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NASA rehearsing for manned mission to Mars

NASA rehearsing for manned mission to Mars

As part of its preparations to land humans on the Martian surface sometime in the future, NASA is conducting a mission in the Mauna Ulu volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, where the terrain is really torturing like that of the Red Planet.

Just like the otherworldly Martian landscape, the Mauna Ulu volcanic landscape is twisted into ropelike coils, with rippling waves and jagged spikes; hazardous gases like sulfur are billowing from cracks in the ground; while sunlight is faint.

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Mars One Project Shifts the Goalpost to 2032 for Mars Mission

Mars One Project Shifts the Goalpost to 2032 for Mars Mission

Mars One, the private space technology company based in the Netherlands, had promised to take people to planet Mars by year 2023. Four years back, the company asked for applications from people interested in one way journey to the Red Planet. Mars One has now shifted the mission timeline and the latest schedule suggests that the first crew would land on Mars by year 2032. The latest update suggests that Mars One is facing funding issues for its space mission.

Refueling Mission Spacecraft Project Wins NASA Approval with $127 Million Payment

Refueling Mission Spacecraft Project Wins NASA Approval with $127 Million Payment

NASA has selected a California-based company for Refueling Mission Spacecraft project which could be ready within three years. California-based space technology company Space Systems/Loral will setup a robotic space station which will refuel satellites in orbit. NASA has awarded $127 million contract for Restore-L Spacecraft Bus that will work like a traveling gas station. The project will help satellite missions to run for longer period as they will be refueled by Restore-L Spacecraft Bus.

Pluto’s gigantic liquid ocean is rather noxious: study

Pluto’s gigantic liquid ocean is rather noxious: study

Dwarf planet Pluto is one of solar system’s smaller ocean worlds and its liquid water hidden under its icy surface might amount to a sphere up to 780 miles wide or roughly 75 per cent of Earth’s entire liquid water reservoir, a new study suggested.

Pluto is more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) away from the Sun. thus, is has icy surface, but NASA researchers have concluded that it has vast sources of liquid water under its surface.

Electric-blue Noctilucent ice clouds spotted earlier over Antarctica this year: NASA

Electric-blue Noctilucent ice clouds spotted earlier over Antarctica this year: NASA

Noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica have been spotted little earlier this year than their usual time in the Southern Hemisphere. NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) has recorded blue noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica and they have been noticed much earlier this year. The Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds, generally found in mesosphere layer of atmosphere. These clouds feature ice crystals and when they reflect sunlight, they produce bright blue color.

Pluto Could be Supporting Ocean under its Icy Heart 'Sputnik Planitia'

Pluto Could be Supporting Ocean under its Icy Heart 'Sputnik Planitia'

Pluto has been subject of many research projects after NASA's New Horizons mission provided interesting images during flyby of the dwarf planet. Pluto has been a mystery for astronomers for decades and Pluto’s icy heart, first spotted by New Horizons mission in 2015, could suggest presence of massive subsurface ocean on the dwarf planet. Researchers have also suggested that the heart shaped region on Pluto could have altered the planet’s tilt as well.

Analysis of Pluto’s Icy Heart suggests presence of subsurface ocean: Research

Analysis of Pluto’s Icy Heart suggests presence of subsurface ocean: Research

Pluto has been a mystery for astronomers for decades and Pluto’s icy heart, first spotted by New Horizons mission in 2015, could suggest presence of massive subsurface ocean on the dwarf planet. Researchers have also suggested that the heart shaped region on Pluto could have altered the planet’s tilt as well.

Blue colored Noctilucent ice clouds noticed over Antarctica by NASA AIM

Blue colored noctilucent ice clouds noticed over Antarctica by NASA AIM

NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) has recorded blue noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica and they have been noticed much earlier this year. The Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds, generally found in mesosphere layer of atmosphere. These clouds feature ice crystals and when they reflect sunlight, they produce bright blue color. The Noctilucent clouds are noticed over South Pole each year but this year, they have appeared earlier than their usual time.

ESA Secures Strong Funding for Mars Mission despite failure of Schiaparelli Lander

ESA Secures Strong Funding for Mars Mission despite failure of Schiaparelli Lander

The European Space Agency has received further support from the European authorities as 22 member countries and Canadian government has offered $465 million for Mars project. The Mars program of ESA is a joint venture with Russian space agency RosCosmos. The announcement of support was made after ministerial meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland. European Space Agency will continue with its Mars missions despite failure of Schiaparelli lander.

Russian cargo spacecraft destroyed in failed launch

Russian cargo spacecraft destroyed in failed launch

An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft failed to reach orbit and fell back to Earth shortly after being launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, Dec. 1, Russian federal space agency Roscosmos confirmed.

Roscosmos officials said that the Progress 65 freighter was launched atop a Soyuz-U rocket at 9:51 a.m. EST or 1451 GMT yesterday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Around 6 minutes into the flight, mission controllers stopped receiving signal from the freighter and radar stations were unable to spot on its planned orbit.

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