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Mars will be closest to the Earth this week than it will be in the next 15 years: NASA

Mars will be closest to the Earth this week than it will be in the next 15 years: NASA

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By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 8, 2020 9:33:48 pm The closest proximity of Earth and Mars at a distance of 54.6 million kilometres will perhaps be possible when Earth remains far away from Sun, called Aphelion, and Mars remains nearest to the Sun, called Perihelion. (Image: Pixabay)Yes, you read that right, the red planet will be in our nearest proximity, which will allow us to see our cosmic neighbour clearly. According to NASA, it is easily visible from midnight onwards in the ongoing month of October. The US-based space agency has said that from October 6 onwards the distance between Mars and the Earth will just be 62.1 million kilome...
NASA launches SS Kalpana Chawla Cygnus spacecraft to International Space station

NASA launches SS Kalpana Chawla Cygnus spacecraft to International Space station

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By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2020 12:02:18 pm Cygnus Space vehicle named after Kalpana Chawala launched to International Space stationThe International Space Station (ISS) is gearing up to receive the flight which will supply thousands of kilograms essential space supplies and related-equipments to the astronauts. Northrop Grumman launched another flight to the International Space Station, this time named after late astronaut ‘Kalpana Chawla’. The Cygnus vehicle S.S Kalpana Chawla along with Antares rocket for NG-14 mission was launched on October 2nd, at 21.16 EDT (6.46 am IST). Northrop Grumman further affirmed that they wanted to
Potty training: NASA tests new $23M titanium space toilet

Potty training: NASA tests new $23M titanium space toilet

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By: AP | Cape Canaveral | Updated: October 2, 2020 1:57:31 pm Barely 100 pounds and just 28 inches tall, the new toilet is roughly half as big as the two Russian-built ones at the space station. (Twitter/NASA)NASA’s first new space potty in decades, a USD 23 million titanium toilet better suited for women, is getting a not-so-dry run at the International Space Station before eventually flying to the moon. It’s packed inside a cargo ship that should have blasted off late Thursday from Wallops Island, Virginia. But the launch was aborted with just two minutes remaining in the countdown. Northrop Grumman said it would try again Friday night if engineers can figure o
Space station air leak forces middle-of-night crew wakeup

Space station air leak forces middle-of-night crew wakeup

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By: AP | Cape Canaveral | September 30, 2020 2:15:32 pm On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, NASA said that the two Russians and one American on board were awakened late Monday to hurriedly seal hatches between compartments and search for the ongoing leak, which appeared to be getting worse.(NASA via AP)A small air leak at the International Space Station finally has been traced to the Russian side, following a middle-of-the-night search by astronauts. NASA said Tuesday that the two Russians and one American on board were awakened late Monday to hurriedly seal hatches between compartments and search for the ongoing leak, which appeared to be getting worse. It was the third ...
A new mini-Moon to join Earth’s orbit; could be space junk from 1960s

A new mini-Moon to join Earth’s orbit; could be space junk from 1960s

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By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | September 25, 2020 1:28:45 pm As per the information published on CNN website, Dr Paul Chodas of CNEOS, believes that this space object is not any ordinary heavenly body and it may be a lost rocket, launched somewhere in the 1960s. (Representational Image: Getty Images)NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Objects Studies has predicted that a new mini-moon is all set to pass by the Earth’s orbit at a proximal distance of 27,000 miles. Due to the Earth’s gravity it may remain in its proximity from October 2020 to November 2021, although many astronomers believe it to come near the orbit in November. This mini-moon is named as ‘2020 SO’ and is tou
NASA releases photos of Jupiter, reveals mind-blowing observations

NASA releases photos of Jupiter, reveals mind-blowing observations

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NASA’s Hubble telescope is known to capture some of the spectacular occurrences in the space and this time as well, it has captured dazzling images of gigantic Jupiter along with its tiny moon Europa. The telescopic images that NASA recently released were of the monster planet when it was 406 million miles away from the Earth. The images were snapped on August 25 in ultraviolet, visible new-infrared variety where the planet was reflecting the ultraviolet radiation. These tantalising images depicts beautifully as to how planet Jupiter is draped in blue-hue colour along with alternative patches of bright white and red. Hubble captured the formation of a tumultuous storm in a particular region of the planet, specifically appearing at a mid-northern latitude in a bright white stretche
NASA claims to reveal the unusual happenings in the space on your birthday

NASA claims to reveal the unusual happenings in the space on your birthday

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By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2020 1:39:53 pm NASA Hubble telescope (Image: NASA)The mysterious world of space has still not been deciphered by the gaze of human beings on Earth. As a matter of fact, NASA in its consistent efforts, developed the Hubble telescope in the 1990s to observe eye-catching happenings in the universe and since then for every second, it’s doing that quite persistently. Recently, the US-based space agency announced that it can showcase which new galaxy it captured, what unusual did it notice about our stars, solar system and planets and what patterns of ionized-gases it observed, on our birthdays. Since the cosmos is fi
China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraft

China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraft

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By: AP | September 12, 2020 7:42:14 pm China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraftChina’s Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometres (9 million miles) from Earth en route to the red planet, the National Space Administration said on Saturday. The administration said Tianwen-1 was in stable condition, having completed its first mid-course orbital correction early last month. It will be about 195 million kilometres (118 million miles) from Earth when it arrives at Mars around February, having travelled 470 million kilometres (292 million miles) in all to get there. The administration, ho
NASA wants to buy moon resources from private companies

NASA wants to buy moon resources from private companies

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By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 11, 2020 6:37:59 pm NASA is seeking explorers to mine on the moon (Image: AP)On September 10, NASA announced that it is looking for private companies to mine resources on the moon. NASA said that they will buy rock, dirt and other lunar materials from these companies. With this announcement, NASA seeks companies to develop robots that can do the mining on the moon as the contract does not specify whether this will involve getting on the moon, a feat which is rarely achieved. Also, the competition is open for companies across the world. “NASA is buying lunar soil from a commercial provider! It’s time to es
Asteroid predicted to pass close to Earth on November 2, says NASA

Asteroid predicted to pass close to Earth on November 2, says NASA

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2020 10:06:22 am The asteroid, dubbed 2018VP, was first discovered at the Palomar Observatory in California’s San Diego County two years ago. (Representational/Getty/Thinkstock)An asteroid has been spotted on a collision course with Earth and is projected to come very close to the planet on November 2, according to the Center for Near Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. According to NASA data, based on 21 observations conducted over 12.968 days, there could be three potential impacts. However, the space agency has found that there is only a 0.41% chance that the celestial body will enter th