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SpaceX Gets First Military Launch Contract

SpaceX has won its first military launch contract which will see the company carry a GPS satellite into space on behalf of the US Air Force. According to Reuters, the contract is worth $83 million and the launch is going to occur in May 2018. SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX Planning To Reach Mars By 2018

SpaceX intends to land on Mars within the next two years and a full plan for the mission will be revealed in September 2016. The company says it'll send its Red Dragon spacecraft to the planet in 2018 and SpaceX has suggested there will be multiple dragon missions to Mars.

Scientists Accurately Identify People By Brain Waves

With an impressive 100% accuracy level, researchers at Binghamton University have identified people based on their brain waves. There are sufficient differences between people when it comes to the way their brains respond to specific stimuli that "brainprints" can be captured.

New Galaxy Discovered Orbiting Milky Way

A previously unnoticed galaxy next to our own has been observed. Crater 2, as it's being called, is now the fourth largest satellite of the Milky Way. The dwarf galaxy is located 380,000 light years away in the Crater constellation and it showed up in images from a telescope.

Bacteria Capable Of Eating Plastic Discovered

Plastic waste is a major problem on Earth and bacteria may help humans address it. Researchers in Japan have discovered a bacterium called Ideonella sakaiensism, which is capable of eating a type of plastic called PET. PET is commonly used for items like water bottles.