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Challenger Disaster: 30 years on, NASA employees still take lessons from the tragedy

Challenger Disaster: 30 years on, NASA employees still take lessons from the tragedy

On January 28, 1986, the Challenger space shuttle exploded only 73 seconds into flight. It was among the greatest losses ever experienced by NASA, wherein all seven crewmembers aboard lost their lives.

The assistant director for International Space Station flight operations at NASA, Ginger Kerrik, said that she still remembers that day quite physically. She said that it was a Friday and he had stayed home from school.

NASA adjusts Juno spacecraft’s course to Jupiter

NASA adjusts Juno spacecraft’s course to Jupiter

NASA scientists recently made adjustments to the course of Juno spacecraft to put it on the right track for its planned arrival at Jupiter on 4th of July this year.

The American space agency performed first of the two “engine burns” by firing Juno’s thrusters, putting it on track to allow it to arrive at the solar system’s largest planet in next five months. The engine burn consumed 1.3 pounds (0.6 kilograms) of the spacecraft’s fuel, and changed its speed by 0.7 mph (1.1 km/h).

America’s only wild jaguar spotted in Arizona

America’s only wild jaguar spotted in Arizona

The only known wild jaguar existing in the United States, called El Jefe, was recently sighted roaming in Arizona. A video captured by remote sensor cameras showed the elusive wild beast making his way through the brush before going up a creek.

The video was made public by two nonprofits dedicated to conserve big cats, viz. Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity. Both nonprofits are monitoring the endangered species in the mountain ranges of Arizona.

Dark green conifers across Europe stoked global warming: research

Dark green conifers across Europe stoked global warming: research

Planting more trees may not always be helpful in combating climate change and global warming, a new study published recently in the journal Science revealed.

It a commonly-held belief that planting more trees is the best strategy to fight back climate change, but a team of French researchers have found that more than 250 years of forest management in Europe has boosted climate change rather than containing it.

Astronauts watch ‘Super Bowl’ from space

Astronauts watch ‘Super Bowl’ from space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) watched the Super Bowl’s kickoff on Sunday in real time, NASA spokesperson Dan Huot announced.

New tarantula species named after Johnny Cash

New tarantula species named after Johnny Cash

A newly discovered species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom State Prison in California has been named after Johnny Cash – a famous singer-songwriter and guitarist who was widely considered as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

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