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The Lost City of Atlantis May Be Hiding in Plain Sight

Sergio Frau suspects Plato was writing about a tidal wave on Sardinia

(Newser) - Some say the lost city of Atlantis lies not at the bottom of the ocean but in plain sight off the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia. Herodotus and Aristotle were two who thought Plato's description of a land beyond the strait between Sicily and Tunisia, which... More »

Ancient Shipwreck Yields 'Atlantis' Metal

Orichalcum mystery solved, researchers say

(Newser) - It was considered one of the most precious metals in ancient times—and Plato claimed it lined the temple of Poseidon on the legendary island of Atlantis—but this appears to be the first time anybody in modern times has actually found some orichalcum. Researchers in Sicily say a shipwreck... More »

Have Scientists Just Found the 'Brazilian Atlantis'?

They detect what could be lost part of continent off Brazil

(Newser) - It's hard not to take notice when the word "Atlantis" is uttered, and though the storied island hasn't yet been found, researchers now say they may have discovered what could be the "Brazilian Atlantis." A manned Japanese submersible has taken video of a huge granite... More »

Volcano That Fueled Atlantis Legend Could Erupt Again

Santorini caldera experiences first tremors in 60 years

(Newser) - The volcano that may have given birth to the Atlantis legend has reawakened after more than 60 years, and could be heading for a new eruption, LiveScience reports. About 3,600 years ago, eruptions at the Greek isle of Santorini devastated the Minoan civilization and reduced much of Santorini to... More »

Atlantis Makes Final Landing

30-year shuttle program ends smoothly

(Newser) - The very last space shuttle landing was as smooth as they come. NASA's 30-year space shuttle program came to end just before sunrise as Atlantis landed safely in Florida, the AP reports. The shuttle, which performed perfectly during its final mission to resupply the International Space Station, is home... More »

Underwater 'Atlantis' Landscape Revealed

Vast submerged terrain shows signs of former terrestrial life

(Newser) - Deep underwater and far below ocean sediment lies what was, millions of years ago, a vast landscape. Complete with furrows and peaks that were once rivers and mountains, the North Atlantic site "looks for all the world like a map of a bit of a country onshore,” said... More »

Meet NASA's Last Shuttle Crew

Four astronauts close out program with Atlantis' final flight

(Newser) - They are the envy of America's space program: Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Rex Walheim, and Sandra Magnus will zip into space on Friday aboard NASA's 135th and final shuttle mission. The smallest crew since 1983 amounts to an afterthought: They were initially groomed as a rescue mission in... More »

Scientists Say They've Found Atlantis

Mythical, tsunami-swamped city is off the coast of Spain

(Newser) - The mythical, ancient city of Atlantis was probably located just north of what is now Cadiz, on the southern coast of Spain, before it was swamped by a massive tsunami, according to a team of American researchers. Using a satellite photo of the marshlands of Dona Ana Park, along with... More »

BP's Other Rig May Be Primed for Disaster

Whistleblowers have said the Atlantis isn't safe, but nothing's been done

(Newser) - Oil companies are once again happily drilling in the Gulf of Mexico—including a BP rig that watchdog groups have called a “ticking time bomb.” Well before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, a whistleblowing ex-BP contractor told the government about a host of safety and legal issues aboard the... More »

Shuttle Atlantis Touches Down a Final Time

NASA hoping White House will relent, grant 1 more flight

(Newser) - Space shuttle Atlantis is back on Earth, and its flying career is over. Atlantis and its six-man crew landed at Florida's Kennedy Space Center this morning, marking the end of Atlantis' 25 years of service. Only two shuttle missions remain, by NASA's two other spaceships. The space agency would like... More »

Atlantis Docks With Space Station

Mission to deliver Russian room to be shuttle's last

(Newser) - Space shuttle Atlantis docked with the International Space Station for the final time this morning, reports , capping a two-day flight meant to deliver a $200 million Russian module. "It is an absolutely stunning view," said Atlantis' commander as the ISS came into view. Hatches are to... More »

Shuttle Atlantis Embarks on Final Voyage

Craft scheduled to reach International Space Station Sunday

(Newser) - Space shuttle Atlantis is on its way to orbit for the last time. Atlantis and an experienced crew of six blasted off this afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center. More than 40,000 guests gathered at the Florida launch site, all of them eager to catch one of the few... More »

Space Shuttle Lifts Off Safely

Atlantis heads for space station loaded with spare parts

(Newser) - Space shuttle Atlantis took off without a hitch this afternoon, departing Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the International Space Station. After a cloudy morning, the weather improved and the spacecraft lifted off on schedule at 2:28pm, carrying six astronauts—half of them first-timers in space—and two carriers filled with... More »

Atlantis-like City Mapped Off Greek Coast

Lost city dates back to the days of Homer

(Newser) - Marine archaeologists have uncovered a sunken city that may have inspired the myth of Atlantis. Located off the coast of southern Greece, Pavlopetri dates back more than 5,000 years and is thought to have been engulfed by the sea around 1,000 BC, making it the only sunken Greek... More »

Storms Delay Shuttle for Another Day

Astronauts circling the world while controllers seek landing opportunities

(Newser) - Thunderstorms in Florida will keep space shuttle Atlantis in space for yet another day, the AP reports. Mission Control canceled all landing attempts for the second straight day at the Kennedy Space Center. The forecast looks clear for tomorrow, so the seven astronauts will try again then rather than heading... More »

Weather Delays Shuttle's Return Until Tomorrow

Have one more shot today; supplies will last weekend

(Newser) - Stormy weather in Florida prevented space shuttle Atlantis and its crew from landing today, and the crew will try again tomorrow. The news isn't a huge surprise to the seven astronauts, who are wrapping up a successful mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The weather outlook has been grim... More »

Spacewalking Astronauts Fix Hubble Gyroscopes

Spacewalk is second of five planned

(Newser) - Astronauts from the shuttle Atlantis headed out for another spacewalk today, this time to give the Hubble telescope some new gyroscopes and batteries. The gyroscopes—a top priority—are part of the telescope pointing system, and half of the old ones are broken. The two space walkers ventured out as... More »

Hubble Gets New Camera

(Newser) - The Hubble space telescope got some improved vision today in the form of a new camera. Two Atlantis astronauts completed a seven-hour spacewalk to give the 19-year-old telescope a much-needed upgrade, reports. "Woo-hoo, it's moving out," said astronaut Andrew Feustel after the old camera refused to... More »

Google Denies It's Atlantis

(Newser) - Google has rebuffed a claim that Google Earth 5.0 helped uncover the lost city of Atlantis, vnunet reports. The undersea lines spotted by an engineer are not streets, a Google spokesperson said, but traces of boats gathering data with sonar technology. Google Earth has aided in other "amazing... More »

Did Google Ocean Find Atlantis?

Or just seabed measurements collected by boats?

(Newser) - A mysterious grid of lines spotted by a British aeronautical engineer using Google Ocean may be the fabled lost city of Atlantis, experts tell the Telegraph. The rectangular region—roughly the size of Wales—is located near the Canary Islands in a region believed to be a likely spot for... More »

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