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NASA Plans Mission to Asteroid Worth $10,000 quadrillion worth of Minerals

NASA Plans Mission to Asteroid Worth $10,000 quadrillion worth of Minerals

NASA has approved two interesting missions and one of them will reach an asteroid valued by astronomers at $10,000 quadrillion, due to expensive mineral reserves on that asteroid. NASA is planning to launch missions known as Lucy and Psyche in year 2021 and 2023 to explore far regions in space. The giant asteroid could also provide valuable clues about early days and formation of solar system. The giant metal asteroid named 16 Psyche will be interesting for astronomers and NASA is working hard to make this mission a success.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base this Saturday, marking the booster’s return to flight for the first time since early September.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 09:54 p.m. local time (17:54 GMT). The private-sector space firm had planned to get its first Falcon of 2017 up and away around a week ago, but adverse weather conditions made that impossible. According to the NWS, Saturday’s forecast appears far more favorable.

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NASA shares Earth & Moon images captured on Mars

NASA shares Earth & Moon images captured on Mars

American space agency NASA has released really striking images of what our Earth and its only natural satellite look like from Mars.

The newly-released images were captured using high-powered HiRISE camera, which is operated by the University of Arizona. The agency also revealed that the images were captured a few days before the recently past Thanksgiving.

The images of Earth and Moon, taken nearly 127 million miles away from our planet, were pieced together by scientists to form a composite image so that our only natural satellite would be bright enough to be seen.

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Two stars predicted to collide & explode in 2022

Two stars predicted to collide & explode in 2022

A team of astronomers have predicted that two stars in the constellation Cygnus will collide in 2022, creating a so bright explosion that it will be visible to the naked eye in the night sky.

Calvin College’s Prof. Larry Molnar and his team said that stars in a binary star system, called KIC 9832227, are currently orbiting each other while also on the way to collide and merge.

The two stars are in question share a common atmosphere, like two peanuts share a single shell. Their collision and the resulting explosion will create an extra-bright star, called red nova.

Falcon 9 launch postponed to January 14

Falcon 9 launch postponed to Jan. 14

SpaceX has postponed a planned Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff by several days because the launch site in California is expected to experience unfavorable weather conditions, including heavy winds and downpour, over the next few days.

The Elon Musk-led space firm and its launch partner Iridium confirmed on Sunday, Jan. 8, that launch scheduled for Jan. 9th had been pushed back to Jan. 14th due to bad weather.

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Researchers trace Fast Radio Burst back to its origin

Researchers trace Fast Radio Burst back to its origin

An unprecedented detection of a repeating “Fast Radio Burst (FRB)” has allowed astronomers to identify its origin, prompting scientists to reconsider what they believed they knew about FRBs.

FRBs are tremendously powerful flashes of cosmic light, which can be detected from billions of light-years away. In spite of the ferocity of the bursts, these radio emissions are rarely detected because of they are extremely short-lived.

As FRBs last for just a fraction of a second, they are hard to capture, and their origin is even harder to pinpoint.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch scheduled for January 14

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch scheduled for Jan. 14th

Despite gaining the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s approval for resuming Falcon 9 flights, SpaceX has decided to wait for several more days before launching a Falcon 9 rocket carrying Iridium satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

In addition to gaining the federal regulator’s approval, SpaceX has also successfully completed an on-pad test. But, it decided until Jan. 14th to launch the Falcon 9 cargo flight. Before the new notice, the company was expected to launch the flight on coming Monday.

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ISS to pass in front of the Sun Thursday morning

ISS to pass in front of the Sun Thursday morning

Some individuals living in the Denver Metro area will get a rare chance to enjoy a special view of the International Space Station (ISS) in the morning hours of Thursday as the orbiting lab will be passing in front of the Sun.

The Denver Astronomical Society has created and released a map showing the ISS’ path across the Sun through Denver. In case the weather cooperates, individuals living within 14 miles of this line will be able to get the best chance to view the orbiting lab.

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Cassini Mission Has Provided Lot of Interesting Data to Astronomers: NASA

Cassini Mission Has Provided Lot of Interesting Data to Astronomers: NASA

Cassini mission has provided high amount of interesting data to astronomers. The mission was launched in 1997 and became the first to enter Saturn’s orbit. The mission will end in year 2017 and NASA engineers are excited about what the mission spacecraft will offer them before it ends. On January 1, 2017, Cassini mission will start Ring Grazing Orbit #5.

Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Comet Show to Welcome New Year

Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Comet Show to Welcome New Year

New Year Eve will have a special treat for sky gazers as comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will make a close flyby. The comet travels across our solar system every five years. The comet will be visible after sunset on December 31, 2016. With clear sky, it would be visible even with normal binoculars for sky gazers. The comet will be visible near the moon in the night sky.

Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is named after astronomers who first spotted it in 1948. Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is a periodic comet witnessed in the inner solar system every five years.

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