Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Who scored two penalties for Liverpool the last time they beat United in the league?

Luis Suárez

Danny Murphy

Steven Gerrard

Fernando Torres

Team Sky, whose future is in doubt, have won six of the last seven editions of the Tour de France. Which cyclist won the other one?

Vincenzo Nibali

Nairo Quintana

Rigoberto Urán

Romain Bardet

The new Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Which innovation has been introduced for this season?

Attack mode, which gives drivers a temporary speed boost like in Mario Kart

Tag-team mode, which gives teams a chance to sub in a Formula 1 driver for one race of the season

Water mode, which permits teams to soak the track in one race of their choice

Petrol mode, which permits teams to use non-electric cars for one race of their choice

England played Belgium twice in the football World Cup earlier this year (and lost twice). The two countries are meeting in the semi-finals of which tournament this weekend?

Men's Hockey World Cup

Chess World Cup

Curling World Cup

Women's Volleyball World Cup

In which city are Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton competing at the minute?

Riyadh

London

New York City

Melbourne

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Oh dear

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Nice work. Enjoy your weekend

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14/12/2018 13:02:11  

When the US space agency's next rover gets to Mars in 2021, it will seek evidence of ancient life.
14/12/2018 10:05:38  

NASA's Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and has revealed new views of cyclones at the poles. The BBC reports: As it orbits the planet every 53 days - Juno performs a science-gathering dive, speeding from pole to pole. Its sensors take measurements of the composition of the planet, in an effort to decipher how the largest world in our Solar System formed. Mapping the magnetic and gravity fields should also expose Jupiter's structure. But images from JunoCam -- a camera that was intended to capture images that could be shared with the public -- has already given us some surprising insights. "When we made our first pass over the poles, we knew we were seeing a territory on Jupiter we had never seen before," said Dr Candice Hansen, from the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona. "What we did not expect was that we would see these orderly polygons of cyclones; huge storms - twice the size of Texas."

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14/12/2018 10:01:46  

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket ship has made a successful test flight, 82.7km above the Earth's surface.
14/12/2018 03:06:46  

NASA Marshall Names New Engineering Director and Deputy
14/12/2018 03:06:44  

NASA TV to Air International Space Station Crew Landing
14/12/2018 03:06:38  

Brigham Young University Makes History, Sets New World Record in Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge
14/12/2018 02:09:10  

Attention K-12 Rocket Scientists: United Launch Alliance Issues Call for 2019 Student Rocket Launch Payloads
13/12/2018 22:06:54  

Chang’e-4 is second spacecraft in Chinese mission to land on far side of the moon

China’s lunar lander Chang’e-4 has successfully entered orbit around the moon.

After a voyage of 385,000km that lasted 110 hours, the spacecraft fired its retrorockets on 12 December while 129km above the lunar surface. This placed it in a stable elliptical orbit, where it will stay until the landing attempt, which is expected next month.

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13/12/2018 19:05:43  

The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic successfully rocketed to space and back. From a report: The firm's SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at which space is said to begin. It marked the plane's fourth test flight and followed earlier setbacks in the firm's space programme. Sir Richard is in a race with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to send the first fee-paying passengers into space. He founded the commercial spaceflight company in 2004, shortly after Mr Musk started SpaceX and Jeff Bezos established Blue Origin. In 2008, Virgin Galactic first promised sub-orbital spaceflight trips for tourists would be taking place "within 18 months". It has since regularly made similar promises to have space flights airborne in the near future.

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13/12/2018 17:06:37  

SpaceShipTwo goes faster and higher than ever before

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo took its first trip into space today as the company launched the reusable rocket-powered craft on its fourth test flight above the Mojave desert in southern California.…

13/12/2018 16:06:38  

Spacecraft launched on Thursday in test mission that would be first commercial US flight beyond the atmosphere since 2011

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft has launched from California on Thursday in a test mission that – if successful – would be the first commercial US human flight beyond the atmosphere since the end of America’s shuttle program in 2011.

The flight foreshadows a new era of civilian space travel that could kick off as soon as 2019, with British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic battling other billionaire-backed ventures such as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin to be the first to offer suborbital flights to fare-paying tourists.

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13/12/2018 16:05:57  

Rocket Lab launch update: ELaNa-19 mission now targeting 16 Dec UTC
13/12/2018 14:02:06  

Stunning images from Nasa's Jupiter "JunoCam" show huge, "endless storms" at the planet's poles.
13/12/2018 11:01:38  

Sir Richard Branson's firm says its latest spaceship test flight will "aim to fly higher and faster".
13/12/2018 06:02:00  

Having become the closest-ever human-made object to our star, the Parker spacecraft returns returns its first data
12/12/2018 22:05:02  

Media are invited to NASA's rocket factory, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Friday morning Dec. 14, to view the largest piece of structural test hardware for America's new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System.
12/12/2018 22:05:00  

Carl Preston Jones has been appointed associate director, technical, of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
12/12/2018 18:06:21  

In Soviet Russia, comrade find small hole by making much bigger hole

Spacewalking cosmonauts clambered outside the ISS yesterday to get an external view of the mystery hole drilled into the Soyuz, which is due to return three crew members to Earth next week.…