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NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft ready for touchdown on asteroid Bennu
Washington DC [USA], May 21 (ANI): NASA's first asteroid sample return mission is officially prepared for its long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu's surface.
SOFIA finds hidden clues in Pluto's haze
California [USA], May 14 (ANI): Observations made with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) -- a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 106-inch diameter telescope -- has helped explain how Pluto's haze is formed and how the distant Sun affects the dwarf planet from 3.7 billion miles away.
Jupiter's moon Europa: New evidence of watery plumes
Gottingen [Germany], May 13 (ANI): A group of scientists, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany have found new evidence of the presence of a plume of water near Jupiter's moon Europa.
Russia to launch first Arktika-M satellite for monitoring Arctic climate this year

Moscow [Russia], May 4 (Sputnik/ANI): Russia will launch its first Arktika-M satellite for monitoring the Arctic climate and environment at the end of the year, General Director of the Lavochkin aerospace company Vladimir Kolmykov told Sputnik.

NASA picks three companies to develop human landers for Artemis moon missions

Washington D.C. [US], May 1 (ANI): The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Thursday that it has picked three designs for spacecraft to take astronauts back to the surface of the moon.

Atmospheric tidal waves maintain Venus' super-rotation
Washington D.C. [USA], April 25 (ANI): Images from the Akatsuki spacecraft unveil what keeps Venus's atmosphere rotating much faster than the planet itself.
NASA to launch American astronauts to Space Station from US soil next month
Washington [US], April 18 (ANI): NASA on Friday announced that it will launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a rocket built by the company SpaceX on May 27.
NASA astronauts Meir, Morgan and crewmate Skripochka return from space station
Washington DC [USA], April 17 (ANI): NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan have returned to Earth on Friday, along with Soyuz Commander Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
Earth-size, habitable-zone planet found hidden in early NASA Kepler data

Washington D.C. [USA], April 16 (ANI): A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalysed data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water.

New images reveal fine threads of million-degree plasma woven throughout Sun's atmosphere
Washington D.C. [USA], April 10 (ANI): Newly released images of the Sun have revealed that its outer layer is filled with previously unseen, incredibly fine magnetic threads filled with extremely hot, million-degree plasma. The high-resolution observations have been analysed by researchers at UCLan alongside collaborators from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre (MSFC) and will provide astronomers with a better understanding of how the Sun's magnetised atmosphere exists, and what it is comprised of.
NASA: Data from Cassini may explain Saturn's atmospheric mystery
Washington D.C. [USA], April 7 (ANI): The upper layers in the atmospheres of gas giants -- Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune -- are hot, just like Earth's. But unlike Earth, the Sun is too far from these outer planets to account for the high temperatures. Their heat source has been one of the great mysteries of planetary science.
IIT alumnus creates chopper that will fly over Mars
California [USA], Apr 2 (ANI): An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bob Balaram has created a space chopper that will fly over the Martian skies.
NASA: SunRISE Mission to study causes of giant solar particle storms
Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 31 (ANI): NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms -- known as solar particle storms -- into planetary space. The information not only improves understanding of how our solar system works, but it ultimately can help protect astronauts traveling to the Moon and Mars by providing better information on how the Sun's radiation affects the space environment they must travel through.
10.9 million names now aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 27 (ANI): NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign invited people around the world to submit their names to ride aboard the agency's next rover to the Red Planet. Some 10,932,295 people did just that.

Revisiting decades-old Voyager 2 Data, scientists find one more secret
Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 26 (ANI): Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was January 24, 1986, and soon it would meet the mysterious seventh planet, icy-cold Uranus.
SpaceX Starship test ends in implosion: Musk laughs it off on Twitter
Boca Chica (Texas) [USA], Mar 3 (ANI): Private space launch leader SpaceX recently suffered a setback when a ground test of its upcoming Starship spacecraft ended up in a violent implosion.
Commercial satellites dock mid-space for servicing mission
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 27 (ANI): In a first, two commercial satellites pulled off the impressive manoeuvre of docking with each other, where one of them would service the other.
Sub-Neptune sized planet validated using Habitable-zone Planet Finder
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 21 (ANI): The Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF), an astronomical instrument has confirmed an object initially observed by the Kepler spacecraft is an exoplanet.
Findings from NASA's Juno update Jupiter water mystery
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 19 (ANI): NASA's Juno mission has provided its first science results on the amount of water in Jupiter's atmosphere. Published recently in the journal Nature Astronomy, the Juno results estimate that at the equator, water makes up about 0.25 per cent of the molecules in Jupiter's atmosphere -- almost three times that of the Sun.
'Boeing Starliner's debut test could have gone worse'
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 7 (ANI): Boeing's passenger spacecraft -- Starliner -- reportedly faced a second potentially disastrous software glitch during its debut test flight in December last year.
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