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NASA plans to fly small electric helicopter on Mars during its 2020 mission

According to a recent announcement by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the space agency’s 2020 mission will involve an effort to fly a small electric helicopter on Mars.

The announcement by Bridenstine comes close on the heels of a last-week disclosure by NASA that it is planning the addition of another electric vehicle -- a small electric helicopter -- during its next mission to Mars.

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Asteroid Mining could be Trillion Dollar Business: Goldman Sachs

Asteroid Mining could be Trillion Dollar Business: Goldman Sachs

Scientists have been talking for quite some time about Asteroid mining but a new report from Goldman Sachs claims that asteroid mining could be turned into trillion dollar business. While asteroid mining isn’t easy, with technological advancements and better share of private companies in space exploration, asteroid mining could be possible and financially viable in future. Some asteroids have good amount of precious metals and resources and companies aiming at space mining could be the next big thing in mining business.

Buzz Aldrin passes lie detector test about his alien claims

Buzz Aldrin passes lie detector test about his alien claims

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has passed a lie detector test to check if he was telling the truth about aliens. Aldrin is the second man to land on the moon and the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany conducted lie detector tests to check validity of claims regarding alien life. Three other astronauts underwent lie detector test and the results were positive.

NASA showcases amazing images of gullies formed at Matara Crater on Mars

NASA showcases amazing images of gullies formed at Matara Crater on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent amazing images of Matara Crater on the Red Planet. The high resolution images showcase many gullies that run through the sand dunes in the Matara Crater region. As per NASA release earlier this week, gullies on Mars are different from those seen on Earth. The gullies on Mars are created by ‘freeze and thaw of carbon dioxide frost’.

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Jill Tarter: Possibility of finding Alien Life by the end of this century

Jill Tarter: Possibility of finding Alien Life by the end of this century

Astronomer Jill Tarter believes that by the end of this century, we will be able to find alien life. Tarter made the statement during a speech at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Cross Cultural Management summit. Tarter has been inspiration for 1997 movie Contact and her role was played by Jodi Foster. Tarter added that astronomers should look for biomarks on other planets in order to find alien life. Astronomers at SETI have been working hard to find any signs of alien life.

NASA aiming at April 16 Launch for Next Planet-Hunting Spacecraft

NASA aiming at April 16 Launch for Next Planet-Hunting Spacecraft

NASA is planning to launch its next planet hunting spacecraft on April 16. The spacecraft will liftoff on SpaceX Flacon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA has planned media event on March 28 to provide more information about the mission. The mission named Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be searching for planets outside the solar system.

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Ancient Oceans on Mars Could Have Formed After Massive Volcanic Eruptions: Research

Ancient Oceans on Mars Could Have Formed After Massive Volcanic Eruptions: Research

The shallow oceans on Mars could have formed due to massive volcanic eruptions on the Red Planet in the past, suggests a new research paper released by University of California, Berkeley researchers. Scientists suggest that shoreline-like structures on Mars could have been formed due to shallow oceans but there wasn’t an easy explanation about where the water disappeared. The research paper published in the journal Nature also points that massive volcanic eruptions could have changed the climate to such an extent that water couldn’t exist in liquid form.

Astronomers detect Strongest-ever Fast Radio Burst Signals

Astronomers detect Strongest-ever Fast Radio Burst Signals

Astronomers have detected the strongest-ever fast radio burst (FRB) signals with the highest signal-to-noise ratio ever recorded. The FRB signals were detected by the Parkes Observatory radio telescope in remote Australia on March 1, 9 and 11. The FRB received on March 9, FRB 180309, has been termed as four times stronger signal compared to normal FRBs detected by astronomers. FRB source still remains a mystery for astronomers. The signals last for few milliseconds and arrive without any warning.

NASA’s Hammer Spacecraft aiming to divert asteroid from hitting our planet

NASA’s Hammer Spacecraft aiming to divert asteroid from hitting our planet

NASA scientists are working on a plan to divert or blow up an asteroid in case it was on course to collide with our planet. There is very low chance of any major asteroid hitting our planet in next few centuries but NASA team is already planning a course of action in case of any risk from an asteroid. NASA published details of its project Hammer (Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response) spacecraft, which would be capable of deflecting high risk asteroids.

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The Law of Determinism breaks down for some Black Holes: UC Berkeley Mathematician

The Law of Determinism breaks down for some Black Holes: UC Berkeley Mathematician

Black holes have remained a topic of debate among astronomers and our information about black holes is still considered limited. While astronomers and physicists have been trying to find more about Black Holes, a has found some types of black holes for which the Law of Determinism breaks down. Determinism is the philosophical theory that all events, including moral choices, are completely determined by previously existing causes.

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