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As the race for space dominance among private companies heats up, SpaceX's Elon Musk has taken a pot shot at Jeff Bezos' newly announced Moon lander with a crude joke.Never one to refrain from bathroom humor, the 47-year-old Musk tweeted a screengrab of a New York Times article, replaced the word Moon with "Balls" and wrote, "Oh stop teasing, Jeff."Musk, who heads up SpaceX, which competes with Bezos' Blue Origin, also said that "putting the word 'Blue' on a ball is questionable branding," but added that competition is good and would result in a "better outcome for all."JEFF BEZOS UNVEILS AMBITIOUS PLAN TO SEND SPACESHIP TO THE MOONThis is not the first time Musk has gone after Bezos on Twitter.In September 2018, SpaceX announced that Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa would be the first private person to fly solo around the Moon aboard one of the company's space vehicles, with the trip happening in 2023.
Published in 1950, it tells the tale of Delos D. Harriman, the “last of the robber barons,” who is hell-bent on being the first man on the moon.Harriman drives himself to the brink of bankruptcy and madness chasing his lunar ambitions, which he feels can’t be left to the bumbling government bureaucracy to handle.These days, billionaires with their own space programs are in abundant supply—Elon Musk, Paul Allen, Richard Branson, Robert Bigelow.As detailed by Bezos, the plan is to send the lunar lander, called Blue Moon, to Shackleton Crater at the moon’s south pole.Last month, the company hinted at its plans with an enigmatic tweet depicting Endurance, the ship that carried British explorer Ernest Shackleton on a disastrous mission to Antarctica in the early 20th century.During this testimony, Alexander discussed Blue Moon in general terms and made the case for selecting Blue Origin to carry NASA payloads to the moon.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, is slated to give a mysterious talk in Washington, DC on Thursday afternoon.Two photos that Blue Origin shared ahead of the announcement suggest Bezos will discuss a moon-mission concept.NASA said in April that it wants to fund a large, private lunar lander to get its astronauts to and from the moon, ideally as soon as 2024.The event kicks off on Thursday at 4 p.m.This could describe almost any presentation about Blue Origin by Bezos, who has said many times in the past few years that he'd like to make space a place where a trillion people can live and work.Think how incredible and dynamic that civilization will be," he said in March.
Jeff Bezos' rocket company is up to something next month.Blue Origin on Friday posted a quizzical tweet with nothing more than the date May 9, 2019, and an image of Ernest Shackleton's ship, Endurance.Endurance was the ship that launched in 1914, embarking on an epic trans-Antarctic expedition.What it has to do with Blue Origin's work to compete with the likes of other commercial space companies such as Elon Musk's SpaceX is unclear.Blue Origin didn't immediately respond to my request for comment.Bezos has spoken about wanting Blue Origin to land and get a base going on the moon.
The Endurance, the ship of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, has been lost to the Antarctic ice for more than 100 years.Experts are intrigued by what they may find at the wreck site.Researchers will use Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to locate the ship's remains, which were crushed by pack ice and sank in November 1915.Endurance, which was lost in an ice floe off Antarctica more than 100 years ago, is one of the world’s most famous undiscovered shipwrecks.The Weddell Sea Expedition’s icebreaker, S.A. Agulhas II, broke through heavy pack ice to reach Endurance’s last recorded position Sunday and scientists began their search for the wreck using an undersea drone.AUV7 was operating beneath a vast ice floe when it was lost, according to the Weddell Sea Expedition, and was on the final leg of a mission that had lasted more than 30 hours.
Millions of years before the ground trembled under the footfalls of T. rex — the so-called "king of the dinosaurs" — a forested Antarctica was home to an iguana-size "lizard king."This ancient reptile was an archosaur — part of the same group that would later include dinosaurs, pterosaurs and crocodilians.Scientists recently discovered a partial skeleton of the lizard dating to 250 million years ago, a time when Antarctica was bursting with plant and animal life.Not only does the fossil of this former "king" provide a sharper picture of the forest landscape in long-ago Antarctica, it also helps to explain the evolutionary landscape following the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, scientists reported in a new study.[Antarctica: The Ice-Covered Bottom of the World (Photos)]Though the lizard fossil was incomplete, researchers were able to tell from the fused vertebrae that the animal was an adult reptile, and it likely measured about 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) in length.
