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Cygnus spacecraft to deliver NASA cargo to ISS

Cygnus spacecraft to deliver NASA cargo to ISS

Orbital ATK has confirmed that it is targeting 19th of March for the launch of its seventh cargo mission, dubbed OA-7, to the International Space Station (ISS).

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a thirty-minute launch window starting at 10:56 p. m. EDT on that date.

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Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Eugene Cernan’s footprints are still alive on Moon

Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan may be gone, but his footprints are still alive on the Moon. Some images captured by the U.S. space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show that the Apollo 17 Commander’s footprints are still present there.

The footprints were left there in December 1972, when Cernan his crewmate Harrison Schmitt landed and walked on the Moon’s surface. The LRO images reveal that the snaking footprints of the two astronauts as well as the Apollo 17 tire tracks left in the lunar dirt haven’t faded away over the decades.

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Researchers discover two black holes in our cosmic backyard

Researchers discover two black holes in our cosmic backyard

Using the powerful Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), NASA scientists have discovered two gas-enshrouded super-massive black holes, lurking at the centers of nearby galaxies.

Researcher Ady Annuar, of Durham University in the U.K., said the two black holes remained hidden from astronomers until recently, despite their relatively close proximity to the Milky Way. He added that it’s like two monsters are hiding under your bed.

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NASA to send two probes to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

NASA to send two probes to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

NASA has announced two new space missions to investigate two strange asteroids that share an orbit with Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

Announced as part of its Discovery Program, the two space missions, called Psyche and Lucy, will explore two of the solar system’s most strange space rocks. The spacecraft “Lucy” will explore the so-called Trojan asteroids, and the spacecraft Psyche will explore a huge metallic asteroid known as 16 Psyche.

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Space bosses waiting on tenterhooks for Trump to declare his plans for NASA

Space bosses waiting on tenterhooks for Trump to declare his plans for NASA

The United States is currently leading the world in the race into space, but the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has cast doubts on the future of the nation’s space missions.

During his election campaign earlier this year, Trump vowed to cut federal funding for various agencies, including NASA. Thus, space bosses as well as investors are eagerly waiting on tenterhooks for the next president to declare his plans for NASA.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has plenty of water: NASA

Dwarf planet Ceres has plenty of water: NASA

The dwarf planet Ceres has a plenty of water in the form of ice either on or under its shallow surface, a fresh analysis of data provided by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has suggested.

Ceres, the largest rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, has long been suspected of possessing large amounts of water (30% of its total mass). Researchers believe that it has water ice mixed with the rock on its surface. It also may have belched up large plumes of water vapor.

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NASA offers $30K for whoever can solve its “space poop” problem

NASA offers $30K for whoever can solve its “space poop” problem

U.S. space agency NASA has announced an award of $30,000 for whoever can solve its "space poop" problem that may otherwise hinder its deep space missions, such as a manned mission to the Red Planet.

NASA has long been struggling to determine what to do with astronauts' poop during deep space travel. They agency is in search of a solution to the question how to treat waste that it does not harm astronauts during lengthy space flights.

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Fuel-free engine concept is feasible: NASA scientists demonstrate

Fuel-free engine concept is feasible: NASA scientists demonstrate

NASA Eagleworks scientists have demonstrated that EmDrive, a fuel-free engine concept which has caught the imagination of space enthusiasts around the globe despite defying the main laws of physics and workability, is not impossible.

A team of scientists at NASA Eagleworks has successfully produced thrust in a vacuum without any sort of propellant. It may be noted here that Eagleworks is dedicated to testing humans’ wildest theories of spaceship propulsion.

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NASA’s manned mission to Mars faces several challenges

NASA’s manned mission to Mars faces several challenges

American space agency NASA’s commitment to sending a manned mission to Mars will likely face a number of challenges, including impacts on astronauts’ health.

Long space travel could have a devastating adverse impact on astronauts’ muscle tone as well as their lung capacities. Scientists are still struggling to determine how much weight can astronauts safely lose or how much carbon dioxide (CO2) should be in the crew vehicle.

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Humans now have ability to respond to an asteroid impact: NASA

Humans now have ability to respond to an asteroid impact: NASA

The Earth has been hit by massive space rocks several times over the ages, and the threat continues to persist. However, NASA scientists are confident that humans now have the ability to respond to an impact threat.

Thomas Zurbuchen, new associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, suggested methods like continued observations of near earth objects, predictions, response planning and mitigation can help a lot in dealing with such a situation.

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