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NASA, Blue Origin Partner on Rocket Engine Test

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has entered into an agreement with Blue Origin to let the Jeff Bezos-owned private space company use a historic test stand for rocket engine test. As per the deal, Blue Origin will upgrade and refurbish Test Stand 4670, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, to support testing of its BE-3U …

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Scientists Unveil ‘First’ 3D Printed Heart With Human Tissue, Vessels

Photo Credit: Jack Guez/ AFP A 3D print of heart with human tissue Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for transplants. The heart, about the size of a rabbit’s, marked “the first time anyone anywhere has successfully …

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GSLV Phase-4 Continuation Approved by Cabinet

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the ongoing Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) continuation programme’s phase-4 that consists of five GSLV flights during 2021-2024. The phase-4 programme will enable the launch of 2 tonne class of satellites for geo-imaging, navigation, data relay communication and space sciences, an official statement said. The total fund requirement for the phase-4 programme is Rs. …

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NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge Sees 3 Indian Student Teams Win Awards

Three Indian student teams won awards in NASA’s annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. The team from KIET Group of Institutions in Ghaziabad won the “AIAA Neil Armstrong Best Design Award” in the college/university division, NASA said in a statement late Sunday. The Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering …

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Is Artificial Intelligence Intelligent? How Machine Learning Has Developed

What makes artificial intelligence intelligent? Is it able to learn from errors or recognize, say, the letters of the alphabet in a set of random shapes like a human can? These are some of the questions developers of AI ask. What began as sluggish programs on hulking machines has taken the form of code that anyone in a particular field …

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Elon Musk Calls Jeff Bezos ‘Copycat’ on Twitter

Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk took to Twitter to call Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a “copycat” after Bezos announced plans to launch a new satellite-based broadband service. “In response to an article from the MIT Technology Review that announced Amazon’s plans to launch more than 3,000 Internet-providing satellites, Musk called Bezos a ‘copycat’, with the ‘cat’ portion of the …

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NASA’s ‘Twins Study,’ Landmark Research for an Eventual Mars Mission

A NASA study of a US astronaut who spent a year in space while his twin brother remained on Earth is providing valuable insights into the effects of extended spaceflight on the human body, a key to planning a future manned mission to Mars, researchers said Thursday. US astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year on the International Space Station while …

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Launched in Company’s First Commercial Mission

The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts. The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted …

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Israeli Spacecraft Crashes During Moon Landing: Mission Control

Israel’s attempt at a moon landing failed at the last minute on Thursday when the craft suffered an engine failure as it prepared to land and apparently crashed onto the lunar surface. “We didn’t make it, but we definitely tried,” project originator and major backer Morris Kahn said in a live videocast from mission control near Tel Aviv. “I think …

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Lunar Meteorites Reveal Origin of Our Moon, Study Claims

Analysing lunar meteorites has provided new evidence that the Moon was formed after a Mars-sized body impacted the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, finds a study. Scientists with the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing, China conducted research on three lunar meteorites from the US space agency NASA and found chlorine isotopic fractionation, which only occurs in ultra-high-temperature and ultra-high-energy conditions, …

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