On December 3 2015, ESA’s LISA Pathfinder lifted off on a Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to test the extraordinary technology needed to observe gravitational waves from space. The spacecraft will help pave the way for a mission to detect gravitational waves. On board is the state-of-the-art Disturbance Reduction System (DRS), a thruster technology developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
Tim Peake, first official astronaut of Britain, is in Kazakhstan, waiting for his historic journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15. During the run-up to the launch, experiments were set up. He has undergone medical check-ups and physical training, and reviewed flight plans.
During the time span left for journey, the 43-year-old Peake, and his 2 crew companions will try to stay away from people to avoid falling sick and bringing unwanted infection, virus or bacteria onto the space station.
A space probe designed for the detection of gravity waves in space-time, forecasted by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity, a century back, has been launched into orbit successfully. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Pathfinder spacecraft has been launched from Kourou in French Guiana just a day after the 100th anniversary of Einstein's groundbreaking theory was published.
Blue Origin has created, launched, and landed the first ever reusable rocket successfully. It has been landed at a location in West Texas. The rocket ship had gone up a whooping 100.5 kilometers into outer space and has landed proudly upright on its arrival on Earth’s ground.
Several attempts of creating a reusable rocket have been made by the company, but until now it has never been able to succeed in terms of a perfect land.
After hiatus of five years, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has finally achieved success in putting its Akatsuki probe into orbit around Venus. The agency made its first try on December 7, 2010 but the probe suffered a malfunction in the main engine and the spacecraft came back into orbit around the Sun.
The JAXA has fired its auxiliary reaction control system (RCS) thrusters at 23.51GMT under automatic control for a 20-minute burn. Japan's Usuda Deep Space Center and the Canberra Deep Space Network tracking stations kept a track on the movement.
Finally, NASA’s commercial delivery service has resumed after months with a US shipment having groceries and other supplies was launched for the International Space Station. The first supply in months was rocketed on Sunday and is expected to reach on Wednesday.
If all goes well, the Orbital ATK capsule will be the first US delivery since spring. After three days of windy weather and cloud sky, NASA witnessed the successful launch of the Atlas V rocket. On the fourth attempt, the unmanned Atlas blasted off in late afternoon having 7,400 pounds of space station cargo.
By using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) of ESO, astronomers have been able to find number of monstrous baby galaxies, at distance of about 11 billion light years away from Earth, clocked in dark matter. With 60 times better resolution and 10 times better sensitivity, astronomers have been able to detect three monstrous galaxies bind together in a cluster. The young galaxies seem to reside at the junction of gigantic filaments in a web of dark matter.
If you gain interest in watching science stories related to universe and planets, then the below news seems interesting to you. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured clearest images of Pluto on its closest flyby on July 14 this year, which has now been released by NASA. Though the images are white and black, it does not lack in being the clearest images ever released. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, launched in 2006 to fly past Pluto, has captured stunning images of Pluto and its moon Charon in its 10 years mission.
If you think running marathon is hard, how about running one in space? It is strange and complicated, but European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake is going to participate in the London Marathon while being in orbit.
British astronaut Peake will soon visit the International Space Station (ISS). The astronaut announced on Friday that he has planned not to miss the London Marathon and become a remote participant.
Do you gain interest in reading stories related to galaxies and universe? If yes, then the below news seem interesting for you as the astronomers have discovered a nest of monstrous baby galaxies 11.5 billion light-years away. With the help of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have been able to find young galaxies at the junction of gigantic filaments in a web of dark matter.
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