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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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Economic crisis forces Russia to make deep cuts to its ambitious Moon exploration plan

Vicious circle led by economic crisis forces Russia to make deep cuts to its ambitious Moon exploration plan

Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announces that the government is revising the scale of its space programme. There is a possibility that the government may make a cut of billions of dollars to the space agency’s moon exploration plans.

Government ministries are busy in revising the space programme up to 2025. Factors behind the cut include low oil prices, western sanctions and a declining rouble. The ambitious space programme seems to have fallen prey to these factors. Even the nation’s economy has declined more than 4%.

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China Launches Its Most Sophisticated Observation Satellite

China Launches Its Most Sophisticated Observation Satellite

China has launched a highly advanced observation satellite on Tuesday. The satellite is part of the country’s high-definition earth observation project. The satellite is fitted with a powerful telescope to capture images of the Asia-Pacific.

According to Chinese news reports, the satellites powerful telescope will capture images that can help to track foreign naval activity. The Gaofen 4 satellite was launched at 11:04 am from the Xichang launch base in southwest China’s Sichuan province, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

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Over 500K pieces of debris orbiting Earth

Over 500K pieces of debris orbiting Earth

More than 500,000 pieces of debris are currently orbiting Earth, moving at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour (mph), according to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network.

As the U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks only pieces larger than ten centimeters, the number of junk pieces in space could be much larger. Of the 500,000 pieces that are being currently be tracked, nearly 20,000 pieces range in size from a softball to a bus.

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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