Spacecraft

  • NASA to make major announcement about spacecraft contracts 17 hours 8 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 6 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...
  • India's Mars orbiter spacecraft to reach target in 75 days July 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Exactly 75 days from July 12, India's Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet as it is rapidly coasting towards its target. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has travelled 525 million km on its heliocentric arc. Radio signals from earth now take 15 minutes to reach MOM and...
  • 5 things to know about spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to space May 31, 2014

    SpaceX has made supply runs to the International Space Station under a NASA contract. Now it's eyeing carrying astronauts to low-Earth orbit. NASA is depending on private companies to fill the void left by the retirement of its space shuttle fleet. Here are five things to know about SpaceX: What is its...
  • SpaceX unveils spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space May 30, 2014

    Hawthorne: A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will revolutionize access to space. The cone-headed craft dubbed Dragon V2 featured landing legs and a propulsion system designed to...
  • Mars mission: Spacecraft crosses half the distance April 9, 2014

    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,...
  • Mars mission successfully completes 100 days in space on Wednesday February 11, 2014

    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 December 15, 2013

    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, is...
  • Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on moon December 14, 2013

    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, is...
  • ISRO to carry out Trajectory Correction Manoeuvres on Mars mission December 9, 2013

    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 Organisation...
  • Mars mission spacecraft travels beyond Earth's sphere of influence December 4, 2013

    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 orbiter...
  • India's Mars mission spacecraft enters final orbit around earth November 27, 2013

    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) and its...
  • Supplementary orbit of Mars spacecraft successfully raised November 12, 2013

    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 at...
  • Mars mission 100 per cent safe, says ISRO November 11, 2013

    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 Earth)...
  • Second orbiter of Mars spacecraft raised successfully November 8, 2013

    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 was fired...
  • NASA finds plastic ingredient on Saturn's moon October 1, 2013

    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 Earth. A...
  • NASA launches robotic explorer 'LADEE' to moon from Virginia September 7, 2013

    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 moon missions...
  • New NASA spacecraft to investigate moon mystery September 5, 2013

    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 Apollo...
  • NASA's Juno spacecraft reaches halfway to Jupiter August 15, 2013

    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 9.464 astronomical...
  • Mars mission not for pride but for 'meaningful research': ISRO July 21, 2013

    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), also...
  • Chinese astronauts land safely after 15-days space programme June 26, 2013

    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 May 2, 2013

    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...
  • India to launch mission to Mars in 2013, says President February 22, 2013

    New Delhi: India will launch its first mission to Mars in 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday, as the emerging Asian nation looks to play catch up in the global space race alongside the United States, Russia and its giant neighbour China. "Several space missions are planned for 2013, including...
  • Neil Armstrong to be buried at sea September 7, 2012

    Washington: US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, will be buried at sea, family spokesperson Rick Miller said. Miller said on Thursday that no other details on the timing or the location of the burial were available, reported Xinhua. Neil Armstrong died on August 25 at the age of...
  • NASA gives 3 firms $1.1 bn to build new spacecraft August 5, 2012

    Washington: NASA has given three firms a total of $1.1 billion to build a new range of "space taxis" that will take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), a media report said. The hi-tech spacecraft to be used to transport crew and supplies to the ISS will replace NASA's space...
  • Sunita Williams: Russian spacecraft docks at ISS July 17, 2012

    Houston: Record-setting Indian-American cosmonaut Sunita Williams along with two other astronauts on Tuesday docked their Russian spacecraft at the International Space Station for a four-month stay. 46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide arrived at the ISS after two days...
  • Sunita Williams to vote from space for US Presidency July 15, 2012

    Houston: Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams, who took off for her second space mission on Sunday, will cast her vote from the International Space Station in the US presidential election to be held in November, just about a week before her return to the Earth. Forty-six-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander...
  • Watch: The life and times of Sunita Williams July 15, 2012

    Indian-American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams created history on Sunday by becoming the first woman to head a space expedition. This is her second space visit. ...
  • Sunita Williams takes off on 2nd space visit July 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian-American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams took off on her second space visit at around 8.10 am on Sunday morning. With this expedition, Sunita Williams has become the first woman in history to head a space mission. Wishes and prayers began to pour in for Sunita as she got ready...
  • China accomplishes its first space docking November 3, 2011

    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...