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WATCH: Astronauts take epic pics of ISS casting shadow on Sun spots

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A spectacular view was captured by astronauts while on a spacewalk as they seized the moment and clicked snaps of the International Space Station (ISS) while it was crossing the sun.

The shadow was cast on three sets of solar spots — which are so big that they can swallow two Earths at one time.

Two Nasa astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren “Woody” Hoburg exited the ISS to install a new solar array.

The image was captured on June 9 by Thierry Legault, a French astrophotographer, who travelled six hours with his 220-pound telescope to save the images of the international space outpost.

“The transit lasts less than one second,” he told Insider, adding that he was lucky to snap the pictures as “45 minutes later a big cloud hides the sun.”

The ISS completes its orbit around Earth in just 90 minutes and only spends 0.75 seconds travelling in front of the sun. For pictures like these, the most accomplished astrophotographers are required for this job.

A brief clip shows the ISS is seen crossing three sets of sunspots, which is, in itself, pretty rare.

Solar spots are the places where Sun’s magnetic fields are not stable, triggering flares — giant explosions that send energy and high-speed particles into space.

These solar flares have been previously thought to cause radio blackouts on Earth as well as responsible for creating stunning auroras or Northern lights.

According to Nasa, charged particles from solar flares can also pose some radiation risk to astronauts, especially if they are outside of the ISS on a spacewalk.

Therefore, astronauts keep a close eye on the flares lest they suffer any damage or injury.

The activity of the sun is on the rise as it is reaching its decadal peak of activity.

The ISS orbits our planet about 250 miles above the ground, while the sun is 93 million miles of distance.

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Users of WhatsApp will soon be able to lock chats on connected devices.

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Additionally, linked devices will now have access to the conversation lock feature. Users of WhatsApp will also soon have the option to tag their contacts in status updates.

Notably, WhatsApp users can link their devices to log in to the same account on different devices. However, several functions, such as conversation locks and status updates, are not accessible on the secondary devices.

Even if they are locked on the main conversations, anybody can still access your private chats on a connected device. WhatsApp is currently working on adding Chat Lock capability to connected devices in order to address this.

The chat lock feature on WhatsApp will soon be available on connected devices.

Prior to this, it was claimed that WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, was developing new personalisation options for an iOS beta.

According to WABetaInfo, an update tracker portal for the instant messaging network, WhatsApp for iOS users will soon get the option to modify both the conversation bubble’s colour and the app’s primary colour scheme.

A feature that let beta testers choose the primary colour scheme of the WhatsApp iOS app from a selection of five colours was first tested back in January.

The instant messaging app is testing a feature that lets users change the colour of chat bubbles within conversations, though, in a new beta edition.

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Moon train operations are planned by NASA.

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The goal is to construct the first lunar train system, which will enable safe, independent, and effective cargo transportation on the moon, according to robotics specialist Ethan Schaler of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

He went on, “The day-to-day functioning of a sustainable lunar base in the 2030s will depend heavily on a robust, long-lasting robotic transport system.”

The Flexible Levitation on a Track, or FLOAT, is the name of the proposed lunar rail system. According to NASA, the establishment of a railway system on the moon is “critical to the daily operations.”

According to the space agency, the primary objective of FLOAT is to offer transportation services in regions of the moon where astronauts are engaged in activities. To do this, cargoes of lunar soil and other materials will need to be transported to various regions of the moon.

Each robot will be able to transport cargo of various sizes and shapes at a pace of roughly 1 mph (1.61 km/h), according to Dr. Schaler.

Notably, NASA also declared new initiatives last month to create and test new vehicle models intended for moon exploration.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission ‘ICUBE-Q’ reaches the moon orbit.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) entered orbit around the moon on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s historic lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) launched from Hainan, China, on Friday aboard China’s Chang’E6 spacecraft.

According to the IST, the satellite ICUBE-Q was planned and developed in partnership with China’s Shanghai University SJTU and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO.

The ICUBE-Q orbiter is equipped with two optical cameras to image the lunar surface. ICUBE-Q has now been integrated into the Chang’e6 mission after successfully qualifying and testing it.

Chang’e6 is the sixth lunar exploration mission launched by China.

The launch event was streamed live on the IST website and social media platforms. Chang’6, China’s Lunar Mission, will land on the Moon’s far side to collect surface samples before returning to Earth for further research.

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