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April’s spectacular “Pink Moon” to rise this week

April’s spectacular “Pink Moon” to rise this week

The first full moon of this spring, famously called the “Pink Moon,” is set to rise later this week, astronomers have predicted. April’s Pink Moon is also known as the Egg Moon, Easter Moon and Sprouting Grass Moon. It is named after wild pink-color flowers, called wild ground phlox, because these flowers bloom and become widespread across the United States around this time of year.

EarthSky.org also reported that Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will continue to be in the neighborhood of Spica – the brightest star in the Virgo constellation.

U.S. Air Force’s space chief open to flying on SpaceX’s recycled rockets

U.S. Air Force’s space chief open to flying on SpaceX’s recycled rockets

The U.S. Air Force is open to use private aerospace and space technology firm Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX's) reusable rockets, General John "Jay" Raymond of the Air Force Space Command said.

General Raymond said that SpaceX has proven its ability to successfully use recycled rockets. He also noted that reusable rockets would help a lot in trimming costs of space missions.

Speaking on the topic, he said, "I would be comfortable if we were to fly on a reused booster. They've proven they can do it. ... It's going to get us to lower cost."

Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

NASA astronomers have predicted that Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, will reach its point of opposition tonight, 7th of April.

The gaseous giant will position itself in the constellation of Virgo almost in a straight line from the Sun, lighting up brightly in the night sky.

In addition, the planet will be at its closest point to Earth. According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, Jupiter will rise in the east along with the Sun and trudge across the heavens, eventually setting in the west at sunrise.

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NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

Veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is just a few days away from setting a new record in space – in terms of total cumulative time spent in Earth’s orbit.

Whitson will break the existing record of 534 days on 24th of April, which will mark 535th day in space. Currently, the record is held by astronaut Jeff Williams.

The 57-year-old astronaut recalled that she grew up and sold chickens at an Iowa farm to raise money to pay for her first pilot’s license. She stressed that anyone can pursue and make one’s dreams come true.

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Astronomers trying to capture photograph of a black hole

Astronomers trying to photograph a black hole

An international team of astronomers have embarked on a new project, dubbed the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), to capture the first-ever picture of a black hole.

By their very basic nature, black holes are just impossible to spot as their overwhelming gravity doesn’t allow even light to escape. Scientists know that a massive black hole lies at the core of our galaxy. But they have failed to capture its image till date.

FRBs really coming from outer space: Research

FRBs really coming from outer space: scientists say

The mysterious pulses of radio energy or super-bright flashes called fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been perplexing scientists for the last many years. But, now they are sure at least about one thing, i.e., those pulses are originating from outer space.

Lasting just a few milliseconds, FRBs are around a billion times more luminous than even our Sun, and these flashes seem to be traveling across at really fast speeds covering vast distances.

Boeing details what its deep space vehicle would look like

Boeing details what its deep space vehicle would look like

Boeing, one of the six private companies that have teamed up with NASA to develop deep space vehicles, has just detailed what its deep space vehicle would look like. With entry of private companies in space technology sector, experts are expecting lower costs of space missions and faster technology transfer.

The deep space vehicle could be used to take to stage a piloted mission to Mars. The aerospace outfit is already working with the U.S. space agency to develop the Space Launch System (SLS) – a very powerful lifter to power a Mars shot.

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SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launches ‘used’ rocket

Making a big leap in its bid to drive down costs of space flights, Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently flawlessly launched a used rocket and then retrieved it. The event marked the first time for any space firm to fly a used booster that had soared before on an orbital mission. After being successfully sent into space, the Falcon 9 rocket returned and landed on an ocean platform.

Two ISS astronauts perform spacewalk for second time within a week

Two ISS astronauts perform spacewalk for second time within a week

Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts on Thursday performed an hours-long spacewalk for the second time in less than a week, American space agency NASA announced.

In the 7-hour long spacewalk, Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson and Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough outfitted a recently relocated docking module to make it ready for docking of commercial crew spacecraft in 2018.

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Jeff Bezos releases images of New Shepard capsule’s interior

Jeff Bezos releases images of New Shepard capsule’s interior

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos-led Blue Origin has released new images of the interior of its New Shepard capsule, which will be used to send paying passengers on brief trips to space.

Showing images of the interior of space capsule’s spacious 6-seat passenger cabin, Bezos said that the company’s New Shepard flight test program aimed at demonstrating the performance as well as robustness of the system.

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