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October 16, 2017

Space

NASA's Juno has brought all cheers to the Juno team. Although been a long time since it has made any news, the news it has brought is really appreciated. Juno mission accomplished a close flyby of Jupiter on May 19. This marks the success as it was the fifth science flyby of the mission. It completed its fifth science orbit. All...
NASA's Expedition 51 crew's two astronauts will have a brief space walk. This walk will serve the purpose of repairing and replacing a critical computer relay box that failed on Saturday. According to NASA, the box controls solar arrays, radiators, cooling loops and other functions. It is one of the two boxes in the middle of the football field-length station. The relay...
NASA's DSCOVR, launched in 2015, has been keeping the scientists busy in deciphering the flashes. The homeward-facing instrument, at least one million miles from Earth, has captured the unexpected flashes of light reflecting off Earth. Keen observers from outside NASA wrote in, questioning the source of these lights. NASA also received several mails questioning the sudden flashes. This lead the...
NASA's HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware) program's Culinary Challenge, held on April 20 saw several healthy as well as tasty recipes. The program helps NASA add several recipes to the cook-book for astronauts on-board. The competition held at Space Center Houston, saw twenty-eight teams of high school students participate in the preliminary level. Out of...
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has received and has begun reviewing 12 proposals for its future unnamed solar system exploration, the “New Frontiers” program. NASA’s New Frontiers program has already given rise to New Horizons mission to Pluto, the Juno mission to Jupiter, and OSIRIS-REx: the mission to asteroid Bennu. All the proposed missions of discovery -...
The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said.It was the first Florida landing of a returning spacecraft since Atlantis flew home in the program's final mission in 2011. The Boeing-built space plane blasted off in May 2015 from...
This month, many of our neighbours will visit our Earth. Although not a great month of stars, our planets are sure to surprise. This month, Jupiter is well placed for easy evening viewing. The king of planets, climbs higher in the southeast sky earlier in the evening this month. This would mean that telescope viewers will not have to wait until...
Cassini's Grand Finale findings puzzles several scientists. The narrow gap region between Saturn and its rings, appears to be dust-free. The relatively dust-free gap has broken down the basic assumption. The assumption of a dustier environment in the gap lead to the spacecraft's saucer-shaped main antenna. Cassini team created it to act as a shield during most future dives through the...
India on Friday successfully launched its heaviest rocket, the Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) for the eleventh time.The South Asia Satellite (SAS), fully funded by the Indian Government and touted as an “invaluable gift” to its South Asian neighbours, which will provide communication and disaster support to the nations. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F09 (GSLV-F09) on Friday successfully launched India's...
India embarks on space diplomacy like never before. For the first time, New Delhi is flexing its prowess of space technology by embarking on an unprecedented and un-chartered "stratospheric diplomacy" through a special Rs. 450 crore gift for south Asians. India is carving a very unique place in the universe, this week New Delhi will 'gift' a heavyweight bird in...