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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket could return to flight on December 16

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket could return to flight on Dec. 16

Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which has been grounded since Sept. 1, is expected to return to flight by the mid of this month, company officials indicated.

Company officials said a Falcon 9 rocket could lift off with 10 satellites on December 16th, provided that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives the green signal for the rocket’s return to flight.

Satellite communications company Iridium, a SpaceX customer, also confirmed that Iridium NEXT is scheduled to be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16the at 12:36 p.m. PST [2036 GMT].

LIGO resumes hunt for space-time ripples

LIGO resumes hunt for space-time ripples

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory’s (LIGO’s) two detectors, located in Washington and Louisiana, have resumed hunt for space-time ripples or gravitational waves rippling from distant cosmic sources.

Located in Hanford of Washington and Livingston of Louisiana, the two LIGO detectors were put on a temporary halt in January for undergoing scheduled upgrades.

NASA’s Cassini to start 'Ring-Grazing Orbits' during Saturn Mission

NASA’s Cassini to start grazing Saturn’s rings today

In its soon-to-be started “Ring-Grazing Orbits” mission, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will skim past the outer edge of Saturn’s rings, a project scientist at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.

Cassini will begin a series of dives through Saturn’s rings today, Nov. 30. From today to Apr. 22, it will dive through the outer edge of the rings twenty times, once a week. The daring dives will allow it to collect more information about the gaseous giant as it will be able to capture closer images of the outer rings and its moons.

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A quick look at James Webb Space Telescope

A quick look at James Webb Space Telescope

The $9 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will open up a whole new territory of astronomy by bringing the deepest and farthest reaches of the universe much closer to scientists on Earth than anything previously did.

Scheduled to be launched in 2018, JWST will take scientists all the way back in time to the point marking the start of the physical universe.

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Ill-fated Mars lander succumbed to incorrect altitude reading: ESA

Ill-fated Mars lander succumbed to incorrect altitude reading: ESA

Misinterpretation of sensor data led to the destruction of a European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander just prior to its planned landing on the surface of Mars last month, a preliminary investigation suggested.

The ESA said in a statement that the investigation suggested that an unexplained fault in the lander’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) fed erroneous data into the probe’s navigation computer, causing it to think it was already on Mars’ surface when it was actually still many miles above the planet.

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NASA offering $30,000 for solving ‘space poop’ problem

NASA still struggling to solve ‘space poop’ problem

While Elon Musk is persistently pushing ahead with his aim to send humans to Mars, NASA still has no idea what to do with astronauts’ shit during deep space travel.

Like any other human, astronauts need to go to toilet even in a spacecraft. NASA researchers are still struggling to determine how to treat waste that it doesn’t harm astronauts during a space flight.

ESA Mars Lander Crashed Due to Wrong Data about its Descent towards Martian Surface

ESA Mars Lander Crashed Due to Wrong Data about its Descent towards Martian Surface

The Schiaparelli Mars lander of the European Space Agency failed in its mission due to wrong calculations about the distance of lander, as per recent investigation by scientists. The ESA mars lander crash landed at the Red Planet and according to new report about crash investigation, the sensors made an error in calculations about the landing of spacecraft. The lander turned off its braking mechanism two miles before it landed on the Martian surface.

SpaceX wins NASA’s launch contract for SWOT mission

SpaceX wins NASA’s launch contract for SWOT mission

Elon Musk-led SpaceX has won the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA’s) launch contract for the first-ever survey of the Earth's surface water.
In a press release, NASA said that it has selected SpaceX for providing launch services required for its Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. The launched is scheduled to take place five years from now, in April 2021.

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Distant galaxy gobbles up two smaller neighboring galaxies

Distant galaxy gobbles up two smaller neighboring galaxies

A distant galaxy, dubbed NGC 1222, has been captured by NASA scientists gobbling up two smaller neighboring galaxies, leading to star formation on an enormous scale.

NGC 1222, which is located in the constellation Eridanus more than one hundred million light-years away from Earth, is a lenticular galaxy. The so-called lenticular galaxies are often smooth and featureless, made largely of old, reddish stars.

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NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite to revolutionize weather forecasting

NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite to revolutionize weather forecasting

The NOAA’s newly launched powerful satellite, called the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R Series (GOES-R), will enable weather scientists to make more precise and accurate forecasts about looming storms, hurricanes, lightning strikes and blizzards.

The GOES-R, which is also called GOES-16, lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Nov. 19 at 6:42 p.m. EST or 2342 GMT, riding a ULA’s Atlas V rocket.

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