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A Christmas asteroid is approaching Earth. What is it and how scared should you be?
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A Christmas asteroid is approaching Earth. What is it and how scared should you be?

A Christmas asteroid, which is just about the size of the Statue of Liberty, is rapidly approaching Earth and the European Space Agency has challenged astronomers to spot the rock

Explained: As the world gets its first 'parastronaut', what does it take to be an astronaut?
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Explained: As the world gets its first 'parastronaut', what does it take to be an astronaut?

There are gruelling astronaut selection tests — for agility and hand-eye coordination — and training that one has to undergo to be able to go to space

'Disability is not a limitation': Who will be the world's first parastronaut?
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'Disability is not a limitation': Who will be the world's first parastronaut?

According to the European Space Agency, the first astronaut with a physical disability could be announced as soon as Wednesday. People with physical disabilities were previously barred from one of the most exclusive and demanding jobs on the planet — and beyond — due to stringent selection criteria

ESA posts incredible pictures of ice-rich impact crater on Mars; check details here
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ESA posts incredible pictures of ice-rich impact crater on Mars; check details here

ESA revealed that the crater deposits found on Mars have quasi-circular and polygonal patterns of fracture which reveal details of the red planet’s history

European Space Agency shares images of edge-on galaxy; leaves netizens amazed
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European Space Agency shares images of edge-on galaxy; leaves netizens amazed

In their latest post, ESA has shared photos of the galaxy that 'plays' twister. These images of the edge-on galaxy have been captured by the Hubble Telescope

Joint Euro-Japan spacecraft BepiColombo got its first view of Mercury, completed one of six flybys
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Joint Euro-Japan spacecraft BepiColombo got its first view of Mercury, completed one of six flybys

The joint mission was launched in 2018 and it flew once past Earth and twice past Venus on its journey to the solar system’s smallest planet.

Final testing of the James Webb space telescope is complete, it is getting ready for its 31 October launch
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Final testing of the James Webb space telescope is complete, it is getting ready for its 31 October launch

The telescope will observe the universe from the vantage point of Lagrangian Point 2 (L2), located some 1.5 million kilometres away from Earth.

Antarctic iceberg double the size of Mumbai grazes dangerously against ice sheet; see viral image here
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Antarctic iceberg double the size of Mumbai grazes dangerously against ice sheet; see viral image here

The images of the collision were captured by the European Space Agency (ESA’s) Sentinel-1 pair of satellites.

Two spacecrafts to visit Earth's hot neighbor Venus this week
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Two spacecrafts to visit Earth's hot neighbor Venus this week

On Monday, ESA's Solar Orbiter probe will visit Venus and about 33 hours later, European-Japanese spacecraft BepiColombo will get a closer look.

ISRO Chairman virtually meets up with ESA, ISA chiefs to discuss new opportunities
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ISRO Chairman virtually meets up with ESA, ISA chiefs to discuss new opportunities

Dr K Sivan, Avi Blasberger and Josef Aschbacher reviewed the status of ongoing missions and discussed future opportunities respectively.

Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos have opened up space for travel but not everyone can access it
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Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos have opened up space for travel but not everyone can access it

Many private players are trying to make inroads into the space industry but the cost of travelling into the unknown is still very steep making it inaccessible for many.

Astronomers found 1,715 stars with an unobstructed view of Earth in the last 5,000 years
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Astronomers found 1,715 stars with an unobstructed view of Earth in the last 5,000 years

Experts like late Stephen Hawking have warned against reaching out to aliens because they could harm us.

ESA's aim to be more diverse sees it hire more women and individuals with disabilities
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ESA's aim to be more diverse sees it hire more women and individuals with disabilities

Its new hiring campaign got them a record number of applicants — more than 22,000 — from all 25 member nations and associate members.

Two astronauts complete six-hour spacewalk to install solar panels on the ISS
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Two astronauts complete six-hour spacewalk to install solar panels on the ISS

There have been a total of 240 spacewalks as astronauts carry out assembling, maintaining and upgrading the space station.

Hubble telescope faces technical issues for a week, NASA insists it's in good health
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Hubble telescope faces technical issues for a week, NASA insists it's in good health

NASA said the payload computer stopped working last Sunday and attempts to restart it have failed.

After NASA, ESA announces EnVision mission to Venus to study inner working of the planet
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After NASA, ESA announces EnVision mission to Venus to study inner working of the planet

ESA's Envision mission will be an orbiter and the target year for the launch is sometime in the 2030s.

Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docks with core space station module
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Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docks with core space station module

China is open to foreign collaboration on their space station and ESA has already sent astronauts to China to train.

Europe proposes orbiting satellite telescope that will keep an eye on space debris
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Europe proposes orbiting satellite telescope that will keep an eye on space debris

A 20-cm-wide optical telescope will monitor the space debris through a spaceship, at the altitude of 600 to 700 kilometres.

Eleven astronauts and cosmonauts crammed into ISS, the biggest 'crowd' in over a decade
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Eleven astronauts and cosmonauts crammed into ISS, the biggest 'crowd' in over a decade

The current population includes six Americans, two Russians, two Japanese and one French.