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  • NASA plans airships, floating city for manned Venus mission 5 days ago

    Washington: NASA plans to send solar-powered airships to explore Venus' atmosphere and to eventually establish a permanent human colony in a floating cloud city above the Earth's nearest planetary neighbour. Dale Arney and Chris Jones, from the Space Mission Analysis Branch of NASA's Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at Langley Research...
  • Earth meteorite indicates water reservoir on Mars 1 week ago

    Washington: NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars, this discovery helps resolve the question...
  • NASA's 'Curiosity' rover detects organic matter on Mars December 17, 2014

    Washington: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules, the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, on the surface of the Red Planet. The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on Curiosity found the organic molecules in...
  • Massive asteroid not a threat to earth: NASA December 10, 2014

    New York: A massive asteroid discovered by Russian researchers is not a threat to the Earth, NASA has confirmed. According to media reports, a Russian researcher discovered a 400-metre space rock named Asteroid 2014 UR116 coming towards the Earth. "Some press reports have suggested that an asteroid designated 2014 UR116, found on...
  • NASA's Orion spaceship successfully completes debut test run December 6, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: A US spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars made a near-bullseye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, wrapping up a flawless, unmanned debut test flight around Earth. The Orion capsule blasted off aboard a Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the biggest in the US fleet, just...
  • NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully lifts off from Florida for first test flight December 5, 2014

    Florida: The first flight test of Orion, NASA's next-generation spacecraft, was held successfully on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "Orion launched at 7:05 am ET/12:05 UTC. Orion will orbit Earth twice, reaching a peak altitude of 3,600 miles," the official twitter handle of NASA tweeted. The spacecraft is...
  • NASA gets new countdown clock just in time December 3, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: NASA has a new state-of-the-art space capsule on the launch pad and a new high-tech countdown clock to go with it. The multimedia display was lit up and counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until Thursday morning's liftoff of Orion on an unmanned orbital test flight. It's the...
  • 'Beam Me to Mars' sends 90,000 messages into space in a tribute to NASA's first successful mission to Mars 50 years ago November 30, 2014

    Washington: In a tribute to NASA's first successful mission to Mars 50 years ago, the space funding corporation Uwingu sent nearly 90,000 personal messages by radio into space. The Mariner 4 mission was successfully launched on Nov 28, 1964. It flew past Mars July 15, 1965, sending back the first images ever...
  • NASA's Orion all set for December 4 test flight November 29, 2014

    Washington: Designed to carry astronauts to deep space destinations like Mars, NASA's Orion spacecraft is all set to blast off for its first test flight December 4. To be launched atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 37 in Florida, Orion will not carry...
  • NASA creates first 3D printed object in space November 26, 2014

    Washington: The 3D printer at the International Space Station (ISS) has created the first printed object in space - a part of the printer itself - paving the way to future long-term space expeditions. NASA controllers from Earth sent the command to the printer to make the first printed part: a...
  • NASA Curiosity rover to probe mysterious rocks on Mars November 21, 2014

    Washington: NASA has sent its Mars Curiosity rover to investigate a mysterious set of rocks on the Red Planet. The rover has completed a reconnaissance "walkabout" of the first outcrop it reached at the base of the mission's destination mountain and has begun a second pass examining selected rocks in the...
  • Earth smashed by 556 fiery asteroids in last 20 years November 18, 2014

    Washington: Over 556 small asteroids smashed into the Earth over the last 20 years, NASA researchers have found, suggesting that fiery space rocks are bombarding into the planet's atmosphere at a stunning rate. A map released by NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Programme shows that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate...
  • NASA installs first zero-gravity 3D printer on International Space Station November 18, 2014

    Washington: The world's first zero-gravity 3D printer has been installed by NASA on the International Space Station (ISS), which will help astronauts to experiment with additive manufacturing in microgravity. NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore installed the 3D printer, designed and built by Made In Space for NASA, inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox...
  • NASA shows satellite images of Earth's sanctuaries in book November 16, 2014

    Washington: From the weaving waterways of the Sundarbans to the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia, NASA has unveiled stunning satellite images of Earth's last untouched sanctuaries in a new book. The efforts to conserve parks and protected areas around the world are being aided by Earth observations from space-based sensors...
  • From Bay of Bengal to Sunderbans: NASA reveals satellite images of Earth's sanctuaries in book November 16, 2014

