‘David is an astronaut now’: Canadian blasts off on mission to International Space Station

Canadian David Saint-Jacques made his maiden voyage into space, joining Russian and American teammates for a launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Here’s what you need to know

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Five Firsts for Mars InSight – by Veritasium

Mars InSight will be the first to detect seismic activity on Mars’ surface, first to measure rate of heat transmitted from interior, first to dig nearly 5m down, first to measure magnetic fields on Mars’ surface, and first to use a robotic arm to place instruments on the surface of Mars (assuming it lands of course…) Continue reading

Touchdown on Mars: InSight probe completes historic landing – Globe and Mail

The 358-kilogram InSight probe is the eighth spacecraft to successfully land on Mars without apparent mishap, but it is not yet certain whether it will be able to fulfill its mission to study the planet’s deep interior

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Could the Earth be swallowed by a black hole? – TED Talk by Fabio Pacucci

From asteroids capable of destroying entire species to supernovae that could exterminate life on Earth, outer space has no shortage of forces that could wreak havoc on our planet. But there’s something in space that is even more terrifying than any of these — something that wipes out everything it comes near. Continue reading