It was a carnivorous reptile about the size of an iguana that lived roughly 250 million years ago.The fossil gives scientists new insight into what Antarctica (and the rest of the world) looked like during the time after a mass extinction.The Antarctica of 250 million years ago was a far cry from today's icy landscape.At the time, the continent boasted a warm environment, forests, rivers, and plenty of fauna.Roughly the size of an iguana, Antarctanax shackletoni— Antarctanax being Greek for "Antarctic king" — was an archosaur, an early relative of crocodiles and the dinosaurs.Finding a new dinosaur relative is exciting on its own, but the discovery of the "Antarctic king" is also significant because it helps scientists understand how archosaurs and their crocodile descendants repopulated the world after a mass die-off.
The world’s largest-ever rodent cull has completely eradicated rats and mice from South Georgia Island, an important wildlife haven in the South Atlantic.The U.K. Overseas Territory is now free of rodents for the first time since humans arrived on the island 200 years ago, scientists announced Wednesday.The invasive animals had devastated South Georgia’s bird population, even threatening species that are endemic to the remote island.Scottish charity the South Georgia Heritage Trust and its US counterpart the Friends of South Georgia Island raised £10 million ($13.6 million) to fund the ambitious project.The massive cull, which spanned 420 square miles, began in 2011.In the first phase of the operation two helicopters were used to drop 50 metric tons (55 tons) of poisoned bait on the island.
As an added bonus, the researchers will also attempt to locate the wreck of the Endurance, which sunk in 1915 as part of the ill-fated Shackleton expedition.Led by the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), and funded by the Flotilla Foundation—a Netherlands-based charitable trust—the Antarctic Weddell Sea Expedition is scheduled to take place from January to February 2019, as reported by the BBC.Using the icebreaking polar supply and research vessel SA Agulhas II, the 45-day mission will truly be an international effort, involving researchers from the UK, the US, New Zealand, and South Africa.The astoundingly huge berg features a surface area of 2,240 square miles (5,800 square kilometres), which is about four times the size of London.One of the last photos taken of the Endurance.If the ship is found, it will likely be in a shattered condition.
For any wannabe Ernest Shackleton, it might seem that the 21st century doesn’t provide many opportunities left for real exploration, but don’t despair as there is still one place on Earth full of unanswered mysteries.As much as 95% of the deep ocean is unexplored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a new documentary for The Atlantic, has highlighted one of the most baffling questions of all.In 1997, the loudest underwater sound ever recorded was detected by hydrophones set 5,000 miles apart in the Pacific Ocean.Initially built to assist in the detection of Soviet submarines, the listening system had never heard anything like the ultra-low frequency sound emanating from a point off the southern coast of Chile, that lasted for one minute and never to be heard again.And for the team of ten oceanographers at NOAA, lead by Dr Christopher Fox, who were left to piece the puzzle together, it was “baffling” and had no immediate scientific explanation.Now twenty years later, the source of the sound, which has come to be known colloquially as the bloop, (as well as whistle, slowdown, upsweep and even Gregorian chant), is still a mystery.
Antarctica is an unforgiving place.You might not assume that a production car could survive such conditions, but Hyundai proved it possible.Last December, Hyundai teamed up with Patrick Bergel, a tech entrepreneur and the great-grandson of Sir Ernest Shackleton, to drive across the Antarctic.It was done to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Shackleton's trans-Antarctic journey.Okay, maybe it's not exactly a "production" car.While this is a brand new, largely unmolested Santa Fe, some changes had to be made to ensure it could handle a trip across Antarctica.
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