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ESA’s Sentinel-2B satellite to join its twin

ESA’s Sentinel-2B satellite to join its twin

The European Space Agency’s just launched Sentinel-2B satellite will join its twin, dubbed Sentinel 2-A, in the orbit to provide scientists with precise images of Earth for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

Sentinel 2-B lifted off from Europe’s Kourou, French Guyana-based Spaceport at 01:49 GMT on 7th of March (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time).

The first stage of the rocket Vega separated around a couple of minutes after liftoff, and the second and third stages separated at 3 min 56 sec and 6 min 32 seconds, respectively.

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NOAA releases images captured by GOES-16’s lightning mapper

NOAA releases images captured by GOES-16’s lightning mapper

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Monday released the first images captured by the GOES-16 satellite and expressed hope that the new satellite will improve scientists’ understanding of lightening and lead to better forecasts of brutal storms.

The images released by NOAA were captured by GOES-16 on Valentine’s Day from an altitude of 22,300 miles. The images show flashes of lightning across the Western Hemisphere over the course of one hour.

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NASA to explore asteroid 16 Psyche

NASA to explore asteroid 16 Psyche

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has announced plans to fund a multi-year mission to visit a massive asteroid dubbed the 16 Psyche. The 16 Psyche, one of the biggest asteroids in the asteroid belt located 2.9 to 3.3 astronomical units, was discovered more than a hundred years ago.

The American space agency has decided to fund a seven-year mission, in which a robotic space probe will be sent to the 19 Psyche to study the huge rock. NASA officials have picked two missions, viz. Lucy and Psyche, to explore the early solar system.

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Giant Magnetic Field on Mars Could Help Restore its Atmosphere and make it Habitable: NASA

Giant Magnetic Field on Mars Could Help Restore its Atmosphere and make it Habitable: NASA

NASA engineers have been working hard on developing a sustainability plan for Mars colonization and they suggest that launching a giant magnetic shield on the Red Planet. The magnetic shield could help restore atmosphere on Mars and presence of thick atmosphere will be helpful in making the planet habitable. Mars currently faces extreme temperature and strong solar winds. Currently, the Red Planet is cold and dry and chances of life surviving in such conditions are extremely low. NASA scientists presented the idea of magnetic shield on Mars at Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop.

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NASA prevents possible collision between MAVEN and Phobos

NASA prevents possible collision between MAVEN and Phobos

NASA scientists recently increased the velocity of Mars-orbiting spacecraft MAVEN to avoid a future collision with the red Planet’s dark moon Phobos.

The MAVEN, which is short for Mars Atmosphere & Volatile EvolutioN, has been orbiting the Red Planet for more than a couple of years. On 28th of February, scientists fired the probe’s rocket engine to boost its velocity by 0.4 meters a second.

The renowned space agency said in a statement that the increase in the velocity changed the probe’s trajectories, allowing it to avoid crossing paths with the moon Phobos.

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Jeff Bezos planning to set up ‘future human settlement’ on Moon

Jeff Bezos planning to set up ‘future human settlement’ on Moon

A number of space entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on U.S. space agency NASA’s intention to return to the Moon by proposing a range of plans to with the eventual goal of setting up a lasting human presence on the natural satellite.

Solar Storms Remove Electrons from Earth’s Atmosphere

Solar Storms Remove Electrons from Earth’s Atmosphere

Solar storms leave large portions of atmosphere of Earth without electrons according to a new study conducted by researchers from NASA Jet Propulsion Library, University of Illinois, DTU Space, and University of Brunswick. Solar storms release enormous amount of energy and also push many small particles from the solar surface. Strong Solar storms can impact communication systems on Earth.

Pluto should be redefined as planet: Experts

Pluto should be redefined as planet: experts say

Icy dwarf planet Pluto should be redefined as a planet along with more than one hundred celestial bodies in the solar system, many prominent astronomers and scientists have suggested.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) demoted Pluto to the status of a non-planet or dwarf planet in 2006, cutting the total number of planets in our solar system from 9 to 8.

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Monday (Feb. 27th) that two private citizens will make a trip around the Moon in 2018, aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft.

Without revealing the names of the two private citizens, Mr. Musk said that the two individuals have already paid a significant deposit to help the company meet the cost of the mission. The two civilians’ names will be announced later, pending the result of their initial health tests, which will be conducted to ensure their fitness for the Moon mission.

NASA Plans to Launch Solar Probe in 2018

NASA Plans to Launch Solar Probe in 2018

NASA has announced Solar Plus Probe which will be checking for risk of any major ‘solar event’ that can impact our planet. The probe will be launched in 2018 and will stay nearly four million miles from solar surface. The probe will help scientists to predict and prepare for any major solar event. It will be an interesting and difficult mission as no spacecraft has worked that close to the Sun. Astronomers are expecting to gather interesting information about Sun’s corona.

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