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Cassini captures Methane Seas of Titan glittering in Sunlight

Cassini captures Methane Seas of Titan glittering in Sunlight

Cassini probe of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently sent some spectacular images of Saturn's largest moon Titan. The pictures are showing the methane seas of Titan glittering in the sunlight.

According to reports of Daily Mail, the reflection, which is also known as the specular point, is situated in the south of the Kraken Mare, largest sea of Titan. Cassini captured the images in near-infrared light. The greenish mosaic showed the light coming from the sun and glittering of Titan's north polar seas.

Russian Researchers devise New Method to propel spacecraft through Lasers

Russian Researchers devise New Method to propel spacecraft through Lasers

The Optical Society announced that researchers from Russia have devised a means of propelling spacecraft. According to a statement given by the scientific society, Russian researchers found the method by using lasers. Institute of Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering's Yuri Rezunkov and Ioffe Physical Technical Institute's Alexander Schmidt are the researchers who have proposed the new system of laser ablation.

Hubble Telescope detects Ghost Light from Distant Dead Stars

Hubble Telescope detects Ghost Light from Distant Dead Stars

NASA announced that by making use of the Hubble Space Telescope, it has discovered ghost light from stars that died nearly 4 billion years ago.

Giving more insight into it, astronomers stated that they witnessed an eerie ghost light from ancient stars that were torn asunder by gravity. It is believed that all this is happening at the Pandora's Cluster which is a gathering of more than 500 galaxies, also known as Abell 2744. The research team believes that around 10% of the Pandora's Cluster light comes from around 200 billion "phantom stars".

Population of Giant Tortoises on the rise Again

Population of Giant Tortoises on the rise Again

The population of giant tortoises on the Galapagos island of Española is increasing again. In the 1960s, its numbers reduced to only 15 after feral goats came to the island in the 19th century. These goats almost wiped out the tortoises.

As of now, there are 1,000 tortoises breeding on their own, which is protecting the population. This conservation effort shows how biologists and conservationists can work together to bring back animal species from the edge of extinction.

Orbital Sciences to Launch 3rd Cargo Delivery Flight to ISS today

Orbital Sciences to Launch 3rd Cargo Delivery Flight to ISS today

A commercial Antares rocket built by the Orbital Sciences Corp. is due to blast off at 6:45 pm EDT (2245 GMT) from a pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia on Monday. The rocket will carry Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which will arrive at the station on November 2 to deliver nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

Unmanned X-37B Finally Returns

Unmanned X-37B Finally Returns

A US Air Force X-37B, an unmanned reusable space plane, has finally returned Friday at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The spacecraft was launched in space in December 2012 and it was its third space mission.

The space plane has returned after spending about 22 months orbiting earth. The US Air Force stated that the mission was their longest one to date. It is not known on which mission the plane was during its 674 days in orbit.

Astronauts perform Spacewalk outside ISS to replace Broken Electrical Unit

Astronauts perform Spacewalk outside ISS to replace Broken Electrical Unit

A failed electrical unit has been replaced by spacewalking astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday.

The space station has been relying on only seven of its eight solar-power arrays since spring when its eighth voltage regulator stopped working. Station flight engineers, Reid Wiseman and Butch Wilmore yesterday's work brought the energy capability of the space station back to 100%.

They both floated outside the station's airlock soon after 8:15 am EDT (1215 GMT) to start a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk.

Microbes could remove Methane from Environment

Microbes could remove Methane from Environment

Methane, a greenhouse gas, could be removed from the environment with the help of Methane-breathing undersea microbes that inhabit rocky mounds.

The microbes could help prevent the greenhouse gas from entering the ocean and escaping into the atmosphere. Researchers could also figure out where the greenhouse gas is being consumed on the seafloor.

1934 drought was Worst in last millennium for US, says Study

1934 drought was Worst in last millennium for US, says Study

This year has been labeled as the worst year in the US as the year was driest for most parts of the country. California had to take extreme measures to prepare for water shortages. However, by examining the last millennium, scientists from NASA have concluded that the drought of 1934 was the worst in last 1,000 years. They also found that the 1934 drought was even drier than the one which came later in 1958 in the plains of North America.

This conclusion was drawn by the research done by the scientists from Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory from Columbia University and NASA.

NASA wants you to Name New Free-Flying Robot planned to be launched in ISS in 2017

NASA wants you to Name New Free-Flying Robot planned to be launched in ISS in 2017

NASA has come up with an interesting challenge. It is planning to launch a free-flying robot to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017, and the US space agency has asked you to give a suitable name for it.

The winner of the challenge will receive $1,000; second runner-up will receive $500 and the third and forth winners will receive $250 each. The free-flying robot will join other such robots on the ISS and will be used on the orbiting outpost.

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