SPACE

  • Pranab Mukherjee hails ISRO for 'landmark' GSLV-Mark III launch 3 days ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday congratulated ISRO for its push in the direction of manned space missions with the successful launch of the GSLV-Mark III rocket as he hailed the feat as an "important landmark" in India's space programme. In his message to ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan, the...
  • ISRO's big launch of GSLV Mark3 on Thursday decides India's man mission to space 4 days ago

    Bengaluru: After its successful Mars mission popularly known as Mangalyaan, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is taking its next steps to put a man in space. The countdown for India's heaviest rocket yet has begun at ISRO's Sriharikota launch pad, from where the GSLV Mark3 rocket will blast off...
  • Countdown for GSLV Mk 3 mission commences 5 days ago

    Chennai: The 24-and-a-half hour countdown for India's maiden experimental launch of latest generation vehicle GSLV Mk III, also carrying the 'Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE), began at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, on Wednesday. "The 24 and a half hour countdown for the mission has commenced at 9...
  • Here's how you can get yourself a customised space selfie December 1, 2014

    London: Two UK researchers are sending dozens of family photographs to be clicked on the edge of space in what they call the "ultimate space selfie". The former PhD students from Sheffield, Alex Baker and Chris Rose, will send almost anything you want to space - and snap it there. They have...
  • Want a customised space selfie? Two engineering students from the University of Sheffield can get one for you for Rs 50,000! December 1, 2014

    London: If you want a space selfie near the curvature of the Earth, forget NASA. Two former engineering students from the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire can do this for you in as little as Rs. 50,000. Alex Baker and Chris Rose have been sending up "payloads" to the edge...
  • A mysterious Russian object orbiting in space could be a satellite killer! November 20, 2014

    London: Western space agencies have tracked a mysterious Russian object in space, reviving fears of a defunct Kremlin project to destroy satellites, the Financial Times reported. Object 2014-28E - classified as an effort to collect space debris by the Russian military - has ignited speculation as Russia did not declare its...
  • 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...
  • Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours November 15, 2014

    Paris: Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said on Saturday. Crowning a historic feat, the robot lab streamed data from its experiments back to its mother ship Rosetta in...
  • Scientist apologises for wearing shirt having a collage of pinup girls in various states of undress November 15, 2014

    Berlin: British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement as the European Space Agency's Philae lander successfully separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of both, while proclaiming "we're making history." But it was his garish bowling shirt that drew more attention than the unconventional Rosetta...
  • 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...
  • European probe Philae lands on comet, but fails to anchor down November 13, 2014

    Berlin: The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a 10-year-odyssey, but an anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into the origins of Earth and the solar system. The 100-kg (220-pound) lander - virtually weightless on the...
  • Scientists at European Space Agency ecstatic after Philae makes successful landing on comet November 13, 2014

    With the successful landing of Philae on a moving comet, scientists at the European Space Agency were giddy with happiness. Instead of calmly describing the process to TV channels, they broke out in laughter and celebrations. ...
  • Europe makes space history after Philae lands on comet November 13, 2014

    A first in space exploration, European Space Agency successfully landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, but failed to anchor it. Scientists hope that samples drilled out from the comet,will unravel details about how the planets - and possibly even life - evolved. ...
  • First in space exploration, European Philae lands on comet but fails to anchor November 13, 2014

    Space missions in the past have landed on planets, moons and asteroids but they have never landed on a comet till yesterday that is. In a historic first, the European Space Agency, with additional support from NASA, successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet last night - the first man-made...
  • European spacecraft Philae lander creates history, touches down on a speeding comet November 13, 2014

    Darmstadt: Landing with a bounce after travelling 4 billion miles, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet - a cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the universe. The landing by the washing machine-sized craft after a decade-long journey required...
  • Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet November 12, 2014

    Berlin/Frankfurt: The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to get samples from what are the remnants of the birth of Earth's solar system. The box-shaped 100-kg (220-pound) lander, named Philae, touched down on...
  • European spacecraft Rosetta begins descending to comet 67P November 12, 2014

