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Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec.


Zuckerberg to call ISS astronauts via Facebook Live

Zuckerberg to call ISS astronauts via Facebook Live

Washington, May 28 : Taking connectivity to a new high, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will speak with three astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station on June 1, NASA said in a statement.

Yoo too could watch the Earth-to-space call live on NASA's Facebook page.

During the 20-minute Facebook Live video call with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams, and the ESA's (European Space Agency's) Tim Peake, Zuckerberg will ask questions submitted on NASA's Facebook page by its users.

Some of the questions already posted on the Facebook page include-- How long will it take for foods to rot in ISS? Will the ISS ever become privately owned when decommissioned ?


Veteran US astronaut Scott Kelly says goodbye to NASA

Veteran US astronaut Scott Kelly says goodbye to NASA

Washington, April 2 : NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently completed a year-long mission on the International Space Station
(ISS) during his 20-year-long association with the US space agency, retired on Friday.

The veteran astronaut said goodbye to his illustrious career with the US record for most cumulative time in space - 520 days.

He will continue to participate in the ongoing research related to his one-year mission, providing periodic medical samples and supporting other testing in the same way his twin brother and former astronaut Mark Kelly, made himself available for NASA's twins study.


US record-setting astronaut Scott Kelly to retire: NASA

US record-setting astronaut Scott Kelly to retire: NASA

Washington: US astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently completed a year-long mission on the International Space Station, will retire from NASA effective April 1, the US space agency said on Friday.

NASA said Kelly will continue to participate in the ongoing research related to his one-year mission, providing periodic medical samples and supporting other testing in the same way his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, made himself available for NASA's twins study during his brother's mission, Xinhua reported.

"This year-in-space mission was a profound challenge for all involved, and it gave me a unique perspective and a lot of time to reflect on what my next step should be," Kelly said in a statement.


New NASA technology to better measure Earth's orientation

New NASA technology to better measure Earth's orientation

Washington: The US space agency has deployed an advanced technology to precisely measure Earth's orientation and rotation - information that helps provide a foundation for navigation of all space missions and for geophysical studies of our planet.

The technology includes a new class of radio antenna and electronics that provide broadband capabilities for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).

This technique has been used to make precise measurements of the Earth in space and time.

To meet the demand for more precise measurements, a new global network of stations called the VLBI Global Observing System
(VGOS) is being rolled out to replace the legacy network.

NASA just completed the installation of a joint NASA-US Naval Observatory VGOS station in Hawaii.


NASA's new Mars exploration mission set for May 2018 launch

NASA's new Mars exploration mission set for May 2018 launch

Washington, March 10 : Future Mars exploration has got a date, finally. NASA's new InSight mission -- set to study the deep interior of Red Planet -- is targeting a new launch window that begins on May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for November 26 in the same year.

The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission will help scientists understand how rocky planets -- including Earth -- formed and evolved.

The spacecraft had been on track to launch this month until a vacuum leak in its prime science instrument prompted NASA in December to suspend preparations for launch.

"The science goals of InSight are compelling and the NASA and France's space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales


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