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OSIRIS-Rex stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer.  It is an unmanned spacecraft and NASA’s first mission. The mission was launched in 2016 to collect samples from asteroid 101955Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid near to earth  and return a sample to Earth on 24 September 2023 for detailed analysis. The material returned is expected ..


Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon. The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around December 13–14, with the date of highest intensity being the morning of December 14 Geminid meteor shower is so named because the meteors appear to originate from the constellation of Gemini in the ..


Researchers discover a “super-Earth” type planet – GJ 536 b

Scientists have discovered a “super-Earth” type planet, GJ 536 b, in orbit around a nearby very bright star. The exoplanet has a mass of around 5.4 Earth masses and is not within the star’s habitable zone. It is orbiting a star much smaller and cooler than the sun. The planet’s short orbital period of 8.7 ..


Source of Water on Moon discovered

Scientists have discovered that the most likely source of water on Moon is the constant stream of charged particles from the Sun known as the solar wind. As per Researchers, ice inside permanently shadowed polar craters on the Moon, which is also known as cold traps, could contain hydrogen atoms ultimately derived from the solar ..


“S/2012” – 5th moon orbiting Pluto discovered by NASA

United States space scientists have discovered a 5th moon orbiting Pluto. According to NASA the irregular-shaped moon, nicknamed S/2012 for now, measures around 10 to 24 km across. Astronomers, last year found the 4th moon around the Pluto some 5 billion km away. Charon is Pluto’s biggest moon which measures 1,030 kilometres across. US Naval ..