Mars

  • Mars orbiter completes about 80 per cent of journey 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    Chennai: Inching closer to the red planet, India's ambitious Mars orbiter spacecraft has covered more than 540 million kilometres, about 80 per cent of its journey for its rendezvous with the planet scheduled for September 24. The spacecraft has covered a distance of more than 540 million kilometres on its helio...
  • India's Mars orbiter spacecraft to reach target in 75 days July 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Exactly 75 days from July 12, India's Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet as it is rapidly coasting towards its target. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has travelled 525 million km on its heliocentric arc. Radio signals from earth now take 15 minutes to reach MOM and...
  • Will this US couple be the first humans to travel to Mars by 2021? July 12, 2014

    If all goes well, a US couple can become the first humans to travel to Mars by as early as 2021. Founders of an Arizona-based private space company called Paragon Space Development Corporation, Taber MacCallum and his wife Jane Poynter are planning a round-trip flyby of the Red planet for...
  • UFOs, Mars, and the desolate place called Moon: 5 interesting things Buzz Aldrin discussed on his Reddit AMA that no one knew July 10, 2014

    American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk the moon, launched a social media campaign yesterday called Apollo 45. On the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Aldrin launched a YouTube channel and conducted an extremely insightful Reddit AMA. There are things from this AMA that left...
  • NASA launches 'flying saucer' to test Mars landing tech June 29, 2014

    Washington: NASA has successfully launched a saucer-shaped vehicle high into Earth's atmosphere to test future Mars landing technologies that could help humanity set up an outpost on the Red Planet. The space agency launched its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle Saturday from the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on...
  • 100 days for India's Mars spacecraft's tryst with red planet June 16, 2014

    Bangalore: Exactly 100 days from Monday, India's Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet as it is rapidly coasting towards its target covering almost 70 per cent of its journey. On September 24, a very significant technological milestone of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) called Mars Orbit...
  • Olly Murs beats Bruno Mars and Rihanna, named most played pop star of 2013 June 4, 2014

    London: Singer Olly Murs has been named the most played pop star of 2013. The former 'X Factor' runner up saw off competition from the likes of Bruno Mars, Pink, Rihanna and Katy Perry to top the chart, compiled by music royalty body Phonographic Performance Ltd, reported Daily Mirror. The...
  • Trajectory correction of Mars mission likely by June 11 June 2, 2014

    Chennai: Indian Space Research Organisation is likely to perform its next trajectory correction manoeuvre on its Mars Orbiter mission on June 11. As its Mars mission is "on intended track" and was proceeding towards the red planet with "good health," ISRO had earlier announced that the trajectory correction manoeuvre scheduled for...
  • NASA orbiter captures new crater on Red Planet May 23, 2014

    Researchers have discovered the largest fresh meteor-impact crater on Mars, NASA said in a statement. The before-and-after images of the crater were captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The crater is half the size of a football ground and first appeared in March 2012, the US space agency said. It was captured...
  • Mangalyaan doing well, will reach Martian orbit on September 24 May 12, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: India's maiden inter-planetary mission to Mars "Mangalyaan" was on course and the orbiter would reach the Martian orbit on September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Monday. Dismissing the sceptical views expressed by certain quarters over the misssion, he said, "Mars mission is going well...
  • 44 Indians shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars May 8, 2014

    London: Forty-four Indians, including 17 women, are among 705 aspirants shortlisted for an ambitious private mission to send four people on a planned one-way trip to Mars in 2024 to colonise the red planet. The Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One announced that 353 hopefuls from around the world have been...
  • NASA rover Curiosity clicks a selfie on Mars May 3, 2014

    New York: Don't miss this selfie from the red planet. NASA's rover Curiosity has started drilling on Mars for the third time and did not miss the opportunity to take its Martian self-portrait. The drill has begun at a geologically interesting location nicknamed 'The Kimberley'. In this selfie, Curiosity appears to be...
  • NASA spots volcanic 'heart' on Mars April 13, 2014

    After the discovery of 'Australia' by NASA's Curiosity Rover, scientists have now located a heart shape on Tharsis Bulge, a region home to some of the Red planet's biggest ancient volcanoes. Formed most likely through volcanic activity, the heart shape was spotted by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard...
  • India's Mars mission covers half the distance to red planet April 9, 2014

    Chennai: Cruising towards a historic feat, the Indian space mission to Mars today crossed half the total distance to the red planet from Earth and was very much along the designated helio-centric trajectory. At exactly 09.50 am (IST), the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft crossed the mid-point of its path to Mars,...
  • Mars mission: Spacecraft crosses half the distance April 9, 2014

    Cruising towards a historic feat, the Indian space mission to Mars on Wednesday crossed half the total distance to the red planet from Earth and was very much along the designated helio-centric trajectory. At exactly 09.50 am (IST), the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft crossed the mid-point of its path to Mars,...
  • Opposition of Mars: Tonight Mars, Earth and sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: On the night of Tuesday April 8, Mars, Earth, and the sun are arranged in a nearly-straight line. Astronomers call this event an 'opposition of Mars' because Mars and the Sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Oppositions of Mars happen every 26 months. Mars rises in...
  • Modi blasts Congress over weak policies, says its slogan now is 'Mar Jawan, Mar Kisan' March 29, 2014

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday tore into the foreign policy of the UPA government and accused it of neglecting national interests. He also tweaked the "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" slogan. Alluding to the alleged incursions by the Pakistan army and beheading of Indian soldiers in 2013, the Gujarat...
  • NASA shares heart-shaped images from the surface of Mars for Valentine's Day February 15, 2014

    Looks like the red planet also celebrates Valentine's Day. On 14 February 2014, NASA tweeted heart shaped images from the surface of Mars and wrote "#NASALove from the Red Planet: Mars is red, so don't be blue. Hearts abound from us to you(sic)" The images were captured by Mars Orbiter...
  • Mars mission successfully completes 100 days in space on Wednesday February 11, 2014

    Bangalore: India's first inter-planetary probe Mars Orbiter Spacecraft will be completing 100 days in space on Wednesday in its voyage towards the red planet. The health of the spacecraft, launched by the country's workhorse rocket PSLV-C25 on November 5 last from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh,...
  • NASA finds clues to possible water flows on Mars February 11, 2014

    US space agency NASA said Monday its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey orbiter have sent back clues that liquid water may still exist today on the Red Planet. The spacecraft spotted "dark, finger-like markings" that advance down some Martian slopes when temperatures rise, as well as corresponding seasonal changes in iron...
  • Grammy Awards 2014: Lorde's 'Royals' wins song of the year January 27, 2014

    Los Angeles (AP): Precocious teenager Lorde is the Grammy Awards song of the year winner. Lorde's inescapable anti-swag anthem 'Royals' continued its unlikely run through pop music Sunday night, giving the New Zealander her second Grammy Award of the evening. 'Royals' was originally recorded by Lorde and Joel Little to be given...
  • Mystery white rock inexplicably appears near NASA Mars rover January 22, 2014

    Scientists are stumped as to how a rock mysteriously appeared in images taken two weeks apart by NASA's Mars rover Opportunity. The rover, which landed in an area known as Meridiani Planum a decade ago, is exploring the rim of a crater for signs of past water. Another rover, Curiosity, touched down...
  • Watch: The trailer of crowdfunded film 'Veronica Mars' January 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The makers of the 'Veronica Mars' movie have come up with the film's first trailer. The film is based on the hit TV series 'Veronica Mars', where the lead character is a successful lawyer. The interesting thing about the film is that it's a crowd-funded project. Featuring Kristen...
  • 62 Indians shortlisted for permanent human settlement on Mars January 2, 2014

    London: Over 1,000 aspirants, including 62 from India, have been shortlisted for an ambitious private mission to send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024 to establish a permanent colony on the red planet. The Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One announced the selection of 1,058 candidates...
  • 62 Indians shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars January 2, 2014

    Over 1,000 aspirants, including 62 from India, have been shortlisted for an ambitious private mission to send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024 to establish a permanent colony on the red planet. The Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One announced the selection of 1,058 candidates from...
  • Bruno Mars, Rihanna top list of most-pirated artists in 2013 January 2, 2014

    Los Angeles: American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars and R&B star Rihanna are the most pirated music artistes of 2013. According to the figures released by data analysis firm Musicmetric, Mars finished the year with nearly 5.8 million downloads to Rihanna's 5.4 million, reported Rolling Stone. Daft Punk was a distant third...
  • Over 20,000 Indians apply for one-way trip to Mars December 12, 2013

    London: Over 2 lakh people, including more than 20,000 Indians, have applied for an ambitious private mission that will send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2023 to establish a permanent space colony. In the five month application period, Mars One received interest from 202,586 people...
  • Narendra Modi beats Sachin Tendulkar, Mars Mission on Facebook December 9, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is the most talked about person on Facebook in India beating likes of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and Apple iconic device iPhone 5s, the US-based social networking site said on Monday. According to the social networking giant's top Indian...
  • ISRO to carry out Trajectory Correction Manoeuvres on Mars mission December 9, 2013

    As India's maiden mission to Mars continues its fuel-less cruise to the Red Planet, ISRO would carry out further manoeuvres aimed at keeping the spacecraft in the intended trajectory this week. The first of the four Trajectory Correction Manoeuvres (TCM) would be carried out on December 11, Indian Space Research Organisation...
  • Mars mission spacecraft travels beyond Earth's sphere of influence December 4, 2013

    India's maiden mission to Mars has traversed beyond the sphere of influence (SOI) of Earth extending about 9,25,000 km in its 10-month long voyage to the red planet. The spacecraft crossed the SOI of Earth at around 1:14 hrs (IST) on Wednesday, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The Mars orbiter...