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Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

U.S. government investigators are reportedly worried about a potentially dangerous flaw in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which are supposed to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as soon as next year.

According to a report published in the WSJ, investigators have detected a pattern of cracking in the Falcon 9 rockets’ turbine blades that drive the turbopumps which quickly funnel propellant into the rocket engines.

Investigators believe that the flaw could compromise the safety of astronauts who are supposed use the vehicle starting sometime in 2018.

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Release of GPS data expected to boost space-weather science

Release of GPS data expected to boost space-weather science

More than 16 years of space-weather data captured by the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites have been made public for the first time in history, authorities have confirmed.

For years, the information has been kept by the U.S. military, which manages the GPS satellite system. It is for the first time that the information has been released for the public, thanks to an executive order signed in October last year.

Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

NASA’s Cassini mission team has released high resolution images of Saturn’s rings, showcasing unprecedented details of the outer regions of the icy rings and their bruised surface. Cassini spacecraft is currently in its ‘ring grazing’ phase of the mission. The new images are the closest ever images of Saturn’s rings. Cassini mission will come to an end in April this year, after running for 20 years and providing valuable data to astronomers about Saturn. In April, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.

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Elon Musk shares his views about Trump's Immigration Order

Elon Musk shifts his views about Trump

During the tightly-fought 2016 presidential election, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not think that Donald Trump was the right person for the job. However, the billionaire innovator has now shifted his views about the Republican leader.

While Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the notion of man-made global warning, Musk has been an ardent supporter of the idea that man-made global warming is a real threat to humanity. Nevertheless, Musk has endorsed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a global warming skeptic, as Secretary of State.

Bursts of Methane on Mars in the Past Could Have Raised Temperature of the Red Planet: Research

Bursts of Methane on Mars in the Past Could Have Raised Temperature of the Red Planet: Research

Astronomers have argued about the possibility of water flowing on the surface of Mars in the past and many of the Mars missions have offered evidence of the same on surface of the Red Planet. Researchers also know that even in the past, 3-4 billion years ago, Mars was too cold to support liquid water. However, a new research paper suggests that intermittent bursts of methane could have led to rising temperature on the Red Planet.

Private access to Moon getting closer to reality

Private access to Moon getting closer to reality

Private access to the Moon is increasing getting closer to reality with the X Prize Foundation, an ambitious initiative funded by Google that is encouraging private entrepreneurs get to our only natural satellite by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, the X Prize Foundation selected five teams of private entrepreneurs that say they could land on the Moon by the end of 2017.

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NOAA releases first images captured by GOES-16 satellite

NOAA releases first images captured by GOES-16 satellite

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first images of Earth and the Moon captured by its new satellite, and the views are really jaw-dropping.

The images of the planet and its only natural satellite were captured by GOES-16, the first of four cutting-edge weather satellites that are collectively called GOES-R. The collection of new images includes a modernized adaptation of the iconic “Blue Marble” photo of our planet as seen from space.

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Five Teams Remain in Google-backed Lunar X Competition

Five Teams Remain in Google-backed Lunar Project

Five team have reached next stage of $30 million Google-supported Lunar mission, informed XPrize Foundation. These teams have till December 31 to launch their lunar mission and the teams are working hard to succeed in Lunar XPrize challenge. The five teams currently in the race have been shortlisted from 16 teams that were in the previous stage of Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) competition. The winning team has to launch a private space mission to the moon and explore the lunar surface, XPrize Foundation informed.

Sun will be in solar minimum in 2017: experts predict

Sun will be in solar minimum in 2017: experts predict

Vigilant space weather forecasters have predicted that the Sun will be in a solar minimum in 2017, when solar storms will be few and far between. However, individual solar storms could be quite hefty.

In 2016 also, our fiery host star was quite “tame” as it created only a few solar storms that had minimal impact on electric grids and digital life on Earth. Scientist say that the Sun is in the declining phase of activity, but it can still create really crippling geomagnetic storms.

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NASA Team preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

NASA preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

As a manned mission to Mars will certainly pose tough challenges, NASA is simulating Mars-like conditions on Earth in a hope to learn how those potential challenges can be mitigated.

As part of those efforts, four men and two women moved into a vinyl-coated pod just below the summit of Hawaii’s active volcano Mauna Loa. The six people, carefully selected by the space agency from more than 700 applicants, will dare arduous, cramped conditions along with isolation and monotony.

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