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Abnormal performance causes obstacle in launch of new Chinese satellite; fails to enter orbit!
Abnormal performance causes obstacle in launch of new Chinese satellite; fails to enter orbit!

Zhongxing-9A was launched aboard the Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre at 12.11 a.m. (local time), reports Xinhua news agency.

Lunar dreams: China reveals 2018 plans to launch mini-ecosystems to the moon for the first time!
Lunar dreams: China reveals 2018 plans to launch mini-ecosystems to the moon for the first time!

An 18-centimetre-tall cylinder will carry potato seeds and silkworm eggs to be incubated.

NASA's Orion spacecraft strikes off another milestone, performs well in safety tests!
NASA's Orion spacecraft strikes off another milestone, performs well in safety tests!

 While engineers are just getting started analysing the data, the test verified that the motor can fire within milliseconds when needed and will work as expected under high temperatures, according to NASA.

NASA’s MAVEN reveals how Sun stripped Mars' atmosphere
NASA’s MAVEN reveals how Sun stripped Mars' atmosphere

Since its launched in November 2013, MAVEN has come up with multiple discoveries, revealing how the Sun stripped Mars of most of its atmosphere.

Russian cargo craft 'Progress 67' successfully docks with International Space Station!
Russian cargo craft 'Progress 67' successfully docks with International Space Station!

The Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft was launched on Wednesday, June 14 on board a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan.

NASA's Juno captures clear view of Jupiter's south polar region
NASA's Juno captures clear view of Jupiter's south polar region

NASA's Juno spacecraft has captured a clear view of the south polar region of Jupiter.

India's 'Bahubali' GSLV Mk III lifts less luggage than lighter rockets
India's 'Bahubali' GSLV Mk III lifts less luggage than lighter rockets

The rocket powered by its own cryogenic engine at the upper stage, placed communication satellite GSAT-19 weighing 3,136 km or 3.1 tonne.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to search for signs of alien life
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to search for signs of alien life

The James Webb Space Telescope is designed to complement and extend the scientific capabilities of other NASA missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope

Quantum breakthrough? Chinese scientists beam back 'entangled' photons from space
Quantum breakthrough? Chinese scientists beam back 'entangled' photons from space

Quantum entanglement, which Einstein referred to as "a spooky action at a distance," is a curious phenomenon in which particles are "linked" together in such a way that they affect one another regardless of distance. 
 

NASA's Cassini spots bright methane clouds, hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan
NASA's Cassini spots bright methane clouds, hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan

The image shows Cassini spoting bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.

Russian cargo craft 'Progress 67' to dock with space station later today
Russian cargo craft 'Progress 67' to dock with space station later today

The Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft or Progress 67 is set to dock to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 7:42 a.m. EDT today, June 16. 

Shifting home to MARS could soon be possible, says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
Shifting home to MARS could soon be possible, says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

Musk, who has outlined his vision for a self-sustaining city on the red planet, believes that human colonies on Mars could be built within our lifetime.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announces August launch of third GPS satellite!
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announces August launch of third GPS satellite!

This will be Japan's third Quasi-Zenith Satellite, a device designed to improve global navigation and augment signals emitted by the US-owned GPS, which has a 10-metre margin of error.

Reproduction in space 'a concerning matter'; babies born on other planets could be 'vastly different'!
Reproduction in space 'a concerning matter'; babies born on other planets could be 'vastly different'!

The point he put forward was that if humans are seeking long-term settlement in deep space, sex cannot be forgotten.

Black holes have a new spectator! HXMT - China's first-ever space telescope launched
Black holes have a new spectator! HXMT - China's first-ever space telescope launched

Weighing 2.5-tonnes, the telescope dubbed Insight, was sent into an orbit of 550 km above the Earth to help scientists better understand the evolution of black holes, and the strong magnetic fields and the interiors of pulsars.

NASA's SOFIA detects cool dust around active black holes!
NASA's SOFIA detects cool dust around active black holes!

