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ESA Mars lander Schiaparelli’s fate remains uncertain

ESA Mars lander Schiaparelli’s fate remains uncertain

European Space Agency's (ESA's) Mars probe has successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit but the fate of its piggyback lander is still uncertain.

According to ESA officials, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which is a part of the European-Russian ExoMars 2016 mission, successfully entered Mars' orbit on October 19th following a crucial engine burn.

The lander, dubbed Schiaparelli, hit the Red Planet's atmosphere as planned at 10:42 a. m. EDT yesterday. However, project team members haven't yet got a signal to confirm the lander survived its touchdown.

China successfully launches two-man crew to space station module

China successfully launches two-man crew to space station module

Embarking on its longest piloted space flight to date, the Asian country of China launched two astronauts or “taikonauts” into Earth’s orbit Sunday evening for a month-long stay aboard the space station module Tiangong-2.

Carrying the two astronauts, viz. mission commander Jing Haipeng and flight engineer Chen Dong, China’s Long March 2F rocket lifted off from the country’s Gobi Desert-based Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 7:30 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) for Tiangong-2’s 240-mile-high orbit.

European Lander Starts Final Descent to Mars: European Space Agency

European Lander Starts Final Descent to Mars: European Space Agency

The Schiaparelli lander separated from its mother ship to make its final descent to the Martian surface, the European Space Agency informed. The Schiaparelli lander will analyze atmosphere of Mars and will also search for signs of life on the red planet. The rover will help scientists at European Space Agency to collect data and other factors for development of European Mars rover in future. The ExoMars mission is a joint venture between the European Space Agency and Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Astronomers predict nearly 10 times more galaxies than earlier estimated count

Astronomers predict nearly 10 times more galaxies than earlier estimated count

A new study published in the widely-acclaimed Astrophysical Journal. claims there are ten times more galaxies in the universe than scientists previously estimated.

Using deep-space images and other data provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of NASA research scientists created a 3D map of the universe, and concluded that there are nearly two trillion galaxies in it, 10 times more than the previous estimate of 200 billion galaxies.

Researchers link comet impact to rise of mammals

Researchers link comet impact to rise of mammals

A new study conducted by a team of American researchers has outlined new evidence for the theory that links a comet impact to an ancient rapid phase of global warming and rise of mammals.

Ancient comet impacts had profound effects on our planet's ecosystems. For instance, an asteroid that slammed into Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico nearly 66 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs.

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New NASA research conludes that the universe has nearly 2 trillion galaxies

New NASA research conludes that the universe has nearly 2 trillion galaxies

A new study published in the widely-acclaimed Astrophysical Journal. claims there are ten times more galaxies in the universe than scientists previously estimated.

Using deep-space images and other data provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of NASA research scientists created a 3D map of the universe, and concluded that there are nearly two trillion galaxies in it, 10 times more than the previous estimate of 200 billion galaxies.

Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor Talks about Rosetta Mission and Philae Lander

Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor Talks about Rosetta Mission and Philae Lander

Scientists at European Space Agency were not able to successfully land Philae lander at the place they had selected on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and that led to performance issues of the lander. However, ESA team is quite happy with the performance of the Rosetta mission and it has offered amazing data and information about comets, we were not aware of. ESA project scientist Matt Taylor informed that a team of scientists will continue to work on the data provided by the Rosetta mission for years to come.

Exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri Showcases Possibility of Ocean on Surface

Exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri Showcases Possibility of Ocean on Surface

Astronomers found exoplanet Proxima b in August and they have now indicated that the exoplanet is possibly orbiting in ‘habitable zone’ of its host star Proxima Centauri. The distance of the exoplanet from its host star and the heat emitted by Proxima Centauri could allow the exoplanet to have ocean on its surface. Astronomers believe that with liquid water on its surface, the exoplanet could support life.

Water plumes on Europa may provide another way to sample its subsurface

Water plumes on Europa may provide another way to sample its subsurface

Possibility of the presence of water vapor plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa is getting strengthened with newer evidences. Lately, NASA has unveiled that the Hubble Space Telescope data has found what seems to be water plumes ejecting from Europa’s surface.

There is a possibility that NASA may use the James Webb Space Telescope scheduled to be launched in 2018 to ascertain the plume activity on one of the 67 known moons of Jupiter. The revelation provides hint towards the presence of geysers of water on Europa.

Chemistry in surface material on Mars has a hand in makeup of Mars’ atmosphere

Chemistry in surface material on Mars has a hand in makeup of Mars’ atmosphere

New details from NASA’s Curiosity rover have unveiled that Mars crust played a role in the composition of the planet’s atmosphere. Researchers came to know about the contribution after the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) studied the gases xenon and krypton present in Mars’ atmosphere.

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