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SpaceX all set to launch ISS resupply mission from historic KSC pad

SpaceX all set to launch ISS resupply mission from historic KSC pad

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo craft from the same Kennedy Space Center (KSC) pad that was used to launch men to the Moon nearly five decades ago.

The Elon Musk-led private space firm has plans to launch the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo craft for the International Space Station (ISS) at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

NASA spacecraft spots building blocks of life on Ceres

NASA spacecraft spots building blocks of life on Ceres

Further boosting scientists’ interest in Ceres, U.S. space agency NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has for the first time spotted organic molecules, the carbon-containing building blocks of life, on the dwarf planet.

Dawn spotted the organic molecules on Ceres using its visible & infrared mapping spectrometer instrument near the dwarf planet’s 33-mile-wide Ernutet crater.

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NASA to study risks & costs of flying crew on Saturn V-class SLS

NASA to study risks & costs of flying crew on first flight of big rocket

NASA will study the risks and costs of sending astronauts on the first flight of a gigantic new rocket that is being built to explore deep space, the space agency’s acting administrator Robert Lightfoot announced.

The U.S. space agency aims to test the Saturn V-class Space Launch System rocket in late 2018 with an unscrewed Orion crew capsule that will fly around the Moon. Later it will be capsule will be used to sent astronauts into deep space.

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Exoplanet Showcases Strong Influence of its Star HAT-P-2 as detected by Spitzer Space Telescope

Exoplanet Showcases Strong Influence of its Star HAT-P-2 as detected by Spitzer Space Telescope

Astronomers have noticed heartbeat-like vibrations from star HAT-P-2 nearly 370 light years away from us. The exoplanet of star HAT-P-2 is having a strange influence on the star as it approaches close to it in the orbit as noticed by Spitzer Space Telescope. Astronomers noticed that star HAT-P-2 vibrates every 87 minutes and this is possibly caused by an exoplanet that orbits HAT-P-2. The details of the findings of research team have been published in Astronomical Journal Letters.

NASA picks Three Potential Drilling Sites for Mars 2020 Mission

NASA picks 3 potential drilling sites for Mars 2020 mission

NASA scientists have recommended three locations on Mars for drilling to collect samples from the Red Planet during the agency’s Mars 2020 mission. This will be first even NASA mission to bring back samples from Mars on Earth. After three-day workshop in Monrovia, California, NASA team has finalized three locations for drilling on February 10. Till date, researchers have only analyzed Mars rocks that are meteorites and for the first time, we will have rocks brought from Mars for analysis.

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NASA Announces Project for Drilling on Europa’s Crust

NASA Announces Project for Drilling on Europa’s Crust

NASA has announced an interesting project to drill Europa’s Crust and one of the aims of the project is to search for possibility of life. Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is considered as a candidate for search for life in solar system. Astronomers have earlier talked about possibilities of finding life on Europa. The mission has been planned for year 2024. The details of Europa Lander Mission have been shared by NASA in 264-page report. The mission has not been confirmed yet.

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NASA plans to explore Europa in search of alien life

NASA plans to explore Europa in search of alien life

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is planning to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in search for some sort of alien life, the renowned American space agency has confirmed. NASA-appointed Science Definition Team (SDT) has been preparing a plan to send a spacecraft to Europa since early 2016. On Feb. 7th, that SDT delivered their first report to the agency, specifying their recommendations for a future Europa mission.

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NASA refurbishes archive of Earth views from space

NASA refurbishes archive of Earth views from space

U.S. space agency NASA has just refurbished its archive of Earth views from space, enabling the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website to provide users with daily, up-close views of our planet in natural, enhanced hues.

EPIC is a part of NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, which is orbiting the Sun at a distance of nearly 1 million miles from Earth, allowing scientists to study the weather and climate of our planet. It captures a new image every hour from mid of April to mid of October, as well as every two hours during the remaining year.

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

U.S. government investigators are reportedly worried about a potentially dangerous flaw in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which are supposed to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as soon as next year.

According to a report published in the WSJ, investigators have detected a pattern of cracking in the Falcon 9 rockets’ turbine blades that drive the turbopumps which quickly funnel propellant into the rocket engines.

Investigators believe that the flaw could compromise the safety of astronauts who are supposed use the vehicle starting sometime in 2018.

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Release of GPS data expected to boost space-weather science

Release of GPS data expected to boost space-weather science

More than 16 years of space-weather data captured by the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites have been made public for the first time in history, authorities have confirmed.

For years, the information has been kept by the U.S. military, which manages the GPS satellite system. It is for the first time that the information has been released for the public, thanks to an executive order signed in October last year.

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