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Saturn's moon Pan appears like flying saucer

Saturn moon Pan appears like flying saucer

Pan, one of Saturn’s several moons, is quite peculiar due to its distinctive shape that has prompted some scientists to compare it to a flying saucer. The U.S. space agency NASA on Thursday released some images of Pan. Natural satellites are not always round in shape. The high resolution images of Pan were captured and sent back to Earth by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. In the images, Pan looks like a UFO or a flying saucer.

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NASA finds ISRO Lunar Orbiter Chandrayaan-1

NASA finds Indian’s lost lunar orbiter Chandrayaan 1

The U.S. space agency NASA has discovered the location of India’s first lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan 1, which lost contact with mission managers back in 2009. Within a year of its launch, Chandrayaan-I lost contact with its mission base station.

Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on October 22, 2008 to orbit the Earth’s only natural satellite.

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NASA finds Lost Indian Lunar Mission with New Radar Technique

NASA finds Lost Indian Lunar Mission with New Radar Technique

NASA has found lost Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 after the Indian space agency lost contact with the mission few years back. A new technological application of interplanetary radar has been able to locate lunar mission. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team in California informed that this technique can be used in future missions.

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Researchers to use JWST to find life on exoplanets

Researchers to use JWST to find life on exoplanets

Following the recent discovery of the more than half a dozen earth-sized planets around a star forty light years away, NASA researchers are looking to the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to determine if any of these exoplanets could possibly support any type of life.

Around a couple of weeks ago, NASA announced the discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star. Researchers believe that some of these stars could be able to support life.

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NASA Shares Amazing Image of Saturn’s Moon Pan Captured by Cassini

NASA Shares Amazing Image of Saturn’s Moon Pan Clicked by Cassini

NASA has shared amazing image of Saturn’s small moon Pan featuring shape similar to ravioli. The images taken by Cassini have provided interesting insights on many natural satellites of Saturn. Cassini mission has been orbiting Saturn since 2004 and before the mission ends, it will make ring-grazing’ maneuvers. Astronomers are expecting breathtaking images of Saturn’s satellites from Cassini mission.

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Cassini Showcases Amazing Features of Pan and Enceladus in High Resolution Images

Cassini Showcases Amazing Features of Pan and Enceladus in High Resolution Images

Cassini mission team has shared amazing images of Saturn’s moons Pan and Enceladus. Saturn’s icy, geyser-spewing mono has an amazing surface with higher number of craters in northern region. The Enceladus image shared by NASA was clicked by Cassini on November 27, 2016.

NASA informed that each pixel measures nearly 1,310 feet across and the images were taken by Cassini at a distance of 41,000 miles from surface of Enceladus. Cassini mission has provided amazing images for astronomers and scientific community.

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NASA Spots Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Probe from Indian Space Agency

NASA Spots Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Probe from Indian Space Agency

NASA has reportedly spotted Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe sent by Indian space agency ISRO few years back. One year after its launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with Chandrayaan-1 (sent in year 2008). Finding a probe is hard as it wasn’t emitting any kind of signal and its size is small. Chandrayaan-1 entered a lunar orbit in November 2008.

Cost of Space Missions declining with New Technologies

Cost of Space Missions declining with New Technologies

The cost of space missions and setting up space technology business has reduced considerably with new technologies, prompting more and more private-sector companies to enter the arena.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently announced a plan to fly two paying passengers on a week-long flight around the Moon and beyond. SpaceX has made significant advances in reusable rocket technology.

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SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk-led SpaceX aims to perform a feat that hasn’t been attempted even by government-run space agency NASA since its Apollo missions nearly half a century ago.

Mr. Musk, the private-sector space firm’s founder and chief executive officer, announced recently that his company would fly two paying passengers on a trip around the Moon by the end of year 2018.

Potatoes Can Grow on Mars: CubeSat Indicator Experiment

Potatoes Can Grow on Mars: CubeSat Indicator Experiment

Colonization of Mars in future is an ambitious project for NASA, ESA, other space agencies but the project presents many challenges for scientists. CubeSat indicator experiment has shown that growing potatoes on Mars will be possible. Planet Mars presents extreme weather conditions and growing crops on the Red Planet will be essential for long term survival. Researchers at International Potato Center planned to grow potatoes under Mars-like conditions. In their initial research project, researchers have reported encouraging results.

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