Category: Space

Trump asks Nasa to put astronauts on debut heavy lift rocket flight

Trump asks Nasa to put astronauts on debut heavy lift rocket flight

The Trump administration has directed Nasa to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. The study marks President Donald Trump’s first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space […]

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Nasa finds lost scientific balloon in Antartica after a year

Nasa finds lost scientific balloon in Antartica after a year

Scientists have recovered a lost football-field-sized balloon with a telescope hanging beneath it from Antarctica after a year of its flight. According to the US space agency Nasa, the balloon floated 39 kms above the Antarctic continent for 12 days in January 2016 until scientists sent the pre-planned command to cut the balloon. The telescope parachuted to the ground in […]

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Russian cargo craft Progress 66 arrives at the international space station

Russian cargo craft Progress 66 arrives at the international space station

The unpiloted Russian Progress 66 cargo ship docked at the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station on Friday, Nasa said. “Today’s arrival of the Progress 66 cargo craft, just 24 hours after the capture of the Space X Dragon, makes four spaceships at the International Space Station,” the US space agency said.  

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Astronomers have spotted a mysterious nebula that is glowing without any known power source

Astronomers have spotted a mysterious nebula that is glowing without any known power source

Astronomers have spotted an enormous, glowing blob of gas in the distant universe, with no obvious source of power for the light it is emitting. Called an “enormous Lyman-alpha nebula” (ELAN), it is the brightest and among the largest of these rare objects, only a handful of which have been observed, the researchers said. The newly discovered nebula was found […]

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Nasa’s discovery of 7 earth-sized exoplanets is a significant step in the search for alien lifeforms

Nasa’s discovery of 7 earth-sized exoplanets is a significant step in the search for alien lifeforms

In a remarkable step towards answering the question “Are we alone in the universe”, astronomers have spotted a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets which could harbour liquid water, key to life as we know it, Nasa said. At about 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth, the system of planets is relatively close to us, in the constellation Aquarius. […]

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