Science and Technology News: 14 December 2021

14 December, 2021

Latest Science and Technology news:

80 day Chasing the Light expedition in Antarctica

NASA is tracking two British explorers who are dragging sleds across over 2,000 miles of Antarctica’s most remote region as part of an experiment to understand how future Mars explorers will cope. Over the 80 day “Chasing the Light” expedition, Justin Packshaw and Jamie Facer Childs will receive no outside assistance, and use no mechanical aids, relying solely on their own physical and mental strength to drag their 440lb sleds close to the Antarctic’s pole of inaccessibility – the point on the southern continent furthest from the sea. DailyStar

Exploring mission to Venus

A new privately-funded mission will see scientists send a probe to explore Earth’s neighboring planet, Venus, to see if it is home to life. Dubbed the Venus Life Finder Missions, the series of projects is led by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Sponsored by the Breakthrough Foundation, its principal investigator behind is Jewish-American scientist Sara Seager.  JPost

Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier is fracturing 

Scientists have warned that Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier is fracturing and could shatter like a ‘car window’. The huge glacier is around the same size as Great Britain and has been nicknamed the ‘Doomsday glacier’ because of the impact its melting would have on rising sea levels. Ladbible


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