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NASA offering $30,000 for solving ‘space poop’ problem

NASA still struggling to solve ‘space poop’ problem

While Elon Musk is persistently pushing ahead with his aim to send humans to Mars, NASA still has no idea what to do with astronauts’ shit during deep space travel.

Like any other human, astronauts need to go to toilet even in a spacecraft. NASA researchers are still struggling to determine how to treat waste that it doesn’t harm astronauts during a space flight.

SpaceX wins NASA’s launch contract for SWOT mission

SpaceX wins NASA’s launch contract for SWOT mission

Elon Musk-led SpaceX has won the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA’s) launch contract for the first-ever survey of the Earth's surface water.
In a press release, NASA said that it has selected SpaceX for providing launch services required for its Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. The launched is scheduled to take place five years from now, in April 2021.

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Distant galaxy gobbles up two smaller neighboring galaxies

Distant galaxy gobbles up two smaller neighboring galaxies

A distant galaxy, dubbed NGC 1222, has been captured by NASA scientists gobbling up two smaller neighboring galaxies, leading to star formation on an enormous scale.

NGC 1222, which is located in the constellation Eridanus more than one hundred million light-years away from Earth, is a lenticular galaxy. The so-called lenticular galaxies are often smooth and featureless, made largely of old, reddish stars.

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Sea ice hits record lows at North and South Poles: NASA

Sea ice hits record lows at North and South Poles: NASA

Amid increasing global temperatures, sea ice levels in the Arctic as well as the Antarctic have hit record lows, a new research conducted by NASA climate scientists revealed.

Area covered by sea ice in the Arctic region has been on a steady decline for the last many years, but Antarctic sea ice was on the increase until recently. Ice in the Southern Hemisphere hit record highs between 2012 and 2014, but that trend has now reversed.

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‘Icy heart’ causes Pluto to tilt to its current orientation

‘Icy heart’ causes Pluto to tilt to its current orientation

Pluto’s iconic feature “icy heart” may have been responsible for causing the dwarf planet to tilt to its current orientation, a new study suggested.

After conducting an analysis of data about cracks and faults on the surface of Pluto, NASA scientists concluded that the 600-mile-wide area of frozen plains, dubbed Sputnik Planitia, gained so much mass over time that it caused the dwarf planet to roll over the eons.

Weather satellite GOES-R to be launched on Saturday

Weather satellite GOES-R to be launched on Saturday

The launch of a weather satellite, called the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R Series (GOES-R,) will take place at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) announced.

The space agency announced that the GOES-R system will be launched from Space Launch Complex 41 using an Atlas V 541 rocket. The launch of the satellite was postponed several times in the past because of technical issues.

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NASA to launch cyclone-tracking microsatellites

NASA to launch cyclone-tracking microsatellites

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will launch more than half a dozen solar powered small satellites that will enable scientists to track the formation, intensity and path of tropical cyclones and hurricanes.

The space agency announced that its Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), consisted of 8 suitcase-sized satellites, will be launched next month using an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL expendable rocket.

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November 14 supermoon to appear 14-15% larger than typical full moon

Nov. 14th supermoon to appear 14-15% larger than typical full moon

The full moon on Monday (Nov. 14) will present a great celestial phenomenon for stargazers around the globe as the full phase of our only natural satellite is taking place at its closest point in its orbit around the Earth, called the perigee.

The so-called supermoon will appear extraordinary large. According to NASA astronomers’ estimates, it will appear nearly 14-15 per cent larger than a typical full moon. The supermoon will look even larger near the horizon, particularly when viewed through buildings, trees or other foreground objects.

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Trump expected to encourage NASA’s deep-space exploration

Trump expected to encourage NASA’s deep-space exploration

Donald Trump has been elected as the next president of the United States at a time when NASA is working on several deep-space exploration projects.

The U.S. space agency is planning a Mars mission as well as trying to end its reliance on Russian space agency for rides to the International Space Station (ISS).

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NASA’s next Mars rover to collect samples that might be brought back to Earth

NASA’s next Mars rover to collect samples that might be brought back to Earth

American space agency NASA’s next Mars rover, which is slated to be launched in 2020, will not only hunt for signs of an alien life on the Red Planet but also collect rock samples that might be brought back to Earth for analysis.

Kenneth Farley, a member of the Mars 2020 rover project at Pasadena-based California Institute of Technology, said that the motivating aspect of the upcoming mission would be astrobiology - to look for bio-signatures of life.

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