SOFIA flies above 99 percent of the Earth's water vapour, enabling the research group to characterise the properties of the torus-shaped dust structures at far-infrared wavelengths.

NASA sounding rocket launch at Wallops scrapped for 7th time – Know why
NASA sounding rocket launch at Wallops scrapped for 7th time – Know why

NASA syas the launch is now scheduled for no earlier than Thursday, June 15, with a launch window from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m. EDT.

Russian cargo craft 'Progress 67' heads to space station
Russian cargo craft 'Progress 67' heads to space station

The Progress MS-06 spacecraft, also known as the 67th Russian supply vehicle, is being launched at 5:20 a.m. EDT Wednesday (3:20 p.m. Baikonur time), June 14, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Meet the senior citizen of the solar system: Jupiter declared oldest planet!
Meet the senior citizen of the solar system: Jupiter declared oldest planet!

Results suggest the nascent gas giant was already that big within the first 1 million years of solar system history.

Genius approach to solve food woes of astronauts – Bake in Space to bring crumb-free bread in ISS!
Genius approach to solve food woes of astronauts – Bake in Space to bring crumb-free bread in ISS!

The experiment will include ingredients and equipment for a German bread roll – which astronaut Alexander Gerst, who's heading to the ISS in April 2018, will carry with him.

Cassini reveals Saturn's moon 'Iapetus' is a world of contrast – See pic
Cassini reveals Saturn's moon 'Iapetus' is a world of contrast – See pic

Data from the Cassini mission has shown that Cassini Regio on Iapetus is covered in a layer of dark, dusty material creating a stark contrast to the much brighter region that surrounds it, which leads to the moon's distinctive, two-toned appearance. 

NASA scraps sounding rocket launch amid bad weather; will try again tonight
NASA scraps sounding rocket launch amid bad weather; will try again tonight

The launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is now scheduled for Tuesday night, June 13, with a launch window from 9:04 to 9:19 p.m. EDT.

Two massive planets discovered 138 light years away
Two massive planets discovered 138 light years away

One of the two worlds is a Saturn-mass planet, while the other one is a cold exoplanet several times more massive than Jupiter.

NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks
NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks

Curiosity landed near Mount Sharp in Gale Crater in August 2012. It reached the base of the mountain in 2014. Layers of rocks at the base of Mount Sharp accumulated as sediment within ancient lakes around 3.5 billion years ago. 

NASA launching sounding rocket to create artificial clouds tonight
NASA launching sounding rocket to create artificial clouds tonight

The next liftoff attempt has been rescheduled for Monday, June 12, with a launch window from 9:04 to 9:19 p.m. EDT, says NASA.

Largest virtual universe may help solve dark matter mystery
Largest virtual universe may help solve dark matter mystery

The gigantic catalogue of about 25 billion virtual galaxies generated from 2 trillion digital particles using a super computer is being used to calibrate the experiments on board the Euclid satellite, that will be launched in 2020.

Navigation satellite clocks ticking; system to be expanded: ISRO
Navigation satellite clocks ticking; system to be expanded: ISRO

The phrase signals that the atomic clocks -- that provide locational data -- in the six navigation satellites are functioning normally. 

NASA deep sea expedition to prepare astronauts for Mars journey
NASA deep sea expedition to prepare astronauts for Mars journey

A team of 22 persons including a university professor is set for a deep sea expedition by NASA to test simulated spacewalks.

NASA unveils 'out-of-the-world' Mars rover concept
NASA unveils 'out-of-the-world' Mars rover concept

NASA's next robotic Mars rover is set to land on the red planet in 2020. The rover will search for signs of past microbial life and collect core samples for a potentially future return to Earth.

Infant stars surrounded by life enabling chemicals, say astronomers
Infant stars surrounded by life enabling chemicals, say astronomers

The IRAS 16293-2422 is a multiple protostar system, in a large star-forming region called Rho Ophiuchi in the Serpent Bearer constellation.