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First flower blooms in space as part of NASA’s Veggie Program

First flower blooms in space as part of NASA’s Veggie Program

American space agency NASA on Tuesday published photographs of the first flower grown board the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Veggie Program -- a two-year experiment to raise plants in space.

Zinnias, which recently opened their pretty petals, endured a really a rough path. They battled over-drying, excessive water and even enterprising mold before starting to recover in early January.

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Audi Wants to Land on Moon! Partnered with Google Lunar XPRIZE to Develop ‘Audi Lunar Quattro’ by 2017

Audi Wants to Land on Moon! Partnered with Google Lunar XPRIZE to Develop ‘Audi Lunar Quattro’ by 2017

After setting up the best grounds on Earth in the field of automobile industry, Audi is now planning to land on moon? Don’t get shock, yes the same Audi that manufactures automobiles, now wants to set up its ground on moon. Audi has partnered up with Google Lunar XPRIZE Part Time Scientists to develop a rover that will land on moon by 2017. As per the statement from the company, the German automaker is partnering with the Berlin-based Part-Time Scientists to build the moon rover to show off its impeccable wheel traction.

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W2246-0526, Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe, going through Devastating Transformation

W2246-0526, Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe, going through Devastating Transformation

A team of Chilean scientists has found that the most luminous galaxy in the Universe, W2246-0526, is going through a devastating transformation due to extreme turbulence. Scientists said that the galaxy is ripping itself apart by shedding its entire star producing gas because of its violently turbulent nature. The W2246-0526 galaxy is 12.4 billion light years away from the Earth and is the brightest among all the galaxies discovered yet. The galaxy was found by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) to have brightness equal to the power of 350 trillion suns.

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Two Tims to Perform Extravehicular Activities by Stepping Out of ISS

Two Tims to Perform Extravehicular Activities by Stepping Out of ISS

Tim Peake, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS), will step outside the spacecraft for the first time on Friday. The spacecraft is scheduled on 12.55 GMT and is expected to last for more than six hours. Tim Kopra, Tim’s NASA partner, will accompany Tim in his spacewalk and will traverse nearly the entire length of the space station to replace the broken power unit, fit a vale, and lay tens of meters of cable.

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See Observable Universe in Stunning Illustration Created by a Musician

See Observable Universe in Stunning Illustration Created by a Musician

An illustration by artist Pablo Carlos Budassi and Princeton scientists gives an opportunity to space enthusiasts to see the unimaginably vast observable universe. They used images from NASA, and with Photoshop and logarithmic maps created the entire observable universe’s one stunning image.

NASA temporarily suspends Insight Mission to Mars due to seismometer leakage issue

NASA temporarily suspends Insight Mission to Mars due to seismometer leakage issue

NASA has announced that its Insight mission to Mars has been delayed due to leakage issue in the seismometer developed by French space agency CNES. The technical team at CNES had noticed a leakage in the seismometer few weeks back and it was first confirmed by NASA on December 3. NASA was expecting CNES to deliver seismometer by January 2016.

New Horizons’ LEISA instrument records movie for edge of our solar system

New Horizons’ LEISA instrument records movie for edge of our solar system

Using its infrared imaging spectrometer called LEISA, American space agency NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recorded a movie for the first time from the edge of our solar system.

LEISA recorded the movie with a 256 x 256 pixel camera at a speed of two frames per second. The clever instrument takes 2-D images in a manner as a normal camera takes, but it took the images through a linearly-varying filter. One side of the camera can see only light of one specific wavelength of infrared light, and each row of pixels can see a dissimilar wavelength.

Mars Mission Put on Hold Due to Technical Fault with Instruments: NASA

Mars Mission Put on Hold Due to Technical Fault with Instruments: NASA

NASA space scientists were working on a mission to Mars, but according to latest updates, the Mars mission has been put on hold for an indefinite period. Deep space missions or any mission beyond earth always involve high risk and efforts.

Sources with knowledge about the matter said that the decision to cancel the new Mars lander, named InSight, was taken after agency engineers were unable to repair a major leak, which involves key scientific instruments.

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Christmas brings two rare celestial events

Christmas brings two rare celestial events

This Christmas brought at least two rare celestial events - a rare full moon and Asteroid 2003 SD220’s closest approach to Earth.

A rare full moon called the “Full Cold Moon” glowed over the Earth, brightening the night sky just before the Christmas Day. This moon is called Full Cold Moon because of its full size and the timing of the start of winter.

According to the statement by the U.S. space agency, it was the first Full Cold Moon since the year of 1977, and this phenomenon will not occur again until 2034.

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