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TESS Discovers its 3rd New Planet

TESS Discovers its 3rd New Planet

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) of NASA found a dense, gaseous world having an orbital period of 36 days around a bright dwarf star. TESS found a new exoplanet around a star which is about 53 light-years away from us. The name given to this new planet is HD 21749b and it orbits a…

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The Coolest Place in the Universe

The Coolest Place in the Universe

The Cold Atom Lab of NASA can reach up to -459o F. The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is a fundament Physics user facility that is operational on the International Space Station (ISS). This instrument is used to produce clouds of ultra-cooled atoms called Bose-Einstein Condensates (BEC). Their temperature can drop as much as only a…

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NASA’s Solar Spacecraft Snaps First Image from Inside Sun’s Atmosphere

NASA’s Solar Spacecraft Snaps First Image from Inside Sun’s Atmosphere

NASA released a historic image, captured from within the corona of the Sun, showing two jets of solar material and Mercury. The Parker Solar Probe of NASA was launched on 12th August 2018 from Cape Canaveral. A Delta IV Heavy rocket carried the probe towards the sun of our solar system. The Applied Physics Laboratory…

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Researchers have Measured all the Starlight in the Observable Universe

Researchers have Measured all the Starlight in the Observable Universe

4×1084 photons of light have been emitted by stars into space since the Big Bang. Our universe has been creating stars for billions of years. According to an estimate, there are around trillion-trillion stars in 2 trillion galaxies of our universe. Despite all the technological advancement, astrophysicists haven’t been able to trace much about star…

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OSIRIS-REx has Finally Arrived at Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx has Finally Arrived at Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx will ultimately collect and deliver 60 grams of regolith from Bennu to Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft of NASA reached its target, asteroid Bennu, on 3rd December 2018 after completing a journey of 2 billion kilometers. The primary science objective of this mission is to improve the estimates…

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Venus ‘Suggests’ that Climate Change Should be Taken Seriously

Venus ‘Suggests’ that Climate Change Should be Taken Seriously

The climatic destruction of Venus offers a great example to take a lead from and we need to mold our ways immediately to preserve our planet. The recent studies at NASA suggest that about 2 billion years ago, Venus was once a habitable planet with shallow, liquid-water oceans and a habitable surface. Contrary to that,…

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MarCO CubeSats are now Speaking Loud and Clear

MarCO CubeSats are now Speaking Loud and Clear

Tiny spacecraft can provide engineers with an up-to-the-minute feedback during a landing. All the space agencies around the globe spend billions of dollars, every year, on their space program. The fact that continuous advancement in technology is needed to explore the depths of deep space is a massive part of this expenditure. Similarly, the cost…

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NASA is Actively Assisting Authorities to Contain California Wildfires

NASA is Actively Assisting Authorities to Contain California Wildfires

The natural disaster is still causing some irreparable damage in California. California continued to get ravaged by wildfires this month and these were the deadliest wildfires in the history of the state. NASA recently rose up to assist against these wildfires by using the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at the Jet Propulsion…

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InSight has Landed on Mars and here are the first clear images

InSight has Landed on Mars and here are the first clear images

The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is all set to explore the deep interior of Mars. NASA’s InSight lander finally hit the Martian soil on 26th of November after a long journey of 7 months. It covered a distance of about 485 million kilometers on this trip. The primary…

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Mars Experienced Catastrophic Floods that Created Canyons on the Planet

Mars Experienced Catastrophic Floods that Created Canyons on the Planet

Massive Canyons, who have been there on Mars for 3.7 billion years, were finally detected by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of NASA. Often referred to as the ‘Red Planet’, Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and has features that make it a hybrid of Earth and Moon. Mars has the craters resembling the ones…

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NASA is Working on Ultrafast Laser Machining for Multiple Spaceflight Applications

NASA is Working on Ultrafast Laser Machining for Multiple Spaceflight Applications

Scientists might be able to join dissimilar materials without epoxies following the latest development at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA. The anagram ‘LASER’ stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The combined study of light and optics enabled man to artificially create lasers. Unlike natural light or conventional bulbs that emit multiple wavelengths of light, lasers…

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Scientists Discover New Insights about the Effects of Sun on Comet Tails

Scientists Discover New Insights about the Effects of Sun on Comet Tails

The current sheet causes all the disruptions in the dust tail following the changes in the magnetic field. In January 2007, the twin STEREO satellites captured the first ever satellite images of Comet McNaught. STEREO-B was the first to begin its operation. First few minutes of its observation did cause some panic among the mission’s…

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The Journey of Kepler Space Telescope Comes to an End

