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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter clicks Breathtaking shot of Earth with Moon in Foreground

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter clicks Breathtaking shot of Earth with Moon in Foreground

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has beamed back a breathtaking ‘Earthrise’ image. The gorgeous new picture taken from space reminds of two most famous pictures of our home planet taken years ago.

The US space agency released the stunning image on Friday where earth’s center is off coast of Liberia. Other visible parts in the image are the Sahara Desert, Saudi Arabia and Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America.

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Want to see Astronaut-carrying International Space Station? Here is a Way out

Want to see Astronaut-carrying International Space Station? Here is a Way out

If you are a skywatcher, you can look up at night to spot the moon and many other planets of the solar system, but do you know how to spot International Space Station (ISS) which has been orbiting over earth’s surface at a speed of about 7.66 kilometers per second.

The space station in low earth orbit, which has been a home to astronauts for more than 16 years, is very close to us. Earlier, British astronaut Tim Peake alongside astronaut Tim Kopra and veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko safely reached the ISS.

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SpaceX pushes back Rocket Launch and another Dramatic Landing Attempt to Monday

SpaceX pushes back Rocket Launch and another Dramatic Landing Attempt to Monday

Launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with 11 Orbcomm Inc. communications satellites has been postponed to Monday night, SpaceX announced Sunday. The decision was taken after an analysis showed 10% better chance of a good landing by waiting for one day.

Before this, the launch was scheduled for Sunday. There are about 80% chances of favorable weather on Monday during one-minute launch window at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX said.

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Clumpy Doughnut Surrounds Black Hole

Clumpy Doughnut Surrounds Black Hole

The NASA NuSTAR and ESA XMM-Newton X-ray satellites have been used by scientists to examine the inside of the thick doughnut-like material that surrounds a huge black hole. The dense disk of material usually surrounds a majority of massive black holes in the universe. The black holes are fed and nourished by this material. However, an astronomers’ team has lately found few disks that are dense enough to stop penetration through any telescope.

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Glowing Green Fireball Caught Streaking Across Southern Sky Thursday Evening

Glowing Green Fireball Caught Streaking Across Southern Sky Thursday Evening

If you were one among few who were stunned after seeing a glowing green fireball in the Locust Grive area of Henry County and thought it was a meteor, then you were right as NASA has confirmed that a meteor hit the ground on Thursday night.

On Friday, Cooke, the NASA MEO lead, said in a statement that spotting a fireball in the sky can be usual but meteorite droppers are very rare.

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Astronauts aboard ISS Will Take an Unplanned Spacewalk Next Week

Astronauts aboard ISS Will Take an Unplanned Spacewalk Next Week

American space agency NASA said in a recent statement that astronauts aboard the International space station (ISS) will be attempting an unplanned spacewalk to fix a railcar which is used by station’s robotic arm.

As per agency officials, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra will be going for the spacewalk outside the station to free the outpost’s Mobile transporter railcar, which suddenly stopped moving on Wednesday.

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Silica, Silica and Silica: NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Piles of Silica on Red Planet

Silica, Silica and Silica: NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Piles of Silica on Red Planet

In a follow-up of discoveries, NASA’s Curiosity rover has come up with an exciting new discovery of lots and lots of Silica on Mars. In a finding that suggests ‘considerable water activity’ on Mars, Curiosity rover has found very high concentrations of silica on the red planet along with a mineral named tridymite, rare on Earth and never seen before on Mars. In its slow ascent up Mount Sharp, NASA’s Curiosity rover drilled into a rock called ‘Buckskin’ to hunt for tridymite, where the spacecraft discovered silica with the help of ‘ChemCam’ laser.

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Saturday Marks Final Close Flyby of Cassini to Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Saturday Marks Final Close Flyby of Cassini to Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

On Saturday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will close the exciting chapter of space exploration history by making final close flyby of Saturn’s ocean-bearing moon, Enceladus. Cassini will whiz past Enceladus at a distance of 3,106 miles (4,999 kilometers) on Saturday at 9:49 a.m. PST (12:49 p.m. EST). The Cassini mission is slated to continue through September 2017 and will keep observing Enceladus, but through distance four times farther than what it will see on Saturday.

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China joins global competition on a scientific frontier- the search for dark matter

China joins global competition on a scientific frontier- the search for dark matter

China has joined the global competition on a scientific frontier, which is the search for dark matter, using latest research instruments and facilities in place, increasing the expectation for answers.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences launched the first dark matter satellite of the county on Thursday. The satellite will be in service for a time period of three years, seeking indications of the mystery substance, and also to study cosmic rays’ origin and for observing gamma rays.

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus sub-surface ocean pH level indicates of potentially life-friendly chemistry

New set of details have emerged from the data gathered by NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft during its deepest dive into plumes of vapor and ice jets off Saturn’s moon Enceladus in October. The ocean present beneath Enceladus’s icy surface has been found to have pH level that is equivalent to as of soapy water, meaning that the water has remained in contact with rock.

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