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09-Jun-2018 Washington

NASA extends Juno's Jupiter mission until July 2021

With NASA's Juno spacecraft needing more time to gather the mission's required data, the US space agency has decided to extend its science operations until July 2021, making way for the probe to spend three more years in orbit around Jupiter.Juno is in 53-day...

27-Apr-2018 Washington

NASA's Hubble captured first image of surviving companion to supernova

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first image of a surviving companion to a supernova, a compelling evidence that some supernovas originate in double-star systems, the US space agency said.Seventeen years ago, astronomers had witnessed a supernova...

11-Apr-2018 Washington

NASA to study tiny sea creatures to understand Earth's climate

In a first, a team of scientists from NASA are on a research mission to study phytoplankton -- the tiny sea creatures -- and their impact on the atmosphere and climate on Earth.The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES), which is in...

07-Apr-2018 Washington

NASA tells Boeing to fly three people for six months to ISS

NASA has updated its commercial crew contract with Boeing to let the US-based aerospace company fly three people to the International Space Station (ISS) who will stay there for up to six months from an earlier planned two-week trip.The move is seen as to...

01-Apr-2018 Washington

NASA invests in technology for space exploration missions

NASA is investing in several next-generation technology concepts that will help the US space agency use them for future space exploration missions.This include meteoroid impact detection, space telescope swarms and small orbital debris mapping technologies,...

29-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA's next planet-hunting probe to launch on April 16

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, which aims to find alien worlds with capacity to harbour life is scheduled to launch on April 16 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.On March 15, the spacecraft...

28-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA delays launch of next-gen space telescope until 2020

NASA is now targeting May 2020 for the launch of its James Webb Space Telescope, the $8 billion dollar Hubble successor.The announcement on Tuesday made after an independent assessment of remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory further pushes...

19-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA's new instrument to help measure Sun's incoming energy

To continue long-term measurements of the Sun's incoming energy, NASA has powered on a new instrument installed on the International Space Station (ISS).The instrument, Total and Spectral solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1), became fully operational with all...

15-Mar-2018 Washington

Space travel may cause long-term change to DNA : NASA

Seven per cent of astronaut Scott Kelly's genes linked to the immune system, DNA repair and bone formation, showed an unexpected change as a result of spending nearly a year in space, reveals NASA's "Twins Study" aimed to unravel the genomics era of space...

13-Mar-2018 London

NASA's Hubble finds 'relic galaxy' near Milky Way

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have unearthed a "relic galaxy" in the Milky Way's backyard.The galaxy NGC 1277, lies near the centre of the Perseus cluster of over 1,000 galaxies, located 240 million light-years away. The findings, published...

10-Mar-2018 New York

Scientists recreate solar eruption in 3D

Scientists have combined data from three NASA satellites to develop a 3D model that simulates how shocks following coronal mass ejections (CMEs) propagate from the Sun.CMEs, often called solar storms or space storms, are a significant release of plasma and magnetic...

07-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA wants you to send your name to the Sun

If you want your name to travel through the Sun's atmosphere, braving brutal heat and radiation conditions, here comes your chance. NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard its historic solar...

06-Mar-2018 Washington

Arctic permafrost may unleash carbon within decades : NASA

Permafrost in the coldest northern Arctic -- formerly thought to be at least temporarily shielded from global warming by its extreme environment -- could thaw enough to become a permanent source of carbon to the atmosphere in a few decades, warns a NASA-led study.This...

03-Mar-2018 Washington

Climate change driving dramatic rise in sea levels : NASA study

The sea level may rise twice as high by 2100 as previously estimated as a result of climate change, a new NASA study says.According to the findings detailed in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, rise in sea level may increase by...

01-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA's Curiosity rover tests new drill method on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has conducted a new drill method on Mars, marking the first operation of the rover's drill since a motor problem began acting up more than a year ago.This early test produced a hole about a one-centimetre deep at a target called Lake...

24-Feb-2018 Washington

Moon's water may be widely distributed: Study

A new analysis of data from India's Chandrayaan-1 mission and NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests that Moon's water may be widely distributed across the surface, not confined to a particular region or type of terrain.The water appears to be present...

