EARTH

  • NASA launches Earth-observing satellite 19 hours 3 minutes ago

    Vandenberg Air Force Base (US): A NASA satellite lifted off on Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts. The satellite is on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which...
  • NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture Yesterday

    Los Angeles: NASA on Saturday launched a new Earth-observing satellite that aims to give scientists high-resolution maps showing how much moisture lies in soil in order to improve climate forecasts. The SMAP observatory -- short for Soil Moisture Active Passive -- blasted off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta...
  • Astronomers find oldest known star with Earth-like planets 5 days ago

    Miami: International astronomers on Tuesday they have discovered the oldest known star in a distant galaxy encircled by five Earth-sized planets, signaling that planets formed throughout the history of the universe. The system is 11.2 billion years old and was born near the dawn of the galaxy, said the report. The star...
  • Last year was Earth's hottest on record: US scientists January 17, 2015

    Cape: Last year was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two US government agencies said on Friday. The White House said the studies, by the US space agency NASA and the National Oceanic...
  • Year 2014 was Earth's hottest on record, say US scientists January 17, 2015

    Cape Canaveral: Last year (2014) was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two US government agencies said on Friday. The White House said the studies, by the US space agency NASA and the...
  • Eight new planets found that may support life January 7, 2015

    Washington: In a major find, astronomers have discovered eight new planets that may be capable of supporting life, including two most Earth-like alien worlds yet found. Astronomers announced that they have found eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist...
  • NASA closer than ever to finding Earth's 'twin' January 7, 2015

    Miami: NASA is closer than ever to finding a twin for the Earth, astronomers said, announcing the discovery of eight new planets that circle in the habitable zones of their stars. Two of the eight are the most Earth-like of any known planets found so far outside our solar system,...
  • NASA plans airships, floating city for manned Venus mission December 21, 2014

    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 December 19, 2014

    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...
  • 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...
  • Christian Bale found unlikely inspiration in 'Life of Brian' for his role in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' December 3, 2014

    Paris: When Christian Bale landed the part of Moses in Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', the latest epic from the British director, he found unlikely inspiration in Monty Python's irreverent comedy film 'Life of Brian'. Bale, 40, had just finished filming 'American Hustle' and was not in the best physical...
  • Life should be chaotic, says Amitabh Bachchan November 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he enjoys working in a "chaotic" environment. "Words written in solitude ... in an air of nothingness, bring the required results. Words written in the middle of chaotic traffic are the best for me - life should be chaotic, yet controlled in some (ways). "Those 'some's'...
  • Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation November 27, 2014

    Washington: In a pioneering feat, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Colorado in Boulder have discovered an invisible shield some 11,000 kms above Earth that works against the harmful radiation belt. High above Earth's atmosphere, electrons whiz past at close to the speed of light. Such ultra-relativistic...
  • Powerful earthquake sparks panic in Indonesia November 27, 2014

    Manado: A powerful undersea earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Wednesday evening, causing fresh panic in an area that has been hit by a series of strong tremors in recent days. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of casualties or damage after the quake, which the US Geological...
  • 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 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...
  • Watch: Formation of new planet captured by radio telescopes in Chile November 9, 2014

    A planet is being formed around a sun-like star HL Tau that is 450 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. The images were taken by powerful radio telescopes in Chile. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Smallest known galaxy with supermassive black hole found September 18, 2014

    Washington: Astronomers led by an Indianorigin scientist have discovered a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest and densest galaxies ever known located 54 million light years from Earth. Though the black hole is five times the mass of the black hole at the Centre of our Milky...
  • Evolutionary approach can save earth: Scientists September 13, 2014

    Washington: Evolutionary thinking is not just about the past anymore. It is about the present and the future and addressing societal challenges such as food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss in a sustainable way, says a significant study. The age of the Anthropocene the scientific name given to our...
  • NASA to turn ISS into perfect Earthobserving platform September 9, 2014

    Washington: In a move to monitor our planet better, NASA is adding a number of Earthobserving instruments to the International Space Station (ISS) that will increase the leverage of the orbital laboratory's unique vantage point in space. The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the ISS in September inaugurates...
  • Year's last 'supermoon' tonight September 9, 2014

    Boston: Sky watchers and others who spend time outdoors at night in the United States are in for a treat on Tuesday night in the form of an apparently largerthanaverage, shinier full moon, the last of this summer's three "supermoons." A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full and at the...
  • 'House' sized asteroid passes close to Earth September 8, 2014

    London: A 60feet asteroid about the size of a normal house flew past Earth on Sunday posing no threat to humans, NASA reported. The asteroid 2014 RC passed over New Zealand at a close distance of 40,000 km from earth. An asteroid of same size left over 1,000 people injured when it...
  • Bhopal gas tragedy: UCC can't be sued for plant contamination, says US court August 1, 2014

    In a major blow to victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, a US court has ruled that the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) cannot be sued for the ongoing contamination from the chemical plant. Nongovernmental organisation EarthRights International had filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on behalf...
  • Scientists warn of Earth's sixth mass extinction event July 25, 2014

    Washington: The loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event, scientists warn. Since the year 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 per cent average decline...
  • 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 roadmap to the search for life in the universe, an ongoing journey that involves a number of current and future telescopes. "Just imagine the moment,...