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Brazilian researchers find ‘terrifying’ plastic rocks on remote island
The geology of Brazil’s volcanic Trindade Island has fascinated scientists for years, but the discovery of rocks made from plastic debris in this remote turtle refuge is sparking alarm. Melted plastic has become intertwined with rocks on the island, located 1,140 km (708 miles) from the southeastern state of Espirito Santo, which researchers say is evidence of humans’ growing influence over the earth’s geological cycles.
Blue Origin expects New Shepard rocket’s return to flight in late 2023
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin expects to return its New Shepard rocket to flight by the end of 2023 after the vehicle suffered a mid-flight failure in September, a company sales executive said on Wednesday. “We are looking to get back into flight with New Shepard by the end of this year,” Ariane Cornell, vice president of commercial and international sales, said at a conference in Washington.
NASA unveils new spacesuit specially tailored for lunar wear
The big, puffy white moonsuits worn by Neil Armstrong and his fellow Apollo astronauts a half-century ago are out of fashion. Lunar haute couture now calls for something more form-fitting and appropriate for men and women alike. NASA on Wednesday unveiled the first prototype for a newly designed next-generation spacesuit specially tailored and accessorized for the first astronauts expected to venture back to the moon’s surface in the next few years.
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