Space

NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

Veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is just a few days away from setting a new record in space – in terms of total cumulative time spent in Earth’s orbit.

Whitson will break the existing record of 534 days on 24th of April, which will mark 535th day in space. Currently, the record is held by astronaut Jeff Williams.

The 57-year-old astronaut recalled that she grew up and sold chickens at an Iowa farm to raise money to pay for her first pilot’s license. She stressed that anyone can pursue and make one’s dreams come true.

Tags: 

Astronomers trying to capture photograph of a black hole

Astronomers trying to photograph a black hole

An international team of astronomers have embarked on a new project, dubbed the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), to capture the first-ever picture of a black hole.

By their very basic nature, black holes are just impossible to spot as their overwhelming gravity doesn’t allow even light to escape. Scientists know that a massive black hole lies at the core of our galaxy. But they have failed to capture its image till date.

FRBs really coming from outer space: Research

FRBs really coming from outer space: scientists say

The mysterious pulses of radio energy or super-bright flashes called fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been perplexing scientists for the last many years. But, now they are sure at least about one thing, i.e., those pulses are originating from outer space.

Lasting just a few milliseconds, FRBs are around a billion times more luminous than even our Sun, and these flashes seem to be traveling across at really fast speeds covering vast distances.

Boeing details what its deep space vehicle would look like

Boeing details what its deep space vehicle would look like

Boeing, one of the six private companies that have teamed up with NASA to develop deep space vehicles, has just detailed what its deep space vehicle would look like. With entry of private companies in space technology sector, experts are expecting lower costs of space missions and faster technology transfer.

The deep space vehicle could be used to take to stage a piloted mission to Mars. The aerospace outfit is already working with the U.S. space agency to develop the Space Launch System (SLS) – a very powerful lifter to power a Mars shot.

Tags: 

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.

Tags: 

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.

Tags: 

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.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Space