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May 2017

NASA Tests Carbon Nanotubes for Lighter Payloads and Other Technological Advancements

By | 2017-05-21T13:46:19+00:00 May 21st, 2017|

Image source: nasa.gov NASA has developed carbon nanotubes, a material that aims to cut down mass and weight of payloads in future space explorations. On May 16, the space agency launched a sounding rocket to test newly-developed carbon nanotubes, among other technologies. The test aims to determine its possible use in future payloads. Carbon nanotubes are small hollow tubes with diameters between 0.7 to 50 nanometers. Its length [...]

James Webb Space Telescope Up For Final Tests

By | 2017-05-03T21:53:33+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|

The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Credits: NASA/Chris Gunn The James Webb Telescope, the soon to be largest telescope launched into space, completed its rigorous environment tests at the Goddard Space Flight Center. This signals the telescope's transfer to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for more testing. Considered as the [...]

April 2017

NASA Eyes New Precise Landing Technology for Spacecrafts: The COBALT Project

By | 2017-04-28T18:00:28+00:00 April 26th, 2017|

The CoOperative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technologies (COBALT) payload was tested aboard Masten Xodiac, a rocket-powered vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) platform. (Credit: NASA) NASA plans to use precise landing technology for spacecrafts. This technology will help future missions to the solar system's still-unexplored regions. Presently, many areas in the solar system remain unexplored. These areas are considered unreachable due to technology gaps in present landing systems, NASA [...]

Cassini To Do Last Close Flyby Of Titan Before ‘Grand Finale’ At Saturn

By | 2017-04-21T12:47:49+00:00 April 21st, 2017|

The Cassini spacecraft makes its final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan this weekend. This signals the mission's transition to its Grand Finale. The orbiter’s closest approach to Titan will occur at 11:08 p.m. PDT (April 21) or 2:08 a.m. EDT (April 22) It will be about 608 miles or 979 kilometers above Titan and travelling at a speed of around 13,000 mph or 21,000 kph. During Cassini’s 127th targeted encounter [...]

NASA Reveals Saturn’s Enceladus Has The Basic Ingredients For Life

By | 2017-04-21T12:48:45+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

Image source: nasa.gov Saturn’s Enceladus contains a chemical energy source that supports life, NASA reveals. Its water vapour contains hydrogen and other molecules. The Cassini mission findings indicated the presence of ample hydrogen in the moon’s ocean. This means that microbes, if any exist there, could use hydrogen to obtain energy. The energy can be generated by combining hydrogen with carbon dioxide dissolved in water, NASA explains. The [...]

Solar Storms Disrupt Radio Communications On Earth

By | 2017-04-17T21:25:51+00:00 April 14th, 2017|

A solar eruption on Sept. 26, 2014, seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. If erupted solar material reaches Earth, it can deplete the electrons in the upper atmosphere in some locations while adding electrons in others, disrupting communications either way.Credits: NASA The sun might be around 149 million kilometres away from Earth but solar storms could still interfere with radio communications on our planet. A team of researchers from [...]