Planets

  • NASA spots most Earth-like planet yet 18-04-2014 11:21 AM

    Los Angeles: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced on Thursday, excited...
  • Rats bigger than sheep could roam Earth in future 05-02-2014 03:05 PM

    London: Super-sized rats! Giant rodents, the size of sheep or even bigger, could walk the Earth in future as they take advantage of larger mammals becoming extinct, scientists have predicted. A University of Leicester, UK, academic predicts rats will continue to grow and fill a "significant chunk" of Earth's emptying...
  • 'Robocop' to 'The Raid 2': Hollywood films to watch out for in 2014 29-12-2013 03:37 PM

    Chennai: From the 'Robocop' reboot to the lightning-fast martial arts moves in 'The Raid 2', Hollywood, with its exciting lineup of films in 2014, will offer several reasons for film buffs to throng theatres. IANS lists the 10 most-awaited Hollywood films that will hit Indian screens in the New Year:...
  • 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' trailer: Caesar's genetically evolved apes are back 19-12-2013 11:03 AM

    New Delhi: The makers have released the trailer of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film features Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhe in the lead roles. The film is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2014. An entity of...
  • NASA finds water in atmosphere of five distant planets 04-12-2013 06:02 PM

    In an encouraging sign of life beyond earth, NASA scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. Though the presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond the solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively...
  • 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...
  • Mars mission 100 per cent safe, says ISRO 11-11-2013 03:57 PM

    Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday failed to fully meet the objective of the fourth orbit-raising operation conducted on Mars Orbiter Spacecraft as flow to the liquid engine stopped, but allayed apprehensions over the ambitious venture to the Red Planet. This manoeuvre planned to raise the apogee (farthest point to...
  • Travel guide Lonely Planet ranks Kerala among world's 10 best family holiday destination 09-11-2013 03:48 PM

    Travel guides publisher Lonely Planet has named Kerala among the world's 10 best destinations for taking the family on a holiday in 2014. The Lonely Planet's award for the best family destination was bestowed on 'God's Own Country' at the World Travel Mart in London, the world's leading travel trade...
  • Discovery of the 1,000th alien planet likely to be announced soon 29-09-2013 05:58 PM

    Washington: Astronomers are closing in on 1,000th alien planet to be discovered, just twenty years after spotting the first world beyond our solar system. Four of the five main databases that catalogue the discoveries of exoplanets now list more than 900 confirmed alien worlds, and two of them puts the...
  • ISRO unveils Mars mission spacecraft, likely to be launched in October 11-09-2013 05:10 PM

    Bangalore: Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday unveiled its much awaited Mars mission space craft. The launch of the space craft is likely to happen in late October or early in November from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The spacecraft is expected to reach Mars in September 2014....
  • Over 20,000 Indians want to settle on Mars 10-09-2013 07:39 AM

    Washington: India is ranked second in the list of countries whose people are interested in settling on Mars permanently, with as many as 20,747 applying for the opportunity being provided by a non-profit foundation. Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet in 2023 and is...
  • 1,00,000 people apply to go to Mars and not return 11-08-2013 04:48 PM

    Washington: More than 100,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to Mars, as a part of the ambitious multi-billion dollar project that aims to colonise the Red planet starting in 2022. While it remains questionable how humans would be able to survive on Mars, it has not stopped a...
  • Freida Pinto to not reprise her role in 'Planet of the Apes' sequel 02-06-2013 04:29 PM

    London: 'Slumdog Millionaire' star Frieda Pinto announced that she and her co-star James France will not return to reprise their roles in the sequel of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. The 28-year-old actress, who played a primatologist, Caroline Aranha, in the 2011 film will not be part of...
  • Manmohan, Sonia among 500 powerful people on the planet 01-05-2013 04:45 PM

    Washington: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi are among 16 Indians who have found a place in the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine's list of the 500 most powerful people on the planet. Apart from them, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister AK Antony and External Affairs Minister...
  • China join rush to live on Mars, 600 apply for project 29-04-2013 07:00 PM

    Beijing: Over 600 Chinese have applied to join an ambitious Dutch aerospace project that plans to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars for permanent settlement. The Dutch project, while triggering enthusiasm to explore outer space, is also under fire with the trip being viewed by some as a...
  • Snapshot: 'The Backstreet Boys' - then and now 25-04-2013 11:16 AM

    In this photo from 1997, Beverly Hills, 'The Backstreet Boys' donate an outfit from their world tour to Planet Hollywood's world renown collection of memorabilia. In this Los Angeles, California April 22, 2013 image the Backstreet Boys (from L-R) Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Nick Carter and Brian Littrell...
  • Applications pour in for first manned Mars mission 17-04-2013 03:49 PM

    New York: Applications are already pouring in for the ambitious Mars mission that aims to send an adventurous duo - a man and a woman - on a 501-day-long flyby around the Red planet in January 2018. Millionaire Dennis Tito, who became the first space tourist in 2001, had unveiled...
  • BBC sells Lonely Planet guide business 19-03-2013 07:20 PM

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  • Total solar eclipse darkens north Australia 14-11-2012 08:36 AM

    Sydney: From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total...
  • Superman alter ego Clark Kent quits newspaper job 24-10-2012 02:56 PM

    Los Angeles: In an upcoming issue of the Superman comic series, his mild-mannered alter ego Clark Kent quits his job as a reporter at The Daily Planet. Kent, who has been with the newspaper since DC Comics debuted the character in 1940, quits in front of the entire newspaper staff...
  • Earth-size planets found outside solar system 22-12-2011 08:36 AM

    Washington: NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system, a milestone in the search for planets like the earth, the space agency said on Tuesday. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are the smallest planets outside the solar system confirmed around...
  • Diamond planets in Earth's galaxy possible: Study 06-12-2011 08:32 PM

    Washington: Some alien planets in the Earth's galaxy could be made of diamonds, a new study has suggested. These potential giant terrestrial planets, whose insides could be up to 50 per cent diamond, are dubbed "carbon super-Earths" by scientists, according to the Space.com. A diamond planet would very likely be...
  • Earth-like planet Kepler-22b may hold life 06-12-2011 10:10 AM

    California: The most Earth-like planet ever discovered is circling a star 600 light years away, a key finding in an ongoing quest to learn if life exists beyond Earth, scientists said on Monday. The planet, called Kepler-22b, joins a list of more than 500 planets found to orbit stars beyond...
  • 'Another Planet' wins IFFI Short Film award 02-12-2011 11:45 AM

    Panaji: A short film by UK-based producer Jamie Nuttgens about child poverty in India today won the coveted Golden Lamp Award in the Short Film Section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 here. 'Another Planet', directed by Smita Bhide, was adjudged the best film in the international competition...
  • New NASA rover to scout for life on Mars 24-11-2011 12:46 PM

    Florida: A nuclear-powered rover as big as a compact car is set to begin a nine-month journey to Mars this weekend to learn if the planet is or ever was suitable for life. The launch of NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory aboard an unmanned United Space Alliance Atlas 5...
  • Women don't have shelf life in showbiz: Freida 10-11-2011 01:27 PM

    New Delhi: She plays a priestess with the power to see the future in Hollywood film 'Immortals' and actress Freida Pinto says if she actually gets such powers she would like to increase the longevity of her career as women don't have shelf life in filmdom. "If I had Phaedra's...