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NASA’s Chandra Observatory Back in Action

NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, is back in action after suffering a glitch due to the failure of the gyroscope and going into safe mode last week. The cause of Chandra’s safe mode on October 10 has now been understood and the Operations team has successfully returned the

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Jeff Bezos to Invest More Than $1 Billion in Blue Origin in 2019

The world’s richest man, billionaire entrepreneur and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, said Monday that he is planning to boost his annual investment in Blue Origin, the aerospace company he launched in 2000. Bezos – whose real-time net worth was estimated at $145 billion (roughly Rs. 10.7 lakh crores) by Forbes, in large part thanks to

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Headless Humanoid Robot Has a New Trick: Parkour

You’ve seen him hop on boxes, run across a field and execute backflips with the precision of a professional gymnast. Perhaps it seems only natural that Atlas – the humanoid robot and YouTube sensation created and periodically updated on video by tech company Boston Dynamics – has begun mastering another sophisticated form of human movement:

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NASA Chief: Soyuz-Crash Probe Will ‘Go Swiftly,’ Keeping Launches on Schedule

NASA’s top official suggested Friday that a new mission to the International Space Station could take place this year after Russian experts address the cause of a Soyuz rocket malfunction, which sent the crew on a harrowing escape from the outer edge of the stratosphere. “I fully anticipate that we will fly again on a

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NASA’s Chandra Telescope in Safe Mode Due to Glitch

Barely a week after NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode, its Chandra mission has also suffered a glitch possibly due to the failure of the gyroscope, the US space agency said. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, has entered a protective “safe mode”, which interrupts scientific observations and

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Smartphones May Soon Make Your Commute Less Stressful: Study

According to a new research, apps can soon detect what mode of transport commuters are using and automatically offer relevant advice. Researchers at the University of Sussex’s Wearable Technologies Lab believe that the machine learning techniques developed in a global research competition they initiated could also lead to smartphones being able to predict upcoming road

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Russia May Bring Forward Manned Launch After Rocket Failure

Russia said Friday it was likely to bring forward the flight of a new manned space mission to the International Space Station but postpone the launch of a cargo ship after a rocket failure that forced two crew members to make an emergency landing. It was the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history –

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Scientists Grow Tiny Human Retinas in a Dish

Kiara Eldred sometimes compares her nine-month-long scientific experiments, growing tiny human retinas in a laboratory dish, to raising children. Eldred, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, starts by growing thousands of stem cells and feeding them nutrients and chemicals that will steer them to develop into the retina, the part of the eye that

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Roscosmos Says Rocket Failure Astronauts Will Go Back Into Space Next Spring

The head of Russia’s space agency said on Friday that two astronauts who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket would fly again and would provisionally travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring of next year. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, was speaking a day after Russian cosmonaut

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No More Taxi Service to Space Station After Soyuz Failure: Roscosmos

The taxi service to the orbiting International Space Station is taking no passengers until further notice. Neither the United States nor Russia will be able to send astronauts to the ISS until investigators determine why a Soyuz rocket failed after blast-off Thursday, complicating an already tricky launch calendar for 2019. The only way to get

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