SPACECRAFT

  • NASA gets new countdown clock just in time December 3, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: NASA has a new state-of-the-art space capsule on the launch pad and a new high-tech countdown clock to go with it. The multimedia display was lit up and counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until Thursday morning's liftoff of Orion on an unmanned orbital test flight. It's the...
  • China builds new center to launch space station October 26, 2014

    Beijing: China's fourth and most advanced space launch center which will boost the carrying capacity of Chinese rockets manifold is set to launch the country's space station and cargo spacecraft. The Wenchang satellite launch center in south Hainan Province will be used mainly for geosynchronous orbiters, large-tonnage space stations, cargo...
  • NASA invites public to send their names into space October 9, 2014

    Washington: Over 2.8 lakh people from around the world, including 21,729 Indians, have so far submitted their names to be inscribed on a NASA microchip that will eventually fly to Mars. NASA is giving people a chance to shoot their names up into space on the first Orion mission, scheduled...
  • Mars orbiter sends picture of dust storm activities on the planet September 29, 2014

    Bangalore: India's Mars orbiter has sent a picture of regional dust storm activities over the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet, ISRO said on Monday. "Regional dust storm activities over northern hemisphere of Mars - captured by Mars Color Camera on-board Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)", Bangalore-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)...
  • US-Russian space crew lifts off for space station September 26, 2014

    Baikonur (Kazakhstan): A US-Russian space crew has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station. The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft lifted off as scheduled at 2:25 AM (local time) on Friday from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. It's carrying NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore along with Russians Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova...
  • India's Mars triumph: Chat with experts September 24, 2014

    Space exploration is the cutting edge of technology and on September 24, 2014 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made a landmark by successfully placing its first Mars Orbiter Mission or Mangalyaan in the red planet's orbit in its maiden attempt while its more famous counterparts from the USA, Europe...
  • Mars orbiter insertion on Wednesday; Will India's Mangalyaan make space history? September 23, 2014

    Bangalore: As India's Mars mission moved a step closer to home after the dormant main engine on the spacecraft was test-fired flawlessly, ISRO looked confident of giving one final nudge on Wednesday to put it in orbit around Mars that, if successful, would see it make space history. In the final...
  • Engines tested, India's Mangalyaan set to enter planet's orbit on Wednesday September 22, 2014

    The Indian Space Research Organisation has begun crucial operations to put the Mars orbiter spacecraft into the planet's orbit. The first testing of engines has been a big success. Deepa Balakrishnan reports. ...
  • NASA's Mars spacecraft to begin orbit of Red Planet September 21, 2014

    Washington: A NASA spacecraft that aims to study the upper atmosphere of Mars and reveal how its climate changed over time is poised to begin orbiting the Red Planet. After a 10month journey, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe is making its final approach to Mars and will begin...
  • NASA to make major announcement about spacecraft contracts September 17, 2014

    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 September 11, 2014

    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 lowEarth 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 lowEarth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will revolutionize access to space. The coneheaded 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: Mangalyaan 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 "softlanding" 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 "softlanding" 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 fuelless 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 10month 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 transinjection 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 orbitraising 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 onboard 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 foodstorage 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 fiveyear 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 15days space programme June 26, 2013

    Beijing: Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth on Wednesday after a 15day 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 Shenzhou10 spacecraft made a safe landing in Gobi...