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  • ISRO's Mangalyaan witnesses cosmic event as Comet Siding Spring flies past the orbiter Yesterday

    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 3 days ago

    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...
  • NASA findings brighten up Sun like never before 4 days ago

    Washington: New findings by NASA spacecraft about how the Sun's atmosphere or corona or what causes solar winds that can impact technological infrastructure in space and on Earth has given the scientific community an unprecedented amount of information about our Sun. The new findings by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)...
  • Slow-growing galaxies to reveal how universe was formed 5 days ago

    Washington: Do you wonder why some galaxies flourish with star formation and others barely bloom? The answer lies in slow-growing galaxies. Using data from the European Space Agency's Herschel mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), astronomers have made some of the most accurate measurements yet of...
  • Comet Siding Spring to fly by Mars on October 19, ISRO re-positions Mangalyaan 5 days ago

    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...
  • US astronauts conduct spacewalk to repair International Space Station 5 days ago

    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...
  • 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...
  • Antarctic sea ice at record high: NASA October 8, 2014

    New York: Sea ice around Antarctica has reached its highest level since measurement started in 1979, NASA said. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the...
  • NASA selects new science teams for astrobiology research October 7, 2014

    Washington: NASA has awarded five-year grants totalling almost USD 50 million to seven research teams in the US to study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. "With the Curiosity rover characterising the potential habitability of Mars, the Kepler mission discovering new planets outside our solar system,...
  • NASA observatory spots giant filament on the Sun October 4, 2014

    Washington: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which keeps a tab on the sun 24 hours a day, has observed a snaking, extended filament of solar material on the front portion of the sun, NASA said in a statement.The SDO has observed the gigantic filament for several days as it...
  • Giant Aral sea basin now completely dry: NASA September 30, 2014

    Washington: The eastern basin of the Aral Sea - formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world - has for the first time dried up completely, according to latest images released by NASA. Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s,...
  • NASA's Curiosity clicks picture of a 'traffic signal' on Mars September 26, 2014

    New York: Are aliens using traffic signal to cross roads on Red Planet? Fun apart, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has clicked a picture on the Martian surface that resembles a "traffic signal". The "traffic signal" was spotted by a British UFO enthusiast named Joseph White. Curiosity, while busy scanning the surface, snapped...
  • US-Russian space crew lifts off for space station September 26, 2014

    Baikonur (Kazakhstan): A US-Russian space crew has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station. The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft lifted off as scheduled at 2:25 AM (local time) on Friday from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. It's carrying NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore along with Russians Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova...
  • Mangalyaan clicks and sends the first image of Mars September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: India's Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan has released the first picture of the red planet after successfully entering into the Martian orbit on Wednesday. The official Twitter handle of ISRO's Mars Orbiter uploaded a picture of our neighbouring red planet with the caption, "the view is nice up here," on...
  • Just 12 hours into the orbit, India's successful Mars mission Mangalyaan sends first set of data September 24, 2014

    Bangalore: It's been just 12 hours since India's first interplanetary mission, the Mars orbiter, entered the red planet's orbit successfully and it is already hard at work. The Mangalyaan has sent back five photographs of Mars. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed that their ground station had receieved the first...
  • Made-in-India Mangalyaan reaches Mars, ISRO shows US, Europe, Russia how to do it in the first attempt September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Space exploration is the cutting edge of technology and on September 24, 2014 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made a landmark by successfully placing its first Mars Orbiter Mission or Mangalyaan in the red planet's orbit in its maiden attempt while its more famous counterparts from the...
  • Mangalyaan shows that Indian technology has come of age, says NASA scientist September 24, 2014

    Speaking on the occasion of the successful entry of Mangalyaan into Mars' orbit, NASA scientist Amitava Ghosh lauded ISRO and said that the success of Mangalyaan must be taken as a symbol of India's growth and an expansion of its technology. ...
  • NASA congratulates ISRO for Mangalyaan's successful entry into Mars orbit September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: As India's Indian Space Research Organisation made history with Mangalyaan successfully entering Mars orbit, United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) congratulated the agency for creating history. NASA's Maven had also reached the orbit of Mars on Tuesday. "We congratulate ISRO for its Mars arrival! Mars Orbiter joins...
  • 'Namaste', 'Howdy': ISRO's Mangalyaan, NASA's Curiosity Rover greet each other on Mars September 24, 2014

    As India made history with the insertion of Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan into the orbit of the red planet, it was a treat for those on Twitter. Twitteratti saw a fun exchange of tweets between NASA's 2012 Mars mission Curiosity, ISRO's Mars Orbiter and NASA's 2014 Mars...
  • US spacecraft Maven enters Mars orbit, India probe next September 23, 2014

    Cape Canaveral (US):NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile (710 million-kilometer) journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet on late Sunday night. "I think my heart's about ready...
  • Assam government to take meritorious students on 12-day tour to NASA September 23, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam government will take 10 meritorious students on a 12-day educational visit to the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The 'Deba Kumar Bora Memorial NASA Visit 2014' will sponsor visits of first three toppers of 10th standard and first position holder of 12th standard in each of...
  • Engines tested, India's Mangalyaan set to enter planet's orbit on Wednesday September 22, 2014

    The Indian Space Research Organisation has begun crucial operations to put the Mars orbiter spacecraft into the planet's orbit. The first testing of engines has been a big success. Deepa Balakrishnan reports. ...
  • Mars mission: Mangalyaan enters last lap; crucial test on September 24 September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race. A successful outcome for the $74-million mission would stiffen...
  • NASA's Maven explorer arriving at Mars after year September 21, 2014

    Cape Canaveral, Florida: NASA's Maven spacecraft is on track to reach Mars late on Sunday night following a journey spanning 10 months and 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). If all goes well, the robotic explorer will slip into Martian orbit for a year or more of atmospheric study. It's designed...
  • NASA launches $20,000 Mars challenge September 21, 2014

    Washington: Attention, space enthusiasts! NASA is offering a $20,000 prize to anyone who can come up with a design idea for small science and technology payloads that could also provide the necessary weight to balance spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere. "NASA is committed to engaging the public, and specifically the maker community...
  • NASA's Mars spacecraft to begin orbit of Red Planet September 21, 2014

    Washington: A NASA spacecraft that aims to study the upper atmosphere of Mars and reveal how its climate changed over time is poised to begin orbiting the Red Planet. After a 10month journey, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe is making its final approach to Mars and will begin...
  • NASA spacecraft to reach Mars this weekend September 18, 2014

    Washington: US space agency NASA said on Wednesday its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will enter orbit around the Red Planet this weekend. The spacecraft has completed a 10month space journey spanning 442 million miles (711 million km), Xinhua reported. "The team, the flight system, and all ground assets are...
  • NASA's crowdsourced 'global selfie' to send Earth's self portrait into space September 17, 2014

    New York: A "global selfie" project that aims to send a special message from earth to space via NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been approved by the US space agency. NASA has agreed to set aside 100 MB data for the crowdsourced selfportrait of Earth on the New Horizons probe that...
  • NASA to make major announcement about spacecraft contracts September 17, 2014

    Washington: US space agency NASA said on Tuesday it will make a "major announcement" regarding the awarding of contracts to build commercial spaceships that will send the country's astronauts to space soil by 2017. "NASA is poised to announce the final phase of development and certification to provide safe, reliable and...