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Amazing Discovery of NASA


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Niagara-Falls of Mars

 Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance orbiter image shows the signs of flowing lava which looks like Niagara Falls. This lava flows from north-east. This lava flows from a 30 kilometer diameter volcano located in the Theresis volcanic province. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mangalyaan Completes 1000 Days in Orbit

Mangalyaan Spacecraft around Mars
     Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Mangalyaan - the first successful interplanetary mission of India was launched on 5 November 2013 and it was carried by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25). It was successfully inserted into Martian orbit on 24 September 2014 in its first attempt. Mangalyaan completes 1000 Earth days in its orbit on 19 June 2017. 1000 Earth days is equal to 973.24 Martian Solar days and completed 388 orbits around Mars.

ISRO has announced opportunity for the researchers to use data of Mangalyaan for research and analysis. First year data of Mars Orbiter Mission was released on 24 September 2016 through ISSDC Website. This website has 1381 registered users and 370 GB data has been downloaded by users. Mars Colour Camera (MCC) one of the onboard payloads has produced 715 images and Mars Atlas was prepared and made available on ISRO official website.

Image Credit : Indian Space Research Organisation
Text Credit    :  ISRO 

Starbursts in Virgo Constellation

     Nowadays formation and evolution of galaxies are still not understood properly, this galaxies are called Starburst Galaxy. 

What is starburst Galaxy?

     Starburst galaxy have a region where most of the stars form at a breakneck rate and the galaxy is eating up the regular supply at a faster rate, that can be replenished.

Which galaxy is suitable for this type of Galaxy?

     NGC 4536 is such type of galaxy captured in the above image by Wide Field Camera of Hubble Space Telescope. It is located about 50 million light years away from Earth in the Constellation Virgo. It is a hub of extreme star formation. 

How the gases give birth to a new star?

     There are several factors that lead to ideal environment in which star formation can happen at a faster rate with massive and regular supply of gas. Galaxies having lots of gases passes nearby and collide with huge forces. This force forces the gases into a relatively small place to give birth to a new star.

Can the birth of star is predictable?

    Yes, the birth of star is predicatable. Star formation leaves many fingerprints. Nowadays Astronomers were able to predict where are the gas rich galaxies? where the star will born? Life span of stars? Technology development made easy to predict many astronomical events in our dark universe.
NGC 4536 Galaxy's Star-neck region.    Image Credit: Hubble, NASA, ESA
 Tags: Galaxy Cluster, Kepler Catalog, Colored Clouds of Jupiter, Top 10 Discoveries of MAVEN at Mars, Energetic Black Holes, Magellanic Nebulae, Spirograph-Spiral Gas Nebulae.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hubble to Capture galaxy with Gravitational Lens

Hubble Space Telescope shows fast-spinning disk shaped galaxy
     Hubble Space Telescope uses Gravitational Lens to Capture fast spinning Disk Galaxy. Gravity of a massive galaxy cluster MACS J2129-0741 brightens and magnifies the far distant galaxy in the background galaxy MACS2129-1 in the upper right corner of the image. Astronomers of NASA have made a amazing discovery of fast spinning disk shaped galaxy using power of natural lens of Hubble Space Telescope. These galaxy were called dead galaxies. Because they stopped forming stars before few billion years ago.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Catalog of Exoplanets by Kepler Space Telescope

     Team of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope team has released a catalog containing 219 new planets, 10 of which are Earth seized orbiting the star in the habitable zone.This is a detailed catalog containing many exoplanets outside our solar system. It is also a final spacecraft view of constellation Cygnus.

NASA's Exoplanet Archive contains 4,034 planets identified by Kepler Space Telescope and 2,335 planets are verified exoplanets. 50 planets were lie in the habitable zone. One of the most amazing discovery of Kepler Space Telescope is TRAPPIST-1 system and its seven Earth seized planets.

Assemble Line of Exoplanets discovered by Kepler Space Telescope
Exoplanet Missions of NASA

Exoplanet Populations Chart

Kepler New Planet Candidates

Planets which lie in the Habitable Zone by Kepler Space Telescope of NASA

 Image Credit : Kepler Space Telescope
Catalog Credit: NASA Kepler Team

More Information on Kepler Catalog release at Kepler Catalog Release

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Colored Clouds of Jupiter

     NASA's Juno Jupiter Spacecraft was moving away from Jupiter following its seventh close pass. JunoCam imaged this on 19 May 2017 from about 29,100 miles above the cloud tops.

