S26E83: Unveiling Secrets - From Euclid's Voyage to Martian Monoliths

S26E83: Unveiling Secrets - From Euclid's Voyage to Martian Monoliths

Stuart GaryStuart GaryHost
Alex Zaharov-ReuttAlex Zaharov-ReuttGuest

Welcome to SpaceTime with Stuart Gary, your weekly update on the universe beyond our atmosphere. Buckle up for this exciting journey, as today's episode, number 83 in our 26th series, takes us from the depths of space to the surface of the moon, and all the way to Mars. Let's unpack our cosmic itinerary: 1. **Lift Off – Euclid Space Telescope Journey Begins**: The European Space Agency's Euclid space telescope has embarked on its voyage, destined for the L2 La Grangian position. The journey was initiated with a successful SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2. **Lunar History Revealed – Ancient Volcanic Activity on the Moon**: Astronomers have uncovered a massive slab of granite deep under the lunar surface on the moon's far side. This geological feature likely resulted from the cooling of molten lava from a volcanic chain that erupted 3.5 billion years ago, casting a new light on our moon's ancient history. 3. **Ingenuity's Unexpected Silence – Communication Blackout on Mars**: NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter experienced a record-breaking 63-day communication blackout, creating an unexpected quiet period in our exploration of the Red Planet. 4. **The Mysterious Martian Monolith – Perseverance Rover's Doughnut-shaped Discovery**: The Mars Perseverance Rover has photographed an intriguing doughnut-shaped rock in the Jezero Crater, thanks to its Remote Microscopic Imager, part of the SuperCam instrument. 5. **The Science Report**: Today's report touches on the imminent threat of low crop yields due to escalating climate change, the discovery of a 4,000-year-old religious site by Dutch archaeologists, and the ongoing debate over regulating AI to prevent it from gaining too much control over society. 6. **Alex on Tech**: We discuss Telstra's future direction in the rapidly evolving world of technology. Stay tuned for this thrilling voyage across the cosmos!
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