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French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Votes in Presidential Elections from International Space Station

French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet from France voted for the second round of French Presidential elections from the International Space Station. Being at ISS didn’t stop Pesquet from voting for his favorite candidate in the Presidential elections. This year, the voter turnout remained low for presidential elections compared to 2007 and 2012. French voters had to choose between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen during the second round of presidential elections. The results for elections will be announced shortly.

Cassini discovers vast void between Saturn’s rings

Cassini discovers vast void between Saturn’s rings

NASA’s spacecraft Cassini has discovered a vast void between the rings of Saturn, American space agency researchers confirmed in a newly released statement.

Jim Green, the director of the Planetary Science Division at Washington-based NASA Headquarters, said that images captured by Cassini revealed that the area in between Saturn’s iconic rings is devoid of even space dust.

As the spacecraft dove through the gap, it came within 1,900 miles of the gaseous planet’s cloud tops and within 200 miles of the rings’ innermost visible edge.

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California proposes plan to tax rocket launches by miles

California proposes plan to tax rocket launches by miles

As the technology sector is increasingly investing bigger amounts of money into the aerospace start-ups, California has proposed a noteworthy plan to tax space rocket launches from its coast. Many private companies are working on technology to reduce cost of space missions and make them commercially viable for many organizations planning to launch satellites.

As per the proposed plan, the Golden State’s tax payments will be determined by how rockets fly the 62 miles or 100 kilometers from a launch pad at the state’s coast to the edge of space to transport tourists or goods.

Nearby Star System is a good model for our early Solar System: Astronomers

Nearby Star System is a good model for our early Solar System: Astronomers

A nearby star system, dubbed Epsilon Eridani, is a good model for early solar system and it could provide scientists with clues to the dynamics of the early-phase of our own solar system.

The Epsilon Eridani, which is also called Ran, is located in the southern constellation of Eridanus, nearly ten light-years from Earth. Scientists have estimated that Ran is similar to our Sun, but its age is one-fifth our host star’s age.

SpaceX announces future plan to launch thousands of small broadband satellites

SpaceX announces future plan to launch thousands of small broadband satellites

Elon Musk-led SpaceX on Wednesday announced its plans to launch thousands of small satellites starting in 2019 to establish a global broadband internet constellation.

Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX, told the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation that the private-sector firm wanted to launch 4,425 small satellites to low Earth orbit starting in 2019.

The satellites, all of which would be launched in phases on Falcon 9 rockets, will be fully deployed by 2024.

Cassini re-establishes contact after ‘dive’ between Saturn and its rings

Cassini re-establishes contact after ‘dive’ between Saturn and its rings

U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft re-established contact with project managers on Earth after ‘diving’ between Saturn and its rings.

Cassini was out of contact as scientists oriented its dish antenna to use it as a shield to protect the spacecraft from potential damage from ring particles. As scientists had remotely oriented the antenna away from Earth, the spacecraft remained out of contact for nearly 22 hours.

It re-established contact shortly before 3 a.m. ET after crossing through the gap between the gaseous planet and its rings.

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SpaceX all set to launch first military satellite

SpaceX all set to launch first military satellite

Elon Musk-led SpaceX is all set to launch a classified spacecraft for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) into Earth’s orbit this Sunday (April 30), officials confirmed.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the spacecraft is scheduled to lift off sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT or 1100 to 1300 GMT from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The planned launch will mark the fifth of nearly two dozen launched scheduled to fly this year.

The launch will also break United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) ten-year monopoly on launching military and national security satellites.

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China & Europe’s ‘Moon village’ could boost lunar mining, space tourism

China & Europe’s ‘Moon village’ could boost lunar mining, space tourism

As Chinese authorities recently confirmed their ongoing talks with the European Space Agency (ESA) about collaborating on a human settlement on the Moon, some experts have predicted that it could boost lunar mining and space tourism sometime in the future.

Chinese space agency’s secretary general Tian Yulong told reporters that they were discussing the possibility of launching a combined effort with ESA to establish a “Moon Village” to use it as a potential launching pad for deeper space missions.

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Cassini begins plunging into Saturn’s rings

Cassini begins plunging into Saturn’s rings

Marking the beginning of its ‘grand finale,’ the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Cassini spacecraft has started plunging into the gap between the gaseous planet Saturn and its rings.

Cassini’s grand finale started after it made its final close flyby of Titan, a potentially habitable moon of Saturn. The spacecraft made its final close flyby last Saturday, and collected detailed images of the moon’s surface.

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Mysterious glowing atmospheric light named as ‘Steve’

Mysterious glowing atmospheric light named as ‘Steve’

A team of researchers led by University of Calgary associate professor Eric Donovan has given a newly discovered atmospheric phenomenon - a mysterious glowing light - the name ‘Steve’.

Some of you might assume that the newly discovered phenomenon Steve is named after the theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg, but the Facebook group Alberta Aurora Chasers were actually inspired by a scene in the movie Over the Hedge, in which a character gives a hedge this name in order to make it seem less fearsome.

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