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Our planet has a space junk problem

Our planet has a space junk problem

Earth has a space junk problem. Russian scientists launched the small satellite Sputnik in 1957. The satellite’s beeping signal is likely to mark the beginning of the Space Race. Such a thing would provoke Americans to launch Explorer I soon after.

The metal sphere was only the first of a number of satellites, rocket parts and spacecraft debris that constitute the over 500,000 bits of miscellany bigger than a marble that is presently orbiting our planet.

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NASA temporarily suspends Insight Mission to Mars due to seismometer leakage issue

NASA temporarily suspends Insight Mission to Mars due to seismometer leakage issue

NASA has announced that its Insight mission to Mars has been delayed due to leakage issue in the seismometer developed by French space agency CNES. The technical team at CNES had noticed a leakage in the seismometer few weeks back and it was first confirmed by NASA on December 3. NASA was expecting CNES to deliver seismometer by January 2016.

New Horizons’ LEISA instrument records movie for edge of our solar system

New Horizons’ LEISA instrument records movie for edge of our solar system

Using its infrared imaging spectrometer called LEISA, American space agency NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recorded a movie for the first time from the edge of our solar system.

LEISA recorded the movie with a 256 x 256 pixel camera at a speed of two frames per second. The clever instrument takes 2-D images in a manner as a normal camera takes, but it took the images through a linearly-varying filter. One side of the camera can see only light of one specific wavelength of infrared light, and each row of pixels can see a dissimilar wavelength.

Mars Mission Put on Hold Due to Technical Fault with Instruments: NASA

Mars Mission Put on Hold Due to Technical Fault with Instruments: NASA

NASA space scientists were working on a mission to Mars, but according to latest updates, the Mars mission has been put on hold for an indefinite period. Deep space missions or any mission beyond earth always involve high risk and efforts.

Sources with knowledge about the matter said that the decision to cancel the new Mars lander, named InSight, was taken after agency engineers were unable to repair a major leak, which involves key scientific instruments.

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Christmas brings two rare celestial events

Christmas brings two rare celestial events

This Christmas brought at least two rare celestial events - a rare full moon and Asteroid 2003 SD220’s closest approach to Earth.

A rare full moon called the “Full Cold Moon” glowed over the Earth, brightening the night sky just before the Christmas Day. This moon is called Full Cold Moon because of its full size and the timing of the start of winter.

According to the statement by the U.S. space agency, it was the first Full Cold Moon since the year of 1977, and this phenomenon will not occur again until 2034.

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First Stage Recovery of Falcon 9 Rocket Successful

First Stage Recovery of Falcon 9 Rocket Successful

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed in Cape Canaveral on December 21 2015. The first stage booster of SpaceX returned unharmed after completing its mission. This is the first time that a rocket has landed back smoothly on Earth after propelling 11 commercial satellites into the orbit. The satellites launched by the rocket were owned by communications company Orbcomm.

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Mysterious Streak Light in Western US Sky was Detached Body of Russian Rocket, say Experts

Mysterious Streak Light in Western US Sky was Detached Body of Russian Rocket, say Experts

A streak of light seen in three Western US states has been baffling people since December 22. Some people are speculating that it was a meteor, but US Military officials said the streak was debris from a Russian rocket.

The officials said the light witnessed by many people over an apartment complex in Las Vegas earlier came from rocket debris while entering the earth’s atmosphere. They also said that people should not believe rumors suggesting that the light was a meteor.

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Plutonium-238 would be helpful for future deep space missions: ORNL

Plutonium-238 would be helpful for future deep space missions: ORNL

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have successfully produced Plutonium-238, the isotope which American space agency NASA was running out to fuel its Mars rovers. The success of project to create Plutonium-238 is considered as a major milestone by chemists and space technology experts. ORNL team has produced 50 grams of plutonium-238 and it will be helpful in future deep space missions.

Light Streak Brightens Nevada Skies

Light Streak Brightens Nevada Skies

A streak of light brightened up the Nevada skies on December 22 2015, reported Fleischmann Planetarium Director, Dan Ruby. People in Bakersfield and Sacramento in California, as well as in and around Las Vegas saw the light. It was reported that the celestial object causing light, disintegrated in the sky. Also, it was revealed by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society that the peak of the Ursids meteor shower was to appear over the night of December 22.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Produces 50 Grams of Plutonium-238

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Produces 50 Grams of Plutonium-238

A team of scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) today announced that they have been successful in producing 50 grams of Plutonium-238. The recently produced isotope is just the size of a golf-ball, said its makers.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said that it is for the first time that scientists have produced any Pu-238 since its Savannah River Plant is South Carolina ceased production in the late 1980s.

The ORNL has been working on this project since past few years using the finding provided by NASA via the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy.

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