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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...

04-Mar-2017 Washington

Hubble captures 'incredibly' massive galaxy

The Hubble space telescope has captured an image to showcase an incredible massive galaxy, UGC 12591, that lies just under 400 million light-years away from the Earth.The galaxy and its halo together contain several hundred billion times the mass of the...

04-Mar-2017 Washington

Hubble captures 'incredibly' massive galaxy

The Hubble space telescope has captured an image to showcase an incredible massive galaxy, UGC 12591, that lies just under 400 million light-years away from the Earth.The galaxy and its halo together contain several hundred billion times the mass of the...

03-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA to send new plant system to space station

In a bid to prepare crews to grow their own food in space during deep-space exploration missions, NASA said it will send this month a new, nearly self-sufficient plant growth system to the International Space Station.The Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) will...

02-Mar-2017 Washington

NASA shares key software programmes with public

NASA on Thursday released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees."The software catalog...

25-Feb-2017 Washington

NASA looks at sending two astronauts aboard Orion

Days after the US President Donald Trump promised to "unlock the mysteries of space", NASA has kicked off a study to assess the feasibility of adding a two-member crew to the first unmanned flight of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion...

24-Feb-2017 Washington

Space station crew await Russian cargo delivery

With the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on Thursday, the crew are now focusing on a Russian cargo delivery, which is scheduled to arrive on Friday, NASA said.The Russian Progress 66 was launched on Wednesday from...

21-Feb-2017 Washington

NASA to reveal new findings on exoplanets this week

NASA has hinted at discovery of something exciting related to planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets.The US space agency said it will hold a news conference to present the findings at the agency's headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.Prominent...

19-Feb-2017 New York

'Superbug on ISS will help NASA understand its mutation'

Sending an antibiotic-resistant superbug to a zero-gravity environment like the International Space Station (ISS) will help NASA better understand how superbugs mutate to become resistant to available antibiotics, an India-origin researcher has said.An antibiotic-resistant...

18-Feb-2017 Washington

First crop of Chinese cabbage harvested on space station

The International Space Station crew will soon get to eat some Chinese cabbage, thanks to the efforts of astronaut Peggy Whitson who has harvested the space station's first crop of Tokyo Bekana Chinese cabbage after tending to it for nearly a month.This...

17-Feb-2017 Washington

NASA creates 2 space technology research institutes

In line with its shift in focus from low-Earth orbit to deep space missions, NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending...

16-Feb-2017 New York

January 2017 third-hottest on record : NASA

January 2017 was just a little cooler than last year and its temperature matched that for the same month in 2007, making it the third warmest January in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to NASA scientists.Last month's temperature was 0.20 degrees...

15-Feb-2017 Washington

NASA telescope hears stellar 'heartbeat'

NASA said its Spitzer space telescope has detected unusual heartbeat-like vibrations in the outer shell of a star called HAT-P-2.A closely orbiting planet, called HAT-P-2b, might be causing these vibrations each time it gets close to the star in its orbit,...

10-Feb-2017 Washington

NASA begins search for enigmatic Earth-Trojan asteroid

NASA said its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has started a two-week search for an enigmatic class of near-Earth objects known as Earth-Trojan asteroids.The mission, currently on a two-year outbound journey to the asteroid Bennu, will spend almost two weeks searching...

09-Feb-2017 Washington

New NASA research casts doubt on Proxima b habitability

A recently discovered Earth-sized planet, dubbed Proxima b, which orbits within the "habitable zone" of the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, may not actually harbour life, new NASA research suggests.The search for life beyond Earth starts in habitable zones,...

08-Feb-2017 New Delhi

'Hidden Figures' on NASA women to release in India on February 17

Oscar contender "Hidden Figures" will release in India on February 17.Its release date was announced by Fox Star Studios via a statement on Wednesday.A biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, "Hidden Figures"...

