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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch scheduled for January 14

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch scheduled for Jan. 14th

Despite gaining the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s approval for resuming Falcon 9 flights, SpaceX has decided to wait for several more days before launching a Falcon 9 rocket carrying Iridium satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

In addition to gaining the federal regulator’s approval, SpaceX has also successfully completed an on-pad test. But, it decided until Jan. 14th to launch the Falcon 9 cargo flight. Before the new notice, the company was expected to launch the flight on coming Monday.

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ISS to pass in front of the Sun Thursday morning

ISS to pass in front of the Sun Thursday morning

Some individuals living in the Denver Metro area will get a rare chance to enjoy a special view of the International Space Station (ISS) in the morning hours of Thursday as the orbiting lab will be passing in front of the Sun.

The Denver Astronomical Society has created and released a map showing the ISS’ path across the Sun through Denver. In case the weather cooperates, individuals living within 14 miles of this line will be able to get the best chance to view the orbiting lab.

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Cassini Mission Has Provided Lot of Interesting Data to Astronomers: NASA

Cassini Mission Has Provided Lot of Interesting Data to Astronomers: NASA

Cassini mission has provided high amount of interesting data to astronomers. The mission was launched in 1997 and became the first to enter Saturn’s orbit. The mission will end in year 2017 and NASA engineers are excited about what the mission spacecraft will offer them before it ends. On January 1, 2017, Cassini mission will start Ring Grazing Orbit #5.

Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Comet Show to Welcome New Year

Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova Comet Show to Welcome New Year

New Year Eve will have a special treat for sky gazers as comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will make a close flyby. The comet travels across our solar system every five years. The comet will be visible after sunset on December 31, 2016. With clear sky, it would be visible even with normal binoculars for sky gazers. The comet will be visible near the moon in the night sky.

Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is named after astronomers who first spotted it in 1948. Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is a periodic comet witnessed in the inner solar system every five years.

SpaceX releases Falcon Heavy’s photo

SpaceX releases Falcon Heavy’s photo

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has released an image of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is expected to be used for carrying a manned Red Dragon capsule to Mars sometime in the future.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has been anticipated for several years now. Originally, its launch was planned for 2013, but design changes and upgrades to the Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicle and the Falcon 9 Full Thrust variant forced the company to postpone the expected launch year to 2015.

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NASA Engineers Planning to Build Ice House on Mars: Report

NASA Engineers Planning to Build Ice House on Mars: Report

NASA engineers are planning to build ice house on Mars as per suggestions shared by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Planet Mars will be challenging mission for NASA and it would be interesting to see what solutions scientific community can offer to astronauts to stay safely on Mars. The Red Planet has extreme temperatures and the atmosphere doesn’t provide adequate protection from high intensity radiation on Mars. Scientists at NASA have suggested Ice house as an effective technique for astronauts to stay on Mars.

Interesting Comet Show on New Year Eve

Interesting Comet Show on New Year Eve

New Year Eve will have a special treat for sky gazers as comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will make a close flyby. The comet travels across our solar system every five years. The comet will be visible after sunset on December 31, 2016. With clear sky, it would be visible even with normal binoculars for sky gazers. The comet will be visible near the moon in the night sky.

Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is named after astronomers who first spotted it in 1948. Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is a periodic comet witnessed in the inner solar system every five years.

METI Scientists Planning to Send Signals to Exoplanet Promixa B

METI Scientists Planning to Send Signals to Exoplanet Promixa B

METI Scientists have planned to send radio signals to exoplanet Proxima B. The Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (METI) team aims to send signals to many other distant planets to make a contact with possible alien life forms on those planets. Astronomers at SETI have been working for the last few years to search for signals from alien worlds. However, they have not received any strong indicators to suggest presence of life forms or advanced civilizations on other planets.

China outlines its space ambitions

China outlines its space ambitions

China has plans to accelerate its space missions, including lunar and Mars excursions, a newly released white paper on the Asian’s country’s policy and space activities revealed.

In the 11,000-word white paper on its policy and activities in space, China outlined its ambitious deep space exploration, lunar exploration, human spaceflights and space science projects as major priorities.

A quick look at upcoming celestial events

A quick look at upcoming celestial events

The New Year will begin with an eye-catching conjunction of the waxing crescent Moon and the glittering planet Venus on Jan. 1, astronomers have predicted.

According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, the exquisite pairing of Moon and Venus will be seen just after sunset in the southwestern sky.

On January 2nd, Moon and Venus will be back for an encore, but this time our natural satellite will have shifted between Mars and Venus. One will be able to watch the planets of war and love sticking close together all through the month of January.

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