Space

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for PSLV C-23 launch, asks scientists to develop a SAARC satellite June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday witnessed the PSLV C-23 launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. A thrilled Modi congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation scientists and thanked them for giving him the opportunity to witness the launch in person. Speaking after the launch of the five foreign satellites,...
  • Global endorsement of India's space capability: Modi June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: This is a "global endorsement of India's space capability", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the successful launch of an Indian rocket that carried five foreign satellites. Modi said: "Congratulations to everybody." "I feel specially privileged to witness this event in person," said Modi who clapped as the Polar Satellite Launch...
  • ISRO launches PSLV-C23 from Sriharikota with 5 foreign satellites June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C23 rocket at 9:52 am with five foreign satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore. A few minutes after the launch PSLV-C23 rocket placed all five satellites on intended orbit around Earth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived...
  • ISRO to launch PSLV C-23 with 5 foreign satellites today June 30, 2014

    Sriharikota: It is a big day for the Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday as last minute preparations are in full swing for the launch of the PSLV C-23 rocket at 9:52 am. The PSLV-C23 rocket will be carrying satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore. Among the audience will...
  • Earth-size 'diamond' discovered in space June 25, 2014

    Washington: Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized 'diamond' about 900 light-years away in space, which is possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallised, forming - in effect - an Earth-size diamond in space. The object is likely...
  • 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...
  • 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: Is that a giant, rotating UFO approaching the International Space Station? June 4, 2014

    A newly captured video apparently shows a massive rotating UFO as it flies up close to the ISS (International Space Station). The YouTube channel that uploaded the video has a description claiming that the video was recorded directly off of the ISS Ustream video page by a regular user of...
  • 5 things to know about spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to space May 31, 2014

    SpaceX has made supply runs to the International Space Station under a NASA contract. Now it's eyeing carrying astronauts to low-Earth orbit. NASA is depending on private companies to fill the void left by the retirement of its space shuttle fleet. Here are five things to know about SpaceX: What is its...
  • 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....
  • Book a seat for zero gravity experience in space! May 30, 2014

    London: Have Rs 1.5 crore in your kitty? You can get a seat on Richard Branson-owned Virgin space travel's flight for a 'Zero Gravity' (ZeroG) experience in space. But if you are not born rich, at approximately Rs 1.58 lakh, you can still get the 'ZeroG' experience, courtesy Swiss Space Systems...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Indian rocket carrying navigation satellite blasts off April 4, 2014

    An Indian rocket carrying the country's second navigation satellite - IRNSS-1B - on Friday blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota  in Andhra Pradesh. Exactly at 5.14 p.m., the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C24 (PSLV-C24) standing around 44.4 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonnes - tore into...
  • Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' inspired by the movies he watched as a child March 27, 2014

    Las Vegas: It's tough to get writer-director Christopher Nolan to divulge details about the plot of his upcoming sci-fi movie 'Interstellar'. "We're right in the thick of the first cut of the film," he said on stage during a question and answer session at the annual movie-theater convention CinemaCon in Las...
  • Planes, ships chase new leads in search for Malaysian jet March 26, 2014

    New satellite images have revealed more than 100 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing for 18 days, while planes scouring the frigid seas on Wednesday also reported seeing potential wreckage. The latest sightings came as searchers stepped up efforts to find some...
  • NASA joins hunt for missing Malaysian plane March 14, 2014

    NASA has joined international search operations to trace the missing Malaysian aircraft by analysing satellite data and images gathered since the plane with 239 people aboard vanished from radar screens a week ago. The world's premier space agency on Monday began examining ways it can contribute to the search for missing...
  • NASA video recorded from space shows North Korea in complete darkness compared to neighbouring South Korea February 26, 2014

    A NASA video taken from the International Space Station on January 30, 2014 revealed a shocking contrast between North and South Koreas. The video taken from space showed North Korea plunged in complete darkness at night compared to neighbouring South Korea and China. The darkened land appeared as if it...
  • NASA to launch satellite in collaboration with ISRO February 26, 2014

    Washington: US space agency NASA on Tuesday said it would launch a water-related satellite in collaboration with India's ISRO. The NASA-Indian Space Research Organisation Synthetic Aperture Radar mission is a part of its plan to launch in the next seven years a series of satellite related to water and draught,...
  • US company to beam free wi-fi to entire world from space February 26, 2014

    Washington: A US company is planning to build an 'Outernet - a global network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to all the people on the planet - for free. The idea is to offer free Internet access to all people, regardless of location, bypassing filtering or other means of...
  • Second supermoon of 2014 will be visible on Friday January 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The second of the five supermoons of 2014 would be visible Friday, an organisation working for popularising astronomy said on Tuesday. Space Foundation said the first supermoon of 2014 appeared January 1 - making January the single calendar month with two supermoons until January 2018. Friday's supermoon would be...
  • NASA to launch 5 Earth science missions in 2014 January 23, 2014

    For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet. The five launches, including two to the International Space Station (ISS), are part of an active year...
  • Comet chasing probe wakes up, signals earth January 22, 2014

    Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet. The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at...
  • ISRO yet to pick up rover built by IIT Kanpur January 14, 2014

    ISRO had given a project to IIT Kanpur to develop a rover to be launched with Chandrayaan-II, which the university's scientists completed in 2010, but the space agency was yet to pick it up and make part payment to the institute, according to its professor. When contacted, an Indian Space Research...
  • Hand of God: NASA releases jaw-dropping pictures of space January 12, 2014

    The National Aeronautics Space Agency has recently released a glimpse of what the Hand of God might look like. The image has been captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array. The image captured by a telescope shows a nebula explosion 17,000 light years away. The nebula is powered by a...
  • US official applauds India's growth in space industry January 8, 2014

    Washington: Describing India as one of the largest space industries in Asia, a top Pentagon official on Tuesday applauded India's remarkable growth in the sector. "India has one of the largest space industries in Asia. Their extensive satellite communications network spans the globe," US Air Force General William Shelton, Commander...
  • ISRO to launch GSLV-D5 today January 5, 2014

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the GSLV D5 with an indigenous cryogenic engine from the spaceport at Sriharikota, near Chennai on Sunday evening. ...