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Google Street View enters International Space Station

Google Street View enters International Space Station

Google Street View is known for providing internet users with a closer view of destinations that are normally beyond their reach.

After providing closer view of earthly destinations, Google Street View has now extended its reach into the space. It recently explored the International Space Station (ISS) – a joint venture among multiple countries to conduct various experiments in space.

With the help of its Street View team on ground and astronauts aboard the orbiting lab, tech giant Google gave us a very close look to what really occupies the space station.

Japan’s zero-gravity space camera drone sends first images from ISS

Japan’s zero-gravity space camera drone sends first images from ISS

The JAXA Tsukuba Space Center of Japan has just announced the release of the very first images taken by a space drone that is operating on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Japanese space agency sent the zero-gravity Internal Ball Camera drone in order to get photos and videos of astronauts at the ISS.

Operated from earth, the Internal Ball Camera drone has been offering an unbelievable window into life on the orbiting laboratory.

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Privately-owned U.S. firm plans to land spacecraft on Moon

Privately-owned U.S. firm plans to land spacecraft on Moon

A privately-owned U.S.-based firm has announced its plan to use robotic technology to launch a series of commercial missions to Earth’s only natural satellite - the Moon.

Cape Canaveral, Florida-based Moon Express CEO Bob Richards has confirmed that his firm is working on a fleet of low-cost robotic spacecraft that could be assembled like Legos to handle complex space missions.

The first spacecraft of the firm called MX-1E is scheduled to be launched before the end of this year using a Rocket Lab Electron booster.

China Stars 200-day Self-sustaining Space Station Experiment

China Stars 200-day Self-sustaining Space Station Experiment

Chinese researchers have started 200-day self-sustaining project under name Lunar Palace I. Four students from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics will be staying for 200 days under conditions similar to those in space. The experiment for 200-day self-sustaining stay has been started after conducting a similar experiment for 60 days. China is trying hard to improve its position in space exploration technologies.

Toxic Compounds on Mars Could Make it difficult for life to thrive on Red Planet

Toxic Compounds on Mars Could Make it difficult for life to thrive on Red Planet

Toxic compounds in the Martian soil could make it difficult for bacteria to thrive on the planet and could also lead to trouble for other life forms on the red planet, a new research report published in journal Scientific Reports has informed. Mars has high amount of radiation and its atmosphere has much lower concentration of carbon dioxide compared to that on our planet. Scientists have been trying to search for signs of life on Mars and trying to evaluate if the planet could support life in future.

10 Habitable Exoplanets Listed by Astronomers after reviewing Kepler Space Telescope data

10 Habitable Exoplanets Listed by Astronomers after reviewing Kepler Space Telescope data

It is difficult to find exoplanets with conditions similar to those on our planet Earth. Astronomers have been searching for exoplanets that can support life in their quest for signs of life on other planets, outside our solar system. The team of astronomers working with Kepler Space telescope has released a list of 219 new exoplanets. These 219 exoplanets have been discovered by astronomers over a period of four years using Kepler Space Telescope. 10 exoplanets among the latest list are in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone and their size is comparable to that of our planet Earth.

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SpaceX launches first Bulgarian Satellite Bulgariasat-1

SpaceX launches first Bulgarian Satellite  Bulgariasat-1

SpaceX has successfully launched the first Bulgarian satellite using SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch was earlier delayed due to small glitch and the mission from Florida’s east coast on Friday has successfully placed Bulgaria-owned television broadcasting satellite. Bulgariasat-1 is the first geostationary communications satellite launched for Bulgaria.

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Kepler Finds 219 Exoplanets and 10 out of them could be habitable: NASA

Kepler Finds 219 Exoplanets and 10 out of them could be habitable: NASA

A team of astronomers working with Kepler Space telescope has found 219 new exoplanets. NASA released a list of 219 exoplanets discovered by astronomers over a period of four years using Kepler Space Telescope. 10 exoplanets among the latest list are in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone and their size is comparable to that of our planet Earth. These planets can support water in liquid form on their surface as they orbit at a suitable distance from their host star. Presence of water in liquid form is one of the main conditions for any exoplanet to support life.

China launches X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars

China launches X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars

China’s recently launched X-ray space telescope will enable scientists to observe and learning about pulsars, gamma-ray bursts and black holes.

The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope was launched using a Long March-4B rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, which is located in the northwest the Gobi Desert, at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The cutting-edge space telescope is expected to help scientists better understand the evolution of black holes, gamma-ray bursts and the interiors of pulsars.

China’s Micius Mission Sets New Grounds in Quantum Science

China’s Micius Mission Sets New Grounds in Quantum Science

China launched Micius satellite last August from the Gobi desert and the project has broken an important quantum physics record by beaming entangled photons from space to our planet. The satellite has been successful in beaming entangled photons nearly 300 miles away from Earth to two receiving stations. The idea has been theorized for quite some time but this is the first time that it has been tested by Micius mission. The two base stations are separated by the distance of 1,200 kilometers and the research team was able to separate the entangled photon pairs.

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