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UK satellite 'sets sail' for return to Earth

A British satellite in space has just "set sail" to return to Earth.

TechDemoSat-1 was launched in 2014 to trial a number of new in-orbit technologies but has now reached the end of its operational life.

To bring it out of the sky faster than would ordinarily be the case, it has deployed a "drag sail".

This large membrane will catch residual air molecules at its altitude of 635km and pull TDS-1 quickly into Earth's atmosphere where it will burn up, according to BBC.

There is a lot of interest currently in "clean space" technologies.

Pluto may boast massive life-supporting hidden ocean and water-spewing icy volcanoes

Ammonia has been found on Pluto suggesting that a salty ocean that could contain the vital ingredients for life is hiding beneath the dwarf planet’s icy surface.

The discovery was made by scientists who were analyzing data collected by NASA’s New Horizons probe during a flyby in 2015. They found evidence of ammonia in areas of Pluto that have previously been shown to have likely experienced tectonic activity, according to Rt.

The distribution of ammonia found indicates that it erupted out of cryovolcanic vents, meaning that Pluto could be home to icy volcanoes that spew out sub-zero liquid water and gases such as ammonia and methane.

Mysterious gassy 'Forbidden Planet' discovered 920 light years from Earth

A gaseous planet roughly the size of Neptune which was recently discovered is being cited as an astrological anomaly because it shouldn't exist.

NGTS-4B, dubbed the 'Forbidden planet', was found in a region referred to as a celestial 'desert' 920 light years from Earth, according to Daily Mail.

The planet has a surface temperature of 1,800°C and defies all previous research by existing so close to its star that its atmosphere should have evaporated.

This wasteland around a star caused by immense levels of radiation was thought to create a swath of space devoid of any gassy planets.

But 'Forbidden' has been spotted in the middle of this zone orbiting every 1.3 days around a star 920 light years away from Earth.

Last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies

The future of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino has been struck a blow, with the death of Malaysia's last male.
The rhino once roamed across much of Asia, but has now almost disappeared from the wild, with fewer than one hundred animals believed to exist.
The death of Tam, who lived at a wildlife reserve on the island of Borneo, was announced, according to BBC.
A female called Iman is now the only remaining member of the species in Malaysia.
After decades of deforestation and poaching, it's now thought only 30 to 100 Sumatran rhinos remain in the wild, most on the nearby island of Sumatra.

Millions of people lack access to green spaces

Millions of people in Great Britain do not have access to a nearby park or green space, a study suggests.

The Green Space Index by Fields in Trust found that more than 2.5 million people lived more than a 10-minute walk from the nearest area, according to BBC.

The charity has calculated that the average amount of green space per person is less than half of a six-yard-box on a football pitch.

A growing body of research links parks and green spaces to wellbeing.

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