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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying TV broadcast satellite launched

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the direct-to-home television broadcast satellite EchoStar 23 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A. Powered by nine Merlin-1D engines, the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), turned east and started rumbling skyward, making a hurried trek across the Atlantic Ocean to place the satellite into orbit.

The launch was pushed back by nearly half an hour out of concern for unfavorable high-altitude winds. Previously, high winds forced the company to scrub the originally planned launch on Tuesday.

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President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

NASA has escaped any major cuts in its budget in the fiscal policy announced by Trump administration. NASA officials and scientific community was concerned about budget cuts that NASA could face under Trump administration but the initial report suggests that NASA can continue with most of its projects. NASA would receive nearly $19.1 billion in top line spending, as per the fiscal policy. This amounts to 0.8 percent cut in NASA spending compared to nearly 31 percent spending cuts announced for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Star and black hole spotted in tight orbital dance

Star, black hole spotted in tight orbital dance

With the help of the Australia Telescope Compact Array, astronomers have discovered a star orbiting a black hole at merely 2½ times the distance between the Earth and Moon. Astronomers have limited information about black holes and the way they function. Many questions have still remained unanswered regarding black holes.

While the star is still at a distance of one million kilometers for the black hole, it is very close in astronomical terms. No star ever before has been discovered so close to a black hole.

Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

Researchers grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions

A series of experiments by the International Potato Center (CIP) has revealed that potatoes can grow under atmospheric conditions of Mars, the Red Planet where scientists are trying to establish human colonies.

CIP researchers successfully grew potatoes in simulated Martian conditions. In the second phase of the experiment, which started on Feb. 14 last year, the researchers planted a tuber in an especially designed and constructed CubeSat.

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Saturn's moon Pan appears like flying saucer

Saturn moon Pan appears like flying saucer

Pan, one of Saturn’s several moons, is quite peculiar due to its distinctive shape that has prompted some scientists to compare it to a flying saucer. The U.S. space agency NASA on Thursday released some images of Pan. Natural satellites are not always round in shape. The high resolution images of Pan were captured and sent back to Earth by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. In the images, Pan looks like a UFO or a flying saucer.

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NASA finds ISRO Lunar Orbiter Chandrayaan-1

NASA finds Indian’s lost lunar orbiter Chandrayaan 1

The U.S. space agency NASA has discovered the location of India’s first lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan 1, which lost contact with mission managers back in 2009. Within a year of its launch, Chandrayaan-I lost contact with its mission base station.

Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on October 22, 2008 to orbit the Earth’s only natural satellite.

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NASA finds Lost Indian Lunar Mission with New Radar Technique

NASA finds Lost Indian Lunar Mission with New Radar Technique

NASA has found lost Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 after the Indian space agency lost contact with the mission few years back. A new technological application of interplanetary radar has been able to locate lunar mission. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team in California informed that this technique can be used in future missions.

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Researchers to use JWST to find life on exoplanets

Researchers to use JWST to find life on exoplanets

Following the recent discovery of the more than half a dozen earth-sized planets around a star forty light years away, NASA researchers are looking to the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to determine if any of these exoplanets could possibly support any type of life.

Around a couple of weeks ago, NASA announced the discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star. Researchers believe that some of these stars could be able to support life.

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NASA Shares Amazing Image of Saturn’s Moon Pan Captured by Cassini

NASA Shares Amazing Image of Saturn’s Moon Pan Clicked by Cassini

NASA has shared amazing image of Saturn’s small moon Pan featuring shape similar to ravioli. The images taken by Cassini have provided interesting insights on many natural satellites of Saturn. Cassini mission has been orbiting Saturn since 2004 and before the mission ends, it will make ring-grazing’ maneuvers. Astronomers are expecting breathtaking images of Saturn’s satellites from Cassini mission.

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Cassini Showcases Amazing Features of Pan and Enceladus in High Resolution Images

Cassini Showcases Amazing Features of Pan and Enceladus in High Resolution Images

Cassini mission team has shared amazing images of Saturn’s moons Pan and Enceladus. Saturn’s icy, geyser-spewing mono has an amazing surface with higher number of craters in northern region. The Enceladus image shared by NASA was clicked by Cassini on November 27, 2016.

NASA informed that each pixel measures nearly 1,310 feet across and the images were taken by Cassini at a distance of 41,000 miles from surface of Enceladus. Cassini mission has provided amazing images for astronomers and scientific community.

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