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SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ rocket

Making a big leap in its bid to drive down costs of space flights, Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently flawlessly launched a used rocket and then retrieved it. The event marked the first time for any space firm to fly a used booster that had soared before on an orbital mission. After being successfully sent into space, the Falcon 9 rocket returned and landed on an ocean platform.

Two ISS astronauts perform spacewalk for second time within a week

Two ISS astronauts perform spacewalk for second time within a week

Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts on Thursday performed an hours-long spacewalk for the second time in less than a week, American space agency NASA announced.

In the 7-hour long spacewalk, Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson and Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough outfitted a recently relocated docking module to make it ready for docking of commercial crew spacecraft in 2018.

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Jeff Bezos releases images of New Shepard capsule’s interior

Jeff Bezos releases images of New Shepard capsule’s interior

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos-led Blue Origin has released new images of the interior of its New Shepard capsule, which will be used to send paying passengers on brief trips to space.

Showing images of the interior of space capsule’s spacious 6-seat passenger cabin, Bezos said that the company’s New Shepard flight test program aimed at demonstrating the performance as well as robustness of the system.

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Jeff Bezos teases with sneak peak of Blue Origin’s Space Tourism Capsule

Jeff Bezos teases with sneak peak of Blue Origin’s Space Tourism Capsule

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered a sneak peak to Blue Origin’s space tourism capsule and what passengers for space tourism can expect. The New Shepard spaceship is already on its nationwide tour and the design of capsule suggests that every seat will be a window seat. The New Shepard spaceship could take tourists for its first journey as early as next year. The spaceship will take tourists to the edge of space but Blue Origin has still not revealed the cost of ticket for this amazing journey.

ANU crowdsources ‘Planet 9’ search

ANU crowdsources ‘Planet 9’ search

Seeking help from public to find the mooted-but-not-yet-discovered “Planet 9,” the Australian National University (ANU) has decided to crowdsource the search.

After years of dismissing the idea that another planet termed as Planet 9 exists beyond Pluto was revived in January last year when CalTech scientists claimed that they claimed that they detected an undiscovered planet in the so-called Kuiper Belt.

In March 2016, Michelle Bannister of the SETI Institute revealed a formerly-undocumented Kuiper Belt Object that partly matched the CalTech scientists’ predictions.

Asteroid could have triggered 150m-high waves on ancient Mars: Study

Asteroid triggered 150m-high waves on ancient Mars: study

An asteroid could have triggered up to 150-meter-high waves when it plunged into an ocean that supposedly existed on Mars as many as three billion years ago, a new study has suggested.

François Costard, Steve Clifford and colleagues mapped the distribution of sediments that supposedly originated in the northern plains of the Red Planet and concluded that Lomonosov crater fits the bill as the source of tsunami deposits caused by the asteroid.

German scientists testing world’s largest ‘artificial sun’

German scientists testing world’s largest ‘artificial sun’

German scientists are testing a new device that is being described as the world’s largest “artificial sun” in Juelich, roughly 30 kilometers west of Cologne.

Officially called “Synlight,” the massive honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights makes use of xenon short-arc lamps that are normally used in cinemas to simulate natural sunlight that is often in short supply in the country around this time of year.

Supermassive Black Hole Pushed out of Galactic Core by Strong Gravitational Force

Supermassive Black Hole Pushed out of Galactic Core by Strong Gravitational Force

Strong gravitational forces could be behind a super massive black hole moving out of its galactic core at a speed of 4.7 million miles per hour, as per a new research based on data collected using Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomer have noticed a supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy 3C186 being expelled at a fast speed. The 3C186 galaxy observed by astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope is nearly 8 billion light years far from our planet. Hubble images taken in visible and near-infrared light provided the first clue that the galaxy was unusual.

Astronomers notice Supermassive Black Hole Kicked out of Galaxy 3C186’s Center

Astronomers notice Supermassive Black Hole Kicked out of Galaxy 3C186’s Center

Astronomer have noticed a supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy 3C186 being expelled at a fast speed. The 3C186 galaxy observed by astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope is nearly 8 billion light years far from our planet. The supermassive black hole could be as big as 1 billion times of Sun. Astronomers suggest that strong gravitational waves have kicked out the supermassive black hole from the center of galaxy 3C186.

Science-slashing budget will make America weak, sick & stupid: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science-slashing budget will make America weak, sick & stupid: physicist says

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to climate science, health and the arts would make the United States “weak,” “sick” and “stupid,” renowned physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said.

Tyson also alleged that Trump was trying to transform the EPA into the “Environmental Destruction Agency,” which would thwart Earth’s life-support systems.

He further added that ignoring climate change would allow glaciers to melt at a faster rate, flooding the world’s coastal cities in particular.

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