Private-sector space firm SpaceX on Tuesday performed an extraordinary feat by successfully returning the first stage booster of an orbital rocket back to Earth and safely landing it vertically on the landing pad.
The video released by the company shows the booster coming in at a slight angle from vertical. Onboard sensors are used to sense the booster’s orientation as well as wind speed and other factors to ensure that it corrects its position and lands vertically.
National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has released a video recently, which shows a mystery fireball racing in the direction of our planet Earth at 29,000 mph. The Mirror reported about the fireball, but the US space agency has confirmed that the mystery fireball was a meteor which had made an entry into the atmosphere of Earth.
The space agency released the video when it received a number of reports of the object above the state of Georgia.
SpaceX has finally achieved what Elon Musk and his team claimed could change the way we carry out space missions. With reusable rockets, the cost of space missions will reduce dramatically and this can help in carrying out future research with lower budget. SpaceX announced that Falcon 9 rocket landed successfully at a landing pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Musk has been congratulated by NASA and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos among others.
NASA scientists are continuously receiving photos and data on Pluto that the New Horizons spacecraft captured during a flyby in July this year. A new set of images beamed back by the probe are some of the sharpest images we have ever seen of the dwarf planet.
NASA said the images with a resolution of about 250-280 feet per pixel exposing to Pluto’s view diverse surface. Cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains of the dwarf planet are clearly visible in new pictures.
People in three Western states saw a mysterious fireball entering earth’s atmosphere on Tuesday. The light streak not only lighted up the sky, but also social media. Some people said it was a meteor, but US Military officials believe it was debris from a Russian rocket.
The officials said the light witnessed by many people over an apartment complex in Las Vegas earlier came from rocket debris while entering the earth’s atmosphere. They also said that people should not believe rumors suggesting that the light was a meteor.
Space X has always believed that reusability of rockets can prove as a cost-saver for the private spaceflight industry. Now, it has even landed a rocket after launching it in space. But experts have a question as whether rocket reusability is that cost-effective as prompted by Space X.
Elon Musk has shared some facts that it takes $60 million to make Falcon 9 and $200,000 to fuel it. He believes that reusing rockets can lower these costs, which as per experts, is not exactly correct. Firstly, Space X needs to be sure that it’s returned rockets are able to fly again.
A NASA spacecraft has just sent back photos of the dwarf planet Ceres to home, captured from closest-ever vantage point. The pictures have given scientists a more in depth view of the cratered world's terrain than earlier.
NASA's Dawn probe has captured the latest pictures of Ceres' southern hemisphere from an orbit that brought it nearly 240 miles from the surface of the dwarf planet. It is roughly 10 miles closer as compared to the International Space Station (ISS) is to our planet Earth in its average orbit.
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have successfully produced Plutonium-238, the isotope which American space agency NASA was running out to fuel its Mars rovers. The success of project to create Plutonium-238 is considered as a major milestone by chemists and space technology experts. ORNL team has produced 50 grams of plutonium-238 and it will be helpful in future deep space missions.
Astronomers have lately warned that earth is at increased risk of space rock impact than estimated risk. In their warning, astronomers have pin-pointed towards giant comets known as centaurs having much larger orbits.
In the last two decades, astronomers said that hundreds of centaurs have been discovered. These balls of ice and dust pose great risk to earth. Centaurs are around 50 to 100 kilometers wide and their features include- highly unstable, elliptical orbits starting way beyond Neptune, which is the most distant planet from the sun.
Chinese lunar rover Yutu has made an interesting discovery of a new kind of volcanic rock on the moon. For the first time in nearly 40 years, a new rock discovery on moon has been confirmed. The rock samples taken from Chang'e-3's landing site in the Imbrium basin. Detailed results of Chang'e-3 mission team have been reported in the journal Nature Communications.
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