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NASA’s new Mars plan includes yearlong mission to the Moon

NASA’s new Mars plan includes yearlong mission to the Moon

NASA has revealed a new plan in which a group of astronauts may spend around a year in orbit around the Moon in the late 2020s as part of its broader plan to send humans to Mars a decade later.

Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for policy & plans in NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate, revealed the plan at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington D.C.

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NASA releases video starring spacewalking astronauts

NASA releases video starring spacewalking astronauts

U.S. space agency NASA has released a stunning ‘action cam’ video of a spacewalk on the International Space Station (ISS), showing what exactly takes place after an astronaut steps out of the orbiting lab.

The renowned space agency shared the footage, which was captured by Pesquet on 24th of March, by posting it on Google’s video-sharing service YouTube.

The footage essentially shows two astronauts conducting a spacewalk outside of the orbiting lab. It also presents a breath-taking view of our planet from an altitude of 250 miles.

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Cassini discovers vast void between Saturn’s rings

Cassini discovers vast void between Saturn’s rings

NASA’s spacecraft Cassini has discovered a vast void between the rings of Saturn, American space agency researchers confirmed in a newly released statement.

Jim Green, the director of the Planetary Science Division at Washington-based NASA Headquarters, said that images captured by Cassini revealed that the area in between Saturn’s iconic rings is devoid of even space dust.

As the spacecraft dove through the gap, it came within 1,900 miles of the gaseous planet’s cloud tops and within 200 miles of the rings’ innermost visible edge.

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Cassini re-establishes contact after ‘dive’ between Saturn and its rings

Cassini re-establishes contact after ‘dive’ between Saturn and its rings

U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft re-established contact with project managers on Earth after ‘diving’ between Saturn and its rings.

Cassini was out of contact as scientists oriented its dish antenna to use it as a shield to protect the spacecraft from potential damage from ring particles. As scientists had remotely oriented the antenna away from Earth, the spacecraft remained out of contact for nearly 22 hours.

It re-established contact shortly before 3 a.m. ET after crossing through the gap between the gaseous planet and its rings.

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Cassini begins plunging into Saturn’s rings

Cassini begins plunging into Saturn’s rings

Marking the beginning of its ‘grand finale,’ the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Cassini spacecraft has started plunging into the gap between the gaseous planet Saturn and its rings.

Cassini’s grand finale started after it made its final close flyby of Titan, a potentially habitable moon of Saturn. The spacecraft made its final close flyby last Saturday, and collected detailed images of the moon’s surface.

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Cassini heading towards final close encounter with Titan

Cassini heading toward final close encounter with Titan

The U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on the path to make its final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan this weekend in a bid to provide scientists with detailed images of its surface.

Cassini’s closest approach to the moon Titan is scheduled for 11:08 p.m. PDT on 21st of April of 2:08 a.m. EDT on 22nd of April. The spacecraft will make a pass as close as 608 miles or 979 kilometers above the potentially habitable moon’s surface at a speed of around 13,000 mph.

NASA astronaut & Russian cosmonaut successfully launched for ISS

NASA astronaut & Russian cosmonaut successfully launched for the ISS

American astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin were boosted into Earth’s orbit on Thursday for their planned five-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA’s Fischer and Roscosmos’ Yurchikhin lifted off on a Russian Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft carried by a Soyuz-FG rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:13 a.m. EDT (0713 GMT) on April 20, 2017.

Launched on a planned “fast-track,” 6-orbit rendezvous, the duo is set to dock at the orbiting outpost’s Poisk module at around 9:23 a.m. EDT or 1323 GMT.

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Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK all set to launch cargo ship to space station

Orbital ATK’s Atlas V rocket carrying an unmanned Cygnus cargo ship is all set to blast off from a NASA launch pad for delivering food and supplies for the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Cygnus cargo ship carrying Atlas V rocket is poised to be launched during a thirty-minute launch window starting at 11:11 a.m. (1511 GMT) from a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday.

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Mile-wide asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years

Mile-wide asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years

A mile-wide ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid is set to make a relatively close flyby to Earth on Wednesday this week, the U.S. space agency NASA has warned.

The asteroid dubbed the Rock, which is formally known as Object 2014 JO25, will pass by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles or roughly 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. The close flyby is due to take place at 8:24AM ET or 1:24PM BST on Wednesday.

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NASA detects hydrogen gas on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

NASA detects hydrogen gas on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

NASA scientists have announced that the agency’s Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen gas in a plume gushing from a liquid water ocean hidden beneath the icy shell of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Hydrogen is a key energy source for microbial life and its detection in Enceladus’ atmosphere has boosted scientists’ belief that some of Saturn’s moons could be supporting alien life in the form of microbes.

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