18-Feb-2018 Washington

Make Pluto a planet again, 6-year-old girl urges NASA

Six-year-old Cara O'Connor of Ireland, who dreams of becoming a NASA astronaut one day, wrote a letter to the space agency urging it to reclassify Pluto as a planet, The Washington Post reported this week.Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006...

16-Feb-2018 Washington

Hubble captures Neptune's foul-smelling storm as it dies

NASA's Hubble space telescope has captured Neptune's mysterious dark storm, that probably smells like rotten eggs, shrinking out of existence."It looks like we're capturing the demise of this dark vortex, and it's different from what well-known studies led...

09-Feb-2018 Washington

NASA's New Horizons snaps farthest images by any spacecraft

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has set a new record by capturing the farthest images from Earth by a spacecraft, surpassing the Voyager 1's record of capturing an image when it was 6.06 billion km away from Earth.The new images released by NASA on Thursday...

07-Feb-2018 Washington

NASA prepares deep space atomic clock for test flight

NASA has said it is preparing to send its deep space atomic clock on a test flight in 2018 as a hosted payload on General Atomic's Orbital Test Bed spacecraft aboard the US Air Force Space Technology Program (STP-2) mission.The the "Deep Space Atomic Clock"...

31-Jan-2018 Washington

Long lost 'IMAGE' satellite still alive, confirms NASA

NASA on Wednesday said that at least the main control system of its IMAGE satellite, which was re-discovered by an amateur astronomer on January 20, is operational.Launched on March 25, 2000, IMAGE, short for Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration,...

30-Jan-2018 Washington

NASA attempts to contact long-lost satellite

US space agency NASA on Monday said that it's attempting to contact a satellite it lost more than a decade ago, after it was discovered possibly still alive by an amateur astronomer earlier this month."We are attempting to contact the IMAGE satellite via...

25-Jan-2018 Davos

Saturn moon Enceladus potentially habitable : NASA scientist

The conditions at Enceladus appear right for supporting life, Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker said here on Thursday while hinting at a possible future mission to go back to the Saturn moon."Personally, I would like to go back to Saturn," Spilker...

13-Jan-2018 Washington

NASA's cargo spacecraft back down to earth with heavy payload

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after nearly four weeks in space.Dragon splashed down successfully about 10:37 a.m. EST (1537 GMT) west of Baja California, completing the second resupply mission to and from the...

11-Jan-2018 Washington

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passes critical milestone

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope -- the world's premier infrared space observatory of the next decade -- has successfully completed critical testing in a massive thermal vacuum chamber, enabling it to function properly in the extremely cold and airless environment...

07-Jan-2018 New York

Spend next New Year's Eve with new spacecraft: NASA

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which flew past Pluto in 2015, will encounter the most primitive and most distant object in the history of space exploration, on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in 2019.New Horizons' next mission -- the Kuiper Belt object,...

06-Jan-2018 Washington

America's 'most experienced astronaut' dies: NASA

John Young, America's "most experienced astronaut" who walked on the Moon during the Apollo programme and commanded the first space shuttle mission, has passed away, NASA said on Saturday.Young died on Friday night following complications from pneumonia,...

06-Jan-2018 New York

Chemical ban helped closing up of ozone layer hole : NASA

With the declining levels of ozone-destroying chlorine, scientists have for the first time observed less ozone depletion.The findings showed that an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs) has resulted in...

05-Jan-2018 Washington

NASA launches two missions to explore nearest space

NASA has announced that it would launch two missions to explore a little-understood area 96 km above Earth's surface.The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will be launched aboard a commercial communications satellite in January...

04-Jan-2018 Washington

Boeing, SpaceX progressing towards first crewed missions in 2018 : NASA

US space agency NASA said on Thursday its industry partners, Boeing and SpaceX, are targeting the return of human spaceflight from Florida's Space Coast in 2018."Both companies are scheduled to begin flight tests to prove the space systems meet NASA's requirements...

