MARS

  • NASA plans airships, floating city for manned Venus mission 20 hours 54 minutes ago

    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 3 days ago

    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...
  • Watch: ISRO tests its heaviest space launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III 3 days ago

    India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry. ...
  • ISRO tests its heaviest space launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III, eyes global market 4 days ago

    New Delhi: India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also checked the working of an unmanned crew...
  • India's manned space programme gets a boost, ISRO to test advanced version of GSLV today 4 days ago

    Bengaluru: It is a big day for the Indian space Research Organisation as it takes its next step towards putting a man in space. India's heaviest rocket, the GSLV-3, is expected to blast off at 9:30 am from Sriharikota on Thursday. The launch is also significant as it takes with...
  • 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...
  • NASA's 'Curiosity' rover detects organic matter on Mars 5 days ago

    Washington: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules, the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, on the surface of the Red Planet. The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on Curiosity found the organic molecules in...
  • PM Modi leads in retweets, BigB has largest following in India December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the list of retweets with his election winning post on Twitter being shared by over 70,515 people on the micro-blogging site. "India has won! Bharat ki vijay! Achhe din aane wale hai" remains the most retweeted tweet on Twitter till date from India. Following...
  • Curiosity rover takes a new selfie on Mars December 9, 2014

    New York: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has posted a new selfie taken on a sandstone outcrop in the Kimberley region of Mars. Curiosity took dozens of images over many months that were later combined into a self-portrait, ABC reported Sunday. The Gale crater where the photo was taken is made of sandstone...
  • NASA's Orion spaceship successfully completes debut test run December 6, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: A US spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars made a near-bullseye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, wrapping up a flawless, unmanned debut test flight around Earth. The Orion capsule blasted off aboard a Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the biggest in the US fleet, just...
  • NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully lifts off from Florida for first test flight December 5, 2014

    Florida: The first flight test of Orion, NASA's next-generation spacecraft, was held successfully on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "Orion launched at 7:05 am ET/12:05 UTC. Orion will orbit Earth twice, reaching a peak altitude of 3,600 miles," the official twitter handle of NASA tweeted. The spacecraft is...
  • Alien rock brimming with traces of life on Mars December 3, 2014

    London: An international team has performed a detailed analysis of organic carbon traces from a Martian meteorite, concluding that life on Red Planet is more probable than previously thought. The scientists argue that carbon could have been deposited into the fissures of the rock when it was still on Mars by...
  • 'Beam Me to Mars' sends 90,000 messages into space in a tribute to NASA's first successful mission to Mars 50 years ago November 30, 2014

    Washington: In a tribute to NASA's first successful mission to Mars 50 years ago, the space funding corporation Uwingu sent nearly 90,000 personal messages by radio into space. The Mariner 4 mission was successfully launched on Nov 28, 1964. It flew past Mars July 15, 1965, sending back the first images ever...
  • NASA Curiosity rover to probe mysterious rocks on Mars November 21, 2014

    Washington: NASA has sent its Mars Curiosity rover to investigate a mysterious set of rocks on the Red Planet. The rover has completed a reconnaissance "walkabout" of the first outcrop it reached at the base of the mission's destination mountain and has begun a second pass examining selected rocks in the...
  • India's Mangalyaan among best inventions of 2014 November 21, 2014

    New York: Mangalyaan has been named among the best inventions of 2014 by Time magazine which described it as a technological feat that will allow India to flex its "interplanetary muscles." "Nobody gets Mars right on the first try. The US didn't, Russia didn't, the Europeans didn't. But on September 24,...
  • Second mission to Mars may be by 2020: ISRO chief November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The second mission to Mars could be between 2018-2020, but may not be similar to the Orbiter Mission launched last year, ISRO chief K Radhakrishnan said on Wednesday. "MOM is not an end, but a beginining of our next scientific mission. The next mission to Mars may happen between...
  • ISRO releases picture of comet taken by Mars Orbiter November 12, 2014

