extra extra newspaperFirst-ever space tourist plans mission to Mars
Washington (AFP) Feb 27, 2013 – The world’s first space tourist, US multimillionaire Dennis Tito, unveiled plans Wednesday to send a manned mission to Mars and back, targeting a launch date less than five years away. The two space travelers wouldn’t land on the Red Planet – or even enter its orbit – just fly through the vicinity and back, a trajectory Tito said would take 501 days, thanks to a rare planetary alignment. … more

Meteorite’s Powerful Blast Due to Space Collisions
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Feb 28, 2013 – The powerful blast of a meteorite above the Urals city of Chelyabinsk was probably caused by its previous “space collisions” with other celestial bodies, said Professor Erik Galimov of the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry. Fragments of the meteorite were taken to the institute’s lab on Monday. “[The meteorite] experienced collisions in space before enterin … more

Black hole found spinning near the relativistic limit
London, UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2013 – The best evidence yet that some supermassive black holes (SMBH) rotate at extremely high rates has been found by an international team of astronomers. Made using the recently launched NuStar space telescope, the study suggests that a huge black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy acquired a huge amount of rotational energy as it formed. The discovery could provide important information about … more

Origin of Russian meteor identified
Medellin, Colombia (UPI) Feb 26, 2013 – Scientists say they have reconstructed the path of the meteor that exploded over Russia Feb. 15 and identified its likely origin within our solar system. Researchers at the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia said videos of the meteor’s fireball path over the city of Chelyabinsk taken with camera phones, CCTV and car-dashboard cameras allowed them to compute its trajectory and from tha … more