It is a picture perfect Christmas card image from another planet. The European Space Agency's Mars Express has returned an incredible new series of images showing a giant crater on the red planet. It shows the Korolev crater, a 50 mile (82 km) wide feature in in the northern lowlands of Mars. Scroll down for video The European Space Agency's Mars Express has returned an incredible new series of images showing the Korolev crater, a 50 mile (82 km) wide feature in in the northern lowlands of Mars WHAT CAUSES THE ICE? The ever-icy presence is due to a phenomenon known as a 'cold trap' caused by the crater's floor lying two kilometres vertically beneath its rim.The very deepest parts of Korolev crater act as a natural cold trap.The air moving over the deposit of ice cools down and sinks, creating a layer of cold air that sits directly above the ice itself.Acting as a shield, this layer helps the ice remain stable and stops it from heating up and disappearing. Just … [Read more...] about Christmas comes to Mars: Stunning images reveal gigantic ice filled crater 50 miles wide on the surface of the red planet
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Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon. To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA's boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking. It also generated one of the most famous photos in history - 'Earthrise,' which shows our blue and white ball - humanity's home - rising above the bleak, gray lunar landscape and 240,000 miles (386 million kilometers) in the distance. Scroll down for video Apollo 8 generated one of the most famous photos in history - 'Earthrise,' which shows our planet rising up from the Moon's horizon. It was captured as the crew orbited the lunar surface The unforgettable moment has since been recreated by NASA in a video which attempts to reconstruct how Earthrise was shot in real time. Earthrise was captured on December 24th … [Read more...] about How NASA captured its famous ‘Earthrise’ photo during the Apollo 8 moon mission 50 years ago
More than 1,000 overweight cops across Mexico's capital have enrolled in a program to get fit which offers them a $50-a-month incentive to shed the pounds. The program dubbed 'Healthy Police' sees the cops being put through their paces with exercise and nutrition counseling sessions. Mexico City police officer Graciela Benítez recalls showing up for her patrol tour and being so exhausted, that she barely had the stamina to complete the rest of her shift. But thanks to a new exercise and diet program introduced by Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection in August, the 36-year-old policewoman is no longer feeling sleepy before completing her assigned shifts. 'My health was poor, and I was getting tired at work,' Benítez told the AFP. She has lost around 22 pounds since joining the program, which also includes nutrition counseling sessions to help officers eat a more healthful, balanced diet. 'I used to feel sleepy after lunch. I was … [Read more...] about Fat blue line! 1,000 overweight Mexican cops are put through their paces in exercise program that offers them $50-a-month to shed the pounds and get healthy
Monisha Rajesh has a passion for rail travel. In a previous book the author spent three months hopping on and off trains on a 25,000-mile odyssey around India; this time she broadens her horizons and travels round the world. Her aim is to discover whether, in our age of bullet trains and cut-price air travel, the romance of the railways still exists. The seven-month journey, which she undertakes with her fiance, is undoubtedly a feat of endurance. Indeed, the scale of the endeavour – 80 trains of distinctly variable comfort, reliability and safety, travelling some 45,000 miles – would be enough to daunt even the most hardy adventurer. They begin with a brisk tour of Europe, ending up in Moscow, where they take some nightmarish taxi journeys to find Patriot Park, a “military Disneyland” recently opened by President Putin. They then catch the Trans-Mongolian Railway to Beijing, an 11-day journey including stopovers in Irkutsk, Siberia, to visit Lake Baikal … [Read more...] about Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh review – the romance of rail travel
The announcement that Italy’s high-speed train franchise, Frecciarossa, is introducing “quiet carriages” has been greeted with relief and irony. Of the many stereotypes about Italians, one that refuses to die is that they are loud, and even many Italians doubt that a “quiet carriage” will ever remain so. Frecciarossa’s quiet carriages were previously only available for business passengers, but they proved so popular that they will now be available to passengers in economy class too. They will be called “Standard Silenzio”. In some ways, Italy has earned its reputation as a rowdy country. A 2015 survey of global noise pollution placed Italy second for racket. “Noise music” – replacing classical harmonies with modern clanking – was pioneered by the Italian futurist Luigi Russolo. And no self-respecting pizzeria is without a loud TV in the corner. As Francesco De Gregori once sang: “Poor me – I’m … [Read more...] about Can Italians be persuaded to speak sotto voce on the train?