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A woman in Japan has become world's first COVID-19 patient to receive a living donor lung transplant. She received lung segments from her son and husband after her lungs failed because of damage caused by coronavirus. The procedure at Kyoto University Hospital took around 11 hours to perform, with doctors saying that the donors and patient are in stable condition.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:58 am on 10 Apr
Bharti Global's OneWeb, Musk's SpaceX avoid satellites collision
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 10 Apr 2021,Saturday
Bharti Global co-owned OneWeb and Elon Musk-led SpaceX avoided a potential collision of their satellites in orbit last weekend. OneWeb received several "red alerts" from the US Space Force warning about the collision. The firms later coordinated and SpaceX disabled its automated AI-powered collision avoidance system to allow OneWeb to steer its satellite out of the way.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:40 pm on 10 Apr
YouTuber trespassed SpaceX's site, filmed SN11 days before it exploded
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 09 Apr 2021,Friday
A YouTuber recorded himself entering SpaceX's Starship rocket facilities in Texas last month and was not stopped by security while he wandered around the underside of SN11, which launched and exploded a few days later. The video was posted to a YouTube channel called Loco VlogS. NASA said SpaceX notified it that they had investigated the incident.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 07:14 pm on 09 Apr
A picture captured by an astrophotographer showing the International Space Station (ISS) passing across the Sun has gone viral. Mehmet Ergun, who took the photo on April 2 from his base in Germany, said, "I was able to photograph the ISS again. I planned the shot about three weeks ago...Every time I am fascinated and excited at the same time."
short by Ankush Verma / 02:09 pm on 07 Apr
NASA clarifies after people spot 'rainbow' in picture from Mars
short by Ankush Verma / on 07 Apr 2021,Wednesday
While sharing a picture on Twitter, NASA said, "Many have asked: Is that a rainbow on Mars? No. Rainbows aren't possible here." "Rainbows are created by light reflected off of round water droplets, but there isn't enough water here to condense, and it's too cold for liquid water in the atmosphere. This arc is a lens flare," it further said.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:53 am on 07 Apr
NASA has announced its Ingenuity helicopter, which was set free by Perseverance rover on Mars, survived its first cold night on the red planet. The 1.8-kg Ingenuity helicopter will be the first aircraft to attempt powered, controlled flight on another planet, NASA said. Evening temperatures on Mars can reach -90 °C, which can damage the flight on Mars, NASA added.
short by Anmol Sharma / 12:54 pm on 06 Apr
Scientists create music from spider web structure
short by Daisy Mowke / on 13 Apr 2021,Tuesday
Researchers have translated the structure of a spider web into music. "The spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings. They don't see well, so they sense...world through vibrations, which have different frequencies," explained the project's principal investigator. It was created using frequencies of a vibrating web, with different frequencies of sound assigned to separate strands.
short by Daisy Mowke / 06:04 pm on 13 Apr
A new species of marsupial frog has been discovered in Peru's Amazon jungle, the state service for natural protected areas said on Monday. The species belongs to Gastrotheca genus of tailless frogs found in South and Central America. The discovery was made a few weeks ago during a study in humid tundra and mountainous woodland area of Cordilleras de Colan.
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:52 pm on 13 Apr
NASA shares pic of a sea of dunes sculpted by wind on Mars
short by Pragya Swastik / on 11 Apr 2021,Sunday
NASA has shared a picture of a sea of dunes surrounding Mars' northern polar cap. The false-color image showed areas with cooler temperatures in bluer tints, while warmer features were depicted in yellows and oranges. It combines images taken during the period from December 2002 to November 2004 by the Thermal Emission Imaging System instrument on the Mars Odyssey orbiter.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:42 pm on 11 Apr
SpaceX selected to launch NASA's VIPER lunar rover in 2023
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Space technology startup Astrobotic has chosen SpaceX's Falcon Heavy for its Griffin Mission 1 lunar lander mission, which will deliver NASA's rover VIPER to the Moon in 2023. Astrobotic didn't disclose the deal's terms. VIPER is a mobile robot that will investigate Moon's South Pole to get a close-up view of the location of water ice that could be harvested.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:00 am on 14 Apr
ISRO hasn't made portal for access to worldwide radio stations: Govt
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 11 Apr 2021,Sunday
The government has said that ISRO hasn't developed a radio portal, 'Radio Garden', that enables people to listen to stations from across the world. It added that a message on social media talking about the portal is fake. In a tweet, the government shared the fake message that encourages users to click on a link to listen to the stations.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:04 pm on 11 Apr
Bezos' Blue Origin to run 'astronaut rehearsal' during NS-15 launch
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 13 Apr 2021,Tuesday
Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin plans to run an "astronaut rehearsal", in preparation for human space flight, during the launch of its New Shepard NS-15 flight on April 14. Blue Origin personnel will board the flight prior to launch, go through pre-flight operations and then return to the capsule once it has landed to rehearse hatch opening, and exiting the capsule.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 07:40 pm on 13 Apr
SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites, total 300 in a month
short by Hiral Goyal / on 07 Apr 2021,Wednesday
SpaceX on Wednesday launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Elon Musk-led space agency has now launched 300 satellites since March 4, with 60 satellites on each of the five flights between then and now. Earlier, SpaceX said that it aims to launch a total of 1,500 satellites in 2021 for its Starlink internet service.
