Tuesday, February 6, 2018

FEB 6, 2018 - 1:17 PM ET - 11 ARTICLES. SPACE & SCIENCE

*"Opportunity Mars Rover Wheels Past 14 Years of Exploration."

By Leonard David,  Space Insider Columnist | February 1, 2018 

07:25am ET.

"Opportunity front Hazcam image taken on Sol 4979 (Jan. 25, 2018)."

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

*"Thousands of Mysterious Maya Structures Discovered in Guatemala."

By Stephanie Pappas,, Contributor | February 1, 2018 


"Lidar surveys in Guatemala have revealed thousands of Maya structures, 

including pyramids, fortification walls and the foundations of homes."

Credit: Courtesy Wild Blue Media/National Geographic.

*"Here's What You'd Look Like As Just a Nervous System."

By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer. | February 1, 2018 

07:08am ET.

"A pair of medical students spent 1,500 hours dissecting this in-tact nervous 

system in 1925."

Credit: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine.

*"Potential End of Space Station Raises Concerns, Presents Opportunities."

By Jeff Foust, News Writer | February 1, 2018 04:58pm ET.

"A draft budget proposal calling for ending NASA funding of the ISS by 2025 

creates opportunities for commercial space station developers, but also 

opposition from one key member of Congress."

Credit: NASA.

*"6 More Weeks of Winter: Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Royal Shadow."

By Jeanna Bryner,, Managing Editor | February 2, 2018 

07:19am ET.

"Punxsutawney Phil, pulled from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, 

Pennsylvania, has apparently seen his shadow."

Credit: The Groundhog Club.

*"Interlocked Spiral of Ancient Skeletons Unearthed in Mexico City.

By Megan Gannon,, Contributor | February 2, 2018 

10:42 am ET.

"Archaeologists in Mexico City have discovered the burial of 10 skeletons 

arranged in a spiral, with two of the skeletons showing intentional skull 


Credit: INAH.

*"Astronomers Detect a Swarm of Tiny Objects Orbiting an Alien Sun

By Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer, | February 5, 2018, 11:19am 


"This image shows how star KIC 3542116 looks to the Kepler space telescope. 

Cooler colors represent darker regions, and warmer colors represent brighter 

regions." Credit: NASA/arXiv.

*"Flat-Earth Rocketeer Fails to Launch (Again)." By Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer., February 5, 2018, 11:46am ET.

Credit: Gene Blevins/Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG/Zuma.

*"New 'Hologram' Device Levitates Particles to Create 3D Objects in Thin Air."

By Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer, January 29, 2018 04:30pm 


"A light sculpture created using the Optical Trap Display wraps around a 3D-

printed plastic arm."

Credit: Brigham Young University/Nature.

*"Mystery Behind Mass Grave of Viking Warriors Finally Solved. Archaeologists 

could barely believe their luck when they uncovered a mass grave in the 1980s 

that appeared to be filled with the remains of more than 200 warriors from the 

Viking Great Army. But subsequent radiocarbon dating cast doubt on this idea, 

showing that some of the remains dated to hundreds of years before the Viking 

Age. Now, researchers have finally gotten to the bottom of the mystery. The 

grave does, in fact, date to the Viking Age, according to a new study."

By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | February 5, 2018 07:11am ET

"A Viking skeleton from a grave at Repton, Derbyshire, in England."

Credit: Copyright Martin Biddle.

*"Can You Get the Flu Twice in One Season? Experts say it is possible to catch 

the flu twice in one season. That's because there are multiple strains of flu 

viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-

disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. So getting 

sick with one strain of flu won't necessarily protect you from a different strain."

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer, | February 2, 2018 

10:54am ET.

Credit shutterstock.

*"After a day's delay, used SpaceX rocket takes flight. On Jan. 31, a SpaceX 

Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage took off from Cape Canaveral Air 

Force Station and successfully delivered the GovSat-1 satellite into orbit. SpaceX 

had to push forward its initial Jan. 30 launch in order to replace a sensor on the 

rocket's upper stage."

[Full Story: SpaceX Launches Satellite Into Orbit on a Used Falcon 9 Rocket].

Photo Credit: SpaceX.

*"SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Megarocket Gets 1st Test Launch Today: Watch It Live

By Sarah Lewin,, Associate Editor | February 6, 2018, 06:30am 


"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX's giant new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, is set 

for its risky first test launch today (Feb. 6) from the historic Pad 39A at NASA's 

Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window stretches from 1:30 to 4 

p.m. EDT (1830 to 2100 GMT)."

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