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NASA Orbiter finds possible cave skylights on Mars

Washington, Sept.22: NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has reportedly discovered entrances to seven possible caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano.

The find is likely to fuel interest in potential underground habitats and sparking searches for caverns elsewhere on the planet.

NASA Restarts Telescope Mission to Detect Black Holes

Washington, Sept.22: NASA has made a decision to restart an astronomy mission that will have greater capability than any existing instrument for detecting black holes in the local universe.

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NUSTAR), will expand understanding of the origins and destinies of stars and galaxies.

NASA had stopped the study effort on the NUSTAR mission in 2006 due to funding pressures within the Science Mission Directorate.

Lava flow could have buried signs of past water on Mars

London, Sept 21: Lava flow could have covered features on Mars that appear to have experienced catastrophic flooding, and this could make future landing missions for search of past water on the Red Planet more troublesome, according to a new NASA study.

The results follow the detailed examination for more than three months by the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the valley system called Athabasca Valles, which has long been interpreted as having been carved out by sudden, catastrophic flooding.

Evidence of star formation in gas tail extending outside parent galaxy

Washington, Sept 21: Astronomers have found evidence of star formation in a long gas tail extending well outside its parent galaxy.

ESA’s ‘Don Quijote’ to search for small, earth threatening asteroids

Paris, Sept 21 : The European Space Agency (ESA) has embarked on a ‘Don Quijote’ mission that would chart out the trajectory of small asteroids to see if these rocky bodies are in line with a collision with Earth in the future.

The Don Quijote mission is a project based in two phases.

The first phase will see a spacecraft rendezvous with an asteroid and go into orbit around it. It would monitor the asteroid for several months, precisely determining its position, shape, mass and gravity field.

Smart insulin nanostructures pass feasibility test on animal models

Washington, September 21 : A smart particle insulin release system that detects spikes in glucose and blood sugar levels, and releases insulin to counteract them has shown promising results in feasibility tests on animal models.

Researchers at The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston have announced the findings of the pre-clinical test in the International Journal of Nanomedicine.