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Research subjects to emerge from Mars-like habitat after Eight months of isolation

Research subjects to emerge from Mars-like habitat after Eight months of isolation

Six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from an isolated Mars-like habitat on a Hawaii volcano on coming Sunday, September 17, project managers confirmed. The team of four men and two women entered the isolated Mars-like habitat on a vast plain below the summit of the world's biggest active volcano in January this year as part of a bigger research to find ways to enable humans to survive on the Red Planet.

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Soyuz MS-06 successfully docks at ISS after Six-hour flight

Soyuz MS-06 successfully docks at ISS after Six-hour flight

Carrying two NASA astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut, the Soyuz MS-06 space capsule arrived and successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) after a roughly six-hour flight.

The space capsule, which was launched toward the space station on Tuesday (Sept. 12), docked at the ISS’ Poisk module at 10:55 p.m. EDT (0255 GMT). The two NASA astronauts are: Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba. The only Russian cosmonaut is Alexander Misurkin.

The space capsule was launched atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at 5:17 p.m. EDT (2127 GMT).

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Cassini to end its 13-year Saturn mission in mid-September

Cassini to end its 13-year Saturn mission in mid-September

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has reiterated that Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, will end its thirteen-year mission on 15th of September this year.

Cassini will make its last farewell dive between Saturn’s rings and surface on 15th of September and then burn up into ashes while heading straight into the gaseous giant’s overwhelming atmosphere.

The renowned spacecraft will provide real-time data on Saturn system’s atmosphere until it loses contact with scientists on Earth at 4:54 a.m. PDT or 1154 GMT on that fateful day.

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NASA debates how to haul back rocks from Mars

NASA debates how to haul back rocks from Mars

As the U.S. space agency NASA’s 2020 Mars rover mission is approaching near, the best strategy for retrieving rock and dirt from the Red Planet to Earth has become a topic of hot debate and discussion.

The renowned space agency has created a Returned Sample Science Board (RSSB) in order to cope with the scientific, technological as well as policy issues pertaining to the potential robotic venture.

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Astronomers detect stratosphere on a distant exoplanet

Astronomers detect stratosphere on a distant exoplanet

A team of American astronomers have discovered evidence for existence of a stratosphere on an exoplanet, a planet outside our solar system.

It may be noted here that a stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere on a planet in which temperature rises with increase in altitude.

The scientists detected the stratosphere on WASP-121b, a planet outside our solar system dubbed a “hot Jupiter,” which is 900 light-years away from Earth.

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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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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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10 Habitable Exoplanets Listed by Astronomers after reviewing Kepler Space Telescope data

10 Habitable Exoplanets Listed by Astronomers after reviewing Kepler Space Telescope data

It is difficult to find exoplanets with conditions similar to those on our planet Earth. Astronomers have been searching for exoplanets that can support life in their quest for signs of life on other planets, outside our solar system. The team of astronomers working with Kepler Space telescope has released a list of 219 new exoplanets. These 219 exoplanets have been 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.

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NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth

NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth

NASA’s Van Allen probes have revealed human activities are not having physical and chemical impacts on Earth’s environment, but also on radio frequencies extending out into space.

After analyzing data captured by the probes, NASA scientists concluded that very low frequency (VLF) radio communications make interactions with particles in space, forming an artificial barrier that can block high-energy particle rays from space.

VLF communications are mainly used to communicate with submarines across massive distances in the ocean from very powerful ground stations.

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