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22-Sep-2017 WASHINGTON

NASA'S OSIRIS-REX mission to flyby Earth on Friday

NASA's asteriod hunting OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is all set to make a close flyby of Earth on Friday, before reaching asteroid Bennu, media has reported.The Earth's gravity will fling the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, travelling at a staggering speed of 19,000 miles...

15-Sep-2017 WASHINGTON

Get a glimpse of final Saturn images captured by Cassini

NASA's Cassini mission has begun transmitting data -- including the final images taken by its imaging cameras -- in advance of its final plunge into Saturn on Friday.The spacecraft is in the process of emptying its onboard solid-state recorder of all science...

09-Sep-2017 WASHINGTON

NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft imaged from Earth

As NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft OSIRIS-REx approaches Earth for its September 22 gravity assist, a ground-based telescope has captured images of the spacecraft.This is the first Earth-based view of OSIRIS-REx since its launch on September 8, 2016, NASA...

18-Aug-2017 Washington

NASA's latest communications satellite arrives in orbit

NASA on Friday said its third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites has successfully been placed into orbit.The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), launched aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with a...

09-Jul-2017 Washington

NASA plans to save Earth by knocking asteroid off its orbit

Aiming to show how to protect Earth from a future killer asteroid strike, NASA plans to crash a refrigerator-sized spacecraft at a speed about nine times faster than a bullet into a space rock, forcing it to change its orbit.The target for the first-ever mission...

30-Jun-2017 Washington

NASA detects drop in prevalence of fires worldwide

Globally, the amount of land being burned by fire is declining and this is largely due to human activities, says a study based on NASA's satellite data.The researchers, however, found that in some parts of the world including in India, China and Brazil, the amount...

29-Jun-2017 New York

NASA keeps a close watch for bad bugs on space station

Scientists at NASA organise regular checks to ensure that the International Space Station (ISS) has one of the cleanest living environments and is free from bacteria and other micro-organisms, the space agency said."Once every three months, we sample from two locations...

24-Jun-2017 Washington

NASA CHESS mission to probe interstellar cloud

The third flight for the NASA-funded CHESS mission to probe how the interstellar cloud is structured is scheduled to take place on June 27.CHESS -- short for the Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph -- is a sounding rocket payload that will...

17-Jun-2017 New York

MAVEN reveals how Sun stripped Mars' atmosphere

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) that completed 1,000 Earth days in orbit around the Red Planet on Saturday has come up with multiple discoveries, revealing how the Sun stripped Mars of most of its atmosphere.MAVEN is the first...

17-Jun-2017 Washington

US students mine for water at NASA's 'Mars Ice Challenge'

As part of plans for long-term human survival on Mars, NASA this week held a competition in which students from seven US universities demonstrated various drilling technologies to extract water from simulated Martian subsurface ice.The three-day 'Mars Ice...

15-Jun-2017 Washington

Last month was second hottest May on record : NASA

May 2017 was the second warmest May in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by NASA scientists.The two top May temperature anomalies have occurred during the past two years as May 2016 was the hottest...

12-Jun-2017 Washington

NASA rover finds diverse minerals in Martian rocks

Examining initial samples of rocks collected by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, scientists have found a wide diversity of minerals in the lower-most layers of Mount Sharp mountain, suggesting that conditions changed in the water environments on the Red Planet over...

11-Jun-2017 Washington

Rainfall to increase in tropical regions : NASA

A new NASA study warns that the amount of rainfall in the tropical regions will increase as our planet continues to get warmer.According to the new study published in the journal Nature Communications, most global climate models may underestimate the decreases...

09-Jun-2017 Washington

NASA unveils 'out of this world' Mars rover

NASA has unveiled an "out of this world" futuristic Mars rover concept vehicle to inspire young people to want to learn more about its plans to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.While this exact rover is not expected to operate on Mars, one or more...

08-Jun-2017 Washington

Indian American selected among 12 NASA astronaut candidates

After screening a record 18,000 applications, the US space agency has finally picked 12 astronaut candidates -- its largest astronaut class since 2000 -- and Indian-American Raja Chari, a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Air Force, has bagged a most sought-after...

03-Jun-2017 Washington

NASA sounding rocket to release radiant artificial clouds

NASA is set to launch on Saturday a sounding rocket which will release blue-green and red artificial clouds.The launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket testing a new deployment system to support space studies was originally scheduled for May...

27-May-2017 Washington

NASA's lunar orbiter camera survives meteoroid hit

Scientists have determined that the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was hit in 2014 by a tiny meteoroid, a small natural object in space.The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of...

26-May-2017 Washington

NASA reveals new mode of ice loss in Greenland

A new NASA study has revealed a new mode of ice loss in Greenland that may increase the potential for sustained loss of mass as the climate continues to warm up, with implications for the future rate of sea level rise.During Greenland's hottest summers...

24-May-2017 Washington

'$19.1 billion budget positive for NASA'

At $19.1 billion, NASA has a very positive budget, said the agency's acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot after President Donald Trump released his fiscal 2018 budget request for the federal government on Tuesday.The budget closely reflects the administration's...

