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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.

President Trump calls ISS to congratulate Peggy Whitson

President Trump calls ISS to congratulate Peggy Whitson

President Donald Trump called the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday to congratulate NASA’s Peggy Whitson on becoming America’s most experienced astronaut.

Early Monday, 57-year-old Whitson broke the record for the most cumulative time spent in space by an American astronaut. She broke the record by surpassing the 534-day record held by Jeff Williams.

Cassini heading towards final close encounter with Titan

Cassini heading toward final close encounter with Titan

The U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on the path to make its final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan this weekend in a bid to provide scientists with detailed images of its surface.

Cassini’s closest approach to the moon Titan is scheduled for 11:08 p.m. PDT on 21st of April of 2:08 a.m. EDT on 22nd of April. The spacecraft will make a pass as close as 608 miles or 979 kilometers above the potentially habitable moon’s surface at a speed of around 13,000 mph.

NASA astronaut & Russian cosmonaut successfully launched for ISS

NASA astronaut & Russian cosmonaut successfully launched for the ISS

American astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin were boosted into Earth’s orbit on Thursday for their planned five-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA’s Fischer and Roscosmos’ Yurchikhin lifted off on a Russian Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft carried by a Soyuz-FG rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:13 a.m. EDT (0713 GMT) on April 20, 2017.

Launched on a planned “fast-track,” 6-orbit rendezvous, the duo is set to dock at the orbiting outpost’s Poisk module at around 9:23 a.m. EDT or 1323 GMT.

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Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK’s Atlas V rocket carrying an unmanned Cygnus cargo ship is all set to blast off from a NASA launch pad for delivering food and supplies for the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Cygnus cargo ship carrying Atlas V rocket is poised to be launched during a thirty-minute launch window starting at 11:11 a.m. (1511 GMT) from a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday.

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Lyrid meteor shower will be interesting for Sky Watchers this weekend

Lyrid meteor shower will be interesting for Sky Watchers this weekend

Lyrid meteor shower will present a spectacular show for sky gazers this weekend. On Saturday, Lyrid meteor shower will be visible in pre-dawn sky. Astronomers suggest that the conditions will be perfect for watching meteor showers in case the sky remains clear.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak on night of April 21/22. On an average, sky gazers can expect to see up to 20 ‘shooting stars’ per hour during peak time of Lyrid meteor shower. There won’t be any need for equipment or binoculars as the meteor showers can be viewed with naked eye.

Mile-wide asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years

Mile-wide asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years

A mile-wide ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid is set to make a relatively close flyby to Earth on Wednesday this week, the U.S. space agency NASA has warned.

The asteroid dubbed the Rock, which is formally known as Object 2014 JO25, will pass by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles or roughly 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. The close flyby is due to take place at 8:24AM ET or 1:24PM BST on Wednesday.

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