The Journey of Kepler Space Telescope Comes to an End

The exoplanet-hunter of NASA has retired. NASA made an announcement about the retirement of the Kepler Space Telescope on 30th October. The fact that the spacecraft has run out of fuel was the reason which prompted this disappointing decision. This extraordinary mission explored deep space for about 9 years and discovered more than 2,600 exoplanets…

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Astronomers Added Some Serious Value to a Future Pluto Orbiter Mission

Astronomers Added Some Serious Value to a Future Pluto Orbiter Mission

Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute have pointed towards a lot of secrets that the future missions to Pluto would like to unveil. The first up-close look at Pluto laid the groundwork for plans of future Pluto orbiter mission due to the intriguing and impelling discoveries made from it. The images and data collected from…

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NASA wants to Send Humans to Venus for the first time ever

NASA wants to Send Humans to Venus for the first time ever

NASA plans to send an airship into the upper atmosphere of our planetary neighbor. The desire to explore our surroundings has urged the scientists to some incredible astronomical feats. The current surge of space missions has taken humanity into the interstellar space with missions like Voyager and the Hubble Space Telescope. Similarly, a lot of…

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How does it Feel to Fall Back to Earth from Space?

How does it Feel to Fall Back to Earth from Space?

Astronauts from NASA avoided a major mishap following a failure of the booster of a Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft. Although manned space missions have become quite frequent nowadays due to the advancement in technology, the risks associated with a spaceflight are still there. Even though all the event pilots prepare for all kinds of scenarios before…

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The QuikSCAT Mission Has Come to its End

The QuikSCAT Mission Has Come to its End

The revolutionary mission which measured speed and direction of winds over global oceans for 10 years has been turned off. The SeaWinds Scatterometer of NASA was an Earth observation satellite which was launched primarily for measuring the speed and direction of surface wind over the ice-free global oceans. The launch of the Quick Scatterometer took…

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African Agricultural Fires will help NASA to Study Smoke-Cloud Interaction

African Agricultural Fires will help NASA to Study Smoke-Cloud Interaction

Scientists found some unexpected new features during an analysis of the African Smoke-Cloud connection. Smoke is an airborne mixture of solid and liquid particles and gases, which is emitted when the combustion of a material takes place. It also carries the quantity of air that is mixed into the mass. The chemical composition of smoke…

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Hubble Space Telescope is Now in Safe Mode

Hubble Space Telescope is Now in Safe Mode

Hubble is in Trouble due to some problems in one of its gyros. Hubble Space Telescope (HST), one of the largest and most versatile space telescope developed malfunctions on Friday, October 5. According to NASA, one of the gyros used to angle the telescope in specific directions showed anomalous behavior. That’s the reason why the…

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The Innermost Ring of Saturn is Raining

The Innermost Ring of Saturn is Raining

One of the most beloved planetary science missions of NASA gave some extraordinary insights about the ringed planet. Cassini spacecraft was launched on 15th October 1997 with the intentions of exploring the Saturn and its rings. It explored the Saturnian system for 13 years before the mission was ended by sending Cassini into the upper…

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Astronomers found an Evidence of the First Interstellar Moon

Astronomers found an Evidence of the First Interstellar Moon

Scientists may have found a moon orbiting around an exoplanet called Kepler-1625b. Interstellar space is under keen observation these days following a surge of missions from different space agencies around the globe. The idea of finding an alternative habitat for humanity has become increasingly famous and many super-powers of the world including the United States…

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NASA is Testing Tiny Satellites to Track Global Storms

NASA is Testing Tiny Satellites to Track Global Storms

RainCube could lead to some accurate forecasts by improving the weather models. Weather Forecasting predicts the conditions of the atmosphere for a given location and time by making use of science and technology. Although humans have been doing this since forever, the formal efforts in this domain began in the 19th century. Experts gather quantitative…

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Apollo 9 Mission, the mission they don’t talk about often, was an Important Step for Cosmos Exploration

Apollo 9 Mission, the mission they don’t talk about often, was an Important Step for Cosmos Exploration

The field of spaceflight got a massive boost from the Apollo 9 mission of NASA. Apollo 9 went down in history for being the first crewed Lunar Module mission. It was the third manned spaceflight in history but was the first ever mission to test the capabilities of the Lunar Module (LM). On 3rd March…

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Dust Storms on Titan observed for the First Time by Cassini

Dust Storms on Titan observed for the First Time by Cassini

Cassini Spacecraft made the first-ever observation of dust storms on the largest moon of Saturn. NASA, the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and the European Space Agency (ESA) collaborated to send a probe to study Saturn, its natural satellites (moons), and its rings in 1997. The name given to this mission was Cassini-Huygens (after astronomers Giovanni…

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