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SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 rockets every 2-3 weeks

SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 rockets every 2-3 weeks

Elon Musk-led Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has announced a plan to launch its Falcon 9 rockets every 2-3 weeks, once a new launch pad in Florida becomes operational next week.

The ambitious plan will mark the private-sector space firm’s fastest rate of launching rockets on space missions since it started launches in 2010.

WWF calls for complete fishing ban to save endangered vaquita porpoises

WWF calls for complete fishing ban to save endangered vaquita porpoises

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Monday urged the Mexican government to impose a complete ban on fishing in the habitat of the vaquita porpoise, saying it is the only way to save the critically endangered species from extinction.

An international team of experts recently warned that fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises have are left in the upper Gulf of California, which is the only place for the endangered mammal to live.

Ice volcanoes not unusual on Ceres: researchers conclude

Ice volcanoes not unusual on Ceres: researchers conclude

Ceres, a dwarf planet with an orbit between Mars and Jupiter, might once be home to numerous cryovolcanoes that might have disappeared over millions of years, a new study suggested.

While volcanoes on Earth are fueled by molten rock, Ceres is too small and cold to melt silicate rock in its core. Yet scientists discovered the huge Ahuna Mons volcano of icy rock that they call a cryovolcano.

NASA overhauls its archive of Earth views from space

NASA overhauls its archive of Earth views from space

NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website is now providing daily, up-close views of our planet in both natural and enhanced color, thanks to a recent overhaul.

The American space agency recently overhauled its archive of Earth views from space provided by Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite’s EPIC. The satellite orbits the Sun at a distance of one million miles from Earth, providing scientists with data to study the planet’s weather and climate.

Full-scale JWST model on show at Super Bowl

Full-scale JWST model on show at Super Bowl

Football fans descending on the city of Houston for Super Bowl are enjoying an additional fascination, thanks to Northrop Grumman Corp. that has provided them with an opportunity to have a glimpse into the future of deep space exploration.

Northrop has put a full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in downtown Houston as part of NASA’S “Future Flight” exhibit at the Super Bowl Live festival. It will be used by NASA scientists to explore deep space.

Space causes changes to astronauts’ gut bacteria: study

Space causes changes to astronauts’ gut bacteria: study

Space not only physically impacts astronauts’ body and brain but also cause changes to certain gut “bugs,” according to a new research.

A team of researchers at Northwestern University studied the gut bacteria of NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly, identical twin brothers who are part of a unique human study, and found that changes occur to gut bacteria in space.

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