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Stuart here with the Show Notes for Series 9 Episode 68. You can find an enhanced version, including photos to accompany this episode, at http://www.bitesz.com/spacetime-show-notes
*Possible Water Plumes on Jupiter's Moon Europa
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapour plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. The new findings support pervious Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapour plumes.
*SpaceX details its future plans for Mars
SpaceX and Tesla boss Elon Musk has finally announced his long term vision for missions to Mars. The PayPal entrepreneur has unveiled plans for a fleet of massive reusable spacecraft -- each capable of carrying between 100 and 250 people and 450 tonnes of supplies to begin the process of colonizing the red planet.
*Large meteor streaks across the night skies of central Queensland (Australia)
Queensland was rocked by what appears to have been an air bursting meteor on Monday evening. Local residents in central and southern Queensland reported seeing a bright flash of light followed by a loud explosion at about half past eight local time.
*One of the world’s largest radio telescopes opens
One of the largest radio telescopes ever built has formally opened in China. The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope or FAST --nicknamed Tianyan or heavenly eye -- is a half a kilometre diameter dish located in a natural depression in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province.
*Initial reports on the Falcon 9 rocket disaster
A breach in the upper stage helium pressurization system is being blamed for this month’s explosion which destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket at the Cape Canaveral Air force base in Florida. The preliminary findings come from an initial investigation looking into the disaster which occurred during fuelling for a static fire test of the launch vehicle.
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