22-May-2017 Washington

NASA astronauts gear up for emergency spacewalk on Tuesday

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct an emergency spacewalk on Tuesday to replace a failed data relay box which is part of a system to control key station hardware, NASA has said.Tuesday's spacewalk, which expected to begin...

18-May-2017 Washington

NASA probes detect man-made bubble around Earth

Humans have long been shaping Earth's landscape, but now scientists know that we also can shape our near-space environment with radio communications.The impact of such communications extend out beyond our atmosphere, creating a bubble surrounding Earth, NASA's...

16-May-2017 Washington

NASA Mars rover to study fluid-carved valley's origin

Mars rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission -- an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater's rim, NASA has said.As the rover approached the upper end of "Perseverance Valley"...

13-May-2017 Washington

NASA drops idea of putting humans on first flight of new rocket

NASA has dropped the idea of putting astronauts aboard the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft -- Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1 -- the first in a broad series of exploration missions that will take humans to deep...

13-May-2017 Washington

US astronauts conduct 200th spacewalk

Two American astronauts on Friday carried out the 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) despite an early equipment glitch that had delayed and shortened the mission.During the spacewalk, NASA's Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer on Friday...

06-May-2017 Washington

What will be NASA's next big solar system mission?

A new mission to Saturn's moons Titan or Enceladus to find signs of life beyond Earth cannot be ruled out as NASA says it is reviewing 12 proposals for future unmanned solar system mission to be launched in the mid-2020s.The proposed missions of discovery...

05-May-2017 London

Hubble captures galaxy cluster 6 bn light years away

The NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope has revealed new details of a massive galaxy cluster located about six billion light years away from the Earth.The galaxy cluster called Abell 370, in the constellation Cetus (the Sea Monster), contains an astounding assortment...

04-May-2017 Washington

NASA seeks information on commercial cargo service to Moon

In a possible push to advance space mining, NASA is seeking information on commercial payload delivery services to the lunar surface, media reported.This week, NASA issued a Request for Information (RfI) to the private industry for proposals related to...

25-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA's Cassini probe completes final Titan flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.In its final close approach to Titan on April 21, the spacecraft passed at an altitude of about...

25-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA's super pressure balloon takes off from Wanaka

After several unsuccessful attempts, NASA finally launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, on Tuesday.The super-pressure balloon test flight is now on a mission designed to run 100 or more days,...

19-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA orbiter spots strange secondary crater on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured a region of Mars sprayed with mysterious secondary craters."Secondary craters form from rocks ejected at high speed from the primary crater, which then impact the ground at sufficiently high speed to make...

17-Apr-2017 Wellington

NASA balloon launch further delayed

NASA has postponed its fifth attempt to launch a giant stadium-sized super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, due to poor weather, the media reported.The wind was again unsuitable to launch the balloon at the latest scheduled launch time of...

15-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA approves instruments for ESA's Jupiter mission

NASA has approved a project to build instruments for a future European Space Agency mission to Jupiter and its moons, scheduled for launch in 2022."NASA's total cost for the project is $114.4 million," the US space agency said in a statement on Saturday.Designed...

15-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA to broadcast live 360-degree video of rocket launch

NASA, in coordination with commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK and launch service major United Launch Alliance (ULA), is set to broadcast the worlds first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch on April 18.The live 360-degree stream of the cargo resupply...

14-Apr-2017 Washington

Saturn's moon Enceladus harbours chemical energy for life : NASA

Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has a form of chemical energy that life can feed on, researchers with NASAs Cassini mission to Saturn have revealed."Confirmation that the chemical energy for life exists within the ocean of a small moon of Saturn is an important milestone...

13-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA releases new global maps of Earth at night

NASA has released its latest global maps of Earth at night, providing the "clearest yet composite" view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet.Satellite images of Earth at night -- often referred to as "night lights" -- have been a tool for...

12-Apr-2017 Washington

Don't miss NASA's first 4K livestream from space this month

In the first-ever live 4K video stream from space, NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will take viewers more than 400 km off the Earth to the International Space Station on April 26.The broadcast will take place at 1:30 p.m. EDT during...

11-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA to reveal new discoveries on oceans beyond Earth

NASA is set to reveal this week at a news conference new results about ocean worlds in our solar system.The announcements will be related particularly to findings from the agency's Saturn probe Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble space telescope, NASA said...

11-Apr-2017 Washington

Mars has metal in its atmosphere, reveals NASA probe

Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, show results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of the Red Planet."MAVEN...

10-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA delays balloon launch due to poor weather

NASA has postponed the third launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, on Monday due to poor weather at ground and surface levels."Wind speeds were just slightly above those required for launch, and with the uncertainty...

08-Apr-2017 Washington

Big asteroid to fly 'very close' to Earth in mid-April : NASA

A large near-Earth asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will fly safely past Earth on April 19th, US space agency NASA has said.The space rock, known as 2014 JO25, is estimated to be 2,000 feet in size. It is expected to fly by Earth at a safe distance...

