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SpaceX inches closer to an orbital launch attempt,  test-fires its Super Heavy rocket for its longest duration
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SpaceX inches closer to an orbital launch attempt,  test-fires its Super Heavy rocket for its longest duration

The Elon-Musk-owned space organisation test-fired its Super Heavy rockets for about 12 seconds, making it the longest duration for which the massive booster has been fired. SpaceX hopes to make its orbital launch attempt in December, or early 2023.

Where did Earth's oxygen come from? New study hints at an unexpected source
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Where did Earth's oxygen come from? New study hints at an unexpected source

The Archean Earth The Archean eon represents one third of our planet’s history, from 2.5 billion years ago to four billion years ago

India’s first private space launchpad, Agnikul, is set to give the aerospace industry a major boost
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India’s first private space launchpad, Agnikul, is set to give the aerospace industry a major boost

The Agnikul launchpad (ALP) and the Agnikul mission control centre (AMCC) are the two parts of the privately built launch facility and has been built inside ISRO’s campus at Sriharikota.

Humans will be living & working on the Moon by the end of this decade thanks to Artemis 1, says NASA
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Humans will be living & working on the Moon by the end of this decade thanks to Artemis 1, says NASA

NASA is confident that if the Artemis 1 Mission is successful, they will be able to put astronauts on the moon for a long-term basis who are going to be living on the surface and do research by as early as 2024-2025.

China plans to send monkeys to the Tiangong space station to study how they reproduce in space
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China plans to send monkeys to the Tiangong space station to study how they reproduce in space

Believing that long-term space exploration will require such experiments, a team of Chinese scientists are planning to send macaque monkeys to the Tiangong Space Station and study how the reproduce.

Last Lunar Eclipse of 2022: Places, timing and everything you need to know
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Last Lunar Eclipse of 2022: Places, timing and everything you need to know

The total lunar eclipse will continue for a total duration of 45 minutes and 48 seconds. Only portions of eastern India can witness a total lunar eclipse, while the remainder of the country can only witness a partial eclipse.

China now has their own space station, successfully dock the final module of the Tiangong space station
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China now has their own space station, successfully dock the final module of the Tiangong space station

The US govt. banned NASA from working with Beijing in 2011. The Chinese govt., in a span of two years, sent up the core module, three manned spacecraft, the Wentian lab module and several cargo spacecraft to build their own space station.

NASA plans on testing crash landing space module on Mars to make inter-planetary exploration cheaper
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NASA plans on testing crash landing space module on Mars to make inter-planetary exploration cheaper

In a bid to make inter-planetary travel cheaper and more far-reaching, NASA is planning to test out crash landing onto the planet Mars with their newly designed SHIELD experimental lander.

For the first time, a black hole was caught
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For the first time, a black hole was caught "burping out" remnants of a star it devoured

For the first time, astronomers and scientists were able to observe a black hole spewing out unidentified materials back into space after it consumed a star in a process called TDE or Tidal Disruption Event.

NASA’s DART Mission a huge success, has successfully altered asteroid’s orbit by about 10 metres
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NASA’s DART Mission a huge success, has successfully altered asteroid’s orbit by about 10 metres

NASA’s DART mission which crashed into a minor asteroid called Dimorphos has been declared a success. The crash has resulted in a significant shift in the orbit of the said asteroid.

A new way to say goodbye: How some US-based companies are turning deceased humans into compost
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A new way to say goodbye: How some US-based companies are turning deceased humans into compost

As creepy as it sounds, human composting or the speedy process of turning the deceased body of a loved one into organic soil is fast becoming a reality in countries where traditional burials and cremations can be expensive and polluting.

Explained: What spacecraft is NASA using for its DART mission and how is it going to save the planet from Asteroids
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Explained: What spacecraft is NASA using for its DART mission and how is it going to save the planet from Asteroids

The spacecraft being used in the DART mission by NASA is a basic satellite with very sparse equipment which consists of one single colour camera, an ion engine and a few basic solar panels.

NASA to launch unmanned Artemis I mission today; to send SLS rocket, Orion capsule on 42 days voyage around moon
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NASA to launch unmanned Artemis I mission today; to send SLS rocket, Orion capsule on 42 days voyage around moon

Artemis I will not carry astronauts, nor land on the moon. However, the mission is critical to demonstrate that NASA's monster rocket and deep space capsule can deliver on their promised abilities

Everything to know about TOI1452 B, the 'Water World' exoplanet that astronomers found
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Everything to know about TOI1452 B, the 'Water World' exoplanet that astronomers found

The planet is not the closest ‘super-Earth’ that we know of but Planet TOI-1452 b is an exoplanet that is close enough and potentially full of water

Explained: How NASA will test it's new moon rocket Artemis, 50 years after Apollo mission
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Explained: How NASA will test it's new moon rocket Artemis, 50 years after Apollo mission

More than 50 years later, Apollo still stands as NASA's greatest achievement. For Artemis, NASA will be drawing from a diverse astronaut pool currently numbering 42 and is extending the time crews will spend on the moon to at least a week

To the Moon and Back: All you need to know about NASA's Artemis 1 mission
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To the Moon and Back: All you need to know about NASA's Artemis 1 mission

The giant Space Launch System rocket will make its maiden flight from Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday

Explained: Why Russia’s withdrawal from the ISS is a big deal and how it may affect space exploration
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Explained: Why Russia’s withdrawal from the ISS is a big deal and how it may affect space exploration

Russia’s Roscomos has announced that they will be withdrawing from the ISS after 2024, once the current contract between ISS members expires. We see why this may turn out to be a huge blow to the ISS, as well as space exploration in general.

Explained: What is ARYABHAT-1, Developed-In-India chipsets that help AI apps run better and faster
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Explained: What is ARYABHAT-1, Developed-In-India chipsets that help AI apps run better and faster

A group of researchers at the IISc have developed a new framework for analogue chipsets that would allow AI and ML-based applications to run much faster and in an efficient manner. The researchers have named the new framework ARYABHAT.

India's latest communication satellite GSAT-24 built by ISRO for NewSpace India Limited launched successfully
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India's latest communication satellite GSAT-24 built by ISRO for NewSpace India Limited launched successfully

The GSAT-24 satellite was successfully launched on Thursday around 3:20 am by French company Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana (South America)

Explained: How a team of Japanese scientists invented “human living skin” for robots that heals itself
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Explained: How a team of Japanese scientists invented “human living skin” for robots that heals itself

A team of Japanese scientists have developed artificial skin that behaves just like living human skin. It can repel water and “heal” or repair itself when wounded. Seems like the days of the Terminator finally becoming a reality isn’t that far off.