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*How the Martian atmosphere was lost to space
New results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft have confirmed theories that Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere -- transforming the red planet from a warm wet world that could have supported life billions of years ago, into a freeze dried desert. The findings used measurements of today's atmosphere to give the first estimate of how much gas has been removed from Mars over time.
*Why isn't the rotation of Earth slowing down as fast as it should be?
The Earth’s rotation is slowing down – but a new study claims it’s not slowing down as quickly as it should. The findings are based on a study of hundreds of ancient eclipse records and lunar occultations
On this month’s skywatch we check out the stars of the Southern Cross the Alpha Centauri star system and the Lyrids meteor shower generated by the comet C-1 Thatcher.
*SpaceX launch makes history
SpaceX has made history becoming the first space operator – other than NASA’s Space Shuttle program -- to successfully reuse a launch vehicle on a second mission. A Falcon 9 rocket previously used to deliver the CRS-8 Dragon Cargo ship to the International Space Station in April 2016 -- was used to successfully launch the SES-10 telecommunications satellite into orbit.
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