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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Chinese Academy of Space Technology will be there for offering a satellite under a bilateral exchange agreement for helping Pakistan in improving its telecommunication networks.

Pakistan to Get A Communications Satellite from China With 20Gbps Data Speeds

Today, it is reported that Pakistan is going to have a high-end communication satellite from China. Chinese Academy of Space Technology will be there for offering a satellite under a bilateral exchange agreement for helping Pakistan in improving its telecommunication networks. As from the report, Chinese Academy of Space Technology has developed 7 satellites of the same category, from which one is for […]

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The best bits from the NASA AMA following the announcement of Trappist-1 exoplanets

The best bits from the NASA AMA following the announcement of Trappist-1 exoplanets

Nasa just announced the discovery of 7 Earth sized exoplanets in orbit around the ultracool white dwarf star Trappist-1. All the planets are in orbit closer to the star than Mercury is to our Sun. If the star was as hot as our Sun, the planets would have been hot, dry deserts. However, as the star is much cooler, the […]

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Nasa’s Fermi telescope has possibly found dark matter in the middle of the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy

Nasa’s Fermi telescope has possibly found dark matter in the middle of the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy

Nasa’s Fermi Gamma Ray telescope has found a signal originating from the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The signals are similar to the ones detected from the Milky Way. As the signal originates from the center of the galaxy instead of uniformly throughout the extent, it indicates that something unexpected is going on in the centre of the Andromeda galaxy. Possible explanations […]

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Study says Mars might have been flooded with water

Study says Mars might have been flooded with water

Scientists have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that may have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past and could serve as the prime target to begin searching for evidence of life forms on the red planet. “On Earth, desert dunefields are periodically flooded by water in areas of fluctuating groundwater, and where lakes, […]

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The PSLV C37 is not just a rocket, it is a manifestation of a worldview unique to Isro and Indian scientists

The PSLV C37 is not just a rocket, it is a manifestation of a worldview unique to Isro and Indian scientists

The PSLV C37 is a manifestation of a highly potent engineering thought: Powerful, precise and frugal. PSLV C37 is also a projection of mindset derived from a highly distilled worldview: again powerful, precise and frugal. There is a quietness that’s endearing about the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scientists. Come to think of it, it’s the same for the scientists […]

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Scientists have finally built a computer that can survive on the surface of Venus

Scientists have finally built a computer that can survive on the surface of Venus

Have you ever wondered why everyone’s so chuffed about Mars but have almost nothing to say about dear old Venus, the brightest ‘star’ in the night sky? If you’ve never paid attention to it, you should know that Venus is the veritable definition of hell. It’s surface temperature is a scorching 470 degrees Celsius, you’ll be peppered by acid – […]

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Cambridge astronomers find a bridge of stars between two Milky Way satellite galaxies

Cambridge astronomers find a bridge of stars between two Milky Way satellite galaxies

Two largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way — the enigmatic Magellanic Clouds — appear to be connected by a bridge stretching across 43,000 light years, a study says. The discovery, reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), is based on the Galactic stellar census being conducted by the European Space Observatory, Gaia. “Stellar streams around the […]

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Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle Kounotori 6 fails to deploy magnetic tether to clear junk in earth orbit

Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle Kounotori 6 fails to deploy magnetic tether to clear junk in earth orbit

An experimental Japanese probe has failed in its mission to clear space junk from the Earths orbit, media reported. While Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s H-II Transfer Vehicle Kounotori 6 (HTV6), launched on December 9, 2016 successfully delivered supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), it failed to achieve one of the mission objectives of removing space debris. The space cargo […]

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Supermassive black hole sets record for duration and size of meal by eating a star for a decade: Nasa

Supermassive black hole sets record for duration and size of meal by eating a star for a decade: Nasa

Astronomers have detected a giant black hole that ripped apart a star and then gorged on its remains for an unusually long time — about a decade, which is more than ten times longer than any observed episode of a stars death by black hole. Researchers made this discovery using data from Nasa’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Swift satellite as […]

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Starliner Space Taxis by Boeing to have more than 600 3D printed parts

Starliner Space Taxis by Boeing to have more than 600 3D printed parts

Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned space program are being built with additive manufacturing. The company, privately held Oxford Performance Materials, will announce a $10 million strategic investment from advanced materials company Hexcel Corp as early as Friday, adding to […]

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Atomic clocks on navigation satellites by Isro and ESA are failing, and nobody has an explanation

Atomic clocks on navigation satellites by Isro and ESA are failing, and nobody has an explanation

10 atomic clocks on board the Galileo navigation satellite constellation by the European Space Agency (ESA) have failed. Navigation satellites require highly precise clocks, which are instrumental in providing precise information about co-ordinates on the ground. The clocks conked off mysteriously, with no known explanation. Co-incidentally, over a period of six months, three of the rubidium timekeepers on board the IRNSS-1A […]

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Nasa’s Fermi telescope has identified the most powerful blazars known to man

Nasa’s Fermi telescope has identified the most powerful blazars known to man

Nasa’s Fermi Gamma-ray space telescope has identified the farthest gamma-ray blazars, a type of galaxy whose intense emissions are powered by super-sized black holes. “Despite their youth, these far-flung blazars host some of the most massive black holes known,” said Roopesh Ojha, an astronomer at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Light from the most distant object began […]

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Simple test to detect extraterrestrial life developed by Nasa

Simple test to detect extraterrestrial life developed by Nasa

NASA scientists have developed a simple method that could aid search for signs of extraterrestrial life on other planets by analyzing amino acids, the structural building blocks of all life on Earth. The test uses a liquid-based technique known as capillary electrophoresis to separate a mixture of organic molecules into its components. The method is 10,000 times more sensitive than […]

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Nasa designs a pressure-sensitive paint to better test its rockets

Nasa designs a pressure-sensitive paint to better test its rockets

Ever wondered how the legendary National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa designs its rockets? State-of-the-art simulations and real-world testing notwithstanding, the latest tool in Nasa’s arsenal is paint. Yes, paint. This isn’t just any paint, though. It’s some sort of high-tech paint that can be used to measure “fluctuating pressure forces” on aircraft and rockets. All rockets encounter buffeting when […]

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Nasa study finds that space travel can alter your genes

Nasa study finds that space travel can alter your genes

NASA scientists in an unprecedented study have found that space travel may alter gene expression. The study involved astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space and his identical twin Mark who stayed on Earth. From the lengths of the twins’ chromosomes to the microbiomes in their guts, “almost everyone is reporting that we see differences”, Christopher Mason, a […]

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