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SpaceX Inspiration4: Amateur astronauts blast off on their private mission to orbit

Four amateur astronauts blasted off from Florida on their private mission to orbit. The Inspiration4 crew, comprising one billionaire and three “ordinary citizens”, rode out of the Kennedy Space Center in a Dragon capsule provided by the SpaceX rocket company. The quartet will spend the next three days circling the Earth. Following this latest mission, […]

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Rock samples collected by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover may contain tiny bubbles from ancient water

NASA’s Perseverance mars rover successfully captured its first pair of rock samples last week. The samples, named “Montdenier” and “Montagnac,” may contain trapped tiny bubbles of ancient martian water, NASA scientists say. The rock is believed to be of volcanic origin. Scientists believe that the samples will offer a window into the history and geology […]

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NASA’s Mars rover appears to successfully retrieve rock samples during second attempt

NASA’s Perseverance rover in Mars attempted to drill the Red planet for the second time to retrieve samples. The robot’s drill made a neat hole in a thick slab dubbed “Rochette”. New images appear to show a rock core was securely picked up. A previous attempt last month saw the sample crumble to dust. If […]

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Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin sues NASA for awarding lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX

Jeff Bezos’s owned space firm Blue Origin is suing Nasa for awarding a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The former Amazon boss’s firm said there were “fundamental issues” with the deal, calling it unfair. The row stems from a decision in April to hand the deal to one company, not two […]

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X-ray images reveal glowing ‘invisible’ rings around a black hole

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects in outer space and recent images released by NASA helps us visualize them better. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory captured ghostly glowing rings around them. The X-ray images reveal what would otherwise be invisible. The black hole exists in a […]

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International Space Station briefly destabilised after engines of a Russian module inadvertently fired up

The International Space Station (ISS) was destabilised after engines of a newly-arrived Russian module inadvertently fired up, officials say. “Mission control teams corrected the action and all systems are operating normally,” US space agency Nasa said. This was done by activating thrusters on another module of the ISS. An investigation is now under way. US […]

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International Space Station: NASA astronauts grow 48 Chile peppers in space

It’s official, Chile peppers growing on the International Space Station. Part of NASA’s Plant Habitat-04 experiment, a batch of 48 Hatch Chile pepper was sent to the ISS and reached the orbital outpost on June 5 on a SpaceX cargo ship. After almost a month, the red and green Chile peppers have started to grow. […]

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Lakes found on the surface of Mars’ south pole may not really be lakes at all, researchers conclude

The subsurface lakes found on the surface of Mars’ south pole may not really be lakes at all. Signals from a radar instrument reflected off the red planet’s south pole appeared to reveal a liquid subsurface lake. Two research teams in 2018, working on data from the Mars Express orbiter at NASA and Arizona State […]

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Energy imbalance on Earth doubled since 2005, trapping excessive heat: Study finds

A study by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) in the United States, found that the rate at which the earth’s atmosphere traps heat has doubled over a recent period of 14 years, 2005 – 2019. If this energy imbalance grows further in the coming decades, it could lead to more alarming climate changes, […]

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China’s Mars rover sends back a batch new pictures, including a ‘selfie’

China’s Zhurong rover has sent back a batch of new images from Mars – including a “selfie”. The robot, which landed in May, positioned a wireless camera on the ground and then rolled back a short distance to take the snap. To Zhurong’s right is the rocket-powered platform that brought the six-wheeled vehicle to a […]

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DAVINCI+ and VERITAS: Nasa announces two new missions to Venus

Nasa announced two new missions to Venus on Wednesday that will launch at the end of the decade and are aimed at learning how Earth’s nearest planetary neighbour became a hellscape while our own thrived. This marks the first time the space agency will send dedicated missions to the cloudy planet in more than 30 […]

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Space junk hits International Space Station, damaging robotic arm

A robotic arm located outside of the International Space Station (ISS) was struck by orbital debris, but it is still functioning. The impact to Canadarm2, first noticed by NASA and the Canadian Space Agency during a routine inspection on May 12, punched a hole in the arm boom and its thermal blanket. “Despite the impact, […]