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China begins operation of first hack proof quantum satellite
China begins operation of first hack proof quantum satellite

It is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, said the report.

NASA eyes Russian Soyuz trips to send crew to ISS
NASA eyes Russian Soyuz trips to send crew to ISS

Buying these seats for 2017 and 2018 missions will increase US crew size on the ISS from three to four and maximise ISS science utilisation.

Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA
Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA

Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working.

Constant intracranial pressure on back of eyes in 'zero-G' causes vision deterioration in astronauts!
Constant intracranial pressure on back of eyes in 'zero-G' causes vision deterioration in astronauts!

To study how zero-gravity conditions affect intracranial pressure, researchers from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre recruited volunteer patients who had had a port permanently placed in their head as part of treatment for cancer.

New Horizons turns 11: NASA to go live on Facebook to mark success, future of mission!
New Horizons turns 11: NASA to go live on Facebook to mark success, future of mission!

 Members of NASA’s New Horizons team will discuss the achievements of the first encounter with Pluto and look ahead to the mission’s next exploration of the Kuiper Belt.

Cracked mud on Mars - Latest images from NASA's Curiosity rover reveal new evidence of water (See pic)
Cracked mud on Mars - Latest images from NASA's Curiosity rover reveal new evidence of water (See pic)

Scientists used Curiosity rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.

It's confirmed: NASA's OSIRIS-REx successfully executes first deep space maneuver
It's confirmed: NASA's OSIRIS-REx successfully executes first deep space maneuver

The engine burn sets up the spacecraft for an Earth gravity assist this fall as it continues its two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu.

LIGO India will 'refine the physics' of gravitational waves detection, exploration of universe: LHO's Fred Raab
LIGO India will 'refine the physics' of gravitational waves detection, exploration of universe: LHO's Fred Raab

As India is getting ready to set up the world's third advanced LIGO observatory, Fred Raab, an official of the international collaboration, said he expected Indian scientists and researchers to play a crucial role in the LIGO research that seeks to give us a deeper understanding of the universe by tracking the gravitational waves.

Mars' thin air could help microbes survive, say scientists!
Mars' thin air could help microbes survive, say scientists!

Mars and its life-harbouring possibilities have been on the top of many space agencies' list of priorities and there is plenty of evidence suggesting that rivers, lakes and seas covered the planet billions of years ago.

Researchers find dark matter 'killing galaxies'
Researchers find dark matter 'killing galaxies'

The study combined the world's largest galaxy survey -- the Sloan Digital Sky Survey -- with the largest ever set of radio observations for atomic gas -- the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA survey in order to solve the case.

Earthquake predictions next on China's space agenda; launch of satellite announced
Earthquake predictions next on China's space agenda; launch of satellite announced

The satellite will be China's first space-based platform for earthquake monitoring, providing a new approach for research.

“Black Hole Man of India” scientist CV Vishveshwara passes away at 78
“Black Hole Man of India” scientist CV Vishveshwara passes away at 78

Vishveswara made an important calculation that was used in the discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) detectors in 2015, from the merger of black holes.

How many galaxies exist in the universe? Study says two trillion!
How many galaxies exist in the universe? Study says two trillion!

This painstaking research enabled the team to establish how many galaxies we have missed - much like an intergalactic archaeological dig, researchers said.

Giant 'bulge' spotted on Venus indication of a massive gravity wave?
Giant 'bulge' spotted on Venus indication of a massive gravity wave?

The giant wave became one of the most prominent features in the planet’s atmosphere for four days in December 2015.

Meet the ISS crew and grow plants in zero gravity through NASA's new gaming app!
Meet the ISS crew and grow plants in zero gravity through NASA's new gaming app!

The game is called "Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth," wherein players have to first learn how to navigate in the ISS's micro-gravity environment, or "zero-g."

