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5 Strange Ways to Clean Up Our Space Junk – The Countdown, Episode 42

According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces of debris are tracked as they orbit earth. Individual pieces can travel at speeds of up to 28,000 kilometers per hour, creating a potentially dangerous situation for both satellites and astronauts alike.

STAFF February 21, 2014 — Eric R. Olson

5 Signs of Life on Mars – The Countdown, Episode 37

Could Mars support life? In this episode of The Countdown, we run through five intriguing lines of evidence that the red planet was not always as desolate as it appears, and may even be habitable today.

STAFF December 12, 2013 — Joss Fong

An Asteroid with 6 Tails, and More – The Countdown, Episode 35

More to explore: Bizarre Asteroid with Six Tails Spotted by Hubble Telescope ( Liftoff! India’s First Mars Probe Launches Toward the Red Planet ( Kepler Telescope Finds Plethora of Earth-Size Planets (Scientific American) Chelyabinsk Eyewitnesses Help Scientists Resolve Meteor Mysteries (Scientific American) Gravity Maps Reveal Why the Moon’s Far Side Is Covered with Craters (Nature [...]

STAFF November 14, 2013 — Joss Fong

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