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Guinness World Records names 4 records broken by Blue Origin's 1st human spaceflight

Guinness World Records names 4 records broken by Blue Origin's 1st human spaceflight

With Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’s successful first human spaceflight in July, 82-year-old Wally Funk broke the ‘oldest person in space’ Guinness World Record. Jeff and his brother Mark broke ‘first siblings in space at the same time’ Guinness record. Guinness called it ‘first suborbital spacecraft to carry paying customers’ and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen became ‘youngest person to go to space.

Earth's brightness dropping because of climate change, finds study

Earth's brightness dropping because of climate change, finds study

Warming ocean waters have caused a drop in the brightness of the Earth, according to a new study. Warming oceans cause fewer bright clouds to reflect sunlight into space, admitting even more energy into earth’s climate system. Once significant additional solar energy is in Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, it may contribute to global warming.

Astronaut shares pic of Abu Dhabi from space at night, says 'note the arrow'

Astronaut shares pic of Abu Dhabi from space at night, says 'note the arrow'

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has shared a picture of Abu Dhabi at night from the International Space Station. “The districts seem to have different layouts and different lighting, and note the arrow clearly pointing somewhere, I wonder if the city planners were trying to show astronauts…and anybody who can look at a map where the treasure is,” he said.

NASA shares pic of 'hand-shaped' space cloud formed after a star exploded

NASA shares pic of 'hand-shaped' space cloud formed after a star exploded

NASA has shared a picture of a nebula (interstellar cloud) which is shaped like a hand and said that it was blown by a pulsar, which is a magnetised rotating compact star. The pulsar was left behind when a star exploded, NASA said, adding, “The pulsar…is about 19 kilometres in diameter and it’s spinning around almost 7 times per second!”

NASA awards $253 mn to 2 firms for electric aircraft propulsion tech

NASA awards $253 mn to 2 firms for electric aircraft propulsion tech

NASA has awarded two US firms $253.3 million to support its Electric Powertrain Flight Demonstration that will rapidly mature Electrified Aircraft Propulsion technologies. It aims to introduce EAP technologies to US aviation fleets by 2035. The firms will conduct ground and flight test demonstrations of their EAP technologies applicable to commercial aircraft transports over five years.

Mars' surface shaped by 'fast & furious' floods from overflowing craters, finds study

Mars' surface shaped by 'fast & furious' floods from overflowing craters, finds study

A study, led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, found that ‘fast and furious’ floods from overflowing crater lakes had outsized role in shaping Mars’ surface. It found that the floods, which probably lasted mere weeks, eroded more than enough sediment to fill Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. “It’s a bit…surprising,” said lead author Tim Goudge.