04-Jan-2018 Washington

NASA's 60th anniversary logo represents quest for knowledge

NASA has said the logo it has released for use in observing the 60th anniversary of its establishment as a US government agency in 2018 represents its quest for knowledge.A crescent moon, a ringed planet and a field of stars amid a nebula of light blue represent...

31-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA's 2018 to do list includes mission to 'touch' Sun

NASA is turning 60 in 2018 and the agency is looking forward to launching a slew of important missions in the coming year, including one to "touch" the Sun.NASA's Parker Solar Probe is scheduled for launch in 2018 to explore the Sun's outer atmosphere.The...

30-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA's flying telescope to study Saturn's moon, comets

NASA has said its flying observatory Sofia is preparing for its 2018 campaign, which will include, among others, observations of celestial magnetic fields, star-forming regions, comets and Saturn's giant moon Titan.This will be the fourth year of full operations...

23-Dec-2017 Washington

Wet winter leads to more small wildfires, not less : NASA

 NASA scientists have found that a wet winter corresponds to more small wildfires in the following fire season, not fewer, as is commonly assumed.Large fires behave more "logically," with fewer large fires after a wet winter and more after a dry one."This...

21-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA develops new tool to fast-track search for alien life

To push its search for life in alien terrains, NASA has developed a new spectroscopy instrument designed to detect compounds and minerals associated with biological activity more quickly and with greater sensitivity than previous instruments.Although no...

21-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA to send probe to Titan or a comet by 2025

NASA has picked two concepts for a solar system mission planned to launch in the mid-2020s -- a comet sample return mission and a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore potential landing sites on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.Which of these two mission will...

20-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA could send probe to nearby exoplanet by 2069

To look for signs of life beyond our solar system, the US space agency could send a spacecraft to the nearby Alpha Centauri system by 2069, according to a mission concept presented by a NASA scientist.Details of the mission concept was presented by Anthony...

20-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA to explore how 3-year Mars mission could affect humans

As a round-trip mission to Mars could last three years, NASA is calling for more research to understand how long-term experiences in space could affect the human body.Typical missions to the International Space Station (ISS) last just six months."To draw...

19-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA set to reveal finalists for future solar system mission

NASA on Tuesday said it would announce final concepts for a future robotic mission to explore the solar system during a media teleconference on Wednesday.The mission, targeted to launch in the mid-2020s, would be the fourth in NASA's New Frontiers portfolio...

15-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA scientists to survey unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice

NASA scientists are set to embark on a 756-kilometre expedition in one of the most barren landscapes on Earth to survey an unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice.The team led by two NASA scientists will begin their two- to three-week traverse in an arc around...

12-Dec-2017 Washington

Mysterious bright spots indicate Ceres is no dead world : NASA

Far from being a dead world, the dwarf planet Ceres is an active and evolving world, indicate hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned, say scientists.The surface of Ceres is otherwise dark."The mysterious bright...

12-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA's Juno probe unravels Jupiter's Great Red Spot roots

Jupiter's famous storm, the Great Red Spot, penetrates well below the clouds -- about 300 kilometres into the planet's atmosphere, suggest data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft."One of the most basic questions about Jupiter's Great Red Spot is: how deep are...

11-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA's Kepler probe uses Google AI for latest discovery

NASA has said its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope made its latest discovery using machine learning from Google.The discovery will be announced at a media teleconference on December 14, NASA said.Besides NASA scientists, Christopher Shallue, Senior Software...

04-Dec-2017 Washington

'Supermoon' trilogy to woo stargazers : NASA

If you missed Sunday's Full Moon treat, take heart, it was the first of a trilogy of supermoons! The supermoon will reappear on the celestial stage on January 1 and 31, 2018, NASA said.A supermoon is a Full Moon when it is also at its closest point to the...

01-Dec-2017 Washington

NASA fires up Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

US space agency NASA has said a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft, the only human-made object in interstellar space, have been successfully fired up after 37 years without use.The spacecraft has been using small devices called "attitude control...

01-Dec-2017 Washington

Pluto may have liquid water oceans beneath icy surface : NASA

In a boost to the search for alien life, a new NASA study suggests that some icy worlds in our outer solar system, including Pluto, may harbour liquid water oceans beneath the surface.Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive...

