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Cassini begins plunging into Saturn’s rings

Cassini begins plunging into Saturn’s rings

Marking the beginning of its ‘grand finale,’ the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Cassini spacecraft has started plunging into the gap between the gaseous planet Saturn and its rings.

Cassini’s grand finale started after it made its final close flyby of Titan, a potentially habitable moon of Saturn. The spacecraft made its final close flyby last Saturday, and collected detailed images of the moon’s surface.

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President Trump calls ISS to congratulate Peggy Whitson

President Trump calls ISS to congratulate Peggy Whitson

President Donald Trump called the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday to congratulate NASA’s Peggy Whitson on becoming America’s most experienced astronaut.

Early Monday, 57-year-old Whitson broke the record for the most cumulative time spent in space by an American astronaut. She broke the record by surpassing the 534-day record held by Jeff Williams.

NASA astronaut & Russian cosmonaut successfully launched for ISS

NASA astronaut & Russian cosmonaut successfully launched for the ISS

American astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin were boosted into Earth’s orbit on Thursday for their planned five-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA’s Fischer and Roscosmos’ Yurchikhin lifted off on a Russian Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft carried by a Soyuz-FG rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:13 a.m. EDT (0713 GMT) on April 20, 2017.

Launched on a planned “fast-track,” 6-orbit rendezvous, the duo is set to dock at the orbiting outpost’s Poisk module at around 9:23 a.m. EDT or 1323 GMT.

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Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK’s Atlas V rocket carrying an unmanned Cygnus cargo ship is all set to blast off from a NASA launch pad for delivering food and supplies for the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Cygnus cargo ship carrying Atlas V rocket is poised to be launched during a thirty-minute launch window starting at 11:11 a.m. (1511 GMT) from a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday.

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Mile-wide asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years

Mile-wide asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years

A mile-wide ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid is set to make a relatively close flyby to Earth on Wednesday this week, the U.S. space agency NASA has warned.

The asteroid dubbed the Rock, which is formally known as Object 2014 JO25, will pass by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles or roughly 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. The close flyby is due to take place at 8:24AM ET or 1:24PM BST on Wednesday.

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Researchers untangle the mystery of why shoelaces untie

Researchers untangle the mystery of why shoelaces come untied

A new study has attempted to resolve the mysterious phenomenon by which neatly and securely tied shoelaces untie, particularly when the wearer walk fast or run.

Researcher Oliver O'Reilly said his shoelaces had been coming untied daily for more than four decades but he never thought much about it. But, around a decade back, when his daughter Anna was learning how to tie her shoes, he decided to find out why shoelaces get untied on their own.

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NASA detects hydrogen gas on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

NASA detects hydrogen gas on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

NASA scientists have announced that the agency’s Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen gas in a plume gushing from a liquid water ocean hidden beneath the icy shell of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Hydrogen is a key energy source for microbial life and its detection in Enceladus’ atmosphere has boosted scientists’ belief that some of Saturn’s moons could be supporting alien life in the form of microbes.

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Researchers build prototype device capable of pulling water from the air

Researchers build prototype device capable of pulling water from the air

A team of researchers from MIT and UC Berkeley have built a prototype solar-powered device that can pull or extract fresh water from the air.

The “personalized water” harvester is a small, solar-powered device that requires just 20 to 30 per cent humidity to work. Prof. Omar Yaghi, one of the scientists involved in the project, envisions a future where such devices would make it possible for water to be supplied off-grid.

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Paleontologists discover remains of an earliest relative of dinosaurs

Paleontologists discover remains of an earliest relative of dinosaurs

The discovery of 245-million-year-old fossilized remains of one of the earliest relatives of dinosaurs from a basin in southern Tanzania may help fill in the gaps in scientists’ understanding of how those massive creatures evolved as well as provide a deeper insight into what their earliest relatives might have looked like.

Paleontologists reported that the remains belonged to an extinct carnivorous creature called Teleocrater rhadinus, which wasn’t a direct forerunner to dinosaurs. Instead, this creature was more of a close cousin.

NASA set to reveal new discoveries on oceans beyond Earth

NASA set to reveal new discoveries on oceans beyond Earth

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is set to reveal discoveries related to ocean worlds in our solar system, according to a newly released statement by space agency officials.

The U.S. space agency team told reporters that the revelations would be related particularly to discoveries made by Saturn probe Cassini and the Hubble space telescope. The Cassini spacecraft was launched in 1997 and it reached the Saturn system in 2004.

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