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Rare Photograph of Earth as seen from Saturn Released by NASA

Rare Photograph of Earth as seen from Saturn Released by NASA

An unusual photograph of Earth from the surface of Saturn has been released by Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. This is the first natural-color photo in which Saturn, its moon and rings, and planets namely, Earth, Venus and Mars can be seen clearly, as per the space agency.

The image has been captured by Cassini spacecraft of NASA. The view can also be seen by human eyes.

Wide-angle photographs, counting to 141 were prepared by Cassini's team to create a panorama. The picture shows 404,880 miles across Saturn and its inner rings system.

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NASA Explains Moon’s Rugged Look Using GRAIL Mission

NASA Explains Moon’s Rugged Look Using GRAIL Mission

According to a latest report, by using the details from the NASA's Gravity Recovery and Inside Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, the scientists are trying to figure out or gain a vision of how the facial area of the moon acquired its rough and stony surface.

The scientists are performing their twin mission by using an accurate formation flying technique, which is also helpful in mapping the moon's gravity field.

According to sources, the team of scientists is using GRAIL's gravity maps in order to find thin crust on the moon and also to measure the correct size of the basins.

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GOCE will Hit Earth in Next Few Days, Says Scientists

GOCE will Hit Earth in Next Few Days, Says Scientists

According to a new report, Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Explorer, popularly known as GOCE (GO-chay), has been falling with very fast speed and is only at a distance of about 169 Km. This European satellite was launched by the European Space Agency in 2009. It was launched to map the changes in the earth's gravity in 3D and to measure ocean circulation patterns.

Six-Tailed Asteroid Spotted by Astronomers

Six-Tailed Asteroid Spotted by Astronomers

According to a latest report, the astronauts have recently spotted a weird six tailed asteroid. The news release from the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center reveals that this asteroid looks like whirling lawn sprinkler. The scientists have named the asteroid as P/2013 P5.

The sources have also revealed that this looks very peculiar and bizarre. The astronauts proclaim that normal asteroids appear to be small points of light. On the contrary this asteroid has a very strange, six-tailed appearance.

New Species of Microbe Spotted in Spacecraft Clean Rooms

New Species of Microbe Spotted in Spacecraft Clean Rooms

According to a latest report, a new species of microbes have been detected in two of the cleanest places on the Earth. These microbes are named as Tersicoccus phoenicis and have been found in the spacecraft clean rooms in Florida and South America.

These findings show that not only humans are space friendly but creatures like these microbes are also space groupies.

Fireball in the Southland Sky was part of South Taurid Meteor Shower

Fireball in the Southland Sky was part of South Taurid Meteor Shower

A bright streak was spotted in the Southland sky on Wednesday evening. Astronomers believe that it was an especially bright meteor belonging to the ongoing South Taurid meteor shower, said officials.

The sighting was reported by witnesses about 8 pm. It was reportedly as far away as San Diego.

As per National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Sukup, it is highly likely that the fireball was part of the South Taurid meteor shower.

Moon’s Near Side has Bigger Craters than the Far Side

Moon’s Near Side has Bigger Craters than the Far Side

A new study has come up with findings to suggest that near side of the moon is largely impacted by craters because of the key differences between the two hemispheres. Scientists have figured out long ago that craters are formed at an even rate on the surfaces of both sides of the moon.

However, the new study has come up with findings that have dispelled the previous belief. It has been discovered by scientists that near side of the moon was highly impacted by an ancient asteroid. And as a result, larger basins were produced on the near side than those on the far side.

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Astronomers Call Milky Way as ‘Pill of Gas’

Astronomers Call Milky Way as ‘Pill of Gas’

A "pill-popping galaxy hooked on gas" - this is what a group of astroboffins has recently titled the Milky Way as.

Astronomy and Space Science's Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Alex Hill, in Australia, coined the name. The study has been dubbed "Magnetized Gas in the Smith High Velocity Cloud".

Milky Way Galaxy is a throng of stars, wherein the Earth exists. The report said that the Smith Cloud, situated out of the galaxy, is larger by around two million times than Sol. The same is likely to strike its core within some 30 million years to come.

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New Planet Appears Just Like Earth; Unsupportive to Life

New Planet Appears Just Like Earth; Unsupportive to Life

Earth is unique as it carries life, which is still only being sought after on any other planet. But, a group of boffins said recently that there probably exists another `Earth'.

A new planet has been discovered by the group in the constellation Cygnus. The same exists some four hundred light years far from Earth. A G-type star akin to Sun has been found in there, which sees the new world orbiting it.

NASA Celebrates Halloween with Ghostly Dying Star Images

NASA Celebrates Halloween with Ghostly Dying Star Images

According to a latest report, in order to celebrate the Halloween season, NASA has released three photographs of the disembodied or ghostly images of the ruins of dying stars.

The images are captured with the help of infrared light and they display planetary nebulae. The images clearly show the deaths of all the three stars.

One among the three stars looks like a dreadful lot resembling the Mutara Nebula from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".

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