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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...
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...
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