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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...

08-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA set to launch suite of six small satellites

Beginning this month, NASA will launch a suite of six small satellite missions that will debut new methods to measure hurricanes, Earths energy budget, aerosols, and weather.These small satellites range in size from a loaf of bread to a small washing machine and...

05-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA's MMS creates new Guinness World Record

NASA has said its Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS -- that is giving scientists new insight into Earths magnetosphere -- now holds the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal.Operating in a highly elliptical orbit around Earth,...

04-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA's shape-changing wing could cut aircraft fuel use

A team of NASA researchers and students is using emerging composite material manufacturing methods to build an ultra-light wing that actively changes shape to help reduce fuel use and improve flight efficiency.Increased efficiency means less fuel is needed,...

04-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA's Curiosity rover checks rare iron meteorite on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has confirmed than an odd-looking object that scientists operating it had noticed is an iron-nickel meteorite fallen from the Red Planet's sky.Iron-nickel meteorites are a common class of space rocks found on Earth, and previous examples...

03-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA completes construction of world's largest space telescope

US space agency NASA has completed the construction of the world's largest space telescope, after almost two decades.The James Webb Space Telescope is considered to be the successor to NASA's 26-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, the agency announced on Wednesday.NASA...

02-Nov-2016 Mumbai

Weak global cues depress Indian equity markets

Weak global cues, such as uncertainty over US presidential elections and the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision, depressed the Indian equity markets on Wednesday.Both the key indices witnessed intense selling pressure and closed the day's trade...

02-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA seeks information on small lunar payloads

NASA has sought information from the scientific community and industry on small lunar payloads that could fly aboard commercial spacecraft to the moon as early as 2017."The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Human Exploration and Operations...

02-Nov-2016 Washington

New NASA instrument could 'sniff' for life on Mars

A sensing technique that the US military currently uses to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could "sniff" for life on Mars.The Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument,...

02-Nov-2016 Washington

NASA satellite helps create global maps of human-made CO2

Based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) ever made solely from satellite observations of the greenhouse gas.No satellite before OCO-2...

01-Nov-2016 Washington

New NASA tech to help aircraft land on time

NASA has said it is working with its partners on a new air traffic control (ATC) technology that promises to safely increase the number of airplanes that can land on the same runway at busy airports by more precisely managing the time, or interval, between...

29-Oct-2016 Washington

Arctic Sea ice losing its bulwark against warming atmosphere

As the extent of Arctic Sea ice, the vast sheath of frozen seawater floating on the Arctic Ocean and its neighboring seas, shrinks, its oldest and thickest ice has either thinned or melted away, leaving the sea ice cap more vulnerable to the warming ocean...

28-Oct-2016 Washington

New Horizons' last bit of Pluto data reaches Earth

It took more than a year but the last bits of science data from New Horizons' Pluto flyby -- stored on the spacecraft's digital recorders since July 2015 -- arrived safely on Earth this week, NASA said.The final item - a segment of a Pluto-Charon observation...

26-Oct-2016 Washington

NASA's Juno probe exits safe mode

NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter that entered safe mode on October 18 when a software performance monitor induced a reboot of the spacecraft's onboard computer, has left safe mode, NASA said."Juno exited safe mode as expected, is healthy and is responding...

22-Oct-2016 Washington

NASA establishes virtual institute for small spacecraft systems

NASA said it will establish a virtual institute to advance the field of small spacecraft systems at its Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley early in 2017.The The Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI) will leverage the growing small...

20-Oct-2016 Washington

NASA's MAVEN probe observes how water escapes from Mars

After investigating the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet for a full Martian year, NASA's MAVEN mission has found that the escaping water does not always go gently into space.Sophisticated measurements made by a suite of instruments on the Mars Atmosphere...

19-Oct-2016 New York

NASA probe finds hint of cloud on Pluto

Scientists from NASAs New Horizons mission claim to have identified some cloud candidates on Pluto after examining images taken during the spacecrafts July 2015 flight through the dwarf planet system."We're excited about the exploration ahead for New Horizons,...

18-Oct-2016 Washington

Don't miss amazing ultraviolet view of Mars

NASA's MAVEN mission has returned images showing the ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing dynamic, previously invisible behaviour.They include the first images of "nightglow" that can be used to show how winds circulate...

17-Oct-2016 Bengaluru

Is there an impact crater off Kerala coast?

A huge depression on the seabed recently detected off the Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea could be a crater caused by the impact of a meteorite, researchers in the marine division of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) claim. But they admit more studies...

10-Oct-2016 Washington

NASA mission tests thrusters on journey to asteroid

The US space agency has successfully maneuvered its spacecraft on way to asteroid Bennu, fine-tuning its trajectory to reach it and bring back samples from a potentially dangerous asteroid that could collide with the Earth.The Origins, Spectral Interpretation,...