    Washington: From the astonishing river patterns along the Bay of Bengal to weaving waterways of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, NASA has revealed some stunning images of the Earth's last untouched sanctuaries in a new book. Titled "Sanctuary: Exploring the World's Protected Areas from Space", the book highlights how the view from...
  • Rosetta comet mission shuts down after Philae runs out of power November 15, 2014

    London: The European Space Agency's (ESA) ambitious Rosetta comet mission is in trouble again with its Philae lander running out of power on the surface of the comet, media reported on Saturday. This happened when a last-ditch attempt to nudge the lander to a more sunlit place on the comet apparently...
  • Passing comet peppered Mars with shooting stars, say scientists November 8, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: The comet that sailed by Mars last month spawned thousands of shooting stars per hour and created a new layer of ionized particles high in the planet's atmosphere, NASA scientists said on Friday. At twilight, the Martian skies likely took on a yellowish hue from sodium in vaporized comet...
  • Universe brighter than imagined, finds NASA November 7, 2014

    Washington: A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infra-red light in the dark space between galaxies - a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined. The glow is thought to be from orphaned stars flung out of galaxies. Galaxies may not have a set boundary...
  • NASA test flight still on track despite accidents November 7, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents. Officials on Friday said everything looks good for the December 4 launch of NASA's new Orion capsule. This one will not carry a crew. Future Orions are meant to carry astronauts on...
  • Photos: From the Himalayas to Atlas mountains: 10 stunning satellite images of the famous mountains of the world as seen from space November 4, 2014

    Photographers have been capturing mountains and land across the world for decades. There have been expeditions to some of these mountains and dormant volcanoes have also been discovered in some cases. NASA's satellites have taken stunning pictures of the earth as seen from space. These 10 photos of breathtaking mountain...
  • NASA rocket to click 1,500 images of Sun in 5 minutes November 3, 2014

    Washington: A sounding rocket fitted with technology to gather 1,500 images of the Sun in flat five minutes is set for launch on Monday. Capturing five images per second, the Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE) mission will focus in on the split-second changes that occur near active regions on the...
  • New NASA tech to use natural resources beyond Earth November 2, 2014

    Washington: Future astronauts on Mars will rely less on supplies from Earth and may even be able to create rocket fuel and 3D printed structures by using locally sourced minerals, according to NASA. To enable missions deeper into space than ever before, NASA is investing in technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilisation...
  • Photos: NASA's Orbital Sciences' unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff in Virginia October 30, 2014

    An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but officials said no one was hurt. The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital...
  • NASA's Orbital Sciences' unmanned rocket explodes on liftoff in Virginia October 29, 2014

    An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but officials said no one was hurt. The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital...
  • NASA captures largest sunspot in two decades October 25, 2014

    Washington: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has spotted an image of a gigantic sunspot - the largest in last 24 years. The flare erupted from a particularly large active region dubbed as AR 12192. The sunspot soon grew to be the largest active region observed in the current solar cycle - a...
  • Saturn's moon Titan glowing at dusk and dawn: NASA October 24, 2014

    Washington: In a potentially "groundbreaking discovery", scientists led by NASA have found large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles of Saturn's moon Titan during the moon's dusk and dawn. The pair of patches was spotted by a NASA-led international team of researchers investigating the...
  • ISRO's Mangalyaan witnesses cosmic event as Comet Siding Spring flies past the orbiter October 20, 2014

    New Delhi: India's Mars Orbiter mission Mangalyaan witnessed a unique cosmic event on Sunday as Comet Siding Spring flew past the orbiter. A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars, wowing space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter. Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), made its closest encounter with Mars at...
  • NASA orbiters set for close encounter with comet near Mars October 18, 2014

    Washington: A comet called C/2013 A1 or Siding Spring will pass within about 139,500 kms of Mars on Sunday, NASA said in a statement. The distance is less than one-tenth that of any known comet flyby of Earth. "This is a cosmic science gift that could potentially keep on giving, and the...
  • NASA findings brighten up Sun like never before October 17, 2014

    Washington: New findings by NASA spacecraft about how the Sun's atmosphere or corona or what causes solar winds that can impact technological infrastructure in space and on Earth has given the scientific community an unprecedented amount of information about our Sun. The new findings by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)...
  • Slow-growing galaxies to reveal how universe was formed October 16, 2014

    Washington: Do you wonder why some galaxies flourish with star formation and others barely bloom? The answer lies in slow-growing galaxies. Using data from the European Space Agency's Herschel mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), astronomers have made some of the most accurate measurements yet of...