Japan’s coast guard film an undersea volcano as it erupts to form a new island. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
6,000 Syrians have fled violence to seek refuge at the Lebanese border since Saturday, according to a United Nations spokesperson.
Syria’s army pushed rebels out of the southern town of Qara, strengthening its hold on a highway linking the capital to government strongholds along the coast, state media said on Tuesday. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive on Friday in Qara, a town which sits on the strategic route 80 km (50 miles) north of Damascus in the Qalamoun mountains.
Lebanon is keen to secure the highway as it wants to use it to transport chemical agents as part of a U.S. and Russian-backed program to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal.
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Two explosions targeted Iran’s embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché.
The explosions damaged at least six buildings in the embassy compound. A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for what it described as a double suicide attack.
Photo: Civil Defense personnel extinguish a fire on cars at the site of explosions, as a group of children gathered nearby, near the Iranian embassy in Beirut November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Kheir
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday, sending a Mars orbiter on its way to study how the planet most like Earth in the solar system lost its water.
Unlike previous Mars probes, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, or MAVEN, will not be looking at or landing on the planet’s dry, dusty surface. Instead, MAVEN will scan and sample what remains of the thin Martian atmosphere and watch in real-time how it is peeled away, molecule by molecule, by killer solar radiation.
The first step of the planned year-long, $671 million mission was getting MAVEN into space. The satellite, tucked inside a protective nosecone, lifted off aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket at 1:28 p.m. EST/1838 GMT to begin a 10-month flight to Mars.
United Launch Alliance is a partnership of Boeing BA.N and Lockheed Martin.
Upon arrival, MAVEN will fire its braking rocket to put itself into a highly elliptical orbit around Mars, which will allow it to dip down as close as about 65 miles (105 km) from the ground to gather air samples for analysis.
At its highest point, MAVEN will be about 3,728 miles (6,000 km) away, a vantage point for measuring how much and what types of radiation are sweeping past the planet from the sun and cosmic sources.
The point of the project is to determine how much of the atmosphere is being lost to space today and extrapolate back in time to figure out what was happening in Mars’ past.