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Year Ahead: 5 Space missions to look forward in 2021

The gone year may not have been that good for humans, but it definitely was a landmark year for space explorations. And a lot of exciting programmes are lined up for the New Year too. Let’s have a look… Chandrayaan 3 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been growing by leaps and bounds. After […]

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This asteroid is worth more than anything on earth!

We all know that hundreds of asteroids orbit planets in the universe, and Earth too has its own share of asteroids. But there’s one special rock which has got our attention. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa) Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a metal-rich asteroid ’16 Psyche’ which is orbiting the Sun, in the […]

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Jupiter and Saturn to come closest next month

The year might have been gloomy but 2020 has proved pretty exciting for skygazers. After witnessing a lot of amazing space phenomena, the year will end with the party of a decade. And there would be two planets involved.  Jupiter and Saturn will appear to be shining as one bright star in the night sky […]

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In depth: ISS has competed 20 years in space, and we are still amazed!

It’s been 20 years since the International Space Station was launched in space and has been orbiting the earth. This artificial satellite has helped astronomers and researchers explore new vistas of the universe, while also making us understand the future of humankind in outer space. Let’s read more astounding facts about the ISS. The ISS […]

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In depth: Yes, there’s water on the Moon and we couldn’t be more excited!

Scientists always thought there was water on the Moon but recent findings have proved that it may be in abundance and at places which were not considered before. A study reports the detection of water on the Moon’s sunlit surface for the first time. It is also found that the Moon’s dark, shadowy regions, which […]

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Astronauts reach the Space Station in 3 hours!

Keeping Mumbai’s traffic in mind, there are chances that you may reach the International Space Station earlier than reaching Pune. Literally. Two astronauts travelled to the ISS in three hours, an unprecedented feat!  NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov lifted off as scheduled on October 14 from the Baikonur […]

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NASA picks up a piece of asteroid

A NASA spacecraft was able to touch down on the rugged surface of the Bennu asteroid, grabbing a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of our solar system to bring home. The minivan-sized OSIRIS-REx spacecraft extended its 11-foot (3.35 m) robotic arm toward a flat patch of gravel near Bennu’s north pole and […]

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NASA tests new Moon suits underwater

The date is fixed, the astronauts are selected, the ship is in order, and the suit is made. So of course, it’s time to test the waters. Literally! The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has started testing the spacesuits which its astronauts would wear when they land on the Moon more […]

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Super salty lake on Mars!

The question whether there’s water on Mars is getting trickier by the day. And as if we’re not excited enough to know about the development of bacterial life on Venus, there are speculations that Mars may after all have water. A recent research indicates that there really is a buried reservoir of super salty water […]

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ISRO plans Chandrayaan 3 even as 1 shows the Moon is rusting

India’s ambitious Moon mission Chandrayaan was supposed to go into grid phase this year. But due to the pandemic the launch has been postponed to the first half of 2021. The Indian Scientific and Research Organisation (ISRO) revealed that the mission to the Moon will not include an orbiter like the Chandrayaan-2. But, it will […]