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Curiosity's First Martian Mountain Sample matches Orbital Observation

Curiosity's First Martian Mountain Sample matches Orbital Observation

In late September, NASA's Curiosity rover drilled into a rock outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp. The sample from the target called Confidence Hills within the Pahrump Hills outcrop has led to the mission's first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit.

Hematite level in the sample was much more than any rock or soil samples tested earlier by the rover. Hematite is an iron-oxide mineral, which provides hints about early environmental conditions.

Rosetta Comet Mission: Landing Site Named ‘Agilkia’

Rosetta Comet Mission: Landing Site Named ‘Agilkia’

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Philae lander is scheduled to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12. The site where Rosetta mission's Philae lander will land has been named 'Agilkia'. The name has been announced by the ESA.

According to the space agency, they had asked people to suggest the name for the probe and the excited people had taken the task very seriously. The agency stated that the new name was selected from more than 8,000 entries. As per the ESA, over 150 people suggested the name Agilkia.

ISS faces Threat from Deadly Debris

ISS faces Threat from Deadly Debris

According to reports, the International Space Station (ISS) recently experienced threat from debris moving through space on collision course with the orbiting laboratory. Before deadly debris could pose any harm to the ISS, five space agencies changed the position of the space station.

Huge Sunspot AR 2192 baffles Scientists

Huge Sunspot AR 2192 baffles Scientists

Since 1874, 32,908 sunspots have been observed by research teams. AR 2192, the 33rd largest sunspot, keeps on rotating but has now moved to a point which cannot be seen from our planet.

Scientists have been observing the sunspot for 24 years as it continues to generate solar fares. Since the time it faced the Earth, the AR2192 had produced four solar major flares and various minor flares.

Despite continuous observing, questions about the sunspot have not been answered yet, like why it grows so big or why it is not producing coronal mass ejections.

Cassini captures Methane Seas of Titan glittering in Sunlight

Cassini captures Methane Seas of Titan glittering in Sunlight

Cassini probe of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently sent some spectacular images of Saturn's largest moon Titan. The pictures are showing the methane seas of Titan glittering in the sunlight.

According to reports of Daily Mail, the reflection, which is also known as the specular point, is situated in the south of the Kraken Mare, largest sea of Titan. Cassini captured the images in near-infrared light. The greenish mosaic showed the light coming from the sun and glittering of Titan's north polar seas.

Cassini spots Light reflecting off Titan’s Gigantic Lake of Hydrocarbon

The NASA spacecraft, Cassini, has observed light reflecting off Kraken Mare, huge hydrocarbon lake on the distant satellite of Titan.  The new image was captured on August 21, 2014. It is the first remarkable image of the precipitation cycle on an alien satellite.  For the first time ever, an infrared camera aboard Cassini took image of the sea, and sunlight reflecting from the body. Titan's Lakes are generated mainly from methane and ethane, two fairly common chemicals on Earth.   An arrow shaped methane c

The NASA spacecraft Cassini has observed light reflecting off Kraken Mare, huge hydrocarbon lake on the distant satellite Titan. The new image was captured on August 21, 2014. It is the first remarkable image of the precipitation cycle on an alien satellite.

For the first time ever, an infrared camera aboard Cassini took image of the sea, and sunlight reflecting from the body. Titan’s Lakes are generated mainly from methane and ethane, two fairly common chemicals on Earth.

Russian Researchers devise New Method to propel spacecraft through Lasers

Russian Researchers devise New Method to propel spacecraft through Lasers

The Optical Society announced that researchers from Russia have devised a means of propelling spacecraft. According to a statement given by the scientific society, Russian researchers found the method by using lasers. Institute of Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering's Yuri Rezunkov and Ioffe Physical Technical Institute's Alexander Schmidt are the researchers who have proposed the new system of laser ablation.

Russian researchers devise Laser Technique to enhance Speed of Spaceships

Russian researchers devise Laser Technique to enhance Speed of Spaceships

Physicists from Russia have projected an all new way to accelerate a spaceship while in flight, by firing a ground-based laser up its backside.

Resaercher Yuri Rezunkov of the Institute of Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering, Russia, along with Alexander Schmidt of the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute in Saint Petersburg have worked together to devise this new technique. The details of this research have been published in The Optical Society's (OSA) journal Applied Optics.

Hubble Telescope detects Ghost Light from Distant Dead Stars

Hubble Telescope detects Ghost Light from Distant Dead Stars

NASA announced that by making use of the Hubble Space Telescope, it has discovered ghost light from stars that died nearly 4 billion years ago.

Giving more insight into it, astronomers stated that they witnessed an eerie ghost light from ancient stars that were torn asunder by gravity. It is believed that all this is happening at the Pandora's Cluster which is a gathering of more than 500 galaxies, also known as Abell 2744. The research team believes that around 10% of the Pandora's Cluster light comes from around 200 billion "phantom stars".

Scientists discover Gassy Inner Disk in Binary Star System

Scientists discover Gassy Inner Disk in Binary Star System

In a bid to understand how exactly earth and all the planets around it have formed, scientists made use of Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Using ALMA, they have been successfully able to detect a ribbon of dust and gas flowing from a massive outer disk toward the inner reaches of a binary star system. It is expected that this particular feature may be behind the second smaller disk of planet-forming material. Also, it is believed that this planet-forming material would have disappeared long ago if this feature was not there.

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