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India accuse Jupiter and Mars of invading its territory

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A story that would be a good candidate for the funniest thing to happen for a long time, if it wasn’t for the fact that it involves two countries who both have nuclear weapons.

That’s the quick way of summing up the recent sate of affairs between India and China, which can best be summed up as ‘tense’.

The reason is the disputed Himalayan border area between the two countries, and India has been especially miffed with the fact that China has been sending unidentified objects, possibly drone airplanes, flying into a region that India believes to be its territory.

A total of 329 nocturnal sightings had been reported, before astronomers recently helped the Indian military figure out that what they had sighted was actually the planets Jupiter and Mars.

Sometimes you wish you could just make this stuff up….

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NASA going to Europa to look for life?

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Photo by: NASA Goddard Photo and Video’s photostream

According to recent reports, NASA is considering a mission to Europa. No, not that Europa. Or for that reason (yes, I’m Danish) to Lars von Trier’s movie.

No, the American space agency is considering sending two robotic landers to the Europa that orbits Jupiter.

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL are working on a plan that might launch the landers in 2020 and see them land of the moon six years later. The chief goal would be to investigate whether life could ever have existed there.

“Europa, I think, is the premier place to go for extant life,” Kevin Han, the JPL scientist who presented the basics of the mission at a meeting of the America Geophysical Union, said.