07-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Delhi school-goers to click Earth's images with NASA's astronauts

As part of an international educational programme of NASA, nearly 800 students from across 65 schools in New Delhi and Punjab will get a chance of imaging the Earth from a unique perspective of space.In the mission, programmed by Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth...

07-Feb-2017 Los Angeles

Dassault Systemes sets eyes on space exploration, faster transport

From collaborating with engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for designing a next-generation space exploration device to cut the distance barrier between cities, the global 3D design company Dassault Systemes is busy working on ideas to herald...

02-Feb-2017 Washington

NASA's Jupiter probe set for 4th close flyby on Thursday

NASA's Juno spacecraft is set to make its fourth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Thursday at 4.57 a.m., a statement said.At the time of its closest approach (called perijove), Juno will be about 4,300 km above the planet's cloud tops and travelling...

31-Jan-2017 Washington

NASA telescope spots most extreme blazars yet

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray space telescope has identified the farthest gamma-ray blazars, a type of galaxy whose intense emissions are powered by super-sized black holes."Despite their youth, these far-flung blazars host some of the most massive black holes known,"...

30-Jan-2017 New York

NASA develops simple test to detect extraterrestrial life

NASA scientists have developed a simple method that could aid search for signs of life on other planets by analysing amino acids, the structural building blocks of all life on Earth.The test uses a liquid-based technique known as capillary electrophoresis...

28-Jan-2017 Washington

Space travel may cause genetic changes : NASA

NASA scientists in an unprecedented study have found that space travel may alter gene expression.The study involved astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space and his identical twin Mark who stayed on Earth. From the lengths of the twins' chromosomes...

23-Jan-2017 Washington

NASA wants you to pick picture sites for Jupiter probe

Are you a space enthusiast? Then there is a golden opportunity for you to decide where NASA's Juno spacecraft should aim its camera during its next close flyby of Jupiter on February 2.NASA has, for the first time, offered space enthusiasts an opportunity...

19-Jan-2017 New York

NASA aims to send spacecraft to giant 'metal' asteroid

NASA is preparing to send a spacecraft to a giant "metal" asteroid that may tell scientists the secret of how our solar system was formed.Led by Arizona State University researchers, the mission called "Psyche" is focused to know whether the asteroid, called...

18-Jan-2017 New York

NASA eyes Russian Soyuz trips to send crew to ISS

NASA is considering to acquire two seats on the Russian Soyuz spacecrafts to transport crews for missions in 2017 and 2018 to the International Space Station (ISS), media reported.NASA is considering to buy Soyuz seats, through an arrangement with Boeing,...

07-Jan-2017 Washington

Hubble charts road map for NASA probes' interstellar trip

By measuring the material along NASAs two Voyager spacecrafts future trajectories as they move through space, the Hubble space telescope is providing them the road map, scientists have reported.Along the way, the Voyagers are measuring the interstellar...

07-Jan-2017 Washington

NASA astronauts complete power upgrade spacewalk

NASA has said two of its astronauts -- Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson -- have completed the first of two power upgrade spacewalks at 1:55 p.m. EST (12:25 a.m. Saturday, India time).During the six-hour-and-thirty-two-minute...

07-Jan-2017 Washington

New astronauts complete a power upgrade spacewalk

NASA has said two of its astronauts - Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson -- have completed the first of two power upgrade spacewalks at 1:55 p.m. EST (12:25 a.m. Saturday India time).During the six-hour and 32-minute...

06-Jan-2017 Washington

Chandra image reveals black hole treasure trove

NASA said its Chandra X-ray Observatory has obtained an image that gives astronomers the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years beginning soon after the Big Bang.This is the deepest X-ray image ever obtained, collected with about...

05-Jan-2017 Washington

NASA to send first African-American to space station in 2018

Jeanette Epps will become the first African-American space station crew member when she launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018, NASA said.The New York native spent seven years as a CIA technical intelligence officer before being selected as a member of...

