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Science news roundup: South Africa’s new ground station to help NASA track spaceflight; Italy hails ‘rare’ discovery of ancient bronze statues in Tuscany and more


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Italy hails ‘exceptional’ discovery of ancient bronze statues in Tuscany

Archaeologists in Italy have discovered more than two dozen beautifully preserved bronze statues dating back to ancient Roman times in the thermal baths of Tuscany, in what experts say is a sensational find. The statues were discovered in San Casciano dei Bagni, a hilltop town in the province of Siena, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Rome, where archaeologists have been exploring the muddy ruins of an ancient house. of bathrooms since 2019.

New South African ground station to help NASA track spaceflight

A new deep space ground station being built in South Africa’s semi-desert Karoo region will come online in 2025 to help track NASA’s historic missions to the moon and beyond, space agency officials said Tuesday. Through its Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman or person of color on the moon by 2025, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is targeting the inaugural launch this month of its next-generation space rocket, delayed for weeks by technical hiccups and bad weather.

Factbox-‘Beaver Blood Moon’ Delivers World’s Last Total Lunar Eclipse to 2025

Night sky watchers from East Asia to North America will be able to enjoy the rare spectacle of a “beaver blood moon” on Tuesday, weather permitting, as the Earth, moon and sun align to produce a total lunar eclipse for the last time until 2025. Here are some key facts about the upcoming celestial display, which takes place on an extremely rare concurrence with Election Day in the United States, and about lunar eclipses in general.

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