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SpaceX’s fourth ISS resupply mission completed successfully

SpaceX’s fourth ISS resupply mission completed successfully

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station (ISS) and splashed down into the Pacific Ocean at 3:39 pm EDT Saturday, October 25, bringing back hundreds of pounds of cargo to earth.

The spacecraft, carrying a huge amount of NASA cargo and samples, departed with 3,300 pounds (1,490 kilograms) of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples and results of critical, long-term research.

Dragon has returned to Earth after spending one month at the space station. It also carried computer resources, hardware and supplies from the crews.

Comet 67P Stinks, say Astronomers

Comet 67P Stinks, say Astronomers

Based on months of observations taken by the Rosetta spacecraft trailing comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, astronomers from the European Space Agency said all comets apparently stink. 67P comet is releasing pungent gas vapors created by "out gassing" in which the comet's ice is turned to water vapor by sunlight.

According to astronomers, the smell of the poisonous gases stems from a deadly mix of ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde. Astronomers explain that the smell of these powerful vapors is similar to rotten eggs and horse urine.

Star Formation just after Big Bang not as Efficient as Today

Star Formation just after Big Bang not as Efficient as Today

A new research has found that all the star formation in galaxies just after the Big Bang may not have been as efficient as it is today.

This conclusion is based on the details that were generated by the study of two nearby galaxies. These galaxies provided an insight into the details related with galaxy formation in the early universe. They showed that star formation was far less plentiful than what the scientists currently think.

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Unmanned X-37B Finally Returns

Unmanned X-37B Finally Returns

A US Air Force X-37B, an unmanned reusable space plane, has finally returned Friday at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The spacecraft was launched in space in December 2012 and it was its third space mission.

The space plane has returned after spending about 22 months orbiting earth. The US Air Force stated that the mission was their longest one to date. It is not known on which mission the plane was during its 674 days in orbit.

Astronauts perform Spacewalk outside ISS to replace Broken Electrical Unit

Astronauts perform Spacewalk outside ISS to replace Broken Electrical Unit

A failed electrical unit has been replaced by spacewalking astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday.

The space station has been relying on only seven of its eight solar-power arrays since spring when its eighth voltage regulator stopped working. Station flight engineers, Reid Wiseman and Butch Wilmore yesterday's work brought the energy capability of the space station back to 100%.

They both floated outside the station's airlock soon after 8:15 am EDT (1215 GMT) to start a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk.

Hubble Space Telescope discovers three KBOs

Hubble Space Telescope discovers three KBOs

With the help of Hubble Space Telescope, researchers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have discovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) that the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could observe after it flies by Pluto in next July. Kuiper Belt is a region of the Solar System beyond the planets.

According to the researchers, the KBOs that Hubble Space Telescope have found, are more than 10 times larger than typical comet, and approximately 1 or 2% of the size of Pluto, which is the largest object in the Kuiper belt.

Sierra Nevada Corporation gets DoD satellite Contract

Sierra Nevada Corporation gets DoD satellite Contract

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has given contract to Nevada's Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), an American privately held electronic systems provider, to develop a next-generation science and technology demonstration satellite.

NASA wants you to Name New Free-Flying Robot planned to be launched in ISS in 2017

NASA wants you to Name New Free-Flying Robot planned to be launched in ISS in 2017

NASA has come up with an interesting challenge. It is planning to launch a free-flying robot to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017, and the US space agency has asked you to give a suitable name for it.

The winner of the challenge will receive $1,000; second runner-up will receive $500 and the third and forth winners will receive $250 each. The free-flying robot will join other such robots on the ISS and will be used on the orbiting outpost.

‘Mars One’ needs New Technologies to keep Humans Alive on Mars: MIT

‘Mars One’ needs New Technologies to keep Humans Alive on Mars: MIT

The Mars One project, led by Dutch nonprofit, had revealed plans in 2012 to build the first human colony on the Red Planet by 2025. Firstly, the mission will send four astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars. For the rest of the life, they would stay there building the first permanent human settlement.

Mars One has claimed that the whole mission can be built upon technologies that already exist. But according to MIT engineers, the project needs to reconsider the mission's technical feasibility.

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September 2014 Warmest on Record, says NASA

September 2014 Warmest on Record, says NASA

A new report by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies has shown that September of 2014 was the warmest September since 1880. The report stated that this year's September was about 0.78 degrees Celsius above the 1951-80 average temperature for the month.

Climate Central reported that September could make 2014 the warmest year on record.

Data gathered by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies showed that September of 2014 had edged out the record of September 2005 and became the warmest September.

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