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Solar Storms Remove Electrons from Earth’s Atmosphere

Solar Storms Remove Electrons from Earth’s Atmosphere

Solar storms leave large portions of atmosphere of Earth without electrons according to a new study conducted by researchers from NASA Jet Propulsion Library, University of Illinois, DTU Space, and University of Brunswick. Solar storms release enormous amount of energy and also push many small particles from the solar surface. Strong Solar storms can impact communication systems on Earth.

Pluto should be redefined as planet: Experts

Pluto should be redefined as planet: experts say

Icy dwarf planet Pluto should be redefined as a planet along with more than one hundred celestial bodies in the solar system, many prominent astronomers and scientists have suggested.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) demoted Pluto to the status of a non-planet or dwarf planet in 2006, cutting the total number of planets in our solar system from 9 to 8.

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX to fly 2 civilians on private trip around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Monday (Feb. 27th) that two private citizens will make a trip around the Moon in 2018, aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft.

Without revealing the names of the two private citizens, Mr. Musk said that the two individuals have already paid a significant deposit to help the company meet the cost of the mission. The two civilians’ names will be announced later, pending the result of their initial health tests, which will be conducted to ensure their fitness for the Moon mission.

NASA Plans to Launch Solar Probe in 2018

NASA Plans to Launch Solar Probe in 2018

NASA has announced Solar Plus Probe which will be checking for risk of any major ‘solar event’ that can impact our planet. The probe will be launched in 2018 and will stay nearly four million miles from solar surface. The probe will help scientists to predict and prepare for any major solar event. It will be an interesting and difficult mission as no spacecraft has worked that close to the Sun. Astronomers are expecting to gather interesting information about Sun’s corona.

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‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Witnessed in Southern Hemisphere on Sunday

‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Witnessed in Southern Hemisphere

Sky gazers across Africa and South America witnessed amazing ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse on Sunday as Moon blocked most of the Sun leading to an astounding and first solar eclipse for year 2017. The moon appered to block the Sun to a varying degree depending on location. The best ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse was witnessed in 45-miles wide and 8,500 miles long range on the planet (mostly in parts of Africa and South America). Sky gazers not in this region witnessed partial solar eclipse. Slooh Community Observatory's live webcast has also showcased the solar eclipse.

NASA mulling plan to add crew to SLS’ debut launch

NASA mulling plan to add crew to SLS’ debut launch

NASA announced on Friday that it might take around a month for it to determine whether it would be feasible to put two astronauts on board the first test flight of Space Launch System (SLS), which is scheduled to make its maiden launch late next year.

The first test flight of the SLS rocket, dubbed Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), is currently slated to send an unmanned Orion capsule into the deep space. A crewed mission, under the existing plan, will fly aboard the SLS/Orion system on the EM-2 mission sometime in 2021.

SpaceX cargo ship completes journey to ISS

SpaceX cargo ship completes journey to ISS

Four days after being launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft smoothly approached to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday.

The resupply cargo craft kept smoothly floating in range of the orbiting lab’s robotic arm to be captured to deliver nearly three tones of supplies and research experiments.

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NASA reports discovery of Seven Earth-sized exoplanets

NASA discovers 7 Earth-sized exoplanets

More than half a dozen Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting the same star forty light-years away from Earth, U.S. space agency NASA announced at a news conference iin Washington on Wednesday (Feb. 22).

This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all temperate, meaning they could have water on their surfaces and potentially support life.

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NASA to share ‘new findings’ on exoplanets

NASA to share ‘new findings’ on exoplanets

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will hold a news conference this Wednesday (Feb. 22) to share new findings on exoplants -- planets that orbit stars other than our Sun.

Without providing any specifics, the U.S. government-run space agency announced that the news conference on “new findings” will start at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT), and feature five speakers Thomas Zurbuchen, Michaël Gillon, Sean Carey, Nikole Lewis, and Sara Seager.

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NASA remains optimistic about Juno spacecraft’s current 53-day orbit

NASA remains optimistic about Juno spacecraft’s current 53-day orbit

NASA scientists remain optimistic that the decision to keep the Juno spacecraft in its current 53-day orbit of Jupiter for the remainder of its mission will yield positive and spectacular results.

The U.S. government-run space agency recently announced that Juno will remain in its current, long orbital period instead of shifting to previously planned 14-day orbit. The decision followed a Juno engine malfunction that occurred in October 2016.

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