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Was Richard Branson’s space travel real? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is skeptical, here’s why

Was Richard Branson’s space travel real? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is skeptical, here’s why

Science & environment
New Delhi: Days after Virgin's Richard Branson allegedly 'made history' by becoming the first billionaire in space, popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson expressed his doubts on the whole matter raising questions if Branson did really fly into space. DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York, in an interview to CNN stated that Richard Branson did not to space. “First of all, it was suborbital. NASA did it 60 years ago with Alan Shepard, took off from Cape Canaveral and landed in the ocean. If you don't go fast enough to reach orbit you will fall and return to Earth,” he said. The reputed science communicator had some questions of his own like, “So, did you get high enough? Did you go into orbit? Did you actually go anywh...
Jeff Bezos ‘not very nervous,’ says he is ‘excited, curious’ about inaugural Blue Origin spaceflight today

Jeff Bezos ‘not very nervous,’ says he is ‘excited, curious’ about inaugural Blue Origin spaceflight today

Science & environment
New Delhi: American billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos said on Monday (July 19) he is excited and curious but not very nervous on the eve of taking part in his company Blue Origin`s inaugural suborbital flight alongside the oldest and youngest people ever bound for space. The world`s richest person and three crewmates are due to fly from a desert site in West Texas on an 11-minute trip to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin`s New Shepard, a 60-foot-tall (18.3 meters) and fully autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo. The flight represents an important milestone in the establishment of the space tourism industry.Bezos did a round of televised interviews ahead of the launch, set for around 8 a.m. CDT (6:30 p IST) from Blue Origin`s Launch Site One facility some 20 miles (32 km) outside ...
Asteroid the size of stadium hurtling towards Earth, likely to zoom past on THIS date: NASA

Asteroid the size of stadium hurtling towards Earth, likely to zoom past on THIS date: NASA

Science & environment
New Delhi: US space agency NASA has confirmed that an asteroid the size of a stadium is heading towards Earth's orbit. It is likely to whiz past next Saturday, July 24 at 15:35 Eastern time which is 1:05 am Wednesday as per Indian Standard Time, the space agency continues to monitor the object. The asteroid, labelled 2008 GO20 that could be up to 220 metres wide which is double the size of London's Big Ben. Even though it will be in close proximity to Earth's orbit there is an extremely low chance that it would make contact with the surface. The asteroid is cruising at over 8 kilometres per second, which is around 28,800 km/hour, a speed so high that it could annihilate anything in its way. It is to pass at a distance of 4.7 million kilometres from Earth which is roughly 11 times the ...
Gigantic asteroid ‘2008 GO20’ nears Earth, likely to pass on July 25

Gigantic asteroid ‘2008 GO20’ nears Earth, likely to pass on July 25

Science & environment
New Delhi: Amid reports of a four football fields sized asteroid hurtling towards the earth, Dr Suvendu Pattnaik, Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Odisha said that there is no need for anyone to panic as this same asteroid had flown past earth earlier as well and at a much closer distance. Dr Pattnaik also stated that there are no chances of '2008 GO20' asteroid colliding with the planet. He also added that this asteroid will again revisit Earth in 2034. "We should not panic. We can safely say that it will not hit the earth," Dr Pattnaik told ANI. "This asteroid has visited earth at a much closer distance of 19 lakh km and 29 lakh km in 1935 and 1977 respectively. At that time, it flew away and never came towards the earth. This time it is around 45 lakh km, which i...