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Scientists push for 50 tiny spacecraft to tour 300 asteroids
Scientists push for 50 tiny spacecraft to tour 300 asteroids

An infrared spectrometer analyses spectral signatures in light reflected or emitted by the asteroid to determine its mineralogy.

What makes Milky Way different from other galaxies? - Find out
What makes Milky Way different from other galaxies? - Find out

The Milky Way is host to several dozen smaller galaxy satellites. 

Two-in-one! NASA's Hubble spots 'unusual' binary asteroid with features of a comet
Two-in-one! NASA's Hubble spots 'unusual' binary asteroid with features of a comet

Hubble was used to image the asteroid in September 2016 just before the asteroid made its closest approach to the Sun. 

Mercury's hot surface has much more ice than thought, says study
Mercury's hot surface has much more ice than thought, says study

The study found three new craters near Mercury's north pole that appear to harbour large surface ice deposits.

2017's Arctic ice extent eighth lowest since 1978, says NASA
2017's Arctic ice extent eighth lowest since 1978, says NASA

At 4.64 million square kilometres, it is the lowest on record since 1978 and has reached the mark on September 13, say the US space agency.

Series of three spacewalks in October, ISS' Expedition 53 crew to take the reins
Series of three spacewalks in October, ISS' Expedition 53 crew to take the reins

The spacewalks performed by Expedition 53 astronauts will take place over a period of two weeks.

Supermassive black holes can form tightly bound pairs, says study
Supermassive black holes can form tightly bound pairs, says study

The study published in the journal Nature Astronomy sheds light on a class of black holes having a mass upwards of one million times the mass of the Sun. 
 

Detection of fast spinning star affirms Indian Nobel laureate's thesis
Detection of fast spinning star affirms Indian Nobel laureate's thesis

Polarised light was detected from Regulus, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, which is in the constellation Leo.

More evidence of water on ancient Mars discovered!
More evidence of water on ancient Mars discovered!

Researchers also developed a method to measure river paleo-transport direction for a subset of these ridges.

Seeking a job at NASA? This is what you're signing up for
Seeking a job at NASA? This is what you're signing up for

 Recently, when NASA was looking for a new class of astronauts, only 12 were selected from a whopping 18,300 applicants.

Chinese scientist and founding father of world's largest radio telescope passes away at 72
Chinese scientist and founding father of world's largest radio telescope passes away at 72

Nan was diagnosed with lung cancer before FAST was put into use in September 2016, and he continued his duties despite his illness.

Venus' mysterious night side revealed for the first time – Here's why it's creating a buzz
Venus' mysterious night side revealed for the first time – Here's why it's creating a buzz

Venus' atmosphere is dominated by strong winds that whirl around the planet far faster than Venus itself rotates.

Six-member NASA crew exit qurantined Mars-like habitat
Six-member NASA crew exit qurantined Mars-like habitat

Their experiment included everything from being forced to live in the cramped habitat of the dome to having to rely solely on packaged food - and virtually no contact with another living soul.

'Planet 9' formed closer to home than believed: Study
'Planet 9' formed closer to home than believed: Study

The outskirts of the solar system have always been something of an enigma, with astronomers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries searching for a giant planet that was not there, and the subsequent discovery of Pluto in 1930.

This is where NASA's Cassini took its final plunge before it met its end – See pic
This is where NASA's Cassini took its final plunge before it met its end – See pic

Mission scientists will examine the spacecraft's final observations in the coming weeks for new insights about Saturn.

Will resume launches by November or December, says ISRO chief AS Kiran Kumar
Will resume launches by November or December, says ISRO chief AS Kiran Kumar

The state-run space agency will schedule its next launch mission after a committee studying the cause of the failure submits its report soon.

NASA's Hubble spots a 'hot Jupiter-like' blistering, pitch-black exoplanet!
NASA's Hubble spots a 'hot Jupiter-like' blistering, pitch-black exoplanet!

This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.

NASA bids goodbye to Cassini: A 13-year journey comes to a close
NASA bids goodbye to Cassini: A 13-year journey comes to a close

The 20-year-old spacecraft has been investigating the ringed planet for 13 long years and it's finally time for NASA to say goodbye.

Watch: Elon Musk releases video of SpaceX's rocket blasts and they are explosive!
Watch: Elon Musk releases video of SpaceX's rocket blasts and they are explosive!

Probably that is the reason Musk, on Thursday, released a blooper reel of his company's failed attempts at rocket landing.

Here's a glimpse of final Saturn images by Cassini
Here's a glimpse of final Saturn images by Cassini

The spacecraft is in the process of emptying its onboard solid-state recorder of all science data, prior to reconfiguring for a near-real-time data relay during the final plunge.

Five incredible revelations of NASA's Cassini mission
Five incredible revelations of NASA's Cassini mission

Cassini's aim of investigating Saturn is truly a fruitful one, owing to all the amazingly informative insights into the evolution and structure of the ringed planet.

Titanium oxide detected in exoplanet atmosphere
Titanium oxide detected in exoplanet atmosphere

Besides, titanium oxide, the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-19b contains small amounts water and traces of sodium, alongside a strongly scattering global haze.

Mars has a porous crust, says NASA study
Mars has a porous crust, says NASA study

The findings, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, provide researchers clue that could help them better understand the interior structure and evolution of Mars.

India's Chandrayaan-1 helps scientists create first global map of water on Moon
India's Chandrayaan-1 helps scientists create first global map of water on Moon

 Scientists used a new calibration of data taken from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which flew aboard Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, to quantify how much water is present on a global scale.

Cassini to make death plunge into Saturn today at 113,000 kms per hour
Cassini to make death plunge into Saturn today at 113,000 kms per hour

The final plunge will take place on the day side of Saturn, near local noon, with the spacecraft entering the atmosphere around 10 degrees north latitude, NASA said. 

ISS astronauts welcome three new crew members
ISS astronauts welcome three new crew members

The Soyuz rocket carrying Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, NASA first-time flyer Mark Vande Hei and his veteran colleague Joe Acaba launched as scheduled from Baikonur at 3:17 am (2117 GMT).
 

Video of 'UFO portals' beneath the ISS goes viral, sparks debate on alien existence once again
Video of 'UFO portals' beneath the ISS goes viral, sparks debate on alien existence once again

UFO and alien hunters claim they are portals or wormholes being used by aliens to monitor 'Earthlings', since the rings appear to be too high up to be considered clouds.

NASA remembers September 11 horror, releases terror attack images
NASA remembers September 11 horror, releases terror attack images

The space agency has released the images that were taken from the International Space Station few hours after the attack.

Scientists observe largest solar flare in 12 years
Scientists observe largest solar flare in 12 years

The huge burst of radiation, which was not harmful to humans due to the Earth's protective atmosphere and distance from the Sun, occurred unexpectedly on September 6, 2017.

Cassini gives Titan a 'goodbye kiss' as it takes a final glimpse of Saturn's giant moon
Cassini gives Titan a 'goodbye kiss' as it takes a final glimpse of Saturn's giant moon

On September 11, the spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan at 12:04 pm PDT (3:04 pm EDT), at an altitude of 73,974 miles (119,049 kilometers) above the moon's surface.