     The Images shows variety in Jupiter's Stormy atmosphere. The result is a surreal world of vibrant color, clarity and contrast. Four of the Oval white storms is known as String of Pearls. These storms are visible near the top of the image. There is one more orange-colored storm can be seen at the belt-zone, while other storms are cream color.

More Information of Juno at NASA Juno Mission

Cyclone in Jupiter

 Jupiter's Polar cyclones producing auroras, this image was taken by Juno spacecraft of NASA. Juno was sent to study Jupiter's atmosphere, auroras, storms, and both poles. It takes a long time to carry a research on Jupiter. Juno entered Jupiter's orbit on 4 July 2016, and the primary aim is understand the evolution of Jupiter and the reason for the strong magnetic field. It continuously monitors the polar storms in polar regions. It makes a close flyby once in every 53 days.The next close flyby is on 11 July 2017, and it will fly across most iconic features in our entire solar system. Image Shows that, the cyclones have been formed by the large ammonia gas moving and crashing each other. Glowing North Pole of Jupiter is looking like bright Auroras.

Hubble's Spirograph IC418 Nebulae

IC 418 Nebulae from Hubble Space Telescope
     A Hubble Image showing planetary nebula IC 418 glows like multifaceted jewel. It lies about 2000 light years away from our Earth in the constellation Lepus. This planetary nebula indicates the final stage of Star Evolution similar to our Sun. The center of the Star was red before few billion years ago, but now expanded to a diameter of 0.1 light-year. The stellar remnant at the center is hot core from which ultraviolet radiation flows from center to surrounding gas.

Over few thousands year, the nebula will gradually disperse into space, and the star will cool and fade away to become a white dwarf. Our Sun will undergo same procedure after next 5 million years.This image is filtered with several color filters. Red shows emission of Nitrogen, Green shows emission of Hydrogen, Blue shows emission of Ionized Oxygen. 

Top 10 Discoveries of MAVEN

     MAVEN is an American Spacecraft which was launched in 2013 and inserted into Martian Orbit on September 2014. Since its launch it have been exploring Mars Upper atmosphere. MAVEN has made wonderful discoveries of upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA celebrated its 1000 days of orbit around Mars on 17 June 2017. Top 10 discoveries of MAVEN were
  • Imaging Showed that distribution of Nitric Oxide and Ozone in the upper atmosphere which shows Complex behavior and indicates that exchange of gases takes place between upper and lower atmosphere.
  • Particles from Solar Wind unexpectedly penetrate into upper atmosphere instead of diverted by planet's ionosphere. This particles react with charged particles in ionosphere and convert into neutral atoms that are able to penetrate deeply.
  • MAVEN detected the first observations Metal ion layer in the Martian ionosphere.
  • It identified Two new types of auroras which are named "Diffuse" and "Proton" aurora. These auroras are not similar to auroras in our Earth.
  • These aurorae are caused by influx of Solar particles ejected by various types of Solar Storms.
  • The interactions between Solar wind and planet are Complex. This results in the lack of intrinsic Martian Magnetic field and occurrence of small Magnetized crust that can affect incoming solar wind on local scales.
  • MAVEN observed seasonal variations of Hydrogen atoms in upper atmosphere by a factor of 10 throughout whole year. The source of Hydrogen is water present in the lower atmosphere that are broken down into Hydrogen and Oxygen by Sunlight.
  • It also used of isotopes in upper atmosphere and suggested that 2/3 or more gases has been lost to space.
  • MAVEN has measured the rate of stripping gases from top of atmosphere to space along with the process of removal and revealed that large amount of gas have lost to space.
  • The Mars atmosphere has been stripped away by the Sun and the Solar Wind. This results in the change of climate from warm to wet environment, early in History to cold and dry climate that we see today.
Credit: MAVEN Team, NASA and Goddard Space Flight Center.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Kosmos 419

Kosmos 419 was also known as 3MS-No.170 orbiter. It was a failed Soviet spacecraft to Mars. It was launched on 10 May 1971 from Baikanour launch pad, Russia and Kosmos was carried by Proton K/D rocket. Due to malfunction of rocket engine, it decayed in low earth orbit after launch on 12 May 1971.


     Simultaneously United states and Russia made new attempts to reach Red planet. Mariner8 and Mariner9 of NASA, Kosmos 419 of Russia. But Mariner-8 lost in launch failure two days before Kosmos 419 was launched. This spacecraft also lost on 12 May 1971. Mariner-9 became the first spacecraft to orbit Mars.


     Proton K/D's Block-D ignition timer was incorrectly set. It was set to ignite 1.5 years after launch instead of 1.5 hours.


