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    The American space agency (Nasa) is all set to launch one of the most daring ventures in its history. It’s going to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any mission has done before. The Parker Solar Probe will dip directly into our star’s outer atmosphere, or corona. The spacecraft’s data promises to crack longstanding mysteries ...
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    In a month of stargazing wonders, Mars will come closest to Earth in 15 years tonight with only 57.6 million kilometres of a distance. The next time it will be this close to our planet again is October 2020. The sun will be on one side while the red planet on the other, putting the three celestial ...
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    Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of water, a lake to be specific, on Mars. It sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap and is about 20 km across. Previous research found possible signs of intermittent liquid water flowing on the martian surface, but this is the first sign of a persistent body of ...
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    An experimental robot with an animated cartoon face has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Dubbed Cimon (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), the device is intended as an “an AI-based assistant for astronauts”. Cimon will float move around thanks to 14 internal fans. It is an attempt to find ...
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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the launch of Pakistan’s locally developed 285kg PakTES-1A observatory satellite in July. It is fitted with sensors and cameras, PakTES-1A will remain stationary 610km in space and its position relative to the sun will not change. Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal congratulated Pakistani scientists in a tweet, saying ...
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    Scientists have found complex carbon-based molecules in the waters of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Compounds like this have only previously been found on Earth, and in some meteorites. They are thought to have formed in reactions between water and warm rock at the base of the moon’s subsurface ocean. Though not a sign of life, their presence suggests ...
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    Elon Musk, who founded the rocket company SpaceX, had announced plans of sending tourists on a trip around the moon in late 2018. But the plans have been delayed for reasons unknown. It was announced in 2017, with two unidentified persons who had already given a hefty deposit for the trip. The plan was for the ...