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ISS returns to its full capacity of six astronauts

ISS returns to its full capacity of six astronauts

The arrival of the three astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) has once again boosted the orbiting lab back up to its full capacity of six. It is for the first time since April that the ISS has reached its full capacity of six astronauts. The new three-man space crew, one astronaut each from Russia, Italy and the United States arrived at the ISS on Friday for a five-month mission.

China to build Mars simulation base

China to build Mars simulation base

China has revealed plans to build a simulation Mars base in the Qaidam Basin of its Qinghai province in the northwestern part of the country.

Revealing the plans, Chinese authorities said the simulation Mars base will act as an educational experience of future settlements on the Red Planet.

The location of the Qaidam Basin has been selected because the landscape and the climatic conditions there are quite similar to those that are found on the Red Planet. The more than 95,000-square kilometer area is actually a desert with harsh dry conditions.

Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to carry three astronauts to International Space Station

Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to carry three astronauts to International Space Station

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new crew members for the International Space Station (ISS) is all set to launch this Friday, officials have announced.

The Soyuz MS-05 will launch from a launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:41 a.m. EDT Friday (GMT-4; 9:41 p.m. local time).

It will be carrying flight commander Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, flight engineers Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency.

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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.

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