     BepiColombo will become third spacecraft to Mercury scheduled to launch in October 2018.. It is a joint mission between European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to the Mercury. This mission comprises of two satellite Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter. This satellites will study Mercury's magnetic field,magnetosphere and Interior structure. 

  • To study the origin and evolution of Mercury
  • To study planet's interior structure, geology, composition and craters
  • To study mercury's exosphere composition and dynamics
  • To study planets Magnetosphere and origin of Mercury magnetic field
  • To verify the Einstein's theory of relativity by measuring gamma and beta parameters

BepiColombo has two components.They are
  1. Mercury Transfer Module
  2. Mercury Planetary Orbiter
  • BELA - BepiColombo Laser Altimeter
  • ISA -Italian Spring Accelerometer
  • MERMAG - Mercury Magnetometer
  • MERTIS - Mercury Thermal Infrared Spectrometer
  • MGNS - Mercury Gamma ray and Neutron Spectrometer
  • MIXS - Mercury Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer
  • MORE - Mercury Orbiter Radio Science Experiment
  • PHEBUS - Probing of Hermean Exosphere by Ultraviolet Spectroscopy
  • SERENA - Neutral and Ionised particle Analyser
  • SIMBIO-SYS - Spectrometers and Imager
  • SIXS - Solar Intensity X-Ray Spectrometer 
INSTRUMENTS OF MMO (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter)
  •  MPPE - Mercury Plasma Perticle Experiment
    • MEA - Mercury Electron Analyser
    • MIA - Mercury Ion Analyser
    • MSA - Mass Spectrum Analyser
    • HEP-Ion - High Energy Ions
    • HEP-ele - High Energy Electrons
    • ENA - Energetic Neutrals Analyzer
  • MGF - Magnetic Field Investigation
  • PWI - Plasma Wave Investigation
  • MSASI - Mercury Sodium Atmosphere Spectral Imager
  • MDM - Mercury Dust Monitor
   BepiColombo will be launched from Guiana Space Center using Ariane 5 Rocket which was contracted by Ariane Space Agency on October 2018 as planned. The spacecraft will be operated by European Space Agency and Japan Space Agency (JAXA). Duration of the mission is planned for one year but may be extended depend on the fuel and working efficiency.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

HXMT - China First Telescope Launch


Today China launches HXMT Mission for its X-Ray based astronomical Observation. It will observe black holes, neutron stars and other gas nebulae based on its X-Ray and Gamma-Ray emissions. It is the China's First Astronomical Satellite. And it is based on the series of reconnaissance satellite JianBing-3 

The Project is a joint mission of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsinghua University. It took 17 years to construct completely. 

#For more space launch schedule visit our page  Space-Flight Schedule


Messenger Spacecraft around Mercury
    MESSENGER - Mercury Surface Space Environment was an Robotic spacecraft of NASA which orbited Mercury between 2011 and 2015 to study Mercury Chemical Composition, geology and magnetic field.It became second spacecraft to orbit around Mercury after Mariner-10 in 1975. It performed its first flyby in January 2008 and entered its orbit around 18 March 2011. It final mission ends in 30 April 2015 by impacting into Mercury's surface.


MESSENGER was carried by Delta-II 7925H Rocket on 3 August 2004 at 06:15:56 UTC from Cape Canaveral. It was aimed to perform multiple flyby around Venus and Mercury. 

Some of the objectives of Messenger mission was
  1. To characterize the chemical composition of the surface of Mercury
  2. To study detailed about Mercury's geologic history
  3. To study the planet Magnetic field and its Magnetosphere
  4. To identify the size and core state of the planet
  5. To study its volatile poles and exosphere of Mercury
  • MDIS   - Mercury Dual Imaging System
  • GRS     - Gamma-Ray Spectrometer
  • NS        - Neutron Spectrometer
  • XRS      - X-Ray Spectrometer
  • MAG     - Magnetometer
  • MLA      - Mercury Laser Altimeter
  • MASCS - Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer
  • EPPS     - Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer
  • RS          - Radio Science

MESSENGER performed first Earth flyby one year after launch on 2 August 2005. During its flyby it took photograph of Earth to test its working of the instruments properly. All the onboard instruments worked properly.

(Image: Earth Image taken by Messenger during its flyby around Earth)


MESSENGER encountered Venus on 24 October 2006 at 08:34 UTC. During this encounter Messenger entered super conjuction where Earth was on exact opposite side of the Solar system. During this interval no radio communication and observation were made

It encountered Venus again on 5 June 2007, at this time Messenger studies upper atmosphere of Venus using Infrared Imaging spectrometer, Ultra-violet spectrometer and X-Ray Spectrometer. 