08-Oct-2016 New York

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover to explore fluid-carved gully

In a first for a Mars rover, the Opportunity probe will drive down a gully carved long ago by a fluid that might have been water, according to the latest plans for the 12-year-old mission, NASA said."Fluid-carved gullies on Mars have been seen from orbit...

07-Oct-2016 Washington

Global dust storm could hit Mars soon: NASA

The Red Planet is likely to experience a global dust storm in the next few months, encircling the planet in a thick haze and obscuring surface features beneath, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have predicted."Mars will reach the midpoint of...

30-Sep-2016 Washington

Don't miss the final image that Rosetta captured

A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the European Space Agencys (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft shortly before ending its remarkable 12-year journey with crash-landing on the comets surface on Friday.The final descent gave Rosetta the opportunity...

30-Sep-2016 Washington

NASA telescope spots sizzling gamma-ray binary in space

Using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, scientists have found the first gamma-ray binary in another galaxy and the most luminous one ever seen.The dual-star system, dubbed LMC P3, contains a massive star and a crushed stellar core that interact...

27-Sep-2016 Chennai

SCATSAT-1 data will be used by NASA: ISRO

The data generated by India's SCATSAT-1 weather satelliteput into orbit on Monday will be used by international space agencies including NASA and European Space Agency (ESA), ISRO said on Tuesday.According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),...

26-Sep-2016 Washington

Nasa finds more evidence for oceans on Jupiter's moon

Nasa on Monday released further evidence to show that there may be oceans on Europa -- Jupiter's largest moon.Releasing new images captured from the Hubble Space Telescope, the space research organisation announced "surprising evidence of activity" on Europa...

26-Sep-2016 Washington

New tools to help NASA research habitability on Mars

Scientist have developed a set of five instruments that can potentially advance NASAs understanding of wind and weather conditions on the surface of Mars that can help ascertain the planet's habitability.The US space agency sends rovers to the surface of Mars...

26-Sep-2016 Washington

NASA set to reveal 'surprise' find on Jupiter's moon Europa

After claiming that Jupiter's moon Europa has strong evidence for an ocean of liquid water beneath its crust which could host conditions favourable for life, the US space agency is set to announce a "surprise finding".At 2 p.m. EDT (11.30 p.m. India time)...

24-Sep-2016 Washington

NASA-funded rocket solves cosmic mystery

A NASA-funded sounding rocket to study the origin of X-rays in the universe has helped scientists reveal a new mystery - an entire group of X-rays that don't come from any known source.Some of this invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays,...

23-Sep-2016 Washington

NASA's Hubble telescope spots a planet orbiting 2 stars

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and a trick of nature, have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years away towards the centre of our galaxy.The planet orbits roughly 483 million...

22-Sep-2016 Washington

NASA to study microbes of the space station

The microbes that people have brought with them so far to the International Space Station -- and left behind -- are the focus of a new collaborative research opportunity from NASA and the non-profit Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Microbiome research on the space...

19-Sep-2016 New York

NASA denies it is changing Zodiacal signs

Refuting claims that it is updating the astrological signs, NASA has said that it did not do it as the space agency studies astronomy not astrology."We did not change any Zodiac signs, we just did the math. The Space Place (an educational page for kids run by...

17-Sep-2016 New York

Hubble captures best view ever of a comet breaking apart

Using NASA's Hubble space telescope, astronomers have captured the sharpest, most detailed observations of a comet breaking apart 108 million kilometres from Earth.In a series of images taken over three days in January 2016, Hubble showed 25 fragments consisting...

15-Sep-2016 Washington

Charon's red spot caused by Pluto's atmosphere

Examining images obtained by NASA's New Horizons probe, scientists have found that the reddish spot at the North Pole of Charon is chemically processed methane that escaped from Plutos atmosphere onto its largest moon.The cameras on New Horizons spacecraft first...

14-Sep-2016 Washington

NASA model rules out La Nina, El Nino later this year

There is unlikely to be a La Nina event in late 2016 as water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean should be just around average for the rest of the year, predicts a model based on NASA satellite data."We are consistently predicting a more neutral...

13-Sep-2016 New York

Curiosity rover uncovers layered rock formations on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has sent back spectacular colour images of layered rock formations on the Red Planet.Curiosity, which is currently exploring the "Murray Buttes" region of lower Mount Sharp, took the images with its Mast Camera (Mastcam). The new...

13-Sep-2016 New York

August 2016 hottest ever recorded

August 2016 was the hottest in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by NASA scientists.The temperature last month was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August in 2014, NASA said in a...

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