Space

Private rovers to investigate Apollo 17’s abandoned moon buggy

Private rovers to investigate Apollo 17’s abandoned moon buggy

With a hope to win Google's $30 million Lunar X-prize, a German team has signed a contract to send a rover to examine the Apollo moon rover that was left on the lunar surface more than four decades ago.

The rover was left on the surface of Earth’s only natural satellite in 1972 when Harrison Schmitt and Gene Cernan stepped aboard NASA’s Apollo 17’s lunar module to return to Earth.

The PT Scientists estimated that two rovers could be launched by late 2017.

NASA terminates ISS’ RapidScat instrument

NASA terminates ISS’ RapidScat instrument

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has terminated the ISS Rapid Scatterometer (RapidScat) instrument on the International Space Station (ISS) that malfunctioned earlier this year.
Used to collect wind speed and direction data over the oceans, the RapidScat instrument had been operating on the orbiting observatory since October 2014. It had been collecting data by measuring the scattering of radar waves transmitted and then received by it.

Multiple timelines playing out in parallel universes: physicists claim

Multiple timelines playing out in parallel universes: physicists claim

Claiming that parallel universes is more than just science fiction; a team of physicists has introduced a new theory suggesting that there are multiple timelines playing out in parallel universes.

Professors Howard Wiseman and Michael Hall, of Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics, made that sensational claim, believing that parallel universes can all have an effect on one another.

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.

ISS crew size swings back to six

ISS crew size swings back to six

The International Space Station (ISS) received three new crewmembers on Sunday, marking the orbiting laboratory’s crew size’s return to six.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Nov. 17, and successfully docked with the ISS on Saturday. Three new crewmembers, viz. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, entered the orbiting lab on Sunday.

Scientists trying to save earthlings from potentially deadly asteroids

Scientists trying to save earthlings from potentially deadly asteroids

Humans could become an extinct species in case a large asteroid directly hits our planet. However, a robotic spacecraft might help save life on Earth by pushing a deadly asteroid off its collision course.

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