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You're watching Newsround

with me, Ricky.

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First up, Dancing On Ice is back

on our screens this evening.

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If you thought the celebs were good,

take a look at some of these figure

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skaters who are competiting

in the Winter Olympics...

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Oh, and look out for

a spectacular fall, too!

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Incredible!

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Sticking with the cold stuff,

head online to find out why actor

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David Harbour is heading

to the Antarctic.

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Clue - he's hoping to

dance with penguins!

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Next, it's thought that in the UK

we use more than eight billion

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plastic straws every year.

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A group of kids in Scotland

are on a mission to get them banned.

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It's because they want to help

protect our planet and cut

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the amount of plastic that

gets thrown away.

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They've already convinced

Glasgow Council, the biggest

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in Scotland, to ditch plastic

straws, but their mission

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doesn't stop there.

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These kids are taking the ferry

to the Isle of Arran.

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Around 5,000 people live

there and they want them

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to quit using them to.

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There's animals out

there who are in danger

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because they're eating plastic.

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What do you hope to do

with this campaign?

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Just try and stop plastic

straws from being used

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and start using paper straws.

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It's our future and we need

to make sure that it's not

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all gone when we grow up.

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They call themselves

the Ocean Defenders.

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A lot of plastic, when it's thrown

away, ends up in the sea.

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It can stay there for hundreds

of years, because it doesn't rot

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like a paper straw would.

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This means it's harmful to both

animals and the environment.

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They are talking to the kids

about what they're doing

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so they can do the same.

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I haven't really thought about it,

but now the presentation has

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taught me a lot more about it.

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It's very different now.

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I think the most surprising

and interesting thing is how much

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this does affect the environment.

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You wouldn't expect that from wee

tiny plastic straws.

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Maybe we can speak to some

of the cafes on the island.

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Because I know that a lot

of the cafes do sell plastic straws.

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So if we could maybe get them

to change to the paper straws,

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it would be really good.

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We're trying to make people stop

expecting a straw in their drink.

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They are so knowledgeable

and they're really confident and

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passionate in the way they speak.

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Did you find their

arguments persuasive?

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I mean, you've got

the plastic straws there.

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Absolutely, yes.

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This is my naughty pot.

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Naughty pot no more!

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You go, guys!

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Now, we've seen humans

walking on the moon,

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but will it ever be possible

for that to happen on Mars?

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It might sound like an idea

for a new sci-fi movie,

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but a research team have been

spending time in the Oman desert,

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doing experiments that could one day

make that a reality.

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Sending a manned mission to Mars has

been a space explorer's ambition

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for years and these researchers

are hoping to make it a reality.

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They're in the Oman desert

in the Middle East, doing

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experiments that could one day help

humans to survive on the Red Planet.

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But why Oman?

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We need a place that looks as much

as Mars as possible.

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And we found it here in Oman.

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It's a beautiful place,

but it's most of all

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a scientifically useful place,

and operationally useful.

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Although still a distant dream,

it felt a little bit closer

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on Tuesday when Elon Musk's company

SpaceX successfully launched

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the world's most powerful rocket.

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While getting there is one

challenge, astronauts will also be

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need to survive on Mars.

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That's why these

experiments are so crucial.

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Once we will go to Mars

and we will stay on Mars.

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We will have to use the resources

we find on Mars, because we cannot

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bring everything from Earth.

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That is called in situ resource

utilisation so we have to use

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the things we find there.

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First of all to sustain life there,

to sustain missions there

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and then in the longer run,

for other things.

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This vast desert is the perfect spot

to carry out tests like growing

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vegetables and trying out

the bulky spacesuits.

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Who knows, one day

similar scenes could be

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taking place on Mars.

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Finally, this has got to be one

of the best stories to come out

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of the Winter Olympics so far.

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When Norwegian skiathlon competitor

Simen Krueger took a tumble

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in the early stages of his race,

he'd have been forgiven

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for thinking it was game over.

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But he got up, and he powered on.

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And you'll never guess what...

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He only won gold!

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A lesson for life there.

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Never give up!

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That's all for today.

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Newsround's back in the morning.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Bye-bye!

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