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Here’s an Opportunity for Those Who Want to Be Astronaut

Here’s an Opportunity for Those Who Want to Be Astronaut

Here’s good news for all those who since childhood have dreamt of being an astronaut. American space agency NASA announced on Monday that it has officially started to accept applications from aspiring astronauts.

The interested candidates can submit their applications starting from now and the last date of accepting applications is February 28, 2016. The announcement of the selected candidates will be made in mid-2017.

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NASA releases Enhanced Color Image of Pluto showing Intricate Pattern of Pits

NASA releases Enhanced Color Image of Pluto showing Intricate Pattern of Pits

Pluto has been a mysterious a mysterious space object for astronomers since its discovery in 1930. Earlier, NASA released some close images of Pluto’s surface, but now the space agency has been providing an even closer look at the dwarf planet.

The newly shared pictures on Thursday are of an intricate pattern of pits the plutoid’s surface. The space agency has also released a color picture of a variety of terrains captured by its New Horizons spacecraft during closest approach to the object in the Kuiper belt July 14.

Be ready to watch King of Meteor Showers: Geminid Meteor Shower

Be ready to watch King of Meteor Showers: Geminid Meteor Shower

Geminid meteor shower, which enjoys the title of the biggest meteor shower of the year, will be at its peak this weekend. Stargazers should be ready to witness a spectacular show to be put up by the Geminid meteor shower.

Not only it is the biggest, but Geminid meteor shower is also considered to be one of the best meteor showers. In fact, it is called the ‘King of Meteor Showers’, as it can produce over a hundred meteors per hour.

Three ISS Astronauts return to Earth in Tiny Soyuz Capsule

Three ISS Astronauts return to Earth in Tiny Soyuz Capsule

A three-member crew, wedged elbow to elbow in a capsule, has safely returned from the International Space Station (ISS) after a five-month mission. The tiny Soyuz capsule carrying the astronauts softly landed on earth on Friday night.

The land location was in the northeast of Dzhezkazgan town in Kazakhstan. The three astronauts who came back to earth are: NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, JAXA’s Kimiya Yui andRussian Federation Space Agency’s Oleg Kononenko. It was the first time when a crewed-capsule returned from the space station after sunset.

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NASA Engineer suggests Asteroid could be the Cheapest Source to Construct a Death Star

NASA Engineer suggests Asteroid could be the Cheapest Source to Construct a Death Star

A NASA engineer said a Death Star can be built by using materials that are already in space, such as asteroids. It is possible to construct the Empire’s ultimate weapon, which is capable of destroying a planet, without launching costly sources to the space, as per the engineer.

Brian Muirhead, chief engineer at the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the death star seen in Star Wars movies was very costly because to build it a bunch of stuff was launched. Adding to that, it was destroyed by rebels two times, Muirhead added.

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Thin Haze in Occator Crater on Ceres Can Be an Indicator of Presence of Frozen Water

Thin Haze in Occator Crater on Ceres Can Be an Indicator of Presence of Frozen Water

Ceres and its bright spots have baffled scientists since they were first discovered, now researchers through two new studies have found some news details about these bright spots that are found all over the dwarf planet’s surface.

In one of the study scientists claim that the bright spots on the surface of Ceres is a kind of salt. The second study shows the detection of ammonia-rich-clays on Ceres.

According to researchers when the sun shines into the Occator crater on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, a thin haze appears above its brightest spot.

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

KIC 8462852 Doesn’t Have Aliens, it’s Just a Star: SETI

The star KIC 8462852 grabbed attention in October this year when mysterious signals from the stellar body suggested that there could be a gigantic artificial structure drifting in front of the star. Now, astronomers have come up with a conclusion that the star shows no sign of life.

KIC 8462852's inconsistent dimming was baffling astronomers from a long time. Some of them think the anomalous star may have an extraterrestrial civilization. To observe the possibilities, they hunted for brief laser pulses from the stellar body, but found nothing, as per a report of SETI.

Salty regions could be behind bright spots on Dwarf planet Ceres: NASA Research

Salty regions could be behind bright spots on Dwarf planet Ceres: NASA Research

Ceres has been throwing mysteries on astronomers and the recently noticed bright spots on the dwarf planet were hot topic of discussion among space scientists. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has sent some close images of Ceres and NASA team working on the project has made a video with the images taken by Dawn mission. The bright spots on Ceres could be due to high salt concentration regions on the dwarf planet.

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