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Interstellar magnetic field decoded

Interstellar magnetic field decoded

Using data from Nasa's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) to better describe space in our galactic neighborhood, a team of scientists has determined the strength and direction of the magnetic field outside the heliosphere.

Such information gives us a peek into the magnetic forces that dominate the galaxy beyond, teaching us more about our home in space.

NASA, South Korea to develop global air quality observing system

NASA, South Korea to develop global air quality observing system

In an effort to develop a global air quality observing system, NASA has partnered with South Korea to carry out a field study in order to monitor air pollution accurately from space, a NASA statement said on Thursday.

The Korea US-Air Quality study (KORUS-AQ) will assess air quality across urban, rural and coastal areas of South Korea using the combined observations of aircraft, ground sites, ships and satellites.

NASA's 'flying' telescope begins studying asteroids, stars

NASA's 'flying' telescope begins studying asteroids, stars

NASA's "flying" telescope aboard a highly modified Boeing 747SP jetliner has begun its fourth series of flights to map planets, asteroids, stars, galaxies and more.

This operational period, known as "Cycle 4", is a one-year-long observing period in which the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is scheduled for 106 flights between now and the end of January 2017.

"The Cycle 4 programme will make more than 550 hours of observations," said Pamela Marcum, NASA's SOFIA project scientist in a statement.

New NASA telescope to unravel dark energy, alien life

New NASA telescope to unravel dark energy, alien life

In a fresh attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe, NASA has announced to build a new, wider telescope that will have a view 100 times bigger than that of Hubble Space Telescope.

Called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), it will help researchers unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter and explore the evolution of the universe.

Slated to be launched in the mid-2020s, the observatory will also discover new worlds outside our solar system and advance the search for worlds that could be suitable for life.

So, how long does it take cloudy 'super-Jupiter' to rotate once?

So, how long does it take cloudy 'super-Jupiter' to rotate once?

In a first, a team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has measured the rotation rate of an extreme exoplanet by observing the varied brightness in its atmosphere.

Daniel Apai of the University of Arizona, leader of the Hubble investigation, said that the result is very exciting. It gives them a unique technique to explore the atmospheres of exoplanets and to measure their rotation rates.

Southeast Asia to see total solar eclipse on March 8

Southeast Asia to see total solar eclipse on March 8

Ever witnessed a total solar eclipse? Here's a chance for all those space lovers. Come March 8, 2016, the moon will cast its shadow as it is all set to pass in front of the sun.

Parts of Southeast Asia will witness a total solar eclipse lasting for over a minute in every location on its path, revealed astronomers from NASA. Eclipses can be viewed using a solar-filtered telescope, eclipse glasses or a pinhole projector.

Obama Administration proposes $19 billion budget for NASA

Obama Administration proposes $19 billion budget for NASA

The Obama Administration’s final budget request has proposed $19 billion for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) in fiscal year 2017. The proposed budget figure represents a decrease of $300 million from the space agency’s previously budget.

In addition to the overall cut, the proposed budget would shift a fraction of funds from the agency’s exploration programs to aeronautics and space technology programs. It would also shift funds within the agency’s science account.

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The magic trick of Saturn's rings

The magic trick of Saturn's rings

According to a recent study, Saturn's rings have been playing tricks on us by creating an optical illusion.

Experts have analyzed the mass of Saturn's rings and found that they are thinner than anticipated, the Mirror reported.

Viewed from particular angles, the rings appear far less densely populated with debris that first though. NASA said that muddier water has more suspended particles of dirt in it than clearer water.

NASA’s space shuttle Challenger remembered 30 years after disaster

NASA’s space shuttle Challenger remembered 30 years after disaster

This Thursday marks 30 years since NASA’s space shuttle Challenger, with seven crew members onboard, exploded just 73 seconds it lifted off.

Following several delays, the Challenger (mission STS-51L), blasted off at 11:38 a.m. on Jan. 28, 1986. Heading into a brilliant blue Florida sky, the shuttle was 73 seconds into the flight, when supervisors witnessed a flame moving up the side of the external fuel tank, and then they saw an explosion in the tank. The explosion ripped apart the tank and other contents of the shuttle, which spun wildly out of the sky.

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NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity goes well beyond the call of duty

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity goes well beyond the call of duty

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Mars rover Opportunity is going well beyond the call of duty as it is still actively collecting data to help scientists on Earth to better understand the Red Planet.

The Opportunity was launched more than a decade ago and it landed on the red Planet’s Meridiani Planum on January 24, 2004, with a prime mission of just 3 months. But it has successfully completed twelve years there and is still working.

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