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Manned Mars Mission: NASA Designing Systems to Take Humans to Deep Space

Manned Mars Mission: NASA Designing Systems to Take Humans to Deep Space

About one-and-half decade from today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) may send astronauts to Mars. Now, the space agency of the United States has revealed that it is currently designing systems to take astronauts to the Red Planet and further into the solar system that humans have ever been before.

After Three Decades, US Produces Plutonium-238 to Power NASA’s Deep-space Missions

After Three Decades, US Produces Plutonium-238 to Power NASA’s Deep-space Missions

US scientists claim they have tasted success in producing plutonium-238 in powdered form. It is the first time in last three decades when the US has achieved the milestone that could one day power NASA’s deep-space missions, such as Mars.

Scientists from the United States have produced a material that could power the country’s space mission. About 50 grams powder of plutonium-238 that the scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have produced is the first such milestone in about 30 years in the US.

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Pre-Dawn Sky to Welcome Comet Catalina

Pre-Dawn Sky to Welcome Comet Catalina

The inner part of our solar system has been visited by Comet Catalina for the first time, as reported by NASA. The comet, officially known as C/2013 US10, will be visible in the sky before the dawn of January 1, 2016. The comet, which was found on October 31, 2013, will return to the outer space permanently after its short visibility in sky. The comet was named after the Catalina Sky Survey, funded by NASA, at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Two Galaxies’ Merger Captured By Hubble

Two Galaxies’ Merger Captured By Hubble

The Hubble telescope of NASA has sent an image that captures the merger of two galaxies, which are about 230 million light-years away from Earth. The Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 aboard NASA/ ESA Hubble Space Telescope acquired the picture of the iconic merger. Initially, the image was being considered a galaxy with unusual shape. However, it was later realized it is a live merger of two galaxies in the constellation of Hercules.

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Breathtaking image of galaxies merging captured by Hubble

Breathtaking image of galaxies merging captured by Hubble

For the first time ever, Hubble telescope has recorded two galaxies merging present nearly at a distance of 230 million light-years in the constellation of Hercules. The picture of the main galaxy NGC 6052 has been captured with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

In a statement, the space agency said, “It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. However, it is in fact a 'new' galaxy in the process of forming”.

New Video Shows Space Junk Orbiting Earth

New Video Shows Space Junk Orbiting Earth

Every since the Soviet Union laughed Sputnik in 1957, an excess of debris has gathered in earth’s orbit and the risk from these debris has also been increasing with time. Recently, a video created by a lecturer at University College London in the UK has shown how crowded earth’s orbit has become.

As per the makers of the video, the visualization clearly depicts that the space has a littering problem. The animation is based on tracking data from Space-Track.org.

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NTU Singapore develops impressive social robot ‘Nadine’

NTU Singapore develops impressive social robot ‘Nadine’

A ‘receptionist’ at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is completely different from front desk staff kept. Her name is Nadine and is the latest social robot developed by scientists at NTU. Everything is unique about Nadine, which is almost like a human being.

She has soft skin and flowing brunette hair and would happily greet you when talking and shake hands with you. Like humans, she also her own mood and emotions. Nadine could sometimes be happy and sad, depending on the conversation.

NASA’s newly released Mars image shows boulder-covered landslip along a canyon wall

NASA’s newly released Mars image shows boulder-covered landslip along a canyon wall

The newly released image of a relatively fresh landslide on Mars, released by NASA, has showed boulder-covered landslip along a canyon wall. According to researchers, landslides occur when steep slopes fail, which makes huge amount of soil and rock flow downhill. This leaves behind a scarp at the top of the slope.

The mass of material comes to a still position on reaching shallower slopes, and forms a lobe of material, ending in a well-defined edge known as a toe.

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