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Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

NASA’s Cassini mission team has released high resolution images of Saturn’s rings, showcasing unprecedented details of the outer regions of the icy rings and their bruised surface. Cassini spacecraft is currently in its ‘ring grazing’ phase of the mission. The new images are the closest ever images of Saturn’s rings. Cassini mission will come to an end in April this year, after running for 20 years and providing valuable data to astronomers about Saturn. In April, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.

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Elon Musk shares his views about Trump's Immigration Order

Elon Musk shifts his views about Trump

During the tightly-fought 2016 presidential election, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not think that Donald Trump was the right person for the job. However, the billionaire innovator has now shifted his views about the Republican leader.

While Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the notion of man-made global warning, Musk has been an ardent supporter of the idea that man-made global warming is a real threat to humanity. Nevertheless, Musk has endorsed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a global warming skeptic, as Secretary of State.

Bursts of Methane on Mars in the Past Could Have Raised Temperature of the Red Planet: Research

Bursts of Methane on Mars in the Past Could Have Raised Temperature of the Red Planet: Research

Astronomers have argued about the possibility of water flowing on the surface of Mars in the past and many of the Mars missions have offered evidence of the same on surface of the Red Planet. Researchers also know that even in the past, 3-4 billion years ago, Mars was too cold to support liquid water. However, a new research paper suggests that intermittent bursts of methane could have led to rising temperature on the Red Planet.

Private access to Moon getting closer to reality

Private access to Moon getting closer to reality

Private access to the Moon is increasing getting closer to reality with the X Prize Foundation, an ambitious initiative funded by Google that is encouraging private entrepreneurs get to our only natural satellite by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, the X Prize Foundation selected five teams of private entrepreneurs that say they could land on the Moon by the end of 2017.

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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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