    Darmstadt, Germany: The European Space Agency's unmanned Rosetta probe successfully released a lander toward the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, putting it on its final seven-hour journey to a historic rendezvous with the fast-moving lump of dust and ice. The audacious landing attempt is the climax of a decade-long mission...
  • China plans to send a rover to Mars by 2020 November 11, 2014

    Beijing: China's Mars rover will be larger, tougher and a better climber, experts said on Tuesday as the country plans to send a space mission to land a rover on the Red Planet by 2020. China has not announced an official plan for a Mars probe, but Ouyang Ziyuan, a...
  • Mystery revolves around Virgin Galactic's space plane crash November 5, 2014

    The probe of Virgin Galactic's space plane crash in California hinges on a central mystery: Why a seasoned test pilot would prematurely unlock the craft's moveable tail section, setting off a chain of events that led to destruction of the ship and his death. The National Transportation Safety Board was expected...
  • 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...
  • China builds new center to launch space station October 26, 2014

    Beijing: China's fourth and most advanced space launch center which will boost the carrying capacity of Chinese rockets manifold is set to launch the country's space station and cargo spacecraft. The Wenchang satellite launch center in south Hainan Province will be used mainly for geosynchronous orbiters, large-tonnage space stations, cargo...
  • US plane on secret mission returns to Earth October 18, 2014

    Los Angeles: After spending about 22 months orbiting the Earth on a secret mission, a US Air Force X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane has finally returned. The spacecraft which blasted off in December 2012 for its third space mission touched down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Xinhua reported. "The mission...
  • China's most advanced space launch centre to start work soon October 18, 2014

    Beijing: China has completed construction of its most advanced space launch centre, designed to handle next generation rockets and space station modules, and it will be operational soon. Work at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Hainan province, which is the fourth but the most advanced rocket launch centre, has...
  • US astronauts conduct spacewalk to repair International Space Station October 16, 2014

    Washington: A pair of American astronauts stepped outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk to do repairs and upkeep at the orbiting outpost, NASA said. Reid Wiseman and Barry "Butch" Wilmore finished their spacewalk after six hours and 34 minutes, right on schedule, the US space agency said. Their...
  • European Space Agency's Philae lander takes a comet selfie with Comet 67P in space! October 15, 2014

    Washington: The European Space Agencybs Philae lander has snapped a 'selfie' of one of the Rosetta spacecraft's 16-metre solar arrays, with a comet hovering in the background some 16 km away. This is the last image from the Philae lander before it separates from Rosetta Nov 12 to land on the...
  • NASA invites public to send their names into space October 9, 2014

    Washington: Over 2.8 lakh people from around the world, including 21,729 Indians, have so far submitted their names to be inscribed on a NASA microchip that will eventually fly to Mars. NASA is giving people a chance to shoot their names up into space on the first Orion mission, scheduled...
  • Milky Way home to 3,000 extra-terrestrial civilisation: Scientist October 8, 2014

    Toronto: Earth is one of some 40 billion potentially habitable worlds in the galaxy with about one new life-friendly planet forming every year, a study has revealed, adding that our Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extra-terrestrial civilisations. However, what makes its difficult to reach out to them are...
  • First space weather forecast centre opens in Britain October 8, 2014

    London: The first space weather forecast centre opened on Wednesday in Exeter, southwestern England. With a funding of 4.6 million pounds ($7.4 million) from the British government, the Met Office Space Weather Centre in Devon also houses the Met Office's headquarters, Xinhua reported. It will provide space weather forecasts and develop an...
  • Indian navigational satellite's launch postponed October 6, 2014

    Chennai: The launch of India's third navigational satellite IRNSS-1C has been postponed by a week, the Indian space agency said on Monday. In a posting on its Facebook page, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said: "Due to an observation in the telemetry system, the launch has been postponed for a...
  • GSLV MK III will make India self-reliant in space: Scientist September 27, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: India does not need to rely on foreign countries for launching heavier communication satellites once its experimental mission of GSLV Mark III tasted success, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director M Chandra Dathan on Saturday said. "The GSLV Mark III, scheduled to be launched in November first week, will carry...