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NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet. Known simply as “The Mars Helicopter,” the device weighs less than four pounds (1.8 kilograms), and its main body section, or fuselage, is about…

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NASA programme to track greenhouse gas is canceled

A NASA programme that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, has been cancelled, a US space agency spokesman said Thursday. The end of the programme — called the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) — which tracked sources and sinks for carbon and made high-resolution…

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The challenge of growing plants in space

It’s not easy having a green thumb in space. Without gravity, seeds can float away. Water doesn’t pour, but globs up and may drown the roots. And artificial lights and fans must be rigged just right to replicate the sun and wind. But NASA has decided that gardening in space will be crucial for the…

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Who cancelled NASA program to track greenhouse gas?

A NASA program that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, has been cancelled, a US space agency spokesman said. The end of the program — called the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) — which tracked sources and sinks for carbon and made high-resolution models…

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NASA blasts off Mars-bound spaceship to study quakes

  NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for “Marsquakes” ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet. “Three, two, one, liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the unmanned spacecraft blasted off on a dark, foggy morning atop an Atlas V rocket…

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NASA’s new planet-hunter to seek closer, Earth-like worlds

NASA is poised to launch a $337 million washing machine-sized spacecraft that aims to vastly expand mankind’s search for planets beyond our solar system, particularly closer, Earth-sized ones that might harbor life, reported AFP. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is scheduled to launch Monday at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) atop a SpaceX Falcon…

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First-ever space hotel to launch in 2021

CALIFORNIA, United States: A new destination is soon to become accessible for holidaymakers – a luxury hotel in space. The dream will come true with launch of this first space hotel in 2021. US-based Orion Span company announced the launch of ‘Aurora Station’ at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California on April 5….

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SpaceX launches cargo to space station using recycled rocket, spaceship

TAMPA: SpaceX blasted off a load of supplies Monday for the International Space Station aboard a rocket and a cargo ship that have both flown before, marking the second such flight for the California-based company. “Falcon 9 is on its way,” a SpaceX commentator said as the white rocket surged skyward over Cape Canaveral, Florida…

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US wants to privatize International Space Station: report

Could the International Space Station become a commercial venture run by private industry?  That is the wish of the White House, which hopes to end funding for the costly program within a few years, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The US plan, the paper said, involves privatizing the ISS, a low-orbit space station piloted by…

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All you need to know about the amazing Super Blue Blood Moon…

The Super Blood Blue Moon is an amazing phenomenon that has occurred after 152 years and is driving the whole world crazy.  In case you’re a little confused as to what exactly is a Supermoon, or a Blood Moon or a Blue Moon, here’s all you need to know.

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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at the White House as he signed…

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Jupiter’s stunning images captured by NASA will leave you awestruck

NEWS DESK: Nasa has released awe-inspiring new images of Jupiter sent back by its Juno probe, reported The Independent. A mass of clouds swirling in a huge storm over the planet’s southern hemisphere can be seen in intricate detail in one picture taken by the spacecraft. The colour-enhanced image was captured on 24 October during…

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NASA’s $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

After 20 years in space, NASA’s famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar system. Cassini, an international project that cost $3.9 billion…

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NASA gravity map shows Mars has porous crust

WASHINGTON: Mars’ crust is not as dense as previously thought, which means that at least a part of it is relatively porous, suggests a gravity map of the red planet created by NASA scientists. The finding may help better understand the red planet’s interior structure and evolution, according to the US space agency. However, scientists…

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NASA captures images of strong solar flares

NEW YORK: Two high-intensity solar flares were emitted Wednesday, the second of which was the most intense recorded since the start of this sun cycle in December 2008, NASA said. These radiation flares, which can disrupt communications satellites, GPS and power grids by reaching the upper Earth atmosphere, were detected and captured by the US…

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Record-breaking US astronaut and crew back on Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and two crewmates made a parachute touchdown in Kazakhstan on Saturday, capping a career-total 665 days in orbit, a US record, reported Reuters. Whitson, 57, ended an extended stay of more than nine months aboard the International Space Station, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 250 miles…

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NASA launches satellite to help astronauts talk to Earth

MIAMI: NASA on Friday launched the latest in a series of satellites aimed at ensuring astronauts at the International Space Station can communicate with Earth. The $408 million Boeing-made Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) soared into space atop an Atlas V rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:29 am (1229 GMT). The…

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Partial lunar eclipse to be witnessed in Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD: Partial eclipse of moon will take place today (Monday) that will be visible in Pakistan also.        According to a senior official of Met office Ghulam Murtaza, eclipse of moon will be visible from the western Pacific Ocean, Australia, Asia, Antarctica, Africa and most of Europe. It will also be visible in Pakistan,…

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NASA releases new images of raging storm on Jupiter

MIAMI: NASA on Wednesday released a series of stunning images of a raging storm on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, snapped earlier this week as an unmanned probe zipped by.

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NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets

WASHINGTON: NASA revealed Monday 10 new rocky, Earth-sized planets that could potentially have liquid water and support life. The Kepler mission team released a survey of 219 potential exoplanets – planets outside of our solar system – that had been detected by the space observatory launched in 2009 to scan the Milky Way galaxy. Ten…

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NASA delays deep-space Orion test to 2019 due to costs

MIAMI: The first test flight of NASA’s Orion capsule, designed to one day carry people to Mars, has been delayed until 2019 at the earliest due to high costs, the US space agency said Friday.

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