Landing of a rocket is no more considered a very significant deal; however, in reality it is quite a tough task. This explains the reason for SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s excitement following the successful landing of its Falcon 9. The rocket landed close to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral on December 21 2015. The 14-story booster returned intact after successfully launching 11 commercial satellites to orbit.
Chinese Lunar Rover Yutu has discovered a different kind of volcanic rock on Moon compared to what has been earlier brought by Apollo and Luna lunar missions. The Chang'e-3 lunar mission sent by Chinese space agency has discovered a new type of rock on the moon, for the first time in last 40 years. With the help of Yutu rover, a team of geologists led by Zongcheng Ling, astronomer at Shandong University in Weihai, China, has identified a different type of rock on lunar surface.
NASA has located a newborn star when the Hubble Space Telescope took a photograph of the cosmic, double-bladed lightsaber. The center of the photograph is partially covered by a dark, Jedi-like cloak of dust. Twin jets were shot by the newborn star into the space, giving the proof of its birth. The twin jets are visible in the center of the image.
People have been into confusion regarding the peak night of the Ursids Meteor shower. According to a number of sources, including the American Meteor Society, the peak night will be the night of the 21st into the 22nd.
Basically, the International Meteor Organization is the number one voice for predicting meteor showers. According to them, the absolute peak will occur on December 23rd at 2:30am UTC, which would be 9:30 pm EST or 6:30pm PST.
Space robots are being trained by NASA with Virtual Reality (VR). The program involves the PlayStation VR of Sony being utilized to control a humanoid in the space environment. Under the Robonaut program, which is part of the Mighty Morphenaut project, decisions will be taken by the operator after the assessment of the robot’s surroundings. Subsequently, the robot will respond on the basis of the operator’s decision.
There are countless experts who can tell you how to spot natural objects in our wonderful dark skies. Our moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and some other wonderful object can be seen using a pair of binocular, but how to spot International Space Station (ISS)?
The space station in low earth orbit, which has been a home to astronauts for more than 16 years, is very close to us. Earlier, British astronaut Tim Peake alongside astronaut Tim Kopra and veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko safely reached the ISS.
American space agency NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found higher than expected concentrations of silica, suggesting considerable water activity on the Red Planet.
The Curiosity rover has for some time been exploring the Bagnold Dune Field on the Red Planet’s lower Mount Sharp. While Sand Dunes are quite common on our Earth, it is the first time that a dune field has been found on Mars.
Since, after the failure of the SpaceX’s first orbital attempt aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on June 28, the Hawthorne, Ca.-based Company plans to launch a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket this Sunday. Sunday’s 8.29 p.m. EST marks the launch of the first operational use of the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground that will carry 11 ORBCOMM communications satellites along with it. The upgraded Falcon 9 rocket features new Merlin 1D engines, a new payload fairing, and stretched fuel tanks, that will allow the first stage of the rocket to have enough fuel to attempt a recovery landing.
This year’s Christmas will be different from most others as a rare full Moon will brighten the night sky before the Sun rises on Christmas Day 2015.
As Santa and his reindeer will be busy in delivering gifts on Christmas Eve, the rare full Moon will be shining overnight. It is going to be the first full Moon on Christmas Day since the year of 1977.
According to astronomers with American space agency NASA, the Moon will reach its peak size, which is called perigee by scientists, at 5:11 a.m. central or 6:11 a.m. eastern time on Christmas Day.