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Moody photo from Mars shows a giant crater loaded with ice

Moody photo from Mars shows a giant crater loaded with iceFlying over the frigid northern reaches of Mars, the orbiting Mars Express satellite captured images of the 50-mile wide Korolev crater filled with ice. Korolev is an especially alluring sight, not just because it's a well-preserved impact crater but because it's loaded with ice over a mile deep year round.  Launched 15 years ago by the European Space Agency (ESA), Mars Express often focuses on glaciers and ice in the Martian polar regions.  The Korolev crater's ice is resistant to melting during the warmer summer seasons because the massive plain of ice creates a "cold trap," ESA explains. When air travels above the crater, it cools and sinks over the ice, building a sort of cool "shield" over the ice.  The Mars Orbiter looking down upon the Korolev crater.Image: esaSo even as the seasons change, Korolev remains brimming with ice. Most Martian craters, even in cooler regions, don't remain full year-round.  As Mars Express zips over the desert planet, it takes photos of different strips of land, and then transmits the pictures back to Earth.  ESA scientists then combine the images together to build a coherent picture of different Martian landforms, dried-up lakes, and masses of frozen water.  These Korolev images above are composites of five different photos, each taken during a separate orbit across Mars. SEE ALSO: Scientists spot the farthest known object in our solar system, and it's pink Korolev is named for a giant in space history: rocket scientist Sergei Korolev.  Korolev headed the Soviet space program and famously beat the Americans into space. The Soviets, under Korolev's leadership, sent both the first human and satellite into space.  "He’s a key figure in space history — though he died much too early," space historian Robert Pearlman said. Mars Express continues to actively scour the red Martian terrain and transmit truly brilliant extraterrestrial images back to Earth. WATCH: NASA announces its servers were hacked



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Zachary Cruz Recalls Time His Brother Nikolas Pointed Gun at Him: 'It Was Loaded and Everything'

Zachary Cruz Recalls Time His Brother Nikolas Pointed Gun at Him: 'It Was Loaded and Everything'"I thought I was going to die," Zachary Cruz said.



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Toddler shoots pregnant mother after finding father's loaded gun

Toddler shoots pregnant mother after finding father's loaded gunA three-year-old girl shot her pregnant mother after finding her father’s loaded gun, police said. Shanique Thomas was sitting in the front seat of the car outside shops in Merrillville, Indiana, a small town around 40 miles south of Chicago, when she was shot between the chest and shoulder, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. “There was blood flowing all from her stomach – just coming out like water, like a faucet,” said Hadassah Zirkle, who was working in a shop nearby when someone walked in and told her a woman was bleeding outside.



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'I won't be a Gabby Giffords': Congressman pulls out loaded pistol in front of gun control activists

'I won't be a Gabby Giffords': Congressman pulls out loaded pistol in front of gun control activistsA US congressman said he pulled out a loaded Smith & Wesson pistol during a meeting with gun control activists on Friday in a bid to prove that firearms were not responsible for violence. House Republican Ralph Norman of South Carolina told The Post and Courier newspaper that he drew the handgun and placed it on a table while at a "Coffee With Your Congressman" event at a diner, in an attempt to convey that guns are only dangerous if in the wrong hands. "I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords," said Norman, 64, referring to the former congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in the head during a meet-and-greet outside a grocery store in 2011. Giffords was gravely wounded in that attack. She survived and became a prominent gun safety advocate. Both Giffords and her husband, retired Nasa astronaut Mark Kelly, are longtime gun owners. "Americans are increasingly faced with a stark choice: leaders like Gabby, who work hard together to find solutions to problems, or extremists like the NRA and Congressman Norman, who rely on intimidation tactics and perpetuating fear," Kelly said in a statement. Gabby Giffords, of Arizona, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011 Credit: AP "If we want to protect our kids and communities, Congress must get serious about passing safer gun laws. For our kids’ sake, let’s show our leaders we expect them to behave more like Gabby and less like Congressman Norman." The paper said Norman also claimed: "I don’t mind dying… But whoever shoots me better shoot well or I’m shooting back." Norman’s indelicate reference to Giffords appeared to suggest that her debilitating injury was in some way due to her not being adequately armed. The congressman later issued a statement saying he is a concealed carry permit holder and regularly brings his gun with him when in public. "Mental health, and more importantly, a lack of morality is the driving force behind this epidemic. Guns are not the problem," he said, adding that he had responded appropriately to questions by "a group of organised anti-gun activists." America's arsenal – different kinds of registered guns in the US The incident came as Americans debate the prospect of Congress passing new gun safety laws in the wake of several mass shootings, including a February massacre at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. Last year during his unsuccessful US Senate campaign, former judge Roy Moore of Alabama drew a pistol from his pocket while on stage at a rally as a way to show the Republican candidate’s commitment to the constitutional right to bear arms.



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United Flight Diverted After Dog Loaded On Plane By Mistake

United Flight Diverted After Dog Loaded On Plane By MistakeIn the latest bad pet news to hit United Airlines this week, a flight was



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'Joker' lookalike arrested for pointing loaded gun at drivers

'Joker' lookalike arrested for pointing loaded gun at driversPolice arrested Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, a 29-year-old who looks similar to the Joker villain from "Batman."



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Tattooed 'Joker' Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Passing Cars: Cops

Tattooed 'Joker' Arrested for Pointing Loaded Gun at Passing Cars: CopsThe Florida man's face was covered in tattoos that made him look like the notorious villain from "The Dark Knight."



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Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vessel

Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vesselSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Salvage crews towed a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry and loaded it onto a semi-submersible transport vessel Saturday, completing what was seen as the most difficult part of the massive effort to bring the ship back to shore nearly three years after it sank.



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Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vessel

Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vesselSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Salvage crews towed a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry and loaded it onto a semi-submersible transport vessel Saturday, completing what was seen as the most difficult part of the massive effort to bring the ship back to shore.



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