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  • NASA rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record 21 hours 29 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • Finding life beyond Earth is within reach: NASA July 15, 2014

    Washington: NASA expects to find the first traces of alien life within the next 20 years. Experts from NASA and its partner institutions have outlined a road-map to the search for life in the universe, an ongoing journey that involves a number of current and future telescopes. "Just imagine the moment,...
  • Supermoon to be seen tonight; two others will be visible on August 10, September 9 July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The first of the three supermoons of summer 2014 will be seen tonight (July 12), while the two other supermoons will be visible on August 10 and September 9. The one in August would be closest to Earth. A supermoon is when the moon makes its closest approach to...
  • NASA to send 3D Google smartphones for robots to space station July 7, 2014

    Mountain View: Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station. NASA plans to use the handsets to beef up its Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES,...
  • NASA builds world's first flying observatory July 7, 2014

    New York: NASA has fitted a 17-tonne telescope with an effective diameter of eight feet on a modified Boeing 747 jetliner that the US space agency is using as a flying observatory to study stars. The infrared telescope called "Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy" (SOFIA) is mounted behind a sliding door...
  • 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...
  • Mysterious 'magic island' detected on Saturn moon June 23, 2014

    New York: Astronomers have discovered a bright, mysterious geologic object - that appeared and then vanished again - from Ligeia Mare, the second largest sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The object was captured by NASA's Cassini mission radar last year as it swung around Titan. However, pictures of the same spot captured...
  • 2013 Uttarakhand floods: Dramatic before and after animated satellite image June 17, 2014

    It has been a year since floods and landslides wreaked havoc in the hill state of Uttarakhand killing thousands. These images captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite in May and June 2013 show how the area looked like before the multi-day cloudburst and what it...
  • Beas tragedy: ISRO, NASA's help may be sought to locate bodies June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinna Rajappa on Saturday said his government was trying to establish contact with ISRO and NASA to locate the bodies of the 16 missing students who were swept away when water was released into the Beas river here without warning last week. "We...
  • NASA beams 'Hello, World!' high-definition video from space June 10, 2014

    California: For the first time, NASA has beamed a high-definition video via laser from space to ground. "Hello, World!" came the message from the International Space Station (ISS). The 175-megabit video transmission was the first-of-its-kind for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) technology on the ISS. The entire transmission lasted for...
  • 1,000-feet wide 'beast' asteroid to pass by Earth on June 8 June 8, 2014

    California: A 1,000-feet wide "beast" at a speed of 50,400 km per hour - that could wipe out an entire city - will come within a range of a million miles of earth on Sunday. The asteroid will, however, safely pass earth from a distance of 1.25 million kms -...
  • NASA beams video from space via laser June 7, 2014

    Washington: US space agency NASA said on Friday it has successfully beamed a high-definition video from the International Space Station to Earth using a new laser communications instrument, a technology demonstration that could help fundamentally change the way of communication in future deep space missions. The transmission of the 175-megabit video...
  • Watch: Stunning NASA video shows a gigantic solar eruption June 1, 2014

    NASA's sun-observing IRIS spacecraft has captured its first stunning close-up of a colossal coronal mass ejection (CME) erupting from the sun. The field of view for this imagery is about five times the width of earth and about seven-and-half times its length, a tremendous sheet of solar material can be seen...
  • NASA sends hi-tech 'sandals' into space May 30, 2014

    London: NASA has sent a pair of high-tech 'space sandals' to the International Space Station (ISS) to better understand how heavy loads can damage an astronauts' bones and muscles. The ForceShoe will be worn by astronauts to further our knowledge of the forces at play when operating at zero gravity....
  • 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...
  • NASA's massive Earth Day selfie project: Look what NASA did with your Earth Day selfies May 23, 2014

    'Where are you on Earth right now?' NASA put out this question to people on Earth Day and asked them to send in their selfies with their answers. What it did with your selfies is amazing. It unveiled a massive global selfie mosaic of the Earth, showing how it would...
  • NASA unveils Earth Day 'global selfie' mosaic of 36,000 pictures May 23, 2014

    New York: NASA unveiled its "global selfie" on Thursday, a mosaic of more than 36,000 pictures uploaded to social media showing people and places around the world in commemoration of Earth Day, the US space agency said. NASA asked people on April 22, Earth Day, to upload pictures tagged with #GlobalSelfie...
  • NASA discovers square-shaped hole in Sun May 13, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists have discovered a strange coronal hole, almost square in its shape, on the surface of the Sun. The coronal hole is an area where the solar wind is streaming out of the Sun at superfast speeds, researchers said. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured a video of...
  • Watch: NASA astronaut delivers UConn commencement speech for graduating class from space May 12, 2014

    University of Connecticut alumnus Rick Mastracchio took a break from orbiting the globe on the International Space Station to deliver an address to students graduating from the university's School of Engineering on Saturday. With a large black UConn banner and UConn baseball cap floating behind him, Mastracchio hovered between two space...
  • NASA scientists recreate space dust in the lab May 11, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists have recreated, right on Earth, dust grains similar to those that form in the outer layers of dying stars. A team of researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, has successfully reproduced the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star...
  • Earthrise: Amazing photo of the Earth rising above the craters of the moon May 9, 2014

    More than 45 years have passed since the first 'Earthrise' photo was taken by the Apollo 8 crew in 1968, showing the Earth for the first time as it appears from deep space.Now, NASA has released the 21st version of the 'Earthrise' photo where the blue Earth appears to be...
  • 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...
  • US: Astronaut to give university speech from space May 2, 2014

    Hartford: University of Connecticut alumnus Rick Mastracchio would have liked to deliver the 2014 graduation address to the school of engineering in person. But he'll be out of town on May 10, orbiting the globe on the International Space Station, so, UConn has arranged for the 54-year-old astronaut give the...
  • NASA crashed moon mission at 5,700 km per hour April 21, 2014

    Washington: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), the moon exploring robot of NASA was annihilated when it impacted the surface of the moon, as planned last weekend, the US space agency announced. "At the time of impact, LADEE was travelling at a speed of 3,600 miles (5,700 km) per hour...
  • NASA spots most Earth-like planet yet April 18, 2014

    Los Angeles: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced on Thursday, excited...
  • Watch live: Rare 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipse April 15, 2014

    A total lunar eclipse visible from North America will begin early in the morning of April 15 at about 2 AM EDT (11:30 AM IST). In this rare celestial show on Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its colour from bright orange to blood red to brown,...
  • Rare blood red lunar eclipse to unfold on Tuesday April 14, 2014

    Florida: Night owls and early risers in North America will be able to watch a rare celestial show on Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color from bright orange to blood red to brown, depending on local weather conditions. The lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours...