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Scientists grow plants in soil from Moon for first time in history
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Scientists grow plants in soil from Moon for first time in history

Researchers only had 12 grammes -- just a few teaspoons -- of lunar soil with which to do this experiment. The soil was collected during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions to the moon

Fuel leak foils NASA's dress rehearsal for moon rocket
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Fuel leak foils NASA's dress rehearsal for moon rocket

The launch team had just begun loading fuel into the core stage of the rocket when the hydrogen leak cropped up

European Space Agency ends cooperation with Russia on three lunar missions
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European Space Agency ends cooperation with Russia on three lunar missions

The ESA is looking for other options and partners to test the technology that would have formed part of the Russian missions, it said, adding some had already been found

Space junk on 5,800 mph collision course with moon
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Space junk on 5,800 mph collision course with moon

scientists expect the object to carve out a hole 33 feet to 66 feet (10 to 20 meters) across and send moon dust flying hundreds of miles (kilometers) across the barren, pockmarked surface.

China denies making space junk set to crash into Moon on 4 March
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China denies making space junk set to crash into Moon on 4 March

The space junk is believed to be the booster for the Chang'e 5-T1, launched in 2014 as part of the Chinese space agency's lunar exploration programme

Lunar experience on Earth: Watch NASA astronauts train in simulated moon-like conditions under water
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Lunar experience on Earth: Watch NASA astronauts train in simulated moon-like conditions under water

The images were taken from a recent test held in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre where astronauts have been preparing for the upcoming Artemis mission

Parade of planets to be visible in the night sky on 12 December: All you need to know about this celestial event
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Parade of planets to be visible in the night sky on 12 December: All you need to know about this celestial event

A slim crescent Moon will align with Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, providing stargazers with a beautiful spectacle in the sky

Chinese Yutu-2 rover spots ‘mystery hut’ on far side of the moon; check viral pictures here
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Chinese Yutu-2 rover spots ‘mystery hut’ on far side of the moon; check viral pictures here

The Yutu 2 rover was launched on 8 December, 2018. It made the first-ever soft landing in the South Pole-Aitken Basin (Von Karman Crater) on the Moon on 3 January, 2019

Moon magic! Here's what the longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years looked like
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Moon magic! Here's what the longest partial lunar eclipse in 600 years looked like

The amazing visual was the longest since 1440 and won't take place again until the far-off future of 2669

Australia will build NASA a semi-automatic rover to find oxygen on the moon in 2026
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Australia will build NASA a semi-automatic rover to find oxygen on the moon in 2026

ASA deputy head Anthony Murfett said NASA was by technology to remotely control huge dump trucks, from 1,600 km, that transport iron ore from mines in northwest Australia.

Meteor showers galore: Here is a list of celestial events in October to keep an eye out for
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Meteor showers galore: Here is a list of celestial events in October to keep an eye out for

From the Leonis Minorids Meteor Shower to the Southern Taurid Meteor Shower, the Draconid Meteor Shower and the δ-Aurigid Meteor Shower, October is a sky watchers delight.

International Astronomical Union names crater on the Moon's South Pole after Arctic explorer Matthew Henson
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International Astronomical Union names crater on the Moon's South Pole after Arctic explorer Matthew Henson

The Henson Crater is in the same region where the Artemis program by NASA aims to land the next generation of lunar explorers.

Chandrayaan 2 orbiter completed over 9,000 orbits around the moon in two years: ISRO chief
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Chandrayaan 2 orbiter completed over 9,000 orbits around the moon in two years: ISRO chief

Chairman of Apex Science Board, ISRO, A S Kiran Kumar said the imaging and scientific instruments on board the satellite have been providing excellent data.

ISRO invites proposals for analysis, utilisation of data obtained from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter observations
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ISRO invites proposals for analysis, utilisation of data obtained from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter observations

The AO is open to all researchers from recognised academic institutions, universities, colleges, planetaria and government organisations of India,

IIT Hyderabad set up its first astronomical observatory with a large telescope
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IIT Hyderabad set up its first astronomical observatory with a large telescope

The telescope can be used to observe small craters on the moon to Saturn's rings or meteor showers, that were never possible to detect with a small telescope

In Anindita Ghose's debut novel, lunar metaphors, myriad literary references and a depiction of women's inner lives
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In Anindita Ghose's debut novel, lunar metaphors, myriad literary references and a depiction of women's inner lives

The premise of The Illuminated betrays a familiarity — as it seemingly revolves around the lives of a mother-daughter duo, Shashi and Tara Mallick, and the all-important men in their lives — only to catch the reader off-guard with its nuanced, sensitive, and often complex mappings of its protagonists' minds.

From Blue Moon to Jupiter and Saturn appearing bigger: Celestial events in August to watch out for
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From Blue Moon to Jupiter and Saturn appearing bigger: Celestial events in August to watch out for

On Wednesday and Thursday, 11 and 12 August, the Perseid meteors will perform in full glory.

ISRO struggles with Gaganyaan's uncrewed flights deadline as lockdown disrupts its schedule
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ISRO struggles with Gaganyaan's uncrewed flights deadline as lockdown disrupts its schedule

As part of the mandate of Gaganyaan, two uncrewed flights are planned to test the end-to-end capacity for the manned mission.

Lunar Eclipse May 2021: Date, timing, and all you need to know about the purna chandra grahan
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Lunar Eclipse May 2021: Date, timing, and all you need to know about the purna chandra grahan

Although the chances of the lunar eclipse being visible to the naked eye are minimal, a partial lunar eclipse will still be visible from the northeastern part of India (except Sikkim)

NASA contract ignites Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk feud as they vie for space supremacy
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NASA contract ignites Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk feud as they vie for space supremacy

While SpaceX and Blue Origin benefit from their founders' ample financial resources, they compete for contracts with US military or space agencies.