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15-Jun-2019 Washington

Returning astronauts to moon in 2024 could cost $30bn : NASA

Returning astronauts to the moon in 2024 could cost about $30 billion, or roughly the same price tag as the Apollo 11 spaceflight when factoring in inflation, NASA has said."For the whole programme, to get a sustainable presence on the moon, we're looking at between...

01-Jun-2019 Washington

3 US firms chosen to help NASA land US astronauts on Moon

The US space agency has awarded a total of $254 million to three companies to land their machines on the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to land on the Moon by 2024.The three companies are: Astrobotic of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Intuitive...

30-May-2019 Washington

NASA rover finds clay cache on Mars

Drilling by Curiosity Mars rover at a region of the Red Planet called the "clay-bearing unit" has revealed the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during the mission, NASA has said.The rover recently drilled two samples at rock targets called "Aberlady"...

19-May-2019 Washington

NASA's robot completes first hardware test in space

NASA has completed the first hardware test of a robot in space that would take care of the International Space Station (ISS) in the near future.The robot named Bumble is one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the ISS.Bumble,...

17-May-2019 Washington

NASA selects 11 US firms to build human lunar landers

The US space agency NASA has selected 11 companies including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Elon Musk's SpaceX to develop prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration programme.NASA aims to put the first woman on the Moon's south pole by 2024...

14-May-2019 Washington

NASA's Artemis to put first woman on Moon

NASAs ambitious plan to put the first woman on the Moon by 2024 has been named Artemis. It was set in motion following an additional increase to the agency's budget.NASA's plans for the first woman on the lunar surface ever comes nearly five decades after...

26-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Crew Dragon explosion probe to 'take time': NASA

 Even as an investigation into the Crew Dragon engine failure in a test last week has started, finding out the root cause of the problem may take time, a top NASA official has said.The SpaceX Crew Dragon is designed to carry humans to the International Space...

08-Apr-2019 Washington

ISS infested with bacteria like gym on Earth : NASA

A team of NASA researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist has found the surface inside the International Space Station (ISS) is littered with microbes just like in a gym or office on Earth -- threatening astronauts' health at the orbiting laboratory.The...

06-Apr-2019 Washington

NASA's Solar Probe completes 2nd flyby of Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has successfully completed its second close approach to the Sun, the US space agency has said.The maneuver, called a perihelion, resulted in a closest approach at 6:40 p.m. EDT (2240 GMT) on April 4. The spacecraft was about 24 million...

27-Nov-2018 Washington

InSight catching rays on Mars : NASA

After the successful launch of NASA's InSight on Mars on Monday, the spacecraft has sent signals to Earth indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface.NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft, that is currently orbiting the...

27-Nov-2018 Los Angeles

NASA's InSight spacecraft touches down on Mars

NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down safely on Mars on Monday, kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet.NASA's online live broadcast reported InSight touched down on Mars at approximately 2:54 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) on Monday,...

20-Nov-2018 Washington

NASA selects landing site for Mars 2020 Rover

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater delta, where the sediments contain clays and carbonates, as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 Rover mission, the US space agency said.Jezero Crater, 45 kilometres in size, is located on the western edge of Isidis Planitia...

14-Nov-2018 Washington

Watch NASA's InSight spacecraft land on Mars

As NASA's InSight spacecraft touches down on the Red Planet on November 26, people from around the world will be able to watch the event live on NASA Television, the agency's website and social media platforms, including on YouTube, the US space agency...

10-Nov-2018 Washington

NASA to send organs-on-chips to space

NASA is planning to send small devices containing human cells in a 3D matrix -- known as tissue chips or organs-on-chips -- to the International Space Station (ISS) to test how they respond to stress, drugs and genetic changes.Made of flexible plastic, tissue...

08-Nov-2018 Washington

Solar Probe 'alive' after being closest ever to Sun : NASA

Parker Solar Probe, NASA's historic mission to solve the mysteries of the Sun, is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from its surface.This is far closer than any spacecraft has ever gone -- the previous record was set by Helios...

08-Nov-2018 Washington

NASA's Ralph to explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids in 2021

NASA's Ralph, one of the most well-travelled scientific instrument, is set to explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids aboard the Lucy spacecraft in 2021, the US space agency said.Ralph has made many discoveries since it first launched aboard the New Horizons spacecraft...

07-Nov-2018 Washington

Curiosity returns to old location, back to work : NASA

Besides over two weeks of scientific operations, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has conducted its longest drive since experiencing a memory anomaly two months ago, pushing its total odometry to over 20 kilometers.The rover is now located at the Red Planet's Lake...

05-Nov-2018 Washington

NASA detects smiley in new galaxy

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a formation of galaxies that looks like a smiling face, said the US space agency.On Saturday, it posted an image on its Instagram handle that showed two yellow orbs above an arc of light -- painting a smiley face in...

31-Oct-2018 New Delhi

NASA images show widespread stubble burning in north India

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday released recent satellite images from NASA showing widespread stubble burning across north India."I have consistently maintained that crop residue (stubble) burning in parts of northern India leads to severe...

31-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA podcast tracks lander on way to study 'inner' Mars

NASA has launched an eight-episode podcast series that follows the InSight mission as the robotic explorer journeys to Mars for a November 26 landing.The first two episodes of the "On a Mission" series are now available for download, the US space agency said...

30-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA's Parker Solar Probe closest ever to Sun

NASA's historic Parker Solar Probe -- enroute to the Sun to unravel its mysteries -- has become the closest spacecraft to it.The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface on October 29, as calculated by the Parker Solar...

30-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA sets world record with Mars 2020 parachute

NASA has created a world record with its "supersonic parachute" for the Mars 2020 mission that survived 37,000 kg load and was deployed in just four-tenths of a second -- twice the speed of sound.Less than two minutes after the launch of a 58-foot-tall (17.7-metre)...

29-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA's Hubble completes first science operation after 3-week hiatus

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has returned to normal operations and completed its first science observations after a three-week hiatus owing to a failed gyroscope.The observations were of the distant, star-forming galaxy and were taken in infrared wavelengths...

22-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA names new gamma-ray constellations after Godzilla, Hulk

NASA has used certain characters from modern myths such as the "Hulk" and "Godzilla" to name its new set of 21 gamma-ray constellations constructed in celebration of its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's 10th year of operations.Fermi has mapped about 3,000...

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...

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