India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to enter 15-day ‘blackout’ phase from today

Starting from today till June 22, the sun will block Mars from the earth snapping communication with the satellite. Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) during this period will go into an “autonomous mode” and will take its decisions, a senior Indian Space Research Organisation official told PTI. “This will be for the first time that there will be a communication break for such a long period … Continue reading India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to enter 15-day ‘blackout’ phase from today

NASA’s Hubble Finds Pluto’s Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

If you lived on one of Pluto’s moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the sun will rise each day. Comprehensive analysis of data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows that two of Pluto’s moons, Nix and Hydra, wobble unpredictably. “Hubble has provided a new view of Pluto and its moons revealing a cosmic dance with a chaotic rhythm,” … Continue reading NASA’s Hubble Finds Pluto’s Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 certified for national security and military launches

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch system has been certified by US Air Force for future national security missions, breaking the monopoly currently held by the United Launch Alliance (a joint venture operated by Boeing and Lockheed). SpaceX will now be allowed to compete for very lucrative launch contracts for military and reconnaissance satellites. via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 certified for national security and military launches | Ars Technica. Continue reading SpaceX’s Falcon 9 certified for national security and military launches