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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...

27-Oct-2017 Washington

Ceres may still have liquid water underground: NASA

The dwarf planet Ceres may have had a global ocean in the past, and two new studies from NASA's Dawn mission suggest that this largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter may still have some liquid water underground.The Dawn team found that...

25-Oct-2017 Washington

Space travel sets off 'fireworks' of gene expression: NASA

Space travel causes an increase in the process of turning genes on and off, leading to massive changes in their expression, preliminary results from NASA's twin study have shown."Some of the most exciting things that we've seen from looking at gene expression...

20-Oct-2017 Washington

NASA extends Dawn mission at dwarf planet Ceres

NASA has approved a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower altitudes than ever before at the dwarf planet, which it has been...

16-Oct-2017 Washington

Planet Nine does exist in our solar system: NASA

 NASA believes a ninth planet does exist that might be 10 times the mass of Earth and 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune, debunking myths that the planet, dubbed 'Nibiru' by doomsayers, will end of the world.Konstantin Batygin, a planetary astrophysicist...

13-Oct-2017 Washington

El Nino caused record CO2 spike in 2015-16: NASA

Scientists have found that the impact of the 2015-16 El Nino-related heat and drought occurring in tropical regions of South America, Africa and Indonesia was responsible for the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration seen in...

12-Oct-2017 Washington

NASA running out of critical fuel for future deep space missions

 The shortage of plutonium threatens NASA's future mission to explore deep space, the US government has warned.The break in production of plutonium 238 (Pu-238) between 1988 and 2015 could result in a bottleneck situation, where there is not enough of this...

11-Oct-2017 Washington

NASA probe spots possible source of sand on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted one possible place where sand grains are being produced on Mars today.The fact that we see active sand dunes on Mars today requires that sand particles must be resupplied to replace the grains that are lost...

08-Oct-2017 Washington

NASA's Mars Odyssey probe captures first image of moon Phobos

After orbitting the Red Planet for 16 years, NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has captured its first images of the Martian moon Phobos.The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on Mars Odyssey orbiter, launched in 2001, observed Phobos on September...

29-Sep-2017 WASHINGTON

"NASA delays launch of James Webb Space Telescope to 2019

NASA has postponed the launch of James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to around mid-2019 due to issues related to integration of various spacecraft elements.It is now likely to be launched between March and June 2019, NASA said on Thursday."The change...

25-Sep-2017 WASHINGTON

NASA's heartbeat detector helps search for Mexico quake survivors

A suitcase-sized radar instrument capable of detecting human heartbeats under rubble is helping disaster relief workers on the ground in Mexico City respond to the 7.1-magnitude earthquake on September 19 that killed hundreds, NASA has said.FINDER, which...

23-Sep-2017 WASHINGTON

NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft flies by Earth

NASA's asteroid sample return spacecraft flew past Earth on Friday on its way to asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August.The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security - Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within...

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...

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