    Chennai: On a day when European Space Agency (ESA) is attempting to place a robot Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ISRO on Tuesday released images of Comet Siding Spring, taken by its Mars Orbiter in October. ISRO's Mars Orbiter had the opportunity to witness the Comet Siding Spring approach Mars on October...
  • ISRO releases picture of Comet Siding Spring taken by Mars Orbiter November 12, 2014

    Chennai: On a day when European Space Agency (ESA) is attempting to place a robot Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday released images of Comet Siding Spring, taken by its Mars Orbiter 'Mangalyaan' last month. ISRO's Mars Orbiter had the opportunity to witness the Comet Siding Spring...
  • 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...
  • Passing comet peppered Mars with shooting stars, say scientists November 8, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: The comet that sailed by Mars last month spawned thousands of shooting stars per hour and created a new layer of ionized particles high in the planet's atmosphere, NASA scientists said on Friday. At twilight, the Martian skies likely took on a yellowish hue from sodium in vaporized comet...
  • India plans second Mars mission in 2018 October 29, 2014

    Bangalore: Riding on the recent success of its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India plans to revisit the planet in 2018, possibly with a lander and rover to conduct more experiments, a space official said on Wednesday. "We plan to launch a second mission to Mars in 2018, probably with a lander...
  • Mars orbiter crossed comet hurdle: ISRO October 29, 2014

    Bangalore: After the Mars orbiter spacecraft's successful encounter with comet Siding Spring last week, a major hurdle was over and the satellite is now in a normal phase of the mission to proceed with other experiments, ISRO said on Wednesday. "One thing that was quite satisfying was the satellite survived...
  • Google posts a doodle on Mangalyaan completing one month in Mars orbit October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The Google letters are orbiting the red planet in a doodle to commemorate India's Mars Orbiter Mission completing one month in Mars orbit. Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) PSLV C25 launched the Mangalyaan from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013. On September 24, 2014 the Mars Orbiter Mission reached...
  • ISRO's Mangalyaan witnesses cosmic event as Comet Siding Spring flies past the orbiter October 20, 2014

    New Delhi: India's Mars Orbiter mission Mangalyaan witnessed a unique cosmic event on Sunday as Comet Siding Spring flew past the orbiter. A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars, wowing space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter. Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), made its closest encounter with Mars at...
  • NASA orbiters set for close encounter with comet near Mars October 18, 2014

    Washington: A comet called C/2013 A1 or Siding Spring will pass within about 139,500 kms of Mars on Sunday, NASA said in a statement. The distance is less than one-tenth that of any known comet flyby of Earth. "This is a cosmic science gift that could potentially keep on giving, and the...
  • Comet Siding Spring to fly by Mars on October 19, ISRO re-positions Mangalyaan October 16, 2014

    Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has repositioned its Mars Orbiter, as the national space agency along with its counterparts around the world are expecting Comet Siding Spring to fly by the Red Planet on October 19. "We have repositioned the Mars Orbiter, as the Comet Siding Spring is...
  • 'Mars One' not ready to colonise humans on Red Planet October 15, 2014

    Washington: Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have questioned the technical feasibility of the 'Mars One' project that aims to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by 2025. 'Mars One' is a non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands that has put forward conceptual plans to establish...
  • ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan spots satellite Phobos October 14, 2014

    Chennai: Almost 20 days after it successfully entered the orbit of the Red Planet, ISRO's Mars Orbiter on Tuesday sent pictures of Phobos - the largest of the two natural satellites that orbit around Mars. ISRO, the national space agency, has shared a tiny footage on its social networking site with...
  • 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...
  • Pranab Mukherjee lauds scientists, ISRO for successful Mars Mission October 7, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday congratulated the entire scientific community and space agency ISRO for successfully executing the country's Mars Orbiter Mission. "I on my behalf and that of all our countrymen, pay tribute to the scientists and technical staff who have toiled tirelessly to create history...I need to...