NASA, Boeing and SpaceX has joined hands in a commercial crew program (Image: NASA)
NASA will work with two aeronautical firms, Boeing and SpaceX, in a taxi contract to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years to perform important science research and other related tasks on ISS. NASA is also thinking to use the same technologies to take astronauts to other places in space such as Mars and asteroids in the future.
This contract would reduce the U.S.’s dependence on Russia to take and bring astronauts to and from the space station. At this time, Russian Soyuz takes at least four astronauts of NASA in a year at the price of $71 million per seat. On the other hand, SpaceX noted the cost $20 million per seat in the future after the success of technological contract. Continue reading
A selection of 20 comparable false colour image chips (bands 1-8-5) of probable whales found by the automated analysis. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088655.g002 (Credit: Peter T. Fretwell et al. / PLOS ONE)
Satellite images useful for counting whale populations.
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Nebula (cyan) and quasar UM 287 (at the center of the image) (Credit: S. Cantalupo, UCSC)
Astronomers have found a gas cloud in the Universe that is the largest known to humanity. It is about 2 million light years across and reveals “cosmic web”. Continue reading
Ant Forage Habitat Facility (Credit: NASA/Flickr)
Astronomers are studying the behavior and colonization of ants in microgravity and comparing this behavior with that in normal condition of gravity. The behavior may include the interaction rate of a group of ants and the number of ants in a specific area.
This study has been done in International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory and NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Expedition 38 flight engineer, is working on them using a video camera. Continue reading
Artist’s rendition of space planet in star cluster Messier 67 (Credit: ESO/L. Calçada)
Scientists have found a planet about 2,500 light years away in the star cluster Messier 67. This planet has been discovered by using European Southern Observatory Harps planet hunter in Chile. Continue reading