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Synthetic Biology may be Essential for Space Exploration

Synthetic Biology may be Essential for Space Exploration

Berkeley Lab researchers in California think that microbial-based medicine may be helpful for better treatments for diseases such as malaria, and may also help create more dependable fuels for air travel and spaceflight.

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Focus on Synthetic Biology to reduce Payload on Mars mission

Focus on Synthetic Biology to reduce Payload on Mars mission

Two researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have come up with an idea that could significantly reduce payload and the cost of the human mission to Mars.

The details of their idea have been released in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Both these researchers have been looking into synthetic biology to reduce the amount of fuel needed by almost 56%, the amount of food by 38% and the amount of materials needed to build a habitat for six people by almost 85%. Also, they claim that their idea will reduce pharmaceuticals by 100%.

Orion Spacecraft to move to Launch Pad on Monday

Orion Spacecraft to move to Launch Pad on Monday

Technicians at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Kennedy Space Center in Florida have given finishing touch to the space agency's Orion spacecraft and now it is all set to roll out. According to the agency's plans, the spacecraft will be moved to its launch pad at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 on Monday.

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China’s Moon Probe returns successfully

China’s Moon Probe returns successfully

In its ambitious plan to send a probe to moon, China has moved a step ahead with the success of its lunar mission. The mission was launched eight days ago and the spacecraft landed back safely in Inner Mongolia.

The “Xiaofei” or "Little Flyer" lunar orbiter as it is named travelled more than 520,000 miles during its mission. It began re-entering into the earth’s atmosphere at 6.13 am on Saturday and subsequently landed in Inner Mongolia.

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Detailed Images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko released by ESA

Detailed Images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko released by ESA

Detailed images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have been unveiled by the European Space Agency. The images are so elaborate that a physical model of the comet can be made using proper software and a 3D printer.

The images also provide an accurate estimate of 67P's dimensions. Previously, it was claimed that the comet was about four kilometers in diameter. The new images indicate that the dimensions are 2.5 km by 2.5 km by 2.0 km around the head, the smaller of the comet's two lobes, and 4.1 km by 3.2 km by 1.3 km for the body, the bigger lobe.

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Distant Exoplanet has Clear Sky: University of Maryland Research

Distant Exoplanet has Clear Sky: University of Maryland Research

Researchers have found a distant exoplanet with high possibility of water vapors on the surface. The exoplanet is 124 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Research lead Jonathan Fraine and his team used Hubble, Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes to analyze the planet as it passed in front of the star is orbits.

The current exoplanet termed as HAT P-11b, is the smallest planet discovered by astronomers with signs of water vapors in the environment. The exoplanet is nearly four times the size of our planet.

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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Will Enter Mars Orbit Tonight

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Will Enter Mars Orbit Tonight

NASA has announced that its Mars mission spacecraft MAVEN is set to enter Mars orbit tonight. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) will enter the orbit for the red planet after ten-month journey traveling 442 million miles. The probe will try to figure out the reasons for loss of water from the planet Mars.

MAVEN team will use six braking rockets to reduce the speed of the spacecraft tonight. After successful completion of this step, the spacecraft will enter the orbit and will be under effect of Mars gravity.

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