94: Interstellar Comet 21 Borisov - Update

SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 22 Episode 94

The astronomy and space science news podcast.

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*Interstellar comet makes its closest approach to the Sun

The Interstellar comet 21 Borisov has now sped past the Sun and has thus begun its journey back out of the solar system.

*How Enceladus got its stripes

Scientists have finally developed a model which explains how the Saturnian ice moon Enceladus got its iconic south pole tiger stripes and what keeps them open.

*New mission to track sea level rise over the next decade

The European Space Agency and NASA will monitor changes in sea levels caused by global warming over the next ten years with a new spacecraft called Sentinel six – the latest in the ongoing European Copernicus program to monitor Earth’s changing environment from space.

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*Blue Origin undertakes its 12th test flight

Blue Origin has launched another test flight from its West Texas facility flying its New Shepard rocket beyond the edge of space and returning safely to the ground.

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*Progress spacecraft docks to the International space station

It’s a busy time for the expedition 61 crew aboard the International Space Station with the arrival of another cargo ship loaded with fresh supplies. The Russian Progress MS-13 has just berthed onto the orbiting outpost’s Pirs docking port.

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*The Science Report

A new study confirmed that Greenland has lost 3.8 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992.

Kids born from IVF with frozen embryos may have an increased risk of childhood cancer.

An environmental plastics disaster continues to develop in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

A new hydrogel material that mimics biological matter such as skin, ligaments and bone.

A new study finds that if your over 38 you really should be dead.

New research suggests being bright means you’re ever so slightly more likely to be non-religious.

 

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