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January 13, 2018

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Cassini has always kept the space and astronomy world busy by exploring the unexplored parts of Saturn. The space craft will soon end its voyage. NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. The gap, unexplored so far, poses a great challenge to the spacecraft and the...
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft faces one last critical and risky adventure around Saturn. Cassini swings past Saturn's mega moon Titan early Saturday for a gravity-assisted, orbit-tweaking nudge. Cassini’s fuel tank is practically empty, so with little left to lose, NASA has opted for a risky, but science-rich grand finale. “That last kiss goodbye,” as project manager Earl Maize calls it, will push Cassini...
A team of scientists at NASA have blended the essence of fashion and engineering to produce a new fabric for use in space. These fabrics can be used for antennas and other deployable devices. This fabric material is foldable and changes its shape quickly. They can also help shield a spacecraft from meteorites. Other uses of this fabric include, astronaut...
On April 19, a relatively large near-Earth asteroid will fly past safely. Scientists have made it clear that there is no possibility for it to collide with our planet. The asteroid, 2014 JO25, discovered in May 2014, will fly past at a distance on 1.8 million kilometers. This is approximately 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the moon. Anyhow,...
Innovation leads to progress, and this innovation begins only when the world is in need of improvements. NASA accepts 22 early-stage innovative technology proposals that will help transform future human and robotic exploration missions. The space-agency will now invest on 22 projects under the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. Out of these 22, 15 proposals have been selected for...
For star-gazers around the world, this month will be a small, but a great treat. Our giant relative will put on a good show throughout the month. One can view Jupiter all night long. On April 7, it reaches opposition. It will shine the brightest and will appear larger than usual. The solar system is lined up so that Jupiter,...
A big treat awaits for comet hunters as comet 41P visits after a very long time. On April 1, 2017, comet 41P will pass closer than it normally does to Earth. For observers with binoculars its a special viewing opportunity. Observers can see it near the constellations Draco and Ursa Major. In 1973, the comet put on a spectacular show. The comet, if experiences...
NASA selected five members for the next expeditions. The future expeditions will have Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Shannon Walker on board. All the five members have started training for the missions. Acaba will be the first to launch, assigned to the Expedition 53 and 54 crews. This already includes Mark Vande Hei of NASA, and also Alexander...
Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson is set to go on her eighth spacewalk Thursday morning and surpass astronaut Suni Williams record for the most spacewalks by a female astronaut. Astronaut Peggy Whitson, 56, holds a doctorate in biochemistry. She is America’s most experienced female astronaut, veteran of two long-duration stays aboard the station in 2002 and 2007-08 totaling nearly 377...
Scientists at NASA have built a stopwatch timer that can measure a fraction of a billionth of a second, which can help to obtain precise height measurements of the Earth’s surfaces including ice, glaciers, forests, and sea. Thanks to its incredibly precise time measurement, the timer enables scientists to calculate the distance between a satellite and the Earth, based on...