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‘Icy heart’ causes Pluto to tilt to its current orientation

‘Icy heart’ causes Pluto to tilt to its current orientation

Pluto’s iconic feature “icy heart” may have been responsible for causing the dwarf planet to tilt to its current orientation, a new study suggested.

After conducting an analysis of data about cracks and faults on the surface of Pluto, NASA scientists concluded that the 600-mile-wide area of frozen plains, dubbed Sputnik Planitia, gained so much mass over time that it caused the dwarf planet to roll over the eons.

Weather satellite GOES-R to be launched on Saturday

Weather satellite GOES-R to be launched on Saturday

The launch of a weather satellite, called the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R Series (GOES-R,) will take place at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) announced.

The space agency announced that the GOES-R system will be launched from Space Launch Complex 41 using an Atlas V 541 rocket. The launch of the satellite was postponed several times in the past because of technical issues.

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Supermoon wows skywatchers across the globe

Supermoon wows skywatchers around the globe

Sky watchers and astro-photographers flocked across the globe to see and capture the bigger, brighter supermoon in all of its glory Sunday night (Nov. 13). The full supermoon peaked Monday morning, Nov. 14, at 8:52 a.m. EST or 1352 GMT.

Earth’s only natural satellite looked extraordinarily bigger and brighter than normal as it approached the closest point in its orbit to our planet since 1948. At the closest point in the orbit, called perigee, the distance between the center of Earth and the center of moon was nearly 221,524 miles (356,508 km).

NASA to launch cyclone-tracking microsatellites

NASA to launch cyclone-tracking microsatellites

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will launch more than half a dozen solar powered small satellites that will enable scientists to track the formation, intensity and path of tropical cyclones and hurricanes.

The space agency announced that its Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), consisted of 8 suitcase-sized satellites, will be launched next month using an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL expendable rocket.

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November 14 supermoon to appear 14-15% larger than typical full moon

Nov. 14th supermoon to appear 14-15% larger than typical full moon

The full moon on Monday (Nov. 14) will present a great celestial phenomenon for stargazers around the globe as the full phase of our only natural satellite is taking place at its closest point in its orbit around the Earth, called the perigee.

The so-called supermoon will appear extraordinary large. According to NASA astronomers’ estimates, it will appear nearly 14-15 per cent larger than a typical full moon. The supermoon will look even larger near the horizon, particularly when viewed through buildings, trees or other foreground objects.

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Trump expected to encourage NASA’s deep-space exploration

Trump expected to encourage NASA’s deep-space exploration

Donald Trump has been elected as the next president of the United States at a time when NASA is working on several deep-space exploration projects.

The U.S. space agency is planning a Mars mission as well as trying to end its reliance on Russian space agency for rides to the International Space Station (ISS).

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China Successfully Launches Five Small Satellites

China successfully launches 5 small satellites

Pushing ahead with its ambitious space program, China on Thursday successfully launched five small satellites, including the one that could eventually help spacecraft in deep space navigation.

The Asian country launched the satellites using a Long March 11 rocket that lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 7:42 a.m. (23:42 GMT) on Nov. 10, 2016.

The experimental X-ray pulsar navigation spacecraft, called XPNAV-1, was developed by Aerospace Science & Technology Corp.

NASA’s next Mars rover to collect samples that might be brought back to Earth

NASA’s next Mars rover to collect samples that might be brought back to Earth

American space agency NASA’s next Mars rover, which is slated to be launched in 2020, will not only hunt for signs of an alien life on the Red Planet but also collect rock samples that might be brought back to Earth for analysis.

Kenneth Farley, a member of the Mars 2020 rover project at Pasadena-based California Institute of Technology, said that the motivating aspect of the upcoming mission would be astrobiology - to look for bio-signatures of life.

Astronomers discover eye-shaped star formation

Astronomers discover eye-shaped star formation

Using a Chile-based powerful high-resolution telescope, a team of astronomers has captured a collision between two stellar galaxies that produced a dazzling star formation resembling a pair of eyelids.

Collision of two galaxies containing billions of stars is a cataclysmically violent event. The eye-shaped structure came into existence when a “tsunami” of cosmic gas and stars crashed through the disk of a spiral galaxy dubbed IC 2163 when it grazed past another galaxy called NGC 2207.

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SpaceX finds the reason behind Falcon 9 explosion: Elon Musk

SpaceX finds the reason behind Falcon 9 explosion: Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared that the engineers at private space technology company have found the reason behind explosion of Falcon 9 during the recent mission. SpaceX team was working hard to find the reason behind explosion and during his recent CNBC interview Musk said that this was the ‘toughest puzzle’ faced by his team at SpaceX. Musk’s SpaceX has been pushing the limits in space technology with its reusable rocket technology. On September 1, Falcon 9 rocket mission planned by SpaceX exploded during test firing.

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