(Image : Photo of Venus taken by Messenger Spacecraft


  MESSENGER made its first flyby of Mercury on 14 january 2008 and its second flyby on 6 October 2008. It entered safe mode sometime and was recovered seven hours later on 24 November 2009 at 22:45 UTC.

Image: First image of Mercury by Messenger on its first flyby 


Messenger found large amount of water present in Mercury's exosphere.In later years it found volcanic activity on the surface of Mercury and liquid planetary iron core. It also detected Organic compounds and water ice inside craters near the north pole.


The Messenger mission was ended on 30 April 2015 at 3:40 UTC. It impacted and crashed on the surface. Lost of spacecraft is due to the insufficient supply of helium gas to pressurize the propellant tanks. There were no images taken to map the area of impact site. 

Last Image of Messenger Spacecraft before Impact

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cool Dust around Energetic Active Black Holes

Dust around Active Black Holes
     Researchers from the University of Texas, San Antonio found cool dust around energetic active black holes during their observation from NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). 

Large galaxies has massive black holes at their center which are quiet like a black hole in the center of our Milkyway galaxy. The draw many materials and emit large amount of energy. They are called active galactic nuclei. SOFIA team have found 11 supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei which are located at a distance of 100 million light years from our Earth. They are of donut-shaped structure called Torus. This discovery has been published in the paper Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society


     SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP Jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. It is a point projection of NASA and German Aerospace Center. NASA's Amnes Research center in California's Silicon Valley manages the SOFIA program. Science and Space mission operations are in cooperation with Universities Space Research Association headquartered in Columbia, Maryland and the German SOFIA Institute at the University of Stuttgart. The aircraft is based at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center's Hangar 703, in Palmdale, California.

Text Credit    : NASA  
Image Credit : SOFIA   

Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

     Gamma-Ray Spectrometer is an instrument to measure the distribution of gamma radiation. The Study and analysis of gamma-ray spectra is called as Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy. This spectrometer used in spacecrafts to observe and collect data by measuring the energy of each photon. Electromagnetic radiation is directly proportional to its frequency. Hence photons are counted typically by this spectrometer.

  • Messenger
  • Apollo 16
  • 2001 Mars Odyssey

Thermal Infrared Spectrometer

     Thermal Infrared Spectrometer is a type of Infrared Spectrometer which emits radiation in the infrared part of electromagnetic spectrum. It measures the thermal infrared radiation emitted from the Sample solution or Land Surface. This instrument is mostly used in planet exploration types of spacecraft to detect or identify the composition of surface and sample solutions. It has  airborne and spaceborne applications.

  • TIMS - Multispectral Radiometer 
  • SEABASS -  Hyperspectral Spectrometer
  • Hyper-Cam - Hyperspectral Thermal Infrared Camera
  • OWL - Hyperspectral Thermal Infrared Camera 
  • ISM - Imaging Spectrometer carried by Russian's Phobos 2 Spacecraft 
  • ASTER - Multispectral Radiometer carried by Earth Observing Satellite "Terra"
  • TIS - Spectrometer carried by Mangalyaan
  • TES - Hyperspectral Spectrometer  carried by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft
  • Mini-TES - Small Version of spectrometer mounted on NASA's both Mars Exploration Rovers
  • THEMIS - A Multispectral Thermal Infrared Imager carried by 2001 Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

R-136 Cluster of Magellanic Nebulae

 This Magnificent Image of R136 Cluster was taken by Hubble Space Telescope in Great Magellanic Nebula. This cluster is located about 170,000 light years away from Earth. This R136 cluster has very large, hot and bright stars. Astronomers have found nine stars in that cluster which is 100 times the quality of the Sun in bright also.


     Hayabusa-2 Mission to Asteroid to clarify the origin and evolution of Solar System as well as life in our universe.This spacecraft is also known as "Asteroid Explorer" which is the creation of several new technologies. Hayabusa-2 is a successor of Hayabusa (MUSES-C). It will target C-Type asteroid Ryugu to study the origin and evolution of Solar system as materials for life by leveraging the experience acquired from the Hayabusa mission. It was launched on 3 December 2014 and aimed to arrive the C-type asteroid in mid of 2018. It will do its observations till 2019 and will return to Earth around the end of 2020.

