• SpaceX launches Block 5 rocket with helium tanks for NASA astronauts
    SpaceSpaceX launches Block 5 rocket with helium tanks for NASA astronauts

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX is striving hard to get certification for its Falcon 9 Block 5 designed for launching astronauts for NASA researches. Owing to the need the private American aerospace manufacturer has built the crew Dragon space capsule. The work is underway and they still need to add new helium tanks to the Block 5. Previously, the Block 5 has been launched without the helium tanks. The first seven quality launches will begin next month with the Demo-1 flight to the space station.

  • NASA to launch car-size spacecraft to study Sun
    SpaceNASA to launch car-size spacecraft to study Sun

    US space agency NASA is preparing to launch a probe in August to study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has, revealing multiple mysteries behind the star. The car-sized spacecraft called Parker Solar Probe is slated to lift off no earlier than August 6 on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, according to NASA, Xinhua news agency reported. The Sun's atmosphere constantly sends magnetized material outward, enveloping our solar system far beyond the orbit of Pluto. Coils of magnetic energy can burst out with light and particle radiation that travel through space and create temporary disruptions in our atmosphere, sometimes garbling radio and communications signals near Earth. Therefore, the key to understanding its origins lies in understanding the Sun itself and that's where Parker Solar Probe comes in, according to the researchers at NASA. The spacecraft carries a lineup of instruments to study the Sun both remotely and directly. One science task is the mystery of the acceleration of the solar wind, the Sun's constant outflow of material, and the other is the secret of the corona's enormously high temperatures, according to NASA. Also, Parker Solar Probe's instruments might reveal the mechanisms at work behind the acceleration of solar energetic particles, which can reach speeds more than half as fast as the speed of light as they rocket away from the Sun. Such particles can interfere with satellite electronics, especially for satellites outside of Earth's magnetic field. The biggest breakthrough for the spacecraft is its cutting-edge heat shield, according to NASA. "The Thermal Protection System (the heat shield) is one of the spacecraft's mission-enabling technologies," said Andy Driesman, Parker Solar Probe project manager at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. "It allows the spacecraft to operate at about room temperature." The heat shield is a sandwich of carbon-carbon composite surrounding nearly four and half inches of carbon foam, which is about 97 per cent air. "The launch energy to reach the Sun is 55 times that required to get to Mars, and two times that needed to get to Pluto," said Guo Yanping from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, who designed the mission trajectory. The Delta IV Heavy is one of the world's most powerful rockets. "During summer, Earth and the other planets in our solar system are in the most favourable alignment to allow us to get close to the Sun," said Guo.

  • NASA brings online toolkit to boost satellite data use
    SpaceNASA brings online toolkit to boost satellite data use

    In an attempt to make best use of data collected from satellite, NASA space agency has launched an online toolkit which will certainly help users to find, analyse and utilise the most relevant satellite data for research, business projects or conservation purposes. The “Remote Sensing Toolkit” provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input, NASA stated.

  • All about Meghalayan Age, the new phase in Earth's history
    Science NewsAll about Meghalayan Age, the new phase in Earth's history

    Talk about the different eras of Earth’s history and you will find so many ages as per the Geological Time Scale. Lately, the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) tweeted the latest changes chronostratigraphic chart that highlights the ‘the Meghalayan Age’ as the newest phase of the of the lively planet.

  • Blue Origin launches test rocket higher than ever before
    SpaceBlue Origin launches test rocket higher than ever before

    Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket company has launched a capsule higher into space than it has ever done before.

  • World's first artificial meteor shower in early 2020
    Science NewsWorld's first artificial meteor shower in early 2020

    A Japanese start-up working hard to develop “shooting stars on demand” has announced that it would be ready to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.

  • NASA's Chandra telescope detect first sign of young star devouring planets
    SpaceNASA's Chandra telescope detect first sign of young star devouring planets

    NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory came up with a new observation which gave scientists the chance see first sign of a young star devouring a young planet or planets.

  • 12 new moons around Jupiter discovered: Some must-know facts
    Space12 new moons around Jupiter discovered: Some must-know facts

    Indeed a big news for science lovers globally! Astronomers have discovered a dozen of new moons circling the planet Jupiter. After this discovery, the total count of Jupiter's moons has reached 79.

  • Total lunar eclipse, blood moon on July 27: Countdown begins
    Science NewsTotal lunar eclipse, blood moon on July 27: Countdown begins

    Stargazers, be ready to watch the million dollar celestial event to take place on July 27. Yes, the countdown has begun for the century longest lunar eclipse when the heavenly moon will turn into blood moon. The Moon will disappear into the Earth's darkest shadow, known as Umbra.

  • Dinosaurs more alert of calorie than humans, reveals a new study
    EnvironmentDinosaurs more alert of calorie than humans, reveals a new study

    Dinosaurs that lived 150 million years had become an interesting topic of research today. From their way of feeding to moving, this giant herbivore creature had unique style of leading their lives. A recent study claims that the vegetables consumed dinosaurs had a higher nutritional value than that is consumed today in the 21st century. Researchers have calculated the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs' diet by growing their food in environmental conditions that existed million of years ago.