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NOAA releases first images captured by GOES-16 satellite

NOAA releases first images captured by GOES-16 satellite

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first images of Earth and the Moon captured by its new satellite, and the views are really jaw-dropping.

The images of the planet and its only natural satellite were captured by GOES-16, the first of four cutting-edge weather satellites that are collectively called GOES-R. The collection of new images includes a modernized adaptation of the iconic “Blue Marble” photo of our planet as seen from space.

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Five Teams Remain in Google-backed Lunar X Competition

Five Teams Remain in Google-backed Lunar Project

Five team have reached next stage of $30 million Google-supported Lunar mission, informed XPrize Foundation. These teams have till December 31 to launch their lunar mission and the teams are working hard to succeed in Lunar XPrize challenge. The five teams currently in the race have been shortlisted from 16 teams that were in the previous stage of Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) competition. The winning team has to launch a private space mission to the moon and explore the lunar surface, XPrize Foundation informed.

Sun will be in solar minimum in 2017: experts predict

Sun will be in solar minimum in 2017: experts predict

Vigilant space weather forecasters have predicted that the Sun will be in a solar minimum in 2017, when solar storms will be few and far between. However, individual solar storms could be quite hefty.

In 2016 also, our fiery host star was quite “tame” as it created only a few solar storms that had minimal impact on electric grids and digital life on Earth. Scientist say that the Sun is in the declining phase of activity, but it can still create really crippling geomagnetic storms.

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NASA Team preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

NASA preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

As a manned mission to Mars will certainly pose tough challenges, NASA is simulating Mars-like conditions on Earth in a hope to learn how those potential challenges can be mitigated.

As part of those efforts, four men and two women moved into a vinyl-coated pod just below the summit of Hawaii’s active volcano Mauna Loa. The six people, carefully selected by the space agency from more than 700 applicants, will dare arduous, cramped conditions along with isolation and monotony.

NASA Plans Mission to Asteroid Worth $10,000 quadrillion worth of Minerals

NASA Plans Mission to Asteroid Worth $10,000 quadrillion worth of Minerals

NASA has approved two interesting missions and one of them will reach an asteroid valued by astronomers at $10,000 quadrillion, due to expensive mineral reserves on that asteroid. NASA is planning to launch missions known as Lucy and Psyche in year 2021 and 2023 to explore far regions in space. The giant asteroid could also provide valuable clues about early days and formation of solar system. The giant metal asteroid named 16 Psyche will be interesting for astronomers and NASA is working hard to make this mission a success.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket set to return to flight

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base this Saturday, marking the booster’s return to flight for the first time since early September.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 09:54 p.m. local time (17:54 GMT). The private-sector space firm had planned to get its first Falcon of 2017 up and away around a week ago, but adverse weather conditions made that impossible. According to the NWS, Saturday’s forecast appears far more favorable.

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NASA shares Earth & Moon images captured on Mars

NASA shares Earth & Moon images captured on Mars

American space agency NASA has released really striking images of what our Earth and its only natural satellite look like from Mars.

The newly-released images were captured using high-powered HiRISE camera, which is operated by the University of Arizona. The agency also revealed that the images were captured a few days before the recently past Thanksgiving.

The images of Earth and Moon, taken nearly 127 million miles away from our planet, were pieced together by scientists to form a composite image so that our only natural satellite would be bright enough to be seen.

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Two stars predicted to collide & explode in 2022

Two stars predicted to collide & explode in 2022

A team of astronomers have predicted that two stars in the constellation Cygnus will collide in 2022, creating a so bright explosion that it will be visible to the naked eye in the night sky.

Calvin College’s Prof. Larry Molnar and his team said that stars in a binary star system, called KIC 9832227, are currently orbiting each other while also on the way to collide and merge.

The two stars are in question share a common atmosphere, like two peanuts share a single shell. Their collision and the resulting explosion will create an extra-bright star, called red nova.

Falcon 9 launch postponed to January 14

Falcon 9 launch postponed to Jan. 14

SpaceX has postponed a planned Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff by several days because the launch site in California is expected to experience unfavorable weather conditions, including heavy winds and downpour, over the next few days.

The Elon Musk-led space firm and its launch partner Iridium confirmed on Sunday, Jan. 8, that launch scheduled for Jan. 9th had been pushed back to Jan. 14th due to bad weather.

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Researchers trace Fast Radio Burst back to its origin

Researchers trace Fast Radio Burst back to its origin

An unprecedented detection of a repeating “Fast Radio Burst (FRB)” has allowed astronomers to identify its origin, prompting scientists to reconsider what they believed they knew about FRBs.

FRBs are tremendously powerful flashes of cosmic light, which can be detected from billions of light-years away. In spite of the ferocity of the bursts, these radio emissions are rarely detected because of they are extremely short-lived.

As FRBs last for just a fraction of a second, they are hard to capture, and their origin is even harder to pinpoint.

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