Roving to Mars

Faszination Raumfahrt 2015

A peek at the science exhibition at the Graz Spring Fair – showing exhibits from Apollo missions to the Mars Rover to be (perhaps) on to the pod Felix Baumgartner jumped out of.

Faszination Raumfahrt 2015

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Antarctica: Bad weather threatens rescue of stranded Russian ship

I spent yesterday following the progress of the Aurora Australis – unfortunately, no success yet – the weather is preventing it from reaching the stranded Akademik Shokalskiy. You can follow the operation live on twitter – @profchristurney is twittering from the Akademik Shokalskiy!

Peace and Freedom

This image taken by passenger Andrew Peacock on Dec. 30, shows the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy still stuck in the ice off East Antarctica, as it waits to be rescued.  Andrew Peacock / http://www.footloosefotography.com via AFP – Getty Images

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

The ice surrounding a trapped research ship in Antarctica appeared to be cracking but weather conditions threatened the efforts of a rescue vessel Sunday, the crew reported.

“Cracks are developing around the bow,” expedition leader and University of New South Wales Professor Christopher Turney tweeted as the 74 scientists, tourists and crew members on board waited for the ice-breaker Aurora Australis to arrive.

The Aurora reached the general vicinity of the MV Akademic Shokalskiy early Monday (Sunday afternoon, Eastern time). The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it was assessing the situation.

At about 5 p.m. ET Sunday, Turney told NBC News that he expected the…

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