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SpaceX to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku to fly around the Moon
short by Pragya Swastik / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
Elon Musk-led startup SpaceX on Monday revealed that Yusaku Maezawa, founder of Japan's largest clothing website Zozotown, has signed up to be the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon. The 42-year-old with $2.9 billion net worth will be travelling to space aboard SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle. Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:09 am on 18 Sep
ISRO successfully launches two Earth observation satellites for UK
short by Pragya Swastik / on 16 Sep 2018,Sunday
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its PSLV-C42 rocket carrying two British Earth observation satellites from Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota on Sunday. The two satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, are intended to improve UK's disaster management capabilities. This marks the 44th flight of the PSLV and the third launch by ISRO this year.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:27 pm on 16 Sep
Those who made fake case should've been clever: Ex-ISRO scientist
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan on Wednesday said that the spy case made up against him was no spy case at all and "those who fabricated the case should have been a little clever". Narayanan was arrested in 1994 for allegedly leaking defence secrets to Maldivian spies but was cleared later. He was recently awarded ₹50 lakh in compensation.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 09:38 am on 20 Sep
1st pic of Earth, Moon together was clicked from 12 million km
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
On September 18, 1977, NASA's Voyager 1, the farthest man-made object from the planet, captured Earth and Moon in a single frame from a distance of 11.66 million kilometres from Earth. Voyager 1, which became the first spacecraft to exit solar system and enter interstellar space in August 2012, still communicates with NASA and transmits data 41 years after launch.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:27 pm on 18 Sep
Japanese billionaire to take 8 artists with him to the Moon
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who has been selected by SpaceX as the first private passenger to fly around the Moon, said he "would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world" for the trip. "They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth...these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within us," the art collector added.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:12 am on 18 Sep
Who is the Japanese billionaire set to be 1st tourist to Moon?
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, set to be the first-ever paying passenger to fly around the Moon, is the founder of Japan's largest clothing website Zozotown. With a $2.9-billion net worth, Yusaku is also an art collector and spent $110.5 million on a 1982 Basquiat painting last year. The 42-year-old former punk band drummer will fly aboard SpaceX's BFR rocket in 2023.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 01:38 pm on 18 Sep
May join Japanese billionaire on dangerous trip to Moon: Elon Musk
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
As SpaceX announced Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first-ever paying passenger to fly around the Moon, CEO Elon Musk said "As far as me going, I'm not sure...maybe I would join [him] on this trip". Musk added Yusaku is the "bravest person" to choose the "dangerous mission" and assured SpaceX would perform several test flights before launching humans.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:56 pm on 18 Sep
558-million-year-old cholesterol reveals oldest known animal
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Scientists have identified the oldest known macroscopic animal, an oval-shaped organism called Dickinsonia, based on 558-million-year-old fossils found on the coast of White Sea in Russia. The discovery was confirmed by identifying the organic remains on the fossils to be ancient cholesterol. The study solves "a decades-old mystery that has been the holy grail of palaeontology", said a researcher.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:51 pm on 22 Sep
ISRO not to test fly any animal before human space mission
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Sep 2018,Friday
ISRO chief K Sivan has said the Indian space agency has "no plans to test fly any living being like live animals in the two test flights before sending human beings into space" by 2022. Sivan added corrective actions could be taken based on data received from the test flights and a test animal was not required.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:22 pm on 14 Sep
Hurricane reaches US East Coast, space station records video
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Sep 2018,Saturday
Cameras aboard the International Space Station have made video footage of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall on Friday morning in the US state of North Carolina, causing intense flooding. Five deaths were already linked to the storm with wind speeds reaching 100 kmph while over seven lakh people were left without electricity. Meanwhile, NASA weather satellites also captured night-time images.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:30 am on 15 Sep
World record magnetic field 50mn times stronger than Earth's made
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
University of Tokyo scientists have claimed to record the largest magnetic field ever generated indoors. Measuring 1200 tesla, it is about 400 times higher than those generated by magnets in MRI machines, and about 50 million times stronger than the Earth's own magnetic field, scientists noted. However, stronger magnetic fields have been achieved in outdoor experiments using chemical explosives.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:48 pm on 18 Sep
World's first space tourist spent $20 million to fly to ISS
short by Pragya Swastik / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
American businessman Dennis Tito became the world's first space tourist in 2001 by paying nearly $20 million to fly to the International Space Station. For his eight-day trip to space, Dennis trained at Russia space centre Star City for a year. Notably, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has signed up for the first private flight to the Moon with SpaceX.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:03 pm on 18 Sep
NASA telescope discovers 2 new planets 5 months after launch
