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Pluto’s Largest Moon Likely Fractured by Sub-Surface Ocean: Nasa

February 20, 2016

Images from the New Horizon space probe suggest that Pluto’s moon Charon once had a sub-surface ocean that has since frozen and expanded, causing the surface to stretch and fracture, Nasa said Friday. Charon’s surface was photographed by the New Horizons’s Lorri (Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager) camera as the spacecraft flew past the moon in July […]

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Star System With Longest-Lasting Stellar Eclipse Discovered

February 20, 2016

Scientists have discovered a new star system where every 69 years the bigger star disappears in a near-total eclipse that lasts for three and a half years, setting a record for the longest duration stellar eclipse and the longest period between eclipses in a binary system. The newly-discovered system, known only by its astronomical catalogue […]

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Nasa’s WFIRST Telescope to Unravel Secrets of Dark Energy, Dark Matter

February 19, 2016

In a fresh attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe, Nasa has announced to build a new, wider telescope that will have a view 100 times bigger than that of Hubble Space Telescope. Called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), it will help researchers unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter […]

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Russia Plans Return to Mars, Moon Despite Money Woes

February 19, 2016

Visitors are rare these days to the museum of Russia’s Space Research Institute in Moscow even though it holds gems like the model of the Soviet Lunokhod, the first ever space rover to land on the Moon, in 1970. While the Cold War space race fired such cutting-edge projects, Russia’s planetary exploration has stalled for […]

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Virgin Galactic to Roll Out New Space Tourism Rocket Plane

February 19, 2016

Virgin Galactic will roll out a new version of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket Friday as it prepares to return to flight testing for the first time since a 2014 accident destroyed the original, killed one of its pilots and set back the nascent industry. The space line founded by Sir Richard Branson will unveil […]

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Astronomers Record Rotation of Cloudy ‘Super-Jupiter’

February 19, 2016

In a maiden attempt to decode the rotation of a massive exoplanet, astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope have measured the rotation rate of a cloudy “super-Jupiter” by observing the varied brightness in its atmosphere. The planet called 2M1207b is about four times more massive than Jupiter. It is a companion to a failed star known […]

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More Satellites Needed to Meet Rising Space-Tech Demand

February 19, 2016

Noting that there is an increasing demand and enhanced use of space technology-based tools in governance, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar Friday said efforts are on to build capacity within the country for doing more frequent satellite launches. The vehicle assembly building was presently one of the “bottlenecks” before the space agency which was […]

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Isro Working on Electric Propulsion System for Satellites

February 18, 2016

Efforts are on to put electric propulsion system for satellites to enable them to carry more payload, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre director Dr. K. Sivan said in Hyderabad on Thursday. “The efforts will help in cutting down fuel required for maneuvering the satellites in the orbit and more payload can be taken,” Sivan said at […]

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Soon, You Could Charge Your Smartphone by Walking

February 18, 2016

Mechanical engineers from University of Wisconsin-Madison are developing an innovative energy harvesting and storage technology that can reduce reliance on batteries in mobile devices and charge your smartphone as you walk. Tom Krupenkin, professor of mechanical engineering, and senior scientist J Ashley Taylor described a technology that could capture the energy of human motion to […]

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US Researchers Find New Way to Make Nanowire Laser

February 18, 2016

US researchers have found a new way to produce nanoscale wires, with diametres as small as 200 nanometres, or billionths of a metre, that can serve as tiny, tunable lasers. The project was led by Peidong Yang, a chemist at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley, according […]

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