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New Horizons data took more than a year to reach Earth: NASA

New Horizons data took more than a year to reach Earth: NASA

More than 50 gigabits of data collected by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its speedy flyby of Pluto in 2015 took more than a year to reach scientists on Earth, the U.S. space agency announced.

NASA said in a statement that the last bits of data about Pluto and its five moons were collected by the LEISA spectral camera within New Horizons’ Ralph instrument on July 14, 2015.

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SpaceX close to solving Falcon 9 explosion mystery

SpaceX close to solving Falcon 9 explosion mystery

Elon Musk-led SpaceX has indicated that it is close to solve the mystery over what caused the Falcon 9 rocket explosion during a test firing in early September. After the crash, Elon Musk had asked scientific community to help the company figure out the cause of explosion. The investigation was jointly conducted by the Federal Aviation Association, NASA and the U.S. Air Force. The mission exploded while the fuel tanks were being prepped at the Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Scientists discover how Moon’s Bull’s-Eye crater came into existence

Scientists discover how Moon’s Bull’s-Eye crater came into existence

The origin of Orientale Basin on the Moon, a 580 miles wide Bull’s-Eye crater surrounded by three concentric rings, has long been perplexing scientists. But, a new study has apparently solved that mystery.

Using data collected by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) space probe, a team of scientists peered beneath the Moon’s surface and pieced together information about the crater’s origin.

Astronomers discover newborn triple-star system

Astronomers discover newborn triple-star system

Providing astronomers first of its kind glimpse into how multiple-star systems come into existence, Chile-based ALMA telescope has captured a litter of newborn stars emerging from the same disk of gas and dust.

The image captured by the powerful telescope shows a triple-star system, with two young stars forming in a spiral around an older star. It confirms the major theory that states how multiple stars wind up close to each other.

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Claim of evidence of alien life raises scientists’ eyebrows

Claim of evidence of alien life raises scientists’ eyebrows

Two astronomers, viz. Ermanno Borra and Eric Trottier of the Quebec-based Université Laval, claimed to have found evidence of intelligent alien life but their claim has raised some scientists’ eyebrows.

Borra and Trottier examined more than 2 million stars catalogued from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and determined that 234 of them exhibit spectral modulation or rapid bursts of light. They said the signals from the stars are consistent with signals from an alien civilization sending tremendously rapid optical pulses predicted previously in an earlier research paper by Borra.

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Cygnus cargo ship to remain tethered to ISS for weeks

Cygnus cargo ship to remain tethered to ISS for weeks

The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship that recently arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) will remain tethered to the orbiting lab for weeks to allow space station crew to unload the vessel and then reload it with trash and release it to burn up in the atmosphere.

Around a week after its launch, the Cygnus cargo ship loaded with equipment and supplies docked with the ISS at 7:28 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) on Sunday. It was pulled up grabbed by the space station’s robotic arm operated by Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi and NASA crewmate Kate Rubins.

New Detailed Map of Milky Way Released by Astronomers

New Detailed Map of Milky Way Released by Astronomers

Astronomers have unveiled a detailed map of Milky Way Galaxy with incredible details about the galaxy, using the presence of hydrogen and mapping it meticulously. The detailed map of Milky Way Galaxy has been generated using telescopes with high sensitivity in Germany and Australia. By using the distribution of hydrogen across the Milky Way, astronomers have been able to map amazing map of the galaxy.

Orbital ATK’s OA-5 Cygnus spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Orbital ATK’s OA-5 Cygnus spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, October 23rd, American space agency NASA announced.

According to a NASA statement, the spacecraft designated OA-5 under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services 1 (CRS-1) contract docked with the ISS at 10:53 a.m. EDT, nearly 250 miles above the Indian Ocean.

Frank Culbertson, the president of Orbital’s Space Systems Group, called the OA-5 mission ‘distinct’ and ‘special’ to their entire team.

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ExoMars lander suffered Crash Landing, Initial Reports Suggest

ExoMars lander suffered Crash Landing, Initial Reports Suggest

The ExoMars lander has possibly crash landed on the Red Planet, as a NASA satellite provided some images of the joint mission of the European Space Agency and Roscosmos. The Schiaparelli lander possibly hit the right spot selected by ExoMars mission team but the speed was probably much higher than planned. The lander might have ended up in an explosion the moment it hit the surface, as per initial estimates. The European Space Agency team was unable to get any signal from Schiaparelli Mars lander.

New map enables better understanding of Milky Way

New map enables better understanding of Milky Way

Piecing together billions of telescope observations at Australia-based Parkes Observatory and Germany-based Effelsberg 100-m Radio Telescope, a team of international researchers has created a detailed map of hydrogen in the Milky Way as well as some of its surrounding galaxies.

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in space, accounting for the creation of stars and galaxies. A better understanding of this element is expected to help scientists solve mysteries about our galaxies and the universe as a whole.

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