short by Hiral Goyal / 11:20 pm on 07 Apr
US govt picks Bezos' Blue Origin for nuclear powered spacecraft
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 13 Apr 2021,Tuesday
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is one of the three firms chosen by the US government to build and demonstrate a nuclear-based propulsion system on a spacecraft in orbit by 2025. The contracts awarded to the companies are for the first 18-month phase of the programme, with two tracks. Blue Origin has been awarded $2.5 million for the programme.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 06:26 pm on 13 Apr
Bezos' Blue Origin launches New Shepard with 'astronaut rehearsal'
short by Hiral Goyal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin successfully launched the New Shepard rocket on Wednesday. The uncrewed reusable spacecraft soared roughly 105-km above ground to suborbital space and returned for a parachute-assisted landing at the launch facility. An “astronaut rehearsal” was also carried out wherein Blue Origin personnel entered the capsule prior to the launch to go through pre-flight operations.
short by Hiral Goyal / 11:22 pm on 14 Apr
Why was a commercial spacecraft relocated on ISS for the 1st time?
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 06 Apr 2021,Tuesday
SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience, on Monday, became the first commercial spacecraft to be relocated on the International Space Station. It was relocated in preparation for NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 spacecraft, which will be docking to the port vacated by Resilience. The relocation was also done to prepare for the arrival of a cargo Dragon delivering new solar arrays later this year.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:00 am on 06 Apr
Nepal's rhino population increased by 107 since 2015 census
short by Shailesh / on 11 Apr 2021,Sunday
The population of Nepal's one-horned rhinoceros has grown by more than 100 since the last census in 2015, officials said. From 645 in 2015 across four national parks, the population rose to 752 in the latest count, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation said. Nepal's Chitwan National Park has the highest number of rhinos at 694.
short by Shailesh / 06:39 pm on 11 Apr
Widespread use of illegal driftnet seen in Indian Ocean: Greenpeace
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 11 Apr 2021,Sunday
Greenpeace has uncovered widespread use of illegal driftnets in the northwest Indian Ocean, which it says are decimating marine life. It said it filmed seven ships within 50 square kilometres using driftnets to catch tuna. "If yellowfin tuna continues to decrease at the current rate then food security in the region...is going to take a huge hit," Greenpeace said.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:35 pm on 11 Apr
Bird spotted in Arunachal becomes India's 1,340th species
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 10 Apr 2021,Saturday
A bird spotted in Arunachal Pradesh has become the 1,340th species of the bird family in India. The three-banded rosefinch was spotted and photographed by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) scientists on February 8. Scientists spotted a male and a female three-banded rosefinch at Sela mountain pass at an altitude of 3,852 metres above sea level.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 07:14 pm on 10 Apr
Northrop Grumman's spacecraft adds 5 yrs to dying satellite's life
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 13 Apr 2021,Tuesday
Northrop Grumman's spacecraft MEV-2 docked with Intelsat's IS-10-02 commercial communications satellite that would have soon been due for decommissioning. MEV-2 will provide five years of service to IS-10-02 before undocking and moving on to provide services for a new mission. "You can think of MEV-2 as a jetpack for the 10-02 satellite," said a Northrop Grumman representative.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:08 pm on 13 Apr
Russia shares Yuri Gagarin's 1st image after he landed on Earth
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 12 Apr 2021,Monday
A Russian government organisation, on the occasion of 60 years of Yuri Gagarin's launch, shared the first image of the first man who went in space after he landed back on Earth. "The cosmonaut landed in a rural area...The locals were...puzzled by his weird appearance in an orange spacesuit," the organisation said. Gagarin had to eject out of his spacecraft.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:55 pm on 12 Apr
Fossil of mammal that lived 74 mn yrs ago found in Chile: Scientists
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 09 Apr 2021,Friday
A fossil of a skunk-like mammal that lived around 72-74 million years ago has been discovered in Chile, scientists said. A part of the creature's fossilised jawbone with five teeth attached was discovered close to the Torres del Paine national park. University of Chile's Sergio Soto said Chile's southern tip has a lot of potential in terms of palaeontology.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:28 pm on 09 Apr
NASA's Curiosity rover team names Martian hill after deceased scientist
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 06 Apr 2021,Tuesday
NASA's Curiosity rover team has named a Martian hill along the rover's path in honour of a recently deceased mission scientist, Rafael Navarro-González, who helped lead the team that identified ancient organic compounds on Mars. Navarro-González died on January 28 from COVID-19 complications. The 'Rafael Navarro Mountain' is 120 meters tall and is located on Mount Sharp in Gale Crater.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:02 pm on 06 Apr
NASA to land 1st person of colour on Moon under Artemis mission
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 10 Apr 2021,Saturday
NASA will be landing the first person of colour on the Moon, along with the first woman, under the Artemis programme. NASA said that President Joe Biden's budget request includes $24.7 billion for NASA. Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari was among the 18 astronauts who were earlier selected to begin training for the Artemis mission.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 08:50 pm on 10 Apr
Students from Odisha design rover to exhibit at NASA challenge
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 12 Apr 2021,Monday
Odisha-based Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team (NaPSAT), comprising 10 school students, has designed a rover, called 'NaPSAT 1.0', to be exhibited at NASA Human Rover Exploration Challenge 2021. It has been designed for NASA's Artemis Mission 2024. The rover is capable of travelling on different kinds of martian terrains, a NaPSAT member said.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:22 pm on 12 Apr
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