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SpaceX releases Falcon Heavy’s photo

SpaceX releases Falcon Heavy’s photo

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has released an image of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is expected to be used for carrying a manned Red Dragon capsule to Mars sometime in the future.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has been anticipated for several years now. Originally, its launch was planned for 2013, but design changes and upgrades to the Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicle and the Falcon 9 Full Thrust variant forced the company to postpone the expected launch year to 2015.

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NASA Engineers Planning to Build Ice House on Mars: Report

NASA Engineers Planning to Build Ice House on Mars: Report

NASA engineers are planning to build ice house on Mars as per suggestions shared by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Planet Mars will be challenging mission for NASA and it would be interesting to see what solutions scientific community can offer to astronauts to stay safely on Mars. The Red Planet has extreme temperatures and the atmosphere doesn’t provide adequate protection from high intensity radiation on Mars. Scientists at NASA have suggested Ice house as an effective technique for astronauts to stay on Mars.

Interesting Comet Show on New Year Eve

Interesting Comet Show on New Year Eve

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.

METI Scientists Planning to Send Signals to Exoplanet Promixa B

METI Scientists Planning to Send Signals to Exoplanet Promixa B

METI Scientists have planned to send radio signals to exoplanet Proxima B. The Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (METI) team aims to send signals to many other distant planets to make a contact with possible alien life forms on those planets. Astronomers at SETI have been working for the last few years to search for signals from alien worlds. However, they have not received any strong indicators to suggest presence of life forms or advanced civilizations on other planets.

China outlines its space ambitions

China outlines its space ambitions

China has plans to accelerate its space missions, including lunar and Mars excursions, a newly released white paper on the Asian’s country’s policy and space activities revealed.

In the 11,000-word white paper on its policy and activities in space, China outlined its ambitious deep space exploration, lunar exploration, human spaceflights and space science projects as major priorities.

A quick look at upcoming celestial events

A quick look at upcoming celestial events

The New Year will begin with an eye-catching conjunction of the waxing crescent Moon and the glittering planet Venus on Jan. 1, astronomers have predicted.

According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, the exquisite pairing of Moon and Venus will be seen just after sunset in the southwestern sky.

On January 2nd, Moon and Venus will be back for an encore, but this time our natural satellite will have shifted between Mars and Venus. One will be able to watch the planets of war and love sticking close together all through the month of January.

Illinois woman is legal owner of Apollo 11 moon rock bag: Court

Illinois woman is legal owner of Apollo 11 moon rock bag: judge rules

A U.S. District Court has ruled that an Illinois woman is the legal owner of a moon rock sample bag from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission that was unintentionally auctioned off by the U.S. Marshals Service in Texas last year.

Nancy Carlson, a resident of Inverness, Illinois, obtained the bag in February 2015 during an auction for $995. But, the government filed a lawsuit in the federal court with an intention to reverse the auction transaction and get back possession of the historic item.

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NASA scientists explain how ‘spider-features’ develop on Mars

NASA scientists explain how ‘spider-features’ develop on Mars

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory claimed to have found an explanation for how bizarre spider-like features on that have been noticed repeated in the Martian dune fields have developed.

Since arriving in Mars’ orbit in 2006, the American space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured numerous weird things on the planet, including the mysterious spider-like features. But, scientists were not able to determine what was causing year-over-year changes in these naturally-occurring features.

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Pan-STARRS to publicly release the world’s largest digital sky survey

Pan-STARRS to publicly release the world’s largest digital sky survey

The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) project is all set to publicly release the world's largest digital sky survey based on information compiled using the 1.8-meter powerful telescope atop the summit of Haleakala on Maui.

The vast catalogue is based on four years of observations of nearly 75 per cent of the night sky, providing all-embracing information on more than three billion stars, galaxies and other celestial sources.

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UFO conspiracy websites talking about alleged Towers Spotted on Mars

UFO conspiracy websites talking about alleged Towers Spotted on Mars

UFO conspiracy websites and conspiracy theorists always keep the discussion running on alien life forms and UFO on our planet and other planets near Earth. In a new report published by Express conspiracy theorists claim to have spotted three mile-high towers on the surface of Mars. The Express News story talks about video shared on YouTube channel Mundodesconocido.

The YouTube channel Mundodesconocido has shared a video and the narrative claims that these strange structures could have been built by aliens.

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