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NASA waves away rumours of announcement regarding extraterrestrial life

US space agency NASA said that it has no pending announcement regarding extraterrestrial life, following a wave of media reports that it was about to announce the evidence of alien life. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, on Monday denied the reports and confirmed that NASA scientists are still looking for proof of alien life, reports Xinhua news agency. “Are we alone in the universe? While we do not know yet, we have missions moving forward that may help answer that fundamental question,” he tweeted. The…

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NASA’s Opportunity rover finds evidence of an ancient lake in a crater on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover is examining the edge of a crater on the red planet that may once have been a lake of liquid water. The Opportunity rover found rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater that were either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. The features were seen just outside the crater rims crest above “Perseverance Valley,” which is carved into the inner slope of the rim. Researchers plan to drive Opportunity down Perseverance Valley after completing a “walkabout” survey of the area above it….

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NASA’s Hubble captures image of dead disk galaxy half the size of the Milky Way but twice as massive

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has used gravitational lensing to capture an image of a massive disk galaxy that challenges conventional theories of galaxy formation. The disk shaped galaxy is twice as heavy as the Milky Way, but only half of its size. The galaxy is spinning twice as fast as the Milky Way. The stars are closer together, and unlike the Milky Way, the galaxy is dead and does not produce any new stars. Star formation in the compact galaxy is believed to have ceased just a few billion years…

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SpaceX sticks its 2nd rocket landing in 48 hours, and oh just take us to orbit already

Lucky number 13.  SpaceX just performed its 13th rocket landing back on Earth after launching 10 communications satellites on their way to orbit on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.  The Falcon 9 rocket booster — equipped with brand new titanium fins for landing — touched down on a drone ship in the Pacific, making it the eighth such successful ship landing in the company’s history, with the other 5 landings occurring back on a pad on solid ground in Florida.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX’s second…

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Hacking collective Anonymous believes NASA is on the verge of announcing the discovery of alien life

Anonymous — the loose collective of hackers and online activists — claims that the US space agency NASA is all set to announce the discovery of alien life, the media reported. “NASA says aliens are coming!” the group wrote on their website. In a video on the issue, Anonymous has cited several other alien-friendly comments made by astronauts and space exploration enthusiasts in the past, as well as various alien and UFO ‘sightings’ as evidence that “something is going on in the skies above”. Anonymous’s claim is based on a…

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TN CM K Palaniswami announces Rs 10 lakh cash reward for team that developed the KalamSat

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh to Rifath Sharook and his team who developed ‘KalamSat,’ a 64 gram satellite that was launched by NASA. In a suo moto statement in Assembly, Palaniswami said “to further encourage,” Sharook and his team who brought laurels to India and in particular Tamil Nadu, Rs 10 lakh will be given by the government to them. Lauding 18-year old Sharook and six other team members, he said the reward was to encourage them towards making more…

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Scientists on tenterhooks as NASA-ISRO earth imaging satellite at stake in Modi-Trump bilateral meeting

Space scientists in India and America are on tenterhooks as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald J Trump meet for the first bilateral in Washington tomorrow. At stake is the worlds most expensive earth-imaging satellite till date being jointly made by the NASA and the ISRO. Climate change seems to be a red rag for the current American administration. If there is one thing that divides India and America big-time today, it is climate change. In all likelihood climate change would be a point that would figure in…

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NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectograph confirms simulation of origin of dynamic jets on the Sun

The surface of the sun is populated with short lived jets of solar material known as spicules. At any given point of time, there are ten million of these on the sun. Each spicule can be up to 9,600 kilometers long and reach speeds of up to 96 kilometers per second. As they are very short lived, less than five to ten minutes, the exact process by which spicules form have so far been unknown. NASA used a simulation that took a year to complete, based on a numerical model prepared over…

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