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Nasa releases the largest picture ever taken – and it’s mind-blowing

Nasa releases the largest picture ever taken – and it’s mind-blowing

Nasa has released a 1.5 billion-pixel image of the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest galactic neighbour, which contains over 100 million stars and spans more than 40,000 light-years. The image of Andromeda galaxy was captured with the Nasa/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It is the largest and sharpest image ever taken of the galaxy. Andromeda, otherwise known...

Govt leases orbital space for country's first satellite

Bangladesh has leased an orbital slot in the space from a Russian vendor at $28 million for the next 15 years -- for launching its first satellite. “Bangladesh will own the orbit, and we will be able to send at least three satellites in the space. We can even rent out the slot to other countries or companies,” said Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. Vadim E Belov, director general of Intersputnik International Organisation of Space Communication, an...

Google executive breaks space jump world record

Google executive breaks space jump world record

One of Google’s most senior executives has broken Felix Baumgartner's record for the highest parachute jump in history - making him the second person to break the sound barrier. Alan Eustace, whose title at the company is senior vice president of knowledge, successfully jumped from the edge of space at 135,908 feet on Friday...

Mysterious US spaceplane returns to Earth

Mysterious US spaceplane returns to Earth

A US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California. The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet. It touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday morning. The purpose of...

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Nasa launches carbon dioxide observer

Nasa has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will help pinpoint the key locations on the Earth's surface where the gas is being emitted and absorbed. A Delta rocket carrying the satellite lifted clear of the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 02:56 local...

India launches satellite-carrier rocket

India launches satellite-carrier rocket

India's national space agency ISRO today launched five satellites from four countries from the spaceport of Sriharikota in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who witnessed the event. Addressing the scientists at Sriharikota Space Centre, PM Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists for the successful launch. He said, "I feel specially privileged to witness this event in person", reports India’s Zee News. This is a "global endorsement of India's space capability", said PM after the successful launch of an Indian rocket that carried five foreign satellites. Filled with pride over PSLV-C23's successful launch, Modi said, "The event fills every Indian's heart with joy and pride". Praising ISRO, Modi said, "Today, I ask our Space...

Ancient star helps scientists understand universe's origins

Ancient star helps scientists understand universe's origins

Australian astronomers have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may help to resolve a long-standing discrepancy between observations and predictions of the Big Bang billions of years ago. Dr Stefan Keller, lead researcher at the Australian National University Research School, told Reuters his team had seen the chemical fingerprint...

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