SPACE MISSIONS

  • Pranab Mukherjee hails ISRO for 'landmark' GSLV-Mark III launch 1 week ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday congratulated ISRO for its push in the direction of manned space missions with the successful launch of the GSLV-Mark III rocket as he hailed the feat as an "important landmark" in India's space programme. In his message to ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan, the...
  • India's Mars mission to reach its destination next week September 15, 2014

    Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars mission is in the final lap. The elated scientists at the ISRO say the Mars orbiter launched in November 2013, is all set for its date to actually reach the red planet on September 24. It was one of India's proud moments, as...
  • Countdown for India's GSLV rocket to begin Jan 4 January 2, 2014

    The countdown for the launch of India's heavyduty rocket the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) that would carry communication satellite GSAT14 is set to begin Jan 4 morning, said a space agency official on Thursday. "The 29hour countdown for the GSLV launch is expected to commence around 11.20 a.m....
  • Sunita Williams hopes for USIndia space collaboration April 3, 2013

    Kolkata: Hoping that NASA and ISRO will collaborate in the future, US astronaut Sunita Williams on Tuesday said the Indian government should accelerate its space programme as a lot of students and young people are showing interest in the field. Williams, who holds the record for the longest spacewalk by...
  • Countdown on for India's 101th space mission today February 25, 2013

    Chennai: The fuelling of the second stage of the Indian rocket that would sling seven satellites into space on February 25 evening is expected to be done by Monday morning while the countdown for the launch is progressing smoothly, said officials of the Indian space agency. "The countdown is smooth and...
  • India's first manned space mission in 'advanced stage' December 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Tests for sending India's first manned mission into space are in "advanced" stages with the Indian Air Force (IAF) developing necessary parameters for selection of suitable candidates. The tests will need another year to get fully validated and the selection process of the people for the manned mission...
  • ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013 December 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to accomplish 10 space missions in the next one year, parliament was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy told the Lok Sabha that eight of these are planned by September 2013 and the remaining...
  • India's heaviest satellite GSAT10 launched September 29, 2012

    Bangalore: India's advanced communication satellite GSAT10 was successfully launched early on Saturday on board Ariane5 rocket from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana. GSAT10, with a design life of 15 years is expected to be operational by November and will augment telecommunication, DirectToHome and radio navigation services. ...
  • 'India not to undertake human space flight before 2017' September 18, 2012

    Bangalore: India will not undertake a human space flight before the year 2017 and is likely to use a nextgeneration rocket for the ambitious mission, the cost of which would be reworked, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, K Radhakrishnan said on Monday. Radhakrishnan, also Department...
  • ISRO's 100th mission sent, PM witnesses event September 9, 2012

    New Delhi: The hundredth space mission programme of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) took off on Sunday at 9.51 am from the space centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The historic milestone comes in the form of two foreign satellites that will be put in orbit by ISRO's workhorse PSLV rocket. Prime...
  • ISRO: From a cow shed to 100th space mission September 9, 2012

    New Delhi: A fisherman's village in Thumba near Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, birthed India's five decade long romance with space. Our scientists set up their first labs at the local St Mary Magdalene church there. Dr Vasant Gowarikar, ExDirector, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, says that there were hardly any facilities for them. "My...
  • China plans for more space missions December 30, 2011

    Beijing: Gearing up to land a rover on moon and send manned spaceflights to built space station, China on Thursday said it will push forward its exploration of planets, asteroids and solar system in order to achieve self sufficiency. China will launch lunar mission to land a rover on moon for...
  • China plans to send woman astronauts into space October 31, 2011

    Beijing: China is considering sending women astronauts into space during its space docking missions in 2012. Two female astronauts have been selected for possible flights when spacecraft Shenzhou9 and 10 are scheduled to dock with space lab module Tiangong1 in 2012, Chen Shanguang, director of the Astronaut Center of China (ACC),...
  • China to conduct manned space mission in 2012 October 31, 2011

    Beijing: China will conduct a manned space mission in 2012, an official said on Monday. Spokeswoman for the programme Wu Ping said Shenzhou9 and Shenzhou10 spaceships will be launched in 2012. They are expected to dock with China's first space lab module, Tiangong1, she said at a press conference, Xinhua...
  • India to send 2 astronauts into space in 2016 January 27, 2010

    Bangalore: India will launch its first manned mission in 2016 with two astronauts for a weeklong odyssey in space, said a top Indian space agency official on Wednesday. "We are planning a human space flight in 2016, with two astronauts who will spend seven days in the earth's lower orbit," Indian...
  • US astronauts install porch on ISS July 19, 2009

    Washington: The crews of the space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have successfully installed a fourton "porch" to the station's Japanese laboratory. US astronauts Dave Wolf and Timothy Kopra completed a fivehour and 32minute spacewalk on Saturday to prepare the way for astronauts using a robotic arm inside the...
  • India now aims for manned space mission November 24, 2008

    Thiruvananthapuram: India is aiming to send a manned mission into the space after the success of its first unmanned mission to the moon, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairmain G. Madhavan Nair said on Sunday. "The (manned) moon mission is a tough task and to achieve that our first task...
  • Watch: How does Chandrayaan work? November 8, 2008

    What will Chandrayaan do around the moon? And how? And, how will Chandrayaan know where it's going? ...
  • Chinas spectacular spacewalk mission begins September 25, 2008

    New Delhi: It is China's most ambitious space project yet. Launched on Thursday evening, the Shenzhou VII spacecraft carries on board three astronauts who'll walk in space for almost 40 minute something no Chinese has ever done before. "For this Shenzhou VII manned space mission, we...
  • Isro's space dreams get Budget boost February 28, 2007

    New Delhi: Even when the Union Finance Minister busied himself in addressing the grassroots problems in the Union Budget for 200708 on Wednesday, he also took time off to reach out for the sky. In his general Budget, the Finance Minister has cornered an allocation of Rs 50 crore for India's...
  • Scientists OK manned space mission November 7, 2006

    Bangalore: A group of top space scientists and technocrats of the country on Tuesday unanimously resolved on India embarking on a manned mission to space. A daylong meeting, convened by the Indian Space Research Organisation, gave a goahead to the mission, likely to be realised in about eight to nine years...