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10 of the Most Exciting Space Explorations to Look Forward to in 2018

Will this year’s space explorations give us a much better understanding of the universe?

2017 was a blast. And with another year, there is a lot of things people are hoping to see. Such is actually true in the field of space missions, from highly-anticipated launched to deep space explorations. Indeed, this year is a going to be as exciting as ever.

We here at Elite Readers compiled a list of exciting space missions to look forward to this 2018. This year is definitely expected to be more thrilling. Well, without further ado, here they are!

#1. January

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This month will feature the inaugural launch of SpaceX’s long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket. Although the company has yet to announce an official date, it is expected to launch between late January and early February.

It is worth noting that this launching is set to be the most powerful rocket in operation today. More importantly, it will be taking Elon Musk’s very own Tesla car to the orbital path of Mars.

#2. February

Russia is all set to send a so-called Progress cargo spacecraft to ISS (International Space Station) for three hours. In comparison, it is shorter than a normal flight from New York to Los Angeles. However, it is half the quickest time humanity has ever sent anything to the ISS.

#3. March

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is NASA’s newest planet hunter, is scheduled to launch no earlier than the middle of March. It aims to find more than 30,000 planets outside the Solar System, including Earth-sized worlds.

#4. April

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SpaceX is expected to perform an unmanned test flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft for the very first time, though there is also a planned crewed flight later this year. China, on the other hand, will have its Tiangong-1 space station re-enter the atmosphere.

#5. May

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Delayed from a few years back, the InSight Lander will finally be launched on a mission to the Red Planet. As soon as it lands in Mars, it will attempt to study the planet’s interior using seismology.

#6. June

China will soon launch its Chang’e-4 relay satellite directly to the Moon, as it is intended to the very orbital component of a planned lunar lander. The latter is expected to set foot on the far side of the Moon later this year.

#7. July

Source: NASA

The Parker Solar Probe of NASA will be launched in a goal to study the Sun. Interestingly, it will be set at a much closer distance than any spacecraft has ever managed to do. It is believed to be 17 times farther than the width of the Sun itself.

#8. August

Source: NASA

Boeing is set to perform an uncrewed test of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. It also plans to launch humans sometime in November this year. SpaceX is also expected to conduct a crewed test of its Crew Dragon.

#9. October

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The joint mission involving Europe and Japanese – called BepiColombo – will be launched to Mercury. The mission is composed of two orbiters, though it will not really arrive into orbit around the said planet until December of 2025.

#10. December

The launch of one of the final modules of the ISS is expected this month. It is none other than the Russian-built Nauka module, which was actually delayed a couple of years ago.

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The World’s Largest Retirement Community is Perfect for Testing Self-Driving Taxis

An American startup company has chosen the area to pilot its services.

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Autonomous vehicle technology has yet to be perfected, but one company is looking to take one step ahead of the others as it tests its services in the ideal area: The Villages retirement community in Florida. The sprawling community stretches out to 40 square miles and features 750 miles of road, three separate downtowns, plus a population of 125,000 senior citizens.

The American car startup Voyage chose The Villages to test its door-to-door self-driving taxi service. With this, the residents can call for cars using an app. The cars will then operate at Level 4 autonomy (meaning full autonomy for all safety-critical driving functions) but still include a safety driver. The company has also partnered with CARMERA, a street-level intelligence provider for autonomous vehicles. CARMERA will map out The Villages’ roadways and feed the cars real-time mapping updates.

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Scientists Discover Huge Sheets of Ice Buried Beneath the Surface of Mars

This discovery is a big ‘game-changer,’ according to experts.

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A major discovery has just been made by scientists and many are labeling it as a huge ‘game-changer’. According to a new study published in the Science journal, Mars may have a source of accessible drinkable water.

As can be seen in the images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (which has been orbiting the red planet since 2006), scientists have discovered thick ice sheets under the Martain surface.

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Scientifically Proven Reasons Redheads Are Superior in Bed

It has to do with their genes.

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It's not just their wild locks that make them appealing in the bedroom. Redheads' MC1R genes, the ones responsible for their red hair, can also be credited for other physical characteristics that make them great in bed.

Redheads are quite special indeed. In 2000, when researchers pinpointed the exact gene responsible for red hair, the mutated MC1R protein, they found that it may only manifest in as little as 1 to 2 percent of the population. But what exactly makes redheads superstars in the bedroom? Read on to find out.

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