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SpaceX and United Launch Alliance leading in space launch cost reduction

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance leading in space launch cost reduction

SpaceX has reduced the cost of space missions and launch events by successfully developing its reusable rocket technology. SpaceX rival United Launch Alliance is aiming at reducing rocket launch costs of its missions even further with use of reusable rocket. As ULA Delta IV Heavy is not reusable, each mission costs $350 million. Boeing and Lockheed Martin joined forces in 2005 to setup ULA. The company is working on Vulcan, a reusable rocket that could beat SpaceX Falcon heavy in terms of cost of space missions.

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Mystery continues about fate of Secret Satellite codenamed Zuma launched by SpaceX

Mystery continues about fate of Secret Satellite codenamed Zuma launched by SpaceX

SpaceX launched top-secret satellite codenamed ‘Zuma’ but the latest reports suggest that the satellite could have been lost in space. SpaceX launched the satellite and the company led by Elon Musk informed that it has done everything to launch the satellite successfully. As the mission was top-secret, it hasn’t been revealed which government agency was responsible for the satellite codenamed ‘Zuma’.

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August 2017 Solar Eclipse Left Ripples in Ionosphere: Research

August 2017 Solar Eclipse Left Ripples in Ionosphere: Research

The August 2017 Solar Eclipse left waves in our planet’s ionosphere, the ionized section of earth’s upper atmosphere, as per a new research conducted by astronomers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Haystack Observatory and researchers at the University of Tromsø in Norway. The strange impact of solar eclipse on the atmosphere has been termed as ‘Wake’ by the research team. The “Great American Eclipse” in August 2017 was an important event, much awaited by astronomers and scientific community.

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights up California Sky and some residents thought it was UFO

SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket and the launch event was witnessed by many Californians as an amazing light show in the sky. While some people found the images spectacular, some were freaked out as they thought of the rocket as an unidentified flying object (UFO). Soon after the launch event, many people shared images of rocket launch on social media. SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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SpaceX launches ISS Resupply mission using Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX launches ISS Resupply mission using Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX has successfully launched a resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS) using its reusable Falcon 9 rocket. The current mission marks 50th mission for Falcon rocket developed by SpaceX. The mission launched on Friday with clear skies over Florida’s Space Coast. The reusable Falcon 9 rocket has successfully finished ISS resupply mission earlier as well. After the launch, SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully touched down at ground-based Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral.

China aims at nuclear fuel-powered space shuttle by 2040

China aims at nuclear fuel-powered space shuttle by 2040

China plans large-scale space exploration with nuclear fuel-powered space shuttles. A report published by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation indicated that nuclear-powered space shuttles can also be used for asteroid mining. The report was published by state news agency Xinhua.

By year 2030, China aims to develop its space exploration industry and has also set its eyes on becoming major space exploration power. The space program setup by Chinese scientists and officials is ambitious.

MIT Researchers Observes the Oldest Galaxy in the Universe

MIT Researchers Observes the Oldest Galaxy in the Universe

Astronomers working with the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) have observed the second most distant star-forming galaxy in the Universe. Astronomers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst claim that the most distant galaxy could have been born during the first one billion years after the Big Bang. The galaxy was first detected by astronomers working with the Herschel space telescope. However, the Herschel space telescope was only capable of generating blurry images with little details. Using LMT, astronomers from UMass Amherst have evaluated many factors about the distant galaxy.

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Astronomers develop computer simulation showcasing orbit of Planet Nine

Astronomers develop computer simulation showcasing orbit of Planet Nine

Astronomers have developed a computer simulation that suggests the orbit of mysterious planet 9 in the solar system. The research team suggests that the elusive planet 9 could be in the very far regions of the solar system. A research paper published in January 2016 suggested existence of a massive planet beyond Neptune. Due to large orbit of the planet, it would not be easy for astronomers to spot it.

End of the World Postponed till October after earlier deadline passes peacefully: David Meade

End of the World Postponed till October after earlier deadline passes peacefully: David Meade

Christian numerologist David Meade had predicted that our world would come to an end on September 23 as Planet X would collide with our planet. However, everyone questioned Meade as his earlier predicted doomsday date of September 23 passed peacefully. Scientists across the world have talked against such predictions made by many in the past as well. NASA also issued a statement to deny the claims made by David Meade. NASA clarified that there isn’t any planet with name Nibiru and there won’t be any collision in September or even in October.

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Research subjects to emerge from Mars-like habitat after Eight months of isolation

Research subjects to emerge from Mars-like habitat after Eight months of isolation

Six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from an isolated Mars-like habitat on a Hawaii volcano on coming Sunday, September 17, project managers confirmed. The team of four men and two women entered the isolated Mars-like habitat on a vast plain below the summit of the world's biggest active volcano in January this year as part of a bigger research to find ways to enable humans to survive on the Red Planet.

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