Spacecraft

  • Mars mission: Spacecraft crosses half the distance 09-04-2014 03:55 PM

    Cruising towards a historic feat, the Indian space mission to Mars on Wednesday crossed half the total distance to the red planet from Earth and was very much along the designated helio-centric trajectory. At exactly 09.50 am (IST), the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft crossed the mid-point of its path to...
  • Mars mission successfully completes 100 days in space on Wednesday 11-02-2014 08:35 PM

    Bangalore: India's first inter-planetary probe Mars Orbiter Spacecraft will be completing 100 days in space on Wednesday in its voyage towards the red planet. The health of the spacecraft, launched by the country's workhorse rocket PSLV-C25 on November 5 last from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh,...
  • Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on moon 15-12-2013 07:03 PM

    China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such "soft-landing" since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat. The Chang'e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology,...
  • Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on moon 14-12-2013 09:15 PM

    China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such "soft-landing" since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat. The Chang'e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology,...
  • ISRO to carry out Trajectory Correction Manoeuvres on Mars mission 09-12-2013 05:35 PM

    As India's maiden mission to Mars continues its fuel-less cruise to the Red Planet, ISRO would carry out further manoeuvres aimed at keeping the spacecraft in the intended trajectory this week. The first of the four Trajectory Correction Manoeuvres (TCM) would be carried out on December 11, Indian Space Research...
  • Mars mission spacecraft travels beyond Earth's sphere of influence 04-12-2013 11:42 AM

    India's maiden mission to Mars has traversed beyond the sphere of influence (SOI) of Earth extending about 9,25,000 km in its 10-month long voyage to the red planet. The spacecraft crossed the SOI of Earth at around 1:14 hrs (IST) on Wednesday, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The Mars...
  • India's Mars mission spacecraft enters final orbit around earth 27-11-2013 06:21 PM

    India's maiden interplanetary spacecraft Orbiter, headed to Mars, entered the final orbit around earth early on Wednesday to prepare for its trans-injection into the sun's orbit early on Sunday (December 1). Its voyage to Mars will take nine months (280 days). "Orbiter has passed its penultimate perigee (closest to equator)...
  • Supplementary orbit of Mars spacecraft successfully raised 12-11-2013 10:59 AM

    A day after suffering a glitch during the fourth orbit raising operation on its Mars Orbiter Mission, ISRO on Tuesday successfully completed the supplementary manoeuvre this morning, raising the spacecraft's apogee (farthest distance from Earth) to over 1,18,000 km. "The fourth supplementary orbit raising manoeuvre of Mars Orbiter spacecraft started...
  • 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...
  • Second orbiter of Mars spacecraft raised successfully 08-11-2013 11:19 AM

    The second of the six orbit raising manouevres for the Mars Orbiter was completed successfully on early Friday, the Indian space agency said. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the second orbit raising manouevre that started 2.18 am. Friday has been successfully completed. The on-board motor of Mars Orbiter...
  • NASA finds plastic ingredient on Saturn's moon 01-10-2013 05:41 PM

    Washington: In a first, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical essential for creation of plastic, on Saturn's moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the chemical - used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products - on any moon or planet, other than...
  • NASA launches robotic explorer 'LADEE' to moon from Virginia 07-09-2013 09:36 AM

    NASA's newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late on Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia. The LADEE spacecraft, which is charged with studying the lunar atmosphere and dust, soared aboard an unmanned Minotaur rocket a little before midnight. It was a change of venue for NASA, which normally launches...
  • New NASA spacecraft to investigate moon mystery 05-09-2013 10:27 AM

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries. Crews reported seeing an odd glow on the lunar horizon just before sunrise. The phenomenon, which prompted a notebook sketch by...
  • NASA's Juno spacecraft reaches halfway to Jupiter 15-08-2013 08:28 PM

    NASA's Juno spacecraft has reached halfway to Jupiter, touching a milestone in its five-year voyage to our solar system's largest planet. The USD 1.1 billion Juno mission, which was launched on August 5, 2011, reached halfway to Jupiter on Monday, a NASA statement said. "Juno's odometer just clicked over to...
  • Mars mission not for pride but for 'meaningful research': ISRO 21-07-2013 12:52 PM

    Bangalore: As India prepares to launch its Rs 450 crore mission to Mars this year, a top space official says the country's first martian odyssey - that has attracted some criticism - is not just for pride but for undertaking "meaningful research". K Radhakrishnan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO),...
  • Chinese astronauts land safely after 15-days space programme 26-06-2013 11:40 AM

    Beijing: Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth on Wednesday after a 15-day trip - the longest in country's history - to a proposed space lab set to be ready by 2020, marking the latest success for China's manned space programme. The Shenzhou-10 spacecraft made a safe landing in Gobi...
  • NASA invites public to send names, poems and messages to Mars 02-05-2013 01:31 PM

    Washington: Want to be a part of space exploration history? NASA is inviting public to submit their names, short poems and personal messages online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian atmosphere. The DVD will carry every name submitted. The public also is...
  • China accomplishes its first space docking 03-11-2011 07:11 AM

    Beijing: China on Thursday accomplished its first space docking mission when two Chinese spacecraft silently coupled in space more than 343 km above the Earth's surface as part of the country's maiden attempt to build a space station by 2020. The unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 which was launched two days ago...
  • Russia poised to resume space station flights 29-10-2011 02:19 AM

    Cape Canaveral: A Russian cargo ship is poised for liftoff on Sunday to the International Space Station following a launch accident in August that forced a cut in staffing levels aboard the orbital outpost. The Progress freighter, due to launch at 6:11 am EDT (1011 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome...
  • China to launch spacecraft 26-10-2011 02:50 PM

    Beijing: China will launch a spacecraft that will perform the country's first docking with a space lab module. The country will launch the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in early November at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, reported Xinhua. The spacecraft is expected to perform China's first space docking with...
  • China has a plan to avoid asteroid collision? 19-08-2011 12:00 PM

    Beijing: A group of Chinese scientists have proposed a method to prevent the possible collision of Apophis - a 46-million-tonne asteroid - with the Earth in 2036. The asteroid - which is 270 metres in diameter - will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000-38,000 km in 2029. In 2036,...
  • NASA launches Juno robot to explore Jupiter 06-08-2011 02:31 AM

    Cape Canaveral: An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday, sending a robotic scout on its way to Jupiter to sniff out details about how the solar system formed. The rocket carrying NASA's Juno spacecraft lifted off at 12:25 p.m. (1625 GMT), the...
  • ISRO to launch eight spacecraft annually 14-09-2010 08:12 PM

    Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch eight spacecraft annually to increase revenue and meet global technology demand, a top official of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre said today. "Right now, we have four launches including GSLVs and PSLVs per year. The process is on...
  • NASA launches planet-hunting spacecraft 07-03-2009 10:40 AM

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  • Russia leads in spacecraft launches 29-12-2006 11:46 AM

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  • NASA Mars spacecraft settles into orbit 13-09-2006 11:25 AM

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  • European spacecraft crashes into moon 03-09-2006 12:55 PM

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