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NASA picks Three Potential Drilling Sites for Mars 2020 Mission

NASA picks 3 potential drilling sites for Mars 2020 mission

NASA scientists have recommended three locations on Mars for drilling to collect samples from the Red Planet during the agency’s Mars 2020 mission. This will be first even NASA mission to bring back samples from Mars on Earth. After three-day workshop in Monrovia, California, NASA team has finalized three locations for drilling on February 10. Till date, researchers have only analyzed Mars rocks that are meteorites and for the first time, we will have rocks brought from Mars for analysis.

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NASA Announces Project for Drilling on Europa’s Crust

NASA Announces Project for Drilling on Europa’s Crust

NASA has announced an interesting project to drill Europa’s Crust and one of the aims of the project is to search for possibility of life. Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is considered as a candidate for search for life in solar system. Astronomers have earlier talked about possibilities of finding life on Europa. The mission has been planned for year 2024. The details of Europa Lander Mission have been shared by NASA in 264-page report. The mission has not been confirmed yet.

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NASA plans to explore Europa in search of alien life

NASA plans to explore Europa in search of alien life

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is planning to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in search for some sort of alien life, the renowned American space agency has confirmed. NASA-appointed Science Definition Team (SDT) has been preparing a plan to send a spacecraft to Europa since early 2016. On Feb. 7th, that SDT delivered their first report to the agency, specifying their recommendations for a future Europa mission.

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NASA refurbishes archive of Earth views from space

NASA refurbishes archive of Earth views from space

U.S. space agency NASA has just refurbished its archive of Earth views from space, enabling the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website to provide users with daily, up-close views of our planet in natural, enhanced hues.

EPIC is a part of NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, which is orbiting the Sun at a distance of nearly 1 million miles from Earth, allowing scientists to study the weather and climate of our planet. It captures a new image every hour from mid of April to mid of October, as well as every two hours during the remaining year.

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

U.S. government investigators are reportedly worried about a potentially dangerous flaw in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which are supposed to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as soon as next year.

According to a report published in the WSJ, investigators have detected a pattern of cracking in the Falcon 9 rockets’ turbine blades that drive the turbopumps which quickly funnel propellant into the rocket engines.

Investigators believe that the flaw could compromise the safety of astronauts who are supposed use the vehicle starting sometime in 2018.

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Release of GPS data expected to boost space-weather science

Release of GPS data expected to boost space-weather science

More than 16 years of space-weather data captured by the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites have been made public for the first time in history, authorities have confirmed.

For years, the information has been kept by the U.S. military, which manages the GPS satellite system. It is for the first time that the information has been released for the public, thanks to an executive order signed in October last year.

Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

NASA’s Cassini mission team has released high resolution images of Saturn’s rings, showcasing unprecedented details of the outer regions of the icy rings and their bruised surface. Cassini spacecraft is currently in its ‘ring grazing’ phase of the mission. The new images are the closest ever images of Saturn’s rings. Cassini mission will come to an end in April this year, after running for 20 years and providing valuable data to astronomers about Saturn. In April, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.

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Elon Musk shares his views about Trump's Immigration Order

Elon Musk shifts his views about Trump

During the tightly-fought 2016 presidential election, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not think that Donald Trump was the right person for the job. However, the billionaire innovator has now shifted his views about the Republican leader.

While Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the notion of man-made global warning, Musk has been an ardent supporter of the idea that man-made global warming is a real threat to humanity. Nevertheless, Musk has endorsed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a global warming skeptic, as Secretary of State.

Bursts of Methane on Mars in the Past Could Have Raised Temperature of the Red Planet: Research

Bursts of Methane on Mars in the Past Could Have Raised Temperature of the Red Planet: Research

Astronomers have argued about the possibility of water flowing on the surface of Mars in the past and many of the Mars missions have offered evidence of the same on surface of the Red Planet. Researchers also know that even in the past, 3-4 billion years ago, Mars was too cold to support liquid water. However, a new research paper suggests that intermittent bursts of methane could have led to rising temperature on the Red Planet.

Private access to Moon getting closer to reality

Private access to Moon getting closer to reality

Private access to the Moon is increasing getting closer to reality with the X Prize Foundation, an ambitious initiative funded by Google that is encouraging private entrepreneurs get to our only natural satellite by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, the X Prize Foundation selected five teams of private entrepreneurs that say they could land on the Moon by the end of 2017.

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