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Elon Musk says SpaceX’s 1st Starship trip to Mars could fly in 4 years – Livescience.com

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SpaceX is almost ready to start building a permanent human settlement on Mars with its massive Starship rocket.
The private spaceflight company is on track to launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in as little as four years from now, SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk said Friday (Oct. 16) at the International Mars Society Convention. 
“I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window,” Musk said in a discussion with Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin. You can w…

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Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft – Fox News

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A NASAspacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday.
Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu, NASA’s first attempt at such a mission.
The mission’s lead scientist, Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, said Tuesday’s operation 200 million miles away collected far more material than…

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Uh-Oh. Russia’s Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now – WIRED

Normally, the ‘birthplace of ice’ freezes by late October. For the first time in recorded history, it hasn’t. That could have knock-on effects across the Arctic….

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This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
For the first time since records began, the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start freezing in late October.
The delayed annual freeze in the Laptev Sea has been caused by freakishly protracted warmth in northern Russia and the intrusion of Atlantic waters, say climate scientists who warn of possible knock-on effects across the polar region.
Ocean temperatures in the area recently climbed…

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‘Lost’ tectonic plate called Resurrection hidden under the Pacific – Space.com

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Scientists have reconstructed a long-lost tectonic plate
that may have given rise to an arc of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean 60 million years ago. 
The plate, dubbed Resurrection, has long been controversial among geophysicists, as some believe it never existed. But the new reconstruction puts the edge of the rocky plate along a line of known ancient volcanoes
, suggesting that it was once part of the crust (Earth’s top layer) in what is today northern Canada. 
“Volcanoes form at plate boundaries,…

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