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NASA picks Three Potential Drilling Sites for Mars 2020 Mission

NASA picks 3 potential drilling sites for Mars 2020 mission

NASA scientists have recommended three locations on Mars for drilling to collect samples from the Red Planet during the agency’s Mars 2020 mission. This will be first even NASA mission to bring back samples from Mars on Earth. After three-day workshop in Monrovia, California, NASA team has finalized three locations for drilling on February 10. Till date, researchers have only analyzed Mars rocks that are meteorites and for the first time, we will have rocks brought from Mars for analysis.

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NASA Announces Project for Drilling on Europa’s Crust

NASA Announces Project for Drilling on Europa’s Crust

NASA has announced an interesting project to drill Europa’s Crust and one of the aims of the project is to search for possibility of life. Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is considered as a candidate for search for life in solar system. Astronomers have earlier talked about possibilities of finding life on Europa. The mission has been planned for year 2024. The details of Europa Lander Mission have been shared by NASA in 264-page report. The mission has not been confirmed yet.

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NASA plans to explore Europa in search of alien life

NASA plans to explore Europa in search of alien life

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is planning to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in search for some sort of alien life, the renowned American space agency has confirmed. NASA-appointed Science Definition Team (SDT) has been preparing a plan to send a spacecraft to Europa since early 2016. On Feb. 7th, that SDT delivered their first report to the agency, specifying their recommendations for a future Europa mission.

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NASA refurbishes archive of Earth views from space

NASA refurbishes archive of Earth views from space

U.S. space agency NASA has just refurbished its archive of Earth views from space, enabling the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website to provide users with daily, up-close views of our planet in natural, enhanced hues.

EPIC is a part of NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, which is orbiting the Sun at a distance of nearly 1 million miles from Earth, allowing scientists to study the weather and climate of our planet. It captures a new image every hour from mid of April to mid of October, as well as every two hours during the remaining year.

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

Government investigators find dangerous flaw in SpaceX rocket

U.S. government investigators are reportedly worried about a potentially dangerous flaw in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which are supposed to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as soon as next year.

According to a report published in the WSJ, investigators have detected a pattern of cracking in the Falcon 9 rockets’ turbine blades that drive the turbopumps which quickly funnel propellant into the rocket engines.

Investigators believe that the flaw could compromise the safety of astronauts who are supposed use the vehicle starting sometime in 2018.

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Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

Cassini Provides High Resolution Images of Saturn’s Rings Detailing the Outer Parts of Rings

NASA’s Cassini mission team has released high resolution images of Saturn’s rings, showcasing unprecedented details of the outer regions of the icy rings and their bruised surface. Cassini spacecraft is currently in its ‘ring grazing’ phase of the mission. The new images are the closest ever images of Saturn’s rings. Cassini mission will come to an end in April this year, after running for 20 years and providing valuable data to astronomers about Saturn. In April, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.

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Sun will be in solar minimum in 2017: experts predict

Sun will be in solar minimum in 2017: experts predict

Vigilant space weather forecasters have predicted that the Sun will be in a solar minimum in 2017, when solar storms will be few and far between. However, individual solar storms could be quite hefty.

In 2016 also, our fiery host star was quite “tame” as it created only a few solar storms that had minimal impact on electric grids and digital life on Earth. Scientist say that the Sun is in the declining phase of activity, but it can still create really crippling geomagnetic storms.

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NASA Team preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

NASA preparing for Mars mission in Hawaii

As a manned mission to Mars will certainly pose tough challenges, NASA is simulating Mars-like conditions on Earth in a hope to learn how those potential challenges can be mitigated.

As part of those efforts, four men and two women moved into a vinyl-coated pod just below the summit of Hawaii’s active volcano Mauna Loa. The six people, carefully selected by the space agency from more than 700 applicants, will dare arduous, cramped conditions along with isolation and monotony.

Effects of global warming can be noticed everywhere: Research

Effects of global warming can be noticed from America to Antarctica

While many high-profile skeptics are not ready to acknowledge the existence of global warming, the effects of soaring temperatures can be noticed in the form of extreme wildfires in America to melting ice sheets in Antarctica.

As had been expected, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday announced that 2016 was the hottest year on record.

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NASA shares Earth & Moon images captured on Mars

NASA shares Earth & Moon images captured on Mars

American space agency NASA has released really striking images of what our Earth and its only natural satellite look like from Mars.

The newly-released images were captured using high-powered HiRISE camera, which is operated by the University of Arizona. The agency also revealed that the images were captured a few days before the recently past Thanksgiving.

The images of Earth and Moon, taken nearly 127 million miles away from our planet, were pieced together by scientists to form a composite image so that our only natural satellite would be bright enough to be seen.

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