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  • NASA's crowdsourced 'global selfie' to send Earth's self portrait into space 13 hours 36 minutes ago

    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 self-portrait of Earth on the New Horizons probe that...
  • NASA to make major announcement about spacecraft contracts 15 hours 11 minutes ago

    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...
  • NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move 5 days ago

    Cape Canaveral: NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center gathered to watch as the Orion capsule emerged from its assembly hangar on Thursday, less than three months from its first test flight. The capsule sealed for protection slowly made its...
  • NASA, ISRO in talks to set up Joint Mars Working Group 6 days ago

    Washington: America's premier space agency NASA and its Indian counterpart ISRO are talking about setting up a Joint Mars Working Group, a top US space official has said ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US. "NASA is in discussions with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) regarding potential...
  • NASA to turn ISS into perfect Earth-observing platform September 9, 2014

    Washington: In a move to monitor our planet better, NASA is adding a number of Earth-observing 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...
  • 'House' sized asteroid passes close to Earth September 8, 2014

    London: A 60-feet 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...
  • NASA probe identifies clouds on Mars September 6, 2014

    Washington: The belief that Mars could support life received a boost when NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover identified clouds that researchers believe are most likely to have formed through the accumulation of water ice crystals or supercooled water droplets. "Clouds are part of the planet's climate system," Robert Haberle, a planetary scientist...
  • NASA satellite to help farmers combat drought August 24, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new satellite than can predict the severity of droughts worldwide and help farmers maximise crop yield. Currently, there is no ground- or satellite-based global network monitoring soil moisture at a local level. Farmers, scientists and resource managers can place sensors...
  • Photos: Have you seen what the India-Pakistan border looks like from space? 19 amazing photos of India as seen from space August 21, 2014

    Have you seen images of the India-Pakistan border from space? The picture clearly shows a border that is lit u by floodlights. The floodlights dot the border in Gujarat to prevent smuggling and arms trafficking. NASA has also captured some amazing photos of the Sundarbans area and the Ganges valley...
  • Watch: This video of a volcanic eruption from the International Space Station is something you may never see in this lifetime August 16, 2014

    Most of us have never been around a volcanic site, leave alone watching a volcanic eruption. While videos of volcanic eruptions are readily available on the internet, we had no idea what it looked like from the space. Volcanologists captured this footage of Sarychev's volcano eruption with the help of...
  • Remember that famous NASA image of alien walking on the moon? It was just dust, says NASA August 16, 2014

    New York: A famous image showing an alien walking on the moon is simply "dust, an eyelash or scratch on the negative" of the film that took the image, NASA has said. The video showing the alien on the moon was posted by YouTube user Wowforreel and viewed more than two...
  • A NASA telescope captures image of a black hole August 13, 2014

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has observed a rare sight from about 324 light-years away on Wednesday. Researchers say the telescope, allowed them to see a source of X-rays called the corona move closer to a black hole. They observed the extreme gravity of the black hole...
  • Watch: Is there an alien on the moon? NASA's video shows a human figure walking on the surface of the moon August 13, 2014

    New York: Watch this NASA image carefully. In all probability, you may agree to see a humanoid figure walking along the surface of the moon. NASA is yet to confirm what this image is all about but for YouTube users, the image is not less than an alien and its shadow. The...
  • Supermoon illuminates skies around the world; next bigger, brighter moon expected on September 9 August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: A supermoon rose above cities on Sunday night, the second of three times this year the full moon will orbit nearer the earth and appear unusually large and bright. The next supermoon is expected on September 9. The first of the three supermoons of summer 2014 was seen...
  • Google Glass not an optimal tool for space tasks: NASA August 9, 2014

    Washington: The upcoming eye wearable device Google Glass is "not an optimal tool" for handling operational procedures and tasks in a simulated space environment, NASA astronauts have revealed. In a latest series of experiments, astronauts spent several days inside an underwater lab and performed multiple tests using both Google Glass and...
  • Hubble spots gigantic 'magnifying glass' galaxy August 1, 2014

    Washington: Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. At 9.6 billion light-years away, it could be the most distant such object known to science, researchers said. Spotted in observations from the Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope,...
  • NASA to reveal Mars 2020 rover instruments July 31, 2014

    Washington: The US space agency is set to announce on Thursday the instruments that will be carried aboard the agency's Mars 2020 mission rover. The announcement will take place at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC. The new "roving laboratory" is the successor to the widely celebrated Curiosity rover. The "roving laboratory" is powered...
  • NASA rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record July 29, 2014

    Washington: The US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said on Monday. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the...
  • NASA seeks private help to connect Mars data with Earth July 28, 2014

    Washington: In a bid to broaden participation in the exploration of the Red planet, NASA has called for a new, privately-owned communications network to be set up on Mars. The US space agency has released a Request for Information (RFI) - a formal paperwork seeking public development of a new system. "The new...
  • 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 road-map to the search for life in the universe, an ongoing journey that involves a number of current and future telescopes. "Just imagine the moment,...
  • Supermoon to be seen tonight; two others will be visible on August 10, September 9 July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The first of the three supermoons of summer 2014 will be seen tonight (July 12), while the two other supermoons will be visible on August 10 and September 9. The one in August would be closest to Earth. A supermoon is when the moon makes its closest approach to...
  • NASA to send 3D Google smartphones for robots to space station July 7, 2014

    Mountain View: Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station. NASA plans to use the handsets to beef up its Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES,...
  • NASA builds world's first flying observatory July 7, 2014

    New York: NASA has fitted a 17-tonne telescope with an effective diameter of eight feet on a modified Boeing 747 jetliner that the US space agency is using as a flying observatory to study stars. The infrared telescope called "Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy" (SOFIA) is mounted behind a sliding door...
  • NASA launches 'flying saucer' to test Mars landing tech June 29, 2014

    Washington: NASA has successfully launched a saucer-shaped vehicle high into Earth's atmosphere to test future Mars landing technologies that could help humanity set up an outpost on the Red Planet. The space agency launched its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle Saturday from the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on...
  • Mysterious 'magic island' detected on Saturn moon June 23, 2014

    New York: Astronomers have discovered a bright, mysterious geologic object - that appeared and then vanished again - from Ligeia Mare, the second largest sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The object was captured by NASA's Cassini mission radar last year as it swung around Titan. However, pictures of the same spot captured...
  • 2013 Uttarakhand floods: Dramatic before and after animated satellite image June 17, 2014

    It has been a year since floods and landslides wreaked havoc in the hill state of Uttarakhand killing thousands. These images captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite in May and June 2013 show how the area looked like before the multi-day cloudburst and what it...
  • Beas tragedy: ISRO, NASA's help may be sought to locate bodies June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinna Rajappa on Saturday said his government was trying to establish contact with ISRO and NASA to locate the bodies of the 16 missing students who were swept away when water was released into the Beas river here without warning last week. "We...
  • NASA beams 'Hello, World!' high-definition video from space June 10, 2014

    California: For the first time, NASA has beamed a high-definition video via laser from space to ground. "Hello, World!" came the message from the International Space Station (ISS). The 175-megabit video transmission was the first-of-its-kind for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) technology on the ISS. The entire transmission lasted for...
  • 1,000-feet wide 'beast' asteroid to pass by Earth on June 8 June 8, 2014

    California: A 1,000-feet wide "beast" at a speed of 50,400 km per hour - that could wipe out an entire city - will come within a range of a million miles of earth on Sunday. The asteroid will, however, safely pass earth from a distance of 1.25 million kms -...