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NASA Spots Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Probe from Indian Space Agency

NASA Spots Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Probe from Indian Space Agency

NASA has reportedly spotted Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe sent by Indian space agency ISRO few years back. One year after its launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with Chandrayaan-1 (sent in year 2008). Finding a probe is hard as it wasn’t emitting any kind of signal and its size is small. Chandrayaan-1 entered a lunar orbit in November 2008.

Cost of Space Missions declining with New Technologies

Cost of Space Missions declining with New Technologies

The cost of space missions and setting up space technology business has reduced considerably with new technologies, prompting more and more private-sector companies to enter the arena.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently announced a plan to fly two paying passengers on a week-long flight around the Moon and beyond. SpaceX has made significant advances in reusable rocket technology.

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SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk-led SpaceX aims to perform a feat that hasn’t been attempted even by government-run space agency NASA since its Apollo missions nearly half a century ago.

Mr. Musk, the private-sector space firm’s founder and chief executive officer, announced recently that his company would fly two paying passengers on a trip around the Moon by the end of year 2018.

Potatoes Can Grow on Mars: CubeSat Indicator Experiment

Potatoes Can Grow on Mars: CubeSat Indicator Experiment

Colonization of Mars in future is an ambitious project for NASA, ESA, other space agencies but the project presents many challenges for scientists. CubeSat indicator experiment has shown that growing potatoes on Mars will be possible. Planet Mars presents extreme weather conditions and growing crops on the Red Planet will be essential for long term survival. Researchers at International Potato Center planned to grow potatoes under Mars-like conditions. In their initial research project, researchers have reported encouraging results.

ESA’s Sentinel-2B satellite to join its twin

ESA’s Sentinel-2B satellite to join its twin

The European Space Agency’s just launched Sentinel-2B satellite will join its twin, dubbed Sentinel 2-A, in the orbit to provide scientists with precise images of Earth for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

Sentinel 2-B lifted off from Europe’s Kourou, French Guyana-based Spaceport at 01:49 GMT on 7th of March (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time).

The first stage of the rocket Vega separated around a couple of minutes after liftoff, and the second and third stages separated at 3 min 56 sec and 6 min 32 seconds, respectively.

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NOAA releases images captured by GOES-16’s lightning mapper

NOAA releases images captured by GOES-16’s lightning mapper

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Monday released the first images captured by the GOES-16 satellite and expressed hope that the new satellite will improve scientists’ understanding of lightening and lead to better forecasts of brutal storms.

The images released by NOAA were captured by GOES-16 on Valentine’s Day from an altitude of 22,300 miles. The images show flashes of lightning across the Western Hemisphere over the course of one hour.

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NASA to explore asteroid 16 Psyche

NASA to explore asteroid 16 Psyche

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has announced plans to fund a multi-year mission to visit a massive asteroid dubbed the 16 Psyche. The 16 Psyche, one of the biggest asteroids in the asteroid belt located 2.9 to 3.3 astronomical units, was discovered more than a hundred years ago.

The American space agency has decided to fund a seven-year mission, in which a robotic space probe will be sent to the 19 Psyche to study the huge rock. NASA officials have picked two missions, viz. Lucy and Psyche, to explore the early solar system.

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Giant Magnetic Field on Mars Could Help Restore its Atmosphere and make it Habitable: NASA

Giant Magnetic Field on Mars Could Help Restore its Atmosphere and make it Habitable: NASA

NASA engineers have been working hard on developing a sustainability plan for Mars colonization and they suggest that launching a giant magnetic shield on the Red Planet. The magnetic shield could help restore atmosphere on Mars and presence of thick atmosphere will be helpful in making the planet habitable. Mars currently faces extreme temperature and strong solar winds. Currently, the Red Planet is cold and dry and chances of life surviving in such conditions are extremely low. NASA scientists presented the idea of magnetic shield on Mars at Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop.

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NASA prevents possible collision between MAVEN and Phobos

NASA prevents possible collision between MAVEN and Phobos

NASA scientists recently increased the velocity of Mars-orbiting spacecraft MAVEN to avoid a future collision with the red Planet’s dark moon Phobos.

The MAVEN, which is short for Mars Atmosphere & Volatile EvolutioN, has been orbiting the Red Planet for more than a couple of years. On 28th of February, scientists fired the probe’s rocket engine to boost its velocity by 0.4 meters a second.

The renowned space agency said in a statement that the increase in the velocity changed the probe’s trajectories, allowing it to avoid crossing paths with the moon Phobos.

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Jeff Bezos planning to set up ‘future human settlement’ on Moon

Jeff Bezos planning to set up ‘future human settlement’ on Moon

A number of space entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize on U.S. space agency NASA’s intention to return to the Moon by proposing a range of plans to with the eventual goal of setting up a lasting human presence on the natural satellite.

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