Throwback: The life and legacy of Gene Cernan, last man to set foot on Moon - Watch
Throwback: The life and legacy of Gene Cernan, last man to set foot on Moon - Watch

Cernan, who commanded Apollo 17 - the last Apollo mission - died Monday, January 16, 2017, following ongoing health issues, according to a statement from his family. 

Remembering Gene Cernan: Amazing video of Apollo 17 astronauts singing 'I was strolling on the Moon one day' on lunar surface - Watch
Remembering Gene Cernan: Amazing video of Apollo 17 astronauts singing 'I was strolling on the Moon one day' on lunar surface - Watch

Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission which took place in December 1972.

Eugene Cernan dead at 82: NASA mourns loss of the last human on Moon!
Eugene Cernan dead at 82: NASA mourns loss of the last human on Moon!

Cernan, who was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 17 - his third space flight and the last scheduled US manned mission to the moon - in December 1972, died on January 16, 2017.

ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet gets his eye pressure measured 'all in the name of science'!
ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet gets his eye pressure measured 'all in the name of science'!

With the latest photograph Thomas Pesquet just shared, just goes to show the energy they put into their work to help the world develop.

What's up for January 2017?  Here's when, where to look up in the night sky this month (Watch video)
What's up for January 2017? Here's when, where to look up in the night sky this month (Watch video)

The new year started with a beautiful view of the moon, Venus and Mars on January 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 

NASA's SDO captures Sun's beautiful magnetic arcs - Watch
NASA's SDO captures Sun's beautiful magnetic arcs - Watch

NASA says magnetic arcs of plasma that spiraled above two active regions held their shape fairly well over 18 hours on January 11-12, 2017. 

Japan aborts mini-rocket launch due to communication failure
Japan aborts mini-rocket launch due to communication failure

The rocket fell into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Uchinoura.

IN PICS: French astronaut Thomas Pesquet had the time of his life during his debut spacewalk and it shows!
IN PICS: French astronaut Thomas Pesquet had the time of his life during his debut spacewalk and it shows!

Pesquet's career's debut spacewalk was performed alongside NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and if the images he shared later are anything to go by, looks like he had the time of his life.

What a comeback! SpaceX launches first rocket after September explosion
What a comeback! SpaceX launches first rocket after September explosion

Lift-off finally came Saturday at 5:54 p.m. (local time) as planned.

NASA's Juno camera captures this striking image of 'crescent Jupiter with the iconic Great Red Spot' – A must-see photo!
NASA's Juno camera captures this striking image of 'crescent Jupiter with the iconic Great Red Spot' – A must-see photo!

The magnificent image released by NASA was captured by the JunoCam instrument - a visible light camera/telescope - onboard the Juno spacecraft.

Hubble spots beautiful spiral galaxy that presents an interesting puzzle – See pic!
Hubble spots beautiful spiral galaxy that presents an interesting puzzle – See pic!

The galaxy, which is known as RX J1140.1+0307 and is in the Virgo constellation, presents an interesting puzzle. 

Martin Luther King Jr Day: NASA pays tribute to American hero with stunning video – WATCH
Martin Luther King Jr Day: NASA pays tribute to American hero with stunning video – WATCH

Born Michael King Jr (January 15, 1929), Martin Luther King Jr was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. 

ISS astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet mark spacewalk completion with an orbital high-five!
ISS astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet mark spacewalk completion with an orbital high-five!

Since this was Thomas Pesquet's first ever spacewalk, both astronauts celebrated the success in a fun way – by cheering each other with a high-five!

NASA makes people try on spacesuit gloves and learn what it feels like to perform a spacewalk the hard way!
NASA makes people try on spacesuit gloves and learn what it feels like to perform a spacewalk the hard way!

The video goes on to explain that astronauts don't make use of their feet since they are in a zero gravity atmosphere.

ISS astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Thomas Pesquet's second spacewalk of 2017 - Watch it LIVE
ISS astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Thomas Pesquet's second spacewalk of 2017 - Watch it LIVE

This is the 197th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance.