Mars

  • NASA spacecraft to reach Mars this weekend 22 hours 11 minutes ago

    Washington: US space agency NASA said on Wednesday its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will enter orbit around the Red Planet this weekend. The spacecraft has completed a 10-month space journey spanning 442 million miles (711 million km), Xinhua reported. "The team, the flight system, and all ground assets are...
  • 'Cell-like' structure points towards life on Mars 2 days ago

    London: A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old has made a strong case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists. The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in Britain and...
  • India's Mars mission to reach its destination next week 3 days ago

    Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars mission is in the final lap. The elated scientists at the ISRO say the Mars orbiter launched in November 2013, is all set for its date to actually reach the red planet on September 24. It was one of India's proud moments, as...
  • ISRO hopes India becomes the first country to complete Mars Mission in its maiden attempt 3 days ago

    Indian Space Research Organisation on Sunday said that commands required by the Mars Orbiter Mission to enter the planet's orbit have been uploaded. The process will take almost 13 hours to be completed and the orbiter is expected to enter the Mars orbit on September 24, ISRO said. V Koteshwar...
  • India's Mars Mission to enter planet's orbit on September 24, ISRO uploads commands 3 days ago

    Bangalore: Indian Space Research Organisation on Sunday said that commands required by the Mars Orbiter Mission to enter the planet's orbit have been uploaded. It said that the process will take almost 13 hours to complete and the orbiter is expected to enter the Mars orbit on September 24. Scientists will...
  • Mars Orbiter Mission is in the pink of health: ISRO 5 days ago

    Chennai: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission, scheduled to enter the Mars orbit later in September, is in the "pink of health" and sending vital information from a distance of 211 million km after covering 95 per cent of its journey, ISRO said. "MOM keeps sending us vital information about the health...
  • NASA, ISRO in talks to set up Joint Mars Working Group 1 week ago

    Washington: America's premier space agency NASA and its Indian counterpart ISRO are talking about setting up a Joint Mars Working Group, a top US space official has said ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US. "NASA is in discussions with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) regarding potential...
  • NASA probe identifies clouds on Mars September 6, 2014

    Washington: The belief that Mars could support life received a boost when NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover identified clouds that researchers believe are most likely to have formed through the accumulation of water ice crystals or supercooled water droplets. "Clouds are part of the planet's climate system," Robert Haberle, a planetary scientist...
  • Two moons hoax: Mars won't be as big as the moon on August 27; ignore those social media messages August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Every year, for more than a decade now, in the months of July and August an old Internet hoax resurfaces for the gullible to consume and share. The message that has been around from the days of email forwards has now also embraced Whatsapp. The Mars hoax even has...
  • India's Mars orbiter to reach red planet in 33 days: ISRO August 23, 2014

    Chennai: India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission is just nine million kilometres away from the red planet, Indian Space Research Organisation said on Saturday. "Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is just nine million km away from Mars and 189 million kilometres away from the Earth. 33 more days to...
  • Mars Mission: Mangalyaan on course, says ISRO chief Radhakrishnan August 12, 2014

    Chennai: India's first inter-planetary mission to Mars "Mangalyaan" was on its course and the orbiter would reach the Martian orbit on September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Tuesday. "The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is on course and as per plan it would reach the orbit...
  • NASA to reveal Mars 2020 rover instruments July 31, 2014

    Washington: The US space agency is set to announce on Thursday the instruments that will be carried aboard the agency's Mars 2020 mission rover. The announcement will take place at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC. The new "roving laboratory" is the successor to the widely celebrated Curiosity rover. The "roving laboratory" is powered...
  • NASA rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record July 29, 2014

    Washington: The US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said on Monday. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the...
  • NASA seeks private help to connect Mars data with Earth July 28, 2014

    Washington: In a bid to broaden participation in the exploration of the Red planet, NASA has called for a new, privately-owned communications network to be set up on Mars. The US space agency has released a Request for Information (RFI) - a formal paperwork seeking public development of a new system. "The new...
  • Mars orbiter completes about 80 per cent of journey July 22, 2014

    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...