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December 2017

The Solar System’s largest asteroid Ceres may have been an ocean world

By | 2017-12-02T18:03:14+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Space|

Image credit: nasa.gov Though asteroids might look dry and barren from the outside, the Solar System’s biggest asteroid is unlike most as it may have been an ocean world. This is what NASA’s Dawn spacecraft discovered. According to Thomas Prettyman, a nuclear engineer at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, the asteroid was oozing with water billions of years ago. Prettyman led the team which built [...]

November 2017

Astronomers observe first ever interstellar asteroid

By | 2017-11-29T15:47:46+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Space|

An artist's conception shows what the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua could look like. (ESO Illustration / M. Kornmesser) Scientists are learning as much as they can from the first interstellar asteroid ever observed. The interstellar asteroid, named 'Oumuamua, was found back in October 2017 by researchers using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope, located on the top of Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii. 'Oumuamua got the attention of the team since it did not move [...]

ALMA Observatory detects cold dust around nearest star Proxima Centauri

By | 2017-11-23T18:02:10+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Space|

The ALMA Observatory in Chile has detected dust around the star closest to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri. The new discovery shows a glow from cold dust in a region that is up to four times farther from Proxima Centauri as the Earth is from the Sun. The research also suggests the presence of an even cooler outer dust belt which might indicate the presence of an elaborate planetary [...]

NASA to test Mars spacecraft with mission to Moon

By | 2017-11-22T18:37:58+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Space|

NASA is planning to again bring humans to the Moon since the last mission back in 1972. The new Orion spacecraft will be used for this mission which has been intentionally built to explore the moon, Mars, and deeper into space. However, before it can be given the go signal to do the missions, it needs to be tested, hence the planned mission. Orion’s first human-less trip around the [...]

New SpaceX rocket flares up in test launch

By | 2017-11-20T19:47:47+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Space|

SpaceX confirmed that its next-generation Merlin rocket engine experienced a flare up as it was preparing for a test launch at its facility in McGregor, Texas. However, the flare up is not expected to affect the company’s launch schedule for its new rocket engine. There were no injuries caused by the incident, which happened as engineers were running liquid oxygen through an engine designed to be utilized for the [...]

October 2017

SpaceX to launch used Dragon capsule to space station

By | 2017-10-29T16:35:12+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Space|

SpaceX is staying true to its goal of full reusability. This time, the company is targeting to launch a pre-flown dragon capsule to the International Space Station or ISS on its next cargo mission. It is scheduled to launch in December. Apart from the Dragon capsule, the launch will also mark the return of Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The pad has not [...]