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, known as TESS, has spotted "hot Earth" and "super-Earth" planets in solar systems 49 and 60 light-years away, marking its first discovery since April launch. TESS is designed to build on the work of its predecessor, Kepler space telescope, which discovered over 2,500 confirmed exoplanets in 20 years and is now running out of fuel.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:53 pm on 21 Sep
NASA launches $1-bn laser-shooting mission to track ice melt
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Sep 2018,Saturday
NASA on Saturday launched its most advanced space laser, ICESat-2, a $1-billion mission that will shoot lasers towards Earth to track the planet's melting ice. The preceding mission, ICESat, which lasted from 2003-2009 revealed that ice cover was disappearing from Greenland and Antarctica. The new laser will fire 10,000 times per second, whereas ICESat fired 40 times a second.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:24 pm on 15 Sep
Ex-NASA astronaut offers help for Elon Musk's Moon mission
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Veteran NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has offered help to SpaceX's billionaire passenger Yusaku Maezawa for Elon Musk's Moon mission. "Good luck on your trip and if you need someone with a little experience to go with you, my schedule is wide open in 2023," he said. It comes after Maezawa said he had purchased every seat on SpaceX's BFR rocket.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:00 am on 20 Sep
2023 Moon mission will be livestreamed: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Sep 2018,Wednesday
Talking about the BFR launch mission to the Moon estimated in 2023, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has tweeted, "Moon mission will be livestreamed in high def VR." He also said, "It'll feel like you're there in real-time minus a few seconds for speed of light." Musk further confirmed that Starlink, SpaceX-built internet satellite constellation project, should be active by then.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:23 pm on 19 Sep
India to fly its 1st small rocket next year: ISRO Chairman
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 15 Sep 2018,Saturday
The Indian Space Research Organisation plans to fly its first small rocket next year, ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said. The developmental work for the small rocket "that can carry satellites weighing around 500 kg is on," he added. He further added that the small rocket will be launched from the existing rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 05:12 pm on 15 Sep
NASA balloon mission captures images of electric blue clouds
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
A recent long-duration balloon mission by NASA has captured images of a thin group of seasonal electric blue clouds. Made of ice crystals that glow bright blue or white when reflecting sunlight, the clouds form above the Earth's polar regions. The data about the clouds may help scientists understand turbulence in the atmosphere, oceans, and other planetary atmospheres, NASA said.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 08:48 pm on 21 Sep
Study reveals last 7 yrs of whale's activity that died 130 yrs ago
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Research on a blue whale which died nearly 130 years ago has revealed where she travelled in the last seven years of her life and that it may've given birth before death. The study revealed it was migrating in the North Atlantic Ocean before being stranded on the Ireland coast. Its skeleton is on display at UK's Natural History Museum.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 06:51 pm on 21 Sep
Research into human cannibalism wins spoof scientific award
short by Dishant Sharma / on 15 Sep 2018,Saturday
A British researcher's comparative analysis of the difference between consumption of animal flesh and human flesh has won the Ig Nobel award in the Nutrition category. Other Ig Nobel awards distributed were for researches including an investigation into the effectiveness of using voodoo dolls against bosses and a research into whether human saliva is a good cleaning agent.
short by Dishant Sharma / 09:33 pm on 15 Sep
Stem cells that help bones and cartilage grow discovered
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Scientists have found the stem cells that are responsible for the growth of bones and cartilage in humans. The discovery will help doctors repair or replace joint cartilage, heal broken bones more quickly, build up bone in osteoporosis patients and even grow new bone and cartilage for reconstructive surgeries. The discovery will also help in the treatment of arthritis.
short by Dishant Sharma / 09:50 pm on 20 Sep
Photos capture 1st evidence of praying mantis hunting fish
short by Dishant Sharma / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
For the first time ever, a praying mantis has been captured using its front legs to hunt small fish from a pond. The photos, captured from a pond in Karnataka, showed the mantis using its front legs to slice through the water to pick out fish. Mantises have been found to feed on frogs, newts, mice, snakes and even birds.
short by Dishant Sharma / 10:29 pm on 20 Sep
Octopuses high on ecstasy found to be more sociable
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Scientists have discovered that a commonly asocial two-spot octopus becomes friendly and tactile after being fed the psychoactive drug ecstasy. The octopuses were placed in a tank of diluted ecstasy for 30 minutes and were found behaving in a more friendly manner. These findings also suggest an evolutionary link between the social behaviours of octopuses and humans, scientists said.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 06:18 pm on 21 Sep
NASA mission to 'touch' the Sun sends back first images
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
NASA's Parker Solar Probe has beamed back its first-light data showing the Milky Way and the galactic centre. Launched on August 12, the seven-year mission will probe why temperatures in Sun's corona (outer atmosphere) reach a million degrees while the underlying surface only reaches about 5,500ºC. The spacecraft will make its first close approach to the Sun in November.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:08 pm on 22 Sep
British test satellite collects space junk for first time
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 19 Sep 2018,Wednesday
A British satellite has successfully demonstrated how to capture space debris using its net technology for the first time. Designed to clean up thousands of potentially dangerous pieces of trash orbiting the Earth, it used a net to capture a deployed target simulating a piece of space debris. The experimental phase of the spacecraft's mission began on September 16.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 10:55 pm on 19 Sep
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