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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...

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...

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