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NASA set to reveal new discoveries on oceans beyond Earth

NASA set to reveal new discoveries on oceans beyond Earth

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is set to reveal discoveries related to ocean worlds in our solar system, according to a newly released statement by space agency officials.

The U.S. space agency team told reporters that the revelations would be related particularly to discoveries made by Saturn probe Cassini and the Hubble space telescope. The Cassini spacecraft was launched in 1997 and it reached the Saturn system in 2004.

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Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

Jupiter to be at its closest point to Earth tonight

NASA astronomers have predicted that Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, will reach its point of opposition tonight, 7th of April.

The gaseous giant will position itself in the constellation of Virgo almost in a straight line from the Sun, lighting up brightly in the night sky.

In addition, the planet will be at its closest point to Earth. According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, Jupiter will rise in the east along with the Sun and trudge across the heavens, eventually setting in the west at sunrise.

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NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

NASA astronaut just few days away from setting new record

Veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is just a few days away from setting a new record in space – in terms of total cumulative time spent in Earth’s orbit.

Whitson will break the existing record of 534 days on 24th of April, which will mark 535th day in space. Currently, the record is held by astronaut Jeff Williams.

The 57-year-old astronaut recalled that she grew up and sold chickens at an Iowa farm to raise money to pay for her first pilot’s license. She stressed that anyone can pursue and make one’s dreams come true.

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Boeing details what its deep space vehicle would look like

Boeing details what its deep space vehicle would look like

Boeing, one of the six private companies that have teamed up with NASA to develop deep space vehicles, has just detailed what its deep space vehicle would look like. With entry of private companies in space technology sector, experts are expecting lower costs of space missions and faster technology transfer.

The deep space vehicle could be used to take to stage a piloted mission to Mars. The aerospace outfit is already working with the U.S. space agency to develop the Space Launch System (SLS) – a very powerful lifter to power a Mars shot.

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Two ISS astronauts perform spacewalk for second time within a week

Two ISS astronauts perform spacewalk for second time within a week

Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts on Thursday performed an hours-long spacewalk for the second time in less than a week, American space agency NASA announced.

In the 7-hour long spacewalk, Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson and Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough outfitted a recently relocated docking module to make it ready for docking of commercial crew spacecraft in 2018.

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British teenager detects error in ISS data

British teenager detects error in ISS data

A British teenager has pointed out a major error in a set of data that the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) collects from the International Space Station (ISS), according to emerging media reports.

Seventeen-year-old Miles Soloman, an A-level student at Sheffield-based Tapton School, detected the error while working on the TimPix project, which allows British students to access data recorded by NASA’s radiation detectors.

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NASA working on LASER-based high speed space internet

NASA working on LASER-based high speed space internet

As existing communication systems suffer from a number of drawbacks like slower speeds and overloading of the bandwidth, NASA is working on a new technology that would enable high-speed movement of internet data in space.

The U.S. space agency’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration communication satellite encodes data onto a beam of light and transmits it anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster than currently-used radio-based space communications.

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Europa Lander Project could be Cancelled as NASA faces 0.8% cut in budget

NASA likely to face 0.8% cut in budget

President Trump's administration has announced relatively mild budget cuts for NASA but some ambitious projects have been declined for future funding. As per recently unveiled proposed budget plans by federal agencies, space agency NASA is facing a negligible cut of cut of 0.8 per cent cut in its overall budget.

It is a relatively mild change compared to other federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but even this small reduction in budget would prompt the agency to cancel some of its upcoming missions.

President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

President Trump Announces Minor Budget Cuts for NASA

NASA has escaped any major cuts in its budget in the fiscal policy announced by Trump administration. NASA officials and scientific community was concerned about budget cuts that NASA could face under Trump administration but the initial report suggests that NASA can continue with most of its projects. NASA would receive nearly $19.1 billion in top line spending, as per the fiscal policy. This amounts to 0.8 percent cut in NASA spending compared to nearly 31 percent spending cuts announced for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Saturn's moon Pan appears like flying saucer

Saturn moon Pan appears like flying saucer

Pan, one of Saturn’s several moons, is quite peculiar due to its distinctive shape that has prompted some scientists to compare it to a flying saucer. The U.S. space agency NASA on Thursday released some images of Pan. Natural satellites are not always round in shape. The high resolution images of Pan were captured and sent back to Earth by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. In the images, Pan looks like a UFO or a flying saucer.

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