Space

  • India's Mars mission covers half the distance to red planet 09-04-2014 04:50 PM

    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...
  • Indian rocket carrying navigation satellite blasts off 04-04-2014 06:43 PM

    An Indian rocket carrying the country's second navigation satellite - IRNSS-1B - on Friday blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikotain 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...
  • Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' inspired by the movies he watched as a child 27-03-2014 02:24 PM

    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...
  • Planes, ships chase new leads in search for Malaysian jet 26-03-2014 11:14 PM

    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...
  • NASA joins hunt for missing Malaysian plane 14-03-2014 11:00 PM

    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...
  • NASA video recorded from space shows North Korea in complete darkness compared to neighbouring South Korea 26-02-2014 12:20 PM

    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 26-02-2014 08:48 AM

    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 26-02-2014 12:24 AM

    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 28-01-2014 08:16 PM

    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...
  • NASA to launch 5 Earth science missions in 2014 23-01-2014 10:24 PM

    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...
  • Comet chasing probe wakes up, signals earth 22-01-2014 11:56 AM

    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...
  • ISRO yet to pick up rover built by IIT Kanpur 14-01-2014 08:01 PM

    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...
  • Hand of God: NASA releases jaw-dropping pictures of space 12-01-2014 03:55 PM

    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 08-01-2014 07:19 AM

    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 05-01-2014 03:58 PM

    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. ...
  • Countdown for India's GSLV rocket to begin Jan 4 02-01-2014 06:48 PM

    The countdown for the launch of India's heavy-duty rocket - the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) - that would carry communication satellite GSAT-14 is set to begin Jan 4 morning, said a space agency official on Thursday. "The 29-hour countdown for the GSLV launch is expected to commence around 11.20...
  • Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 'should never be trivialized': NASA tells Beyonce 02-01-2014 10:58 AM

    Nashville: NASA officials say the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 'should never be trivialized' in response to a new song from Beyonce that features an audio sample recorded just after the craft exploded on takeoff in 1986, killing all seven crewmembers. The space agency issued the statement late Tuesday after the...
  • NASA to send new year's greeting from space 31-12-2013 05:12 PM

    NASA astronauts are ringing in 2014 by sending greetings from space to the crowd gathered in New York's Times Square on new year's eve. Prominently positioned below the world-famous Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, the dual LED screens will allow revellers to see this special greeting from space, NASA...
  • NASA astronaut takes selfie from space with Earth behind him 30-12-2013 05:07 PM

    A NASA astronaut has taken an incredible selfie from space with Earth in the background while performing repairs on the International Space Station on Christmas Eve. US astronaut Mike Hopkins, 45, took the astounding image of himself while performing repairs on the ISS during the second of two spacewalks spread...
  • Watch: First humanoid robot in space chats with Japanese astronaut 20-12-2013 12:49 PM

    Tokyo: The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi...
  • Iran: Second Monkey sent into space 14-12-2013 03:45 PM

    Iran's President said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time, part of a program aimed at manned space flight. Hassan Rouhani's website President.ir said that the launch of the rocket dubbed Pajohesh, or Research in Farsi, was Iran's first use...
  • ISRO's GSLV D5 launch in early January 2014 03-12-2013 03:46 PM

    Chennai: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday announced that the launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV D5, which was called off at the 11th hour on August 19 due to a fuel leak in its second stage, is likely in the first week of January 2014. "After carrying...
  • Thunderstorm in S Africa delayed Mars Orbiter tracking: ISRO 03-12-2013 01:46 PM

    Chennai: Two days after successfully injecting its Mars Orbiter into trans-Mars trajectory, ISRO revealed that a thunderstorm in South Africa, which struck above a ground station identified to track the "crucial moment" had resulted in a five minute delay in following the Indian mission. "Seconds before the firing of the...
  • Mars Orbiter Mission crosses Moon's orbit; travelling 10 lakh km a day 02-12-2013 08:29 PM

    Chennai: Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter, which was placed in inter-Mars trajectory in the early hours on Sunday, has crossed Moon's orbit and is travelling beyond Earth's natural satellite. "The Mars Orbiter spacecraft has crossed the Moon orbit. So technically after crossing our Chandrayaan's orbit, it is now travelling...
  • ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission completes mother-of-all manoeuvre 01-12-2013 03:46 PM

    Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completed yet another milestone when it was slung out of the earth's orbit in a Saturday midnight manoeuvre. The MOM, set to reach the red planet in September 2014, is showing all signs of taking India's dreams to new...
  • Parking space must in all new buildings in Chennai 22-11-2013 01:57 PM

    Chennai: Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisamy announced in the Chennai Corporation Council meeting on Friday that parking space must be incorporated in building plans from now on. Citing the example of the shoddily constructed pavement vendor rehabilitation building at Theagaraya Road, the mayor said that without parking facilities the building is...
  • ISRO's Mars Orbiter sends first picture of Earth, 'Helen' captured 21-11-2013 08:10 PM

    The severe cyclonic storm 'Helen' hurtling towards Andhra Pradesh coast has been captured by India's Mars Orbiter in the first image of the country beamed back in its maiden mission to Red Planet. 'Mangalyaan' has beamed back the first set of pictures of Earth, capturing the Indian subcontinent and parts...
  • Court to consider defamation complaint against Modi, others on Nov 26 21-11-2013 06:56 PM

    A Delhi court, on Thursday, fixed November 26 for considering the criminal defamation complaint filed by former IPS officer RB Sreekumar against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Rajnath Singh and two others over attacks on him in the ISRO spying case. Sreekumar, who retired as the Director General...
  • ISRO performs last orbit raising manoeuvre on its Mars mission 16-11-2013 08:40 AM

    Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday performed the last of the five orbit-raising manoeuvre on its Mars Orbiter in the early hours, raising the apogee (farthest point from Earth) of the spacecraft to over 1.92 lakh km. "The fifth orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, starting...
  • Sun's magnetic field about to flip any time now 16-11-2013 06:50 AM

    A big solar event is about to happen and will impact the entire solar system, including Earth. According to NASA's calculations the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip and in August NASA said that it could happen in three to four months from then, which means the event...