07-Apr-2017 Washington

Don't miss this close-up portrait of Jupiter

NASA's Hubble space telescope has captured Jupiter in all of its up-close glory, offering spectacular views of its colourful, roiling atmosphere and the legendary Great Red Spot.On April 3, 2017, as Jupiter made its nearest approach to Earth in a year, Hubble...

05-Apr-2017 Washington

New NASA device to help astronauts cope with cosmic radiation

Aiming to help keep crews safe when NASA sends humans to Mars, scientists at the US space agency have developed a new device to monitor radiation exposure to neutrons and are testing it on the International Space Station.The Fast Neutron Spectrometer is designed...

05-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA's Cassini probe set to end 20-year journey

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which was launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story this month.On April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 2,400-kilometre gap...

04-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA's New Horizons set to meet next flyby target

Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASAs New Horizons spacecraft has now travelled half the distance from Pluto.It is heading towards its next target - 2014 MU69 - which is the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) and the probe will fly past...

01-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA observatory detects mysterious cosmic explosion

A mysterious flash of X-rays probably resulting from a "completely new type of cataclysmic event" in space has been discovered by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, a study says.While the scientists believe the flash of X-rays, which stemmed from a faint,...

31-Mar-2017 Washington

Most of Mars' atmosphere was lost to space : NASA

Solar wind and radiation were responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, new results from NASA have revealed."We've determined that most...

29-Mar-2017 New Delhi

ISRO-NASA Collaboration

ISRO and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/ NASA are jointly working on the development of Dual Frequency (L & S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite named as NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR). The L-band SAR is being developed by JPL/NASA,...

29-Mar-2017 Washington

Meet NASA astronauts of upcoming space station assignments

Five astronauts have been assigned to upcoming missions aboard the International Space Station, according to a NASA announcement on Wednesday.The five astronauts - Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Shannon Walker - all have...

28-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA stopwatch to measure fraction of a billionth of second

NASA engineers have built a stopwatch that can measure accurately fraction of a billionth of a second.The timer is to be used for the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) scheduled for launch in 2018, NASA said.ICESat-2 will use six green...

27-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA creates mixed reality space station to train astronauts

NASA has partnered with real-time visualisation platform Epic Games' Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space Station (ISS) that can provide an 'out of this world' environment for its astronauts and engineers, a media report said on Monday.Unreal...

26-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA mission to study cosmic material between stars

NASA has announced plans to launch a balloon-borne observatory to study the emissions from the cosmic material found between stars, known as the interstellar medium.This data will help scientists determine the life cycle of interstellar gas in the Milky Way...

26-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA's Juno probe set for fifth close flyby of Jupiter

NASA said its Juno spacecraft will make its fifth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Monday.At the time of closest approach, Juno will be about 4,400 km above the planet's cloud tops, moving at a speed of about 57.8 km per second relative to the...

23-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA to use laser communication for high-speed space 'internet'

In a step towards verifying the efficacy of laser communications for speedier data rates for connections between spacecraft and the Earth, NASA said it is developing a trailblazing, long-term technology demonstration mission.The Laser Communications Relay...

22-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA prepares 'futuristic' clock for space

In a key advance for safely navigating future human exploration of the solar system, NASA said it is set to send its next-generation atomic clock to space in late 2017.This clock will be smaller, lighter and magnitudes more precise than any atomic clock...

19-Mar-2017 New York

NASA adds four teams to study solar system

NASA has added four new teams to study the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and other components of the solar system.According to a report in Engadget on Sunday, the first group from the University of Colorado will study on robotics, cosmology, astrophysics and...

11-Mar-2017 Washington

Orbital ATK's 7th resupply mission to space station delayed

The launch of Orbital ATKs seventh commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station has been delayed and it is now targetted for no earlier than March 21, NASA said.The Orbital ATK CRS-7 mission was earlier scheduled for March 19. Orbital ATK...

10-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA's 'Europa Clipper' mission to explore Jupiter's moon

NASA has announced that its upcoming mission to explore the habitability of Jupiter's icy moon Europa will be officially called Europa Clipper.The mission is being planned for launch in the 2020s, arriving in the Jupiter system after a journey of several...

09-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA's Kepler hit by cosmic ray event while observing TRAPPIST-1

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope was hit by a cosmic ray event during a recent campaign to observe TRAPPIST-1, a star system that hosts at least seven Earth-sized planets only 40 light-years away."During Campaign 12, a cosmic ray event reset the...

06-Mar-2017 New York

Giant magnetic shield could make Mars habitable : NASA scientists

Scientists at NASA have proposed that launching a giant magnetic shield into space to protect Mars from solar winds could give the Red Planet its atmosphere back and make it habitable for humans.Mars now appears to be a cold desert world and it has no global magnetic...

05-Mar-2017 Washington

Can TRAPPIST-1 planets support life? NASA telescope might answer

Astronomers believe that NASA's upcoming James Webb space telescope could help us find out if any of the seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star 40 light years away could possibly support life."If these planets have atmospheres, the James Webb Space...

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