Major Onboard Instruments:
  • Electric propulsion system (ion engine)
  • Sample Mechanism
  • Target markers
  • Re-entry Capsule
Mission Instruments:
  • Small Carry-on Impactor
  • Near Infrared Sprectrometer
  • Thermal Infrared Imager
  • Small Rovers [MINERVA-II-1 and MINERVA-II-2]
  • Small Lander [MASCOT] 

Mariner 10

     Mariner-10 was an American spacecraft launched on 3 November 1973 for a close flyby of planet Venus and Mercury. It was planned to measure the environment, atmosphere and surface of Mars. It was also aimed to perform gravity assist experiments between Mercury and Venus. Mariner-10 was designed under Bruce.C.Murray in Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Total duration of the mission is 1 Year, 4 Months and 12 Days.


     Mariner-10 was carried by Atlas-Centaur  on 3 November 1973 at 12:45 UTC from SLC-36B launch pad. It injected Mariner-10 spacecraft into parking orbit, on the way to Venus the spacecraft separated from rocket. At first its camera were tested to take photograph of Earth and its moons. The spacecraft was tracked by Canopus Star. It also observed the Comet Kohoutek on 21 January 1974. It took 3 months to reach Venus.

Instruments Carried:
  • Television Camera
  • Infrared Radiometer
  • Ultraviolet Spectrometer
  • Plasma Detectors
  • Charged particle Telescopes
  • Magnetometer
  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Radio Science Experiment 
Television Camera:

The total weight of Television Camera is 43.6 kilograms. It consumed 67 watt of power from battery. The Camera only consumed more energy as compared to other five instruments. The camera system mounted in the spacecraft returned 7000 Photographs of Mercury and Venus during its mission of Mariner-10 flyby's.

Infrared Spectrometer:

 Infrared Spectrometer was used to detect the infrared radiation radiated by the surface of Mercury and Venus. By using this spectrometer the temperature of both planet surface was calculated. It also had a pair of Cassegrain telescopes and a detector made of Antimony-Bismuth thermopiles to measure as cold as -193 degree to 427 degree Celsius.

Ultraviolet Spectrometer:

UV-Spectrometer were involved in the measurement of UV absorption and UV emissions. It also calculated whether the solar radiation was absorbed at certain wavelengths which would indicate the presence of various gases in atmosphere.

Plasma Detectors:

The Plasma experiment was to detect and study the ionized gases of Sun's Solar wind and its temperature, density of electrons and to study how the planet was affected by solar plasma stream. By using this detector Mariner-10 collected first In Situ solar wind data from inside planet Venus.

Charged Particle Telescope:

The prime aim of this instrument is to observe the cosmic radiation interacted with heliosphere of Venus. It connected with plasma detectors and magnetometers to find some Magnetic fields of planet Mercury and Venus.


Magnetometer studied and analyzed the inter-planetary magnetic field of both planets during its flyby's. 

Celestial Mechanics and Radio Science Experiment:

This experiment was designed to investigate the mass and gravitational characteristics of Mercury. It was of particular interest, because of the planet is very close to the Sun.

Venus Flyby:

The spacecraft crossed planet Venus on 5 February 1974 at 17:01 UTC. It became 12th Spacecraft to reach Venus and Eighth to return data to Earth. Mariner-10 was programmed based on the data from Mariner-5 observations. Mariner-10 after reaching Venus it returned 4,165 useful photographs with lots of scientific information, atmospheric composition, geological features, Volcanoes, mountains,cloud features, creators etc..

The gravity assist experiment was also success on 5 February 1974. This changed the shape of spacecraft's elliptical orbit around the Sun. Image shown in left side is the processed clear image of Venus taken by Mariner-10 Spacecraft.

First Mercury Flyby:

 Image Shows the processed image of Mercury by Mariner-10 spacecraft. Mariner-10 became the first mercury flyby. The first Mercury encounter took place on 29 March 1974 at 20:47 UTC. It flew Mercury for three times one on 21 September 1974 and another on 16 March 1975. After engineering tests on 24 March 1975, radio signal transmission ceased due to the depletion of nitrogen supply.So it was decommissioned on 24 MArch 1975. Since its launch it elapsed 1 year, 4 months and 12 days.

  • Mariner-10 discovered evidence of rotating clouds and very weak magnetic field  
  • Using Ultraviolet filter, it found Venus Chevron clouds
  • It took 2,800 photographs of Mercury and revealed the Moon like surface on Mercury.
  • It discovered that atmosphere of Mercury mostly consist of Helium
  • It also detected some magnetic field and large iron-rich core.
  • Radiometer readings suggest that its night time temperature is -183 degree and daytime is 187 degree Celsius.