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European Space Agency seeks ideas to explore moon caves that could host humans

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European Space Agency seeks ideas to explore moon caves that could host humans

Budding space specialists are being asked to help plan missions for exploring the moon caves which may someday sustain human life.

The ESA (European Space Agency) is eager to get those on board who believe they could come up with a system which is capable to support such kind of expedition. ESA hopes that the system could help identify the areas on moon’s surface which might eventually serve as operation bases for the astronauts.

The ESA has shared the concept art relating to what these hubs may look like, which as per the agency could let astronauts spend prolonged time on Earth’s natural satellite for advance study.

According to Loredana Bessone, who’s leading the search for ideas, the mission concepts might be built on an individual rover or a distributed satellite system, rover or robotic systems which operate together.

In any way, the researchers are searching for the systems which land on moon, identify as well as access a lunar cave and help in further scientific exploration.

The ideal spot for the lunar bases may be the previous lava tubes site, where molten rock used to flow under the moon surface. Exploring as well as mapping these tubes may not just offer new info related to moon’s geology but also provide shelter to the astronauts, said Francesco Sauro from the ESA.

Those who are interested have till September 26 to file their ideas.

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Air Force X-37B secret spaceplane lands after 780 days in orbit

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Air Force X-37B secret spaceplane lands after 780 days in orbit

The X-37B, United States Air Force’s spaceplane, has successfully landed at Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility of NASAon 27th October. As per reports, with this achievement, the X-37B spaceplane, which is an Orbital Test Vehicles, completes its fifth mission. It travelled for 780 days and has broken its own record by orbiting for more than two years. As per the Air Force, the test-vehicle program got over in 2,865 days. But, the interesting thing is that the X-37B was actually designed to orbit for only 270 days.

Barbara Barrett, the Air Force’s Secretary said that the spaceplane has demonstrated the real importance of a spaceplane which can be reused in future. The X-37B was launched under the OTV-5 mission with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX. The program was managed by the ‘Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office’.

Notably, the spaceplane program has been used to test technologies in the space environment since a long time period. One of the major experiments of the OTV-5 is the ASETS-II (second Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader) of the US Air Force Research Laboratory. This will evaluate the performance of the oscillating heat pipe in the space in long run.

As per report, the X-37B’s sixth mission will be held in 2020 and will be taking off from Cape Canaveral.

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Nasa Curiosity rover snaps selfie from the surface of Mars

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Nasa Curiosity rover snaps selfie from the surface of Mars

The Curiosity rover of Nasa has captured an amazing selfie from Mars.

The image was taken for celebrating a special moment- the robot carried out one chemical experiment in Mars’ Glen Etive clay-bearing region for first time ever.

One can observe two tiny drill holes on the left-hand side of Curiosity where the researchers hope to learn if life existed on Mars millions/billions of years ago.

The Nasa researchers have waited for 7 years to discover the right spot for the robot to carry out wet chemistry experiments in its portable lab.

This is the rover’s second attempt to conduct an experiment that involves wet chemicals as researchers were pressurised to use limited supplies after its drill mechanism malfunctioned in 2016.

The rover landed on Mars back in the year 2012 and began exploring Glen Etive, a ‘strategic spot’ which will help understand more about how this clay-rich region formed.

The results of this recent Curiosity experiment will be established following year.

Notably, clay-based rocky regions preserve chemical compounds well, which later breakdown with time when attacked by radiation from the Sun and the space. The researchers are intrigued to determine if any sort of organic compounds are preserved in rocks present at the Glen Etive region. Understanding how the region formed will help them get an idea about whether Mars supported life ever.

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‘Cosmic Yeti’ from the dawn of the universe is discovered

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'Cosmic Yeti' from the dawn of the universe is discovered

Astronomers in Australia and the United States have recently spotted a ginormous galaxy that could be straight from the dawn of our universe. The astronomers have named this galaxy as the “Cosmic Yeti”.  This galaxy was accidentally spotted by the experts when they noticed its footprints.

Just like Yeti, these galaxies were generally regarded by the scientific community as folklore due to the absence of proper evidence that could confirm its existence, explained the researchers. This particular signal coming from this galaxy took around 12.5 Billion Years in order to reach our Earth, as confirmed by the research.

The results of this finding were published over the popular journal named The Astrophysical Journal. Christina Williams, the lead author of this study and an astronomer working at the Arizona University, happened to notice this faint blob of light. These observations were made in Chile by the use of the ALMA telescopes.

In her statement, Williams mentioned that this light was particularly mysterious as it wasn’t linked to the galaxies known by the scientists. She also mentioned that when she tried to observe the galaxy, it was very far away as well as hidden by the dust clouds.

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