27-Nov-2017 Washington

NASA to measure orbital debris around space station

NASA is set to launch a sensor on December 4 to measure orbital debris around the International Space Station (ISS).Research from this investigation -- set to travel on a SpaceX cargo mission -- could help lower the risk to human life and critical hardware...

22-Nov-2017 Washington

Don't miss Cassini's stunning 'Farewell to Saturn' mosaic

NASA has released a stunning image mosaic of Saturn assembled from the images snapped by the Cassini probe during the final leg of its journey.Cassini's wide-angle camera acquired 42 red, green and blue images, covering the planet and its main rings from...

20-Nov-2017 Los Angeles

Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test: NASA

NASA has completed the first test of its Mars 2020 mission's parachute-testing series, the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE), the US space agency announced.The Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will seek signs of...

16-Nov-2017 New York

New NASA tool predicts which cities face floods due to ice melt

NASA scientists have developed a tool to forecast which cities are vulnerbale to flooding due to melting of ice in a warming climate.It looks at the Earth's spin and gravitational effects to predict how water will be "redistributed" globally, BBC reported."This...

15-Nov-2017 Washington

NASA testing energy tech to 'empower' human crews on Mars

NASA is about to start testing a key energy source that could "empower" human crews on the Mars surface, energising habitats and running on-the-spot processing equipment to transform the Red Planet resources into oxygen, water and fuel.Testing of the Kilopower...

11-Nov-2017 Washington

NASA to launch E. Coli into space to study antibiotic resistance

To study microgravity's effect on bacterial antibiotic resistance, scientists are set to send E. coli, a common bacterial pathogen linked to urinary tract infections and foodborne illnesses, to the International Space Station (ISS).The E. coli AntiMicrobial...

10-Nov-2017 Washington

Get a glimpse of Jupiter's stunning southern hemisphere

NASA on Friday released a stunning image of Jupiter's southern hemisphere taken by the agency's Juno spacecraft.The colour-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the "String of Pearls," one of eight massive rotating storms at 40 degrees south latitude...

09-Nov-2017 Washington

NASA's first SLS rocket launch could be delayed until 2020

The first launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which will carry the new Orion spacecraft, could be delayed until 2020, indicates a new review report of the launch schedule.But NASA hopes that it would be able to launch the uncrewed mission...

08-Nov-2017 Washington

Heat source under Antarctica melting its ice sheet: NASA

A geothermal heat source called a mantle plume lies deep below West Antarctica, explaining some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet, confirms a new NASA study.The heat source may help explain why the West Antarctic ice sheet...

07-Nov-2017 Washington

NASA seeks nickname for New Horizons` next flyby target

Think you are good at making nicknames? Read on, because NASA has an excellent opportunity for you.Scientists at NASA have started a campaign inviting the public to choose an informal name for the New Horizons mission's next flyby destination, which is going...

04-Nov-2017 Washington

NASA, ESA spots return of Comet 96P

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) spotted Comet 96P entering its field of view, the US space agency has said in a statement.NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) misson captured the comet entering the lower right corner of its view on October...

01-Nov-2017 Washington

NASA's 2020 Mars rover to have 23 'eyes'

NASA said its Mars 2020 mission will have more "eyes" than any rover before it - a grand total of 23, to create sweeping panoramas, reveal obstacles, study the atmosphere and assist science instruments.They will provide dramatic views during the rover's descent...

31-Oct-2017 Washington

NASA sounding rocket probing dark regions of space falters

A NASA sounding rocket launched with the aim of studying the darks voids in between the stars and galaxies that fill the night sky has failed to deliver science data because of a possible issue with the attitude control system.The Dual-channel Extreme...

28-Oct-2017 Washington

NASA sounding rocket to probe dark regions of space

NASA plans to launch on Monday a sounding rocket to study the darks voids in between the stars and galaxies that fill the night sky.The cold, diffuse gas between galaxies -- called the intergalactic medium, or IGM for short -- hardly emits any light.To shed...

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