05-Jan-2017 Washington

NASA selects 2 missions to explore solar system's asteroids

Aiming to find important clues to the earliest history of the solar system, NASA has announced two missions -- one to explore Jupiter's mysterious Trojan asteroids and the other to study a unique metal asteroid.The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen...

04-Jan-2017 Washington

NASA's new mission to study black holes set for 2020 launch

NASA said on Wednesday it plans to launch in 2020 a $188 million mission that will allow astronomers to explore, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes,...

31-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA solar observatory to add leap second to master clock

To maintain accuracy, NASA said its missions, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which continuously watches the sun, will join official clocks around the world in adding a leap second to the final minute of 2016.On December 31, 2016, official...

30-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA may build ice homes on Mars to protect astronauts

To protect astronauts from the harsh Martian environment, the best building material for a new home on the Red Planet may lie in ice, say NASA researchers.The surface of Mars has extreme temperatures and the atmosphere does not provide adequate protection...

29-Dec-2016 Ottawa

NASA satellite captures northern lights' dazzling image

A NASA satellite has captured a dazzling infrared image of northern lights that appeared as swirls of glowing clouds over northern Canada on the night of December 22.In a statement, NASA's Earth Observatory said that the night after the winter solstice,...

22-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA space laser maps polar ocean plants key to life

A NASA satellite instrument orbiting Earth that can see through fog, clouds and darkness has given scientists their first continuous look at the boom-and-bust, or peak and decline, cycles of phytoplankton - foundation of the ocean's food web vital for...

21-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA orbiter detects infant versions of Martian 'spiders'

Using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data, researchers have detected cumulative growth of erosion-carved troughs that may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders," which are radially patterned channels found only in the south...

15-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA launches 8 small satellites to study hurricanes

US space agency NASA launched a constellation of eight small satellites on Thursday designed to aid weather forecasters in understanding and predicting hurricane intensity.The eight observatories comprising the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System...

14-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA's Juno probe captures Jupiter `pearl`

In its latest close flyby of Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft captured the seventh of eight features forming a ‘string of pearls -- massive counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals in the gas giant's southern hemisphere, the US space agency...

09-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA Saturn probe beams back first images from new orbit

Since beginning the latest phase of its mission, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturns atmosphere -- showing scenes from high above the planet's northern hemisphere, including an intriguing hexagon-shaped jet stream.Cassini...

07-Dec-2016 Washington

NASA building robot to repair, refuel satellites in orbit

NASA has awarded a $127 million contract to the California-based satellite company Space Systems/Loral for giving shape to its robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit.During its...

30-Nov-2016 Washington

Europe's new Mars orbiter starts sending data from NASA rovers

In the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe's new Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), data from NASA rovers Opportunity and Curiosity reached Earth last week, the US space agency said on Wednesday.The transmissions from the two active NASA rovers...

20-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA launches 'next generation' weather satellite

A "next generation" US weather satellite that was rocketed into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:42 p.m. EST on Saturday (5.12 a.m. Sunday, India time) is on its way to sharpen forecasts, watches and warnings about hurricanes...

17-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA's Peggy Whitson set to be the oldest astronaut

At the age of 56, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to be the oldest woman in space when she launches for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday.Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space...

16-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA renews hunt for Antarctic meteorites

To help learn more about the primitive building blocks of the solar system and answer questions about Earths neighbours like the moon and Mars, three federal entities in the US, including NASA, are reaffirming their commitment to search for Antarctic meteorites.NASA,...

11-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA space telescopes reveal a brown dwarf

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to reveal a brown dwarf - thought to be the missing link between planets and stars, with masses up to 80 times that of our solar system's most massive planet,...

08-Nov-2016 Washington

US astronaut casts his ballot from space

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the only US citizen in space on Election Day, cast his vote from the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said Tuesday.Kimbrough, 45, who arrived on board the ISS in mid-October, exercised his right to vote from the space platform...

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