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Engine for NASA’s SLS Megarocket successfully tested

Engine for NASA’s SLS Megarocket successfully tested

NASA has successfully test-fired the RS-25 rocket engine for its future megarocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for nearly 8.5 minutes.

Agency officials announced that the test, which was the third in a row, was conducted on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center close to Bay St. Louis in Mississippi.

The highly-powerful RS-25 engine will be used to power the upcoming SLS, which is being built for conducting deep space missions.

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Astronaut aboard ISS shares stunning video, photos of Aurora Borealis

Astronaut aboard ISS shares stunning video, photos of Aurora Borealis

NASA astronaut and flight engineer Jack Fischer shared photos and a time lapse video that he captured of a stunning glowing green aurora borealis from an altitude of nearly 250 miles.

The U.S. space agency said in a new release that Fischer, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), captured the time lapse video and photos on 26th of June this year.

Sharing the video, Fisher wrote in a tweet, “People have asked me what a 'burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce' is... Well folks, it looks like this...awesome sauce is green.”

NASA aims to cut flight times with supersonic technology

NASA aims to cut flight times with supersonic technology

Ground-level disturbances like cracked plaster and shattered windows have kept supersonic travel almost off-limits since 1973, when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned its use.

However, that may change soon as NASA has announced a plan for construction of a demo model of a supersonic plane that would be able to reduce the sonic boom to a negligible hum.

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Google Street View enters International Space Station

Google Street View enters International Space Station

Google Street View is known for providing internet users with a closer view of destinations that are normally beyond their reach.

After providing closer view of earthly destinations, Google Street View has now extended its reach into the space. It recently explored the International Space Station (ISS) – a joint venture among multiple countries to conduct various experiments in space.

With the help of its Street View team on ground and astronauts aboard the orbiting lab, tech giant Google gave us a very close look to what really occupies the space station.

Japan’s zero-gravity space camera drone sends first images from ISS

Japan’s zero-gravity space camera drone sends first images from ISS

The JAXA Tsukuba Space Center of Japan has just announced the release of the very first images taken by a space drone that is operating on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Japanese space agency sent the zero-gravity Internal Ball Camera drone in order to get photos and videos of astronauts at the ISS.

Operated from earth, the Internal Ball Camera drone has been offering an unbelievable window into life on the orbiting laboratory.

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Privately-owned U.S. firm plans to land spacecraft on Moon

Privately-owned U.S. firm plans to land spacecraft on Moon

A privately-owned U.S.-based firm has announced its plan to use robotic technology to launch a series of commercial missions to Earth’s only natural satellite - the Moon.

Cape Canaveral, Florida-based Moon Express CEO Bob Richards has confirmed that his firm is working on a fleet of low-cost robotic spacecraft that could be assembled like Legos to handle complex space missions.

The first spacecraft of the firm called MX-1E is scheduled to be launched before the end of this year using a Rocket Lab Electron booster.

China Stars 200-day Self-sustaining Space Station Experiment

China Stars 200-day Self-sustaining Space Station Experiment

Chinese researchers have started 200-day self-sustaining project under name Lunar Palace I. Four students from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics will be staying for 200 days under conditions similar to those in space. The experiment for 200-day self-sustaining stay has been started after conducting a similar experiment for 60 days. China is trying hard to improve its position in space exploration technologies.

SpaceX launches first Bulgarian Satellite Bulgariasat-1

SpaceX launches first Bulgarian Satellite  Bulgariasat-1

SpaceX has successfully launched the first Bulgarian satellite using SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch was earlier delayed due to small glitch and the mission from Florida’s east coast on Friday has successfully placed Bulgaria-owned television broadcasting satellite. Bulgariasat-1 is the first geostationary communications satellite launched for Bulgaria.

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Kepler Finds 219 Exoplanets and 10 out of them could be habitable: NASA

Kepler Finds 219 Exoplanets and 10 out of them could be habitable: NASA

A team of astronomers working with Kepler Space telescope has found 219 new exoplanets. NASA released a list of 219 exoplanets discovered by astronomers over a period of four years using Kepler Space Telescope. 10 exoplanets among the latest list are in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone and their size is comparable to that of our planet Earth. These planets can support water in liquid form on their surface as they orbit at a suitable distance from their host star. Presence of water in liquid form is one of the main conditions for any exoplanet to support life.

China launches X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars

China launches X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars

China’s recently launched X-ray space telescope will enable scientists to observe and learning about pulsars, gamma-ray bursts and black holes.

The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope was launched using a Long March-4B rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, which is located in the northwest the Gobi Desert, at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The cutting-edge space telescope is expected to help scientists better understand the evolution of black holes, gamma-ray bursts and the interiors of pulsars.

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