Indian-Origin Astronaut Sunita Williams to Fly to Space Again on Boeing's Starliner Crewed Mission

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:03pm on 06 May 2024,Monday Science

Indian origin astronaut, Captain Sunita Williams, alongside veteran NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore, is gearing up for a historic journey to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft. Scheduled for launch at 10:34 p.m. EDT on May 6, this marks the inaugural crewed test flight of the Starliner. If successful, it solidifies Boeing as the second private company capable of ferrying astronauts to and from the ISS. Williams, renowned for her spacewalk feats, brings her expertise to this mission, promising advancements in space exploration. The endeavor underscores the growing role of private entities in shaping the future of space travel.            

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ISRO Satellites Navigate Congested Space, Perform Record Collision Avoidance Manoeuvres

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:11pm on 03 May 2024,Friday Science

ISRO's annual report reveals a surge in space objects in 2023, necessitating a record 23 collision avoidance manoeuvres for Indian satellites. With 3,143 new objects and over 130,000 close approach alerts, space navigation grows increasingly challenging. The report underscores the need for responsible space behavior and international collaboration to manage space debris. ISRO advocates for a universal framework for space traffic management to ensure safety and sustainability. Active in global discussions, ISRO chairs the UN working group on long-term space sustainability, highlighting its commitment to space safety and security.

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Earth Receives Laser Message From Deep Space, 140 Million Miles Away

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 03:55am on 03 May 2024,Friday Science

NASA's Psyche spacecraft has received a mysterious signal from deep space, originating 140 million miles away. Launched in October 2023, Psyche is on a mission to explore the metal-rich asteroid 'Psyche 16' in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Equipped with the Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) system, Psyche successfully transmitted engineering data via laser communication, a first at such a vast distance. This breakthrough technology promises faster connections than current methods, paving the way for future space exploration. The signal's origin remains unknown, sparking curiosity and excitement among scientists.

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Fastest-Spinning Asteroid Crashes into Earth's Atmosphere, Hits Berlin

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:46pm on 01 May 2024,Wednesday Science

Scientists discovered that the asteroid 2024 BX1, rotating at a record-breaking rate of once every 2.6 seconds, collided with Earth's atmosphere, breaking apart over Berlin, Germany. This rare event allowed tracking and observation before impact, a first for such occurrences. Maxime Devogele and colleagues captured images from the European Space Agency's Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre, revealing the asteroid's rapid rotation. Smaller asteroids like 2024 BX1 can endure faster spins due to their compact nature, aiding planetary defense research. Understanding spin dynamics informs predictions on how asteroids behave upon atmospheric entry.

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NASA Satellite Reveals Luna Crater, Evidence of Ancient Meteor Impact in India

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:59am on 30 Apr 2024,Tuesday Science

NASA's Landsat 8 satellite unveils Luna crater, a striking 1.8-kilometer-wide impact site in Gujarat's Banni Plains grassland. Scientists confirm it as evidence of a meteorite strike, dating back 6,900 years. Luna's distinct mark on the landscape, captured by the Operational Land Imager, sheds light on Earth's rare impact craters, numbering fewer than 200 globally. Situated near the Great Rann of Kutch, Luna's discovery sparks intrigue into its geological and historical significance, hinting at ancient interactions with Harappan settlements. Luna stands as a testament to the dynamic forces shaping our planet's surface.

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ISRO Saves Chandrayaan-3 from Space Debris Crash with Smart Moves

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:32pm on 29 Apr 2024,Monday Science

Isro's meticulous monitoring prevented a potential collision between Chandrayaan-3 and space debris moments before its July 2023 launch. Detected debris threatened the mission's trajectory, prompting a last-minute adjustment delaying liftoff by four seconds. This decision, based on Collision Avoidance Analysis, ensured the spacecraft's safe passage to the Moon. Isro's adeptness in proactive space management shines through, with 23 collision avoidance maneuvers conducted in 2023. The incident underscores the challenges of space debris and showcases Isro's commitment to space safety through advanced technologies and strategic planning.

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New Study Suggests Scientific Explanation for King Tutankhamun's "Curse"

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:02pm on 28 Apr 2024,Sunday Science

A recent study published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration challenges the supernatural narrative surrounding King Tutankhamun's tomb curse. Scientist Ross Fellowes proposes that elevated radiation levels, potentially from uranium and hazardous waste, may explain the mysterious deaths linked to the tomb's discovery. The study highlights a correlation between this radiation and the prevalence of blood, bone, and lymph cancers in ancient and contemporary Egyptian populations. Fellowes also suggests that cryptic warnings inscribed in the tombs may have been a precaution against the dangers of radiation, challenging long-held beliefs about the Pharaoh's curse.            

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NASA's Juno Captures Stunning Images of Mirror-Like Volcanic Lake on Jupiter's Moon Io

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:13pm on 25 Apr 2024,Thursday Science

NASA's Juno spacecraft unveils breathtaking images of Io's volcanic lake, Loki Patera, showcasing its mirror-like surface and intricate details. Close flybys in late 2023 and early 2024 provide insights into Io's intense volcanic activity and unique features like "Steeple Mountain." The lake, spanning 127 miles, reflects Io's geologic complexity, with observations revealing smooth surfaces akin to glass and rugged volcanic terrain. Juno's ongoing mission promises further revelations about Jupiter and its moons, highlighting humanity's pursuit of cosmic understanding through advanced space exploration technology.

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US Company Unveils First ever Flame-Throwing Robot Dog 'Thermonator'

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:30pm on 24 Apr 2024,Wednesday Science

A US-based company, Throwflame, has introduced the Thermonator, a flame-throwing robotic dog capable of emitting fire up to 30 feet. Priced at $9,420, it's marketed for purposes like wildlife control and snow removal. Weighing 2st 9lb and remotely operated via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, it boasts laser sight and mapping capabilities for night operation. The device, resembling a quadrupedal robot dog, can be controlled via a smartphone app, providing a live video feed. While not intended as a weapon, it offers a unique blend of entertainment and utility, potentially transforming various industries.            

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This Volcano in Antarctica Emits 80 Grams of Gold Dust Everyday

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:40am on 20 Apr 2024,Saturday Science

Mount Erebus, an active Antarctic volcano, is releasing gold dust worth nearly $6,000 daily, reports the New York Post. Emitting 80 grams of crystallized gold per day, the volcano's gases spread the dust up to 621 miles away. Standing at 12,448 feet, Erebus is one of Antarctica's 138 active volcanoes. NASA reveals it sits atop a thin crust, allowing molten rock to easily rise. It regularly emits gas, steam, and occasionally rocks in eruptions. With a lava lake churning since 1972, Erebus is believed to be the southernmost active volcano globally, as per NASA's Earth Observatory.

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