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  • NASA Parker Solar Mission: World's first attempt to touch the Sun to launch on August 11  title=
    NASA Parker Solar Mission: World's first attempt to touch the Sun to launch on August 11

    NASA is all set to launch its Parker Solar Probe to touch the scorching sun in coming weeks. The car-sized spacecraft has been moved to its launch pad and is on schedule take off next week, the US space agencies said

  • Mars closest to Earth on July 31: Here's where and how to watch live in India  title=
    Mars closest to Earth on July 31: Here's where and how to watch live in India

    Tonight, Mars will be closest to the Earth in a decade and a half. The Earth on the night of July 31 2018 will face the Red Planet and the Sun on either side with the three celestial bodies in a straight line. Though the two planets will be at closest distances to each other, they will still maintain a distance of 57.6 million km from each other.

  • 15-year-old Tanishq Abraham graduates as engineer, to pursue PhD in US  title=
    15-year-old Tanishq Abraham graduates as engineer, to pursue PhD in US

    Indeed inspiring news about a 15-year-old Indian-American boy who has completed his graduation as an engineer and is now heading for PhD course in US. The genius has excelled a milestone in his academic journey and is all set to take his doctorate after completing his graduation in biomedical engineering, according to a media report. He is none other than Tanishq Abraham who has graduated from the University of California, Davis with the highest honours of summa cum laude.

  • NASA's newest planet hunter TESS starts science operations  title=
    NASA's newest planet hunter TESS starts science operations

    After a successful launch in April this year, NASA's newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has now started its search for planets around nearby stars.

  • Scientists discovers underwater salt lake in Mars which may feature life  title=
    Scientists discovers underwater salt lake in Mars which may feature life

    Lately, scientists have discovered sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars. They have used radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft and predict that the spots of water could be possible habitat for microbial life.

  • Mars to come closest to Earth on July 31  title=
    Mars to come closest to Earth on July 31

    Soon after the watching the century longest lunar eclipse to take place on July 27-28, be ready to enjoy a close view of the Mars. Yes, scientists have confirmed that next week, the red planet is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. The two planets will be just 35.8 million miles (somewhat, 57.6 million kilometers) apart next Tuesday i.e on July 31.

  • SpaceX launches Block 5 rocket with helium tanks for NASA astronauts  title=
    SpaceX 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  title=
    NASA 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  title=
    NASA 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.

  • NASA's Juno spacecraft finds volcano on Jupiter's moon Io  title=
    NASA's Juno spacecraft finds volcano on Jupiter's moon Io

    A major breakthrough came from NASA when scientists discovered a volcano close to the south pole of Jupiter’s moon Io, using data collected by the agency’s Juno spacecraft. The infrared data were gathered in December 2017, when Juno was about 470,000 kilometres away from the moon, using its Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument.