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NASA finds ISRO Lunar Orbiter Chandrayaan-1

NASA finds Indian’s lost lunar orbiter Chandrayaan 1

The U.S. space agency NASA has discovered the location of India’s first lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan 1, which lost contact with mission managers back in 2009. Within a year of its launch, Chandrayaan-I lost contact with its mission base station.

Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on October 22, 2008 to orbit the Earth’s only natural satellite.

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NASA finds Lost Indian Lunar Mission with New Radar Technique

NASA finds Lost Indian Lunar Mission with New Radar Technique

NASA has found lost Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 after the Indian space agency lost contact with the mission few years back. A new technological application of interplanetary radar has been able to locate lunar mission. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team in California informed that this technique can be used in future missions.

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Researchers to use JWST to find life on exoplanets

Researchers to use JWST to find life on exoplanets

Following the recent discovery of the more than half a dozen earth-sized planets around a star forty light years away, NASA researchers are looking to the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to determine if any of these exoplanets could possibly support any type of life.

Around a couple of weeks ago, NASA announced the discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star. Researchers believe that some of these stars could be able to support life.

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NASA Shares Amazing Image of Saturn’s Moon Pan Captured by Cassini

NASA Shares Amazing Image of Saturn’s Moon Pan Clicked by Cassini

NASA has shared amazing image of Saturn’s small moon Pan featuring shape similar to ravioli. The images taken by Cassini have provided interesting insights on many natural satellites of Saturn. Cassini mission has been orbiting Saturn since 2004 and before the mission ends, it will make ring-grazing’ maneuvers. Astronomers are expecting breathtaking images of Saturn’s satellites from Cassini mission.

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Cassini Showcases Amazing Features of Pan and Enceladus in High Resolution Images

Cassini Showcases Amazing Features of Pan and Enceladus in High Resolution Images

Cassini mission team has shared amazing images of Saturn’s moons Pan and Enceladus. Saturn’s icy, geyser-spewing mono has an amazing surface with higher number of craters in northern region. The Enceladus image shared by NASA was clicked by Cassini on November 27, 2016.

NASA informed that each pixel measures nearly 1,310 feet across and the images were taken by Cassini at a distance of 41,000 miles from surface of Enceladus. Cassini mission has provided amazing images for astronomers and scientific community.

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Cost of Space Missions declining with New Technologies

Cost of Space Missions declining with New Technologies

The cost of space missions and setting up space technology business has reduced considerably with new technologies, prompting more and more private-sector companies to enter the arena.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX recently announced a plan to fly two paying passengers on a week-long flight around the Moon and beyond. SpaceX has made significant advances in reusable rocket technology.

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NASA to explore asteroid 16 Psyche

NASA to explore asteroid 16 Psyche

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has announced plans to fund a multi-year mission to visit a massive asteroid dubbed the 16 Psyche. The 16 Psyche, one of the biggest asteroids in the asteroid belt located 2.9 to 3.3 astronomical units, was discovered more than a hundred years ago.

The American space agency has decided to fund a seven-year mission, in which a robotic space probe will be sent to the 19 Psyche to study the huge rock. NASA officials have picked two missions, viz. Lucy and Psyche, to explore the early solar system.

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Giant Magnetic Field on Mars Could Help Restore its Atmosphere and make it Habitable: NASA

Giant Magnetic Field on Mars Could Help Restore its Atmosphere and make it Habitable: NASA

NASA engineers have been working hard on developing a sustainability plan for Mars colonization and they suggest that launching a giant magnetic shield on the Red Planet. The magnetic shield could help restore atmosphere on Mars and presence of thick atmosphere will be helpful in making the planet habitable. Mars currently faces extreme temperature and strong solar winds. Currently, the Red Planet is cold and dry and chances of life surviving in such conditions are extremely low. NASA scientists presented the idea of magnetic shield on Mars at Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop.

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NASA prevents possible collision between MAVEN and Phobos

NASA prevents possible collision between MAVEN and Phobos

NASA scientists recently increased the velocity of Mars-orbiting spacecraft MAVEN to avoid a future collision with the red Planet’s dark moon Phobos.

The MAVEN, which is short for Mars Atmosphere & Volatile EvolutioN, has been orbiting the Red Planet for more than a couple of years. On 28th of February, scientists fired the probe’s rocket engine to boost its velocity by 0.4 meters a second.

The renowned space agency said in a statement that the increase in the velocity changed the probe’s trajectories, allowing it to avoid crossing paths with the moon Phobos.

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Strong Solar Storms Remove Electrons From Earth's Atmosphere: Research

Solar storms destroy electrons from Earth’s atmosphere

Various studies have suggested that Sun’s eruptions fire electrically charged particles in the direction of Earth, which creates solar storms that may hurt communication and navigation systems. Now, a team of researchers from NASA, University of Illinois, DTU Space, university of Brunswick have found that heavy clouds of charged particles are sent to our planet’s atmosphere, nearly 80 kilometers above the planet. This event occurs because of magnetic fields that occur because of eruptions on the surface of the Sun.

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