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NASA’s Next Mission to Mars Will Launch in 2018 Despite Delays

Despite delays, NASA’s InSight was given a go signal to launch in 2018!

Space lovers, hold on to your hats because we have some mind-blowing news straight from NASA!

While you may all be disappointed when we learned that NASA’s probe to explore Mars was delayed from launching in March 2016, you may still find some good news ahead!

NASA has given the go signal for the mission to launch in May of 2018! The InSight lander wasn’t able to launch this year due to a vacuum leak, and this quickly bred rumors that the mission might actually be cancelled. Thankfully, NASA simply delayed the mission to launch no earlier than May 5, 2018. And with its seven-month journey, it should land on Mars on November 26.

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a stationary lander that’s equipped to drill 5 meters beneath the surface of Mars to measure its temperature and study the surface. This will help us gain a lot of insight on Mars, as well as how other rocky planets evolve.

InSight will dig 5 meters into the surfact of Mars to study its subsurface.

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The reason the mission was initially delayed was because of a vacuum leak discovered in one of its essential instruments, the SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure). The SEIS detects signals from “marsquakes”, meteorite impacts, and other localized events like dust storms and landslide. This leak is a serious issue as it would have rendered the SEIS useless on Mars, thus giving NASA no choice but to delay the mission to give way for repairs.

If you’re wondering why we can’t just give the SEIS a quick fix and sent it on its way, it’s because launches to Mars can only occur in specific windows when the planets align for a shorter trip, and that’s every 26 months.

There’s so much more we need to know about Mars!

There's so much more we need to know about Mars!

But again, we hate to be the bearer of bad news because this delay has cost NASA millions of dollars. Initially, the budget was $675 million, but due to the delay, they need to spend $153.8 million, which could mean fewer opportunities for new missions up to 2020.

Until the next mission, though, at least we’ll still be able to gather valuable information about Mars in 2018!

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This Anti-Gravity Phone Case Lets Your Stick Your Phone Onto Almost Any Surface!

Stick your phone onto any smooth surface, and you’re good to go!

Our mobile phones are like an extension of our arms. A huge chunk of our time is spent clutching at our phones and looking, scrolling, marveling at whatever's on the screen. It's a big step up for technology and communication, but it's a bit of a hassle having one less free hand to do everything else, right?

You have one hand for your phone, and another for everything else.

One hand to hold your phone, another to do everything else.

Oh, what we'd give to have our hands free again while we still browse through the internet!...

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Scientists Are Using Blood Laser To Improve Cancer Detection

With this new technology, scientists from the University of Michigan are aiming to make detection of tumors not only easier but more precise.

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Cancer is probably one of the most difficult diseases to treat, no matter how good the doctor is. Even when it has already been cured, chances are the cancer cells will regenerate and spread even faster than it did before.

Experts believe that early detection has a significant impact on the chances of eradicating tumors. With this in mind, scientists from the University of Michigan are aiming to make detection of tumors not only easier but more precise.

Currently, medical professionals make use of infrared, ultraviolet lights, and light beams in visualizing tissues but are faced with difficulties including incoherence, low focus, and generally opaque results. To solve these issues, biomedical Engineering professor Xudong (Sherman) Fan led a team of experts who were able to create a blood testing technique that involves the use of laser light triggered from mixing blood and an FDA-approved fluorescent dye to visualize tissues....

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The 2017 Solar Eclipse Will be One of Nature’s Most Awe-Inspiring Spectacle in 99 Years

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A solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon where the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, thereby blocking the sun’s rays and casting a shadow on Earth. It is something that can only occur during a New Moon, where the moon cannot be seen from the Earth.

While it is a spectacular thing to witness, it is far from being rare as the Sky & Telescope explains that it occurs once every 18 months in varying parts of the Earth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that witnessing such phenomenon is less magical especially if you see it in person.

Fortunately for millions of Americans, a total solar eclipse is expected to happen on August 21, 2017 which is now being dubbed as "Great American Total Solar Eclipse."...

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