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22-Nov-2020 Washington

NASA-ESA launch mission to monitor rising global sea level

The US space agency along with the European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully launched a satellite to monitor rising global sea level. The joint US-European satellite built to monitor global sea levels lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space...

19-Nov-2020 Washington

Scientists solve 16-year-old Blue Ring Nebula mystery

After studying the mysterious Blue Ring Nebula with multiple Earth- and space-based telescopes for 16 years, scientists may have finally discovered what led to its formation.The nebula -- a cloud of gas in space -- is likely composed of debris from two stars...

11-Nov-2020 Washington

NASA gets review board's nod for Mars sample return project

An independent review report has indicated that NASA is now ready to undertake its Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign to bring pristine samples from the red planet to Earth for scientific study.The US space agency established the MSR Independent Review Board...

30-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA spacecraft successfully stows asteroid sample

NASA on Friday said that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed the most challenging phases of its mission after it successfully stowed samples of asteroid Bennu.The mission team sent commands to the spacecraft on Wednesday, instructing it to close the Sample...

28-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA scientists spot 'unexpected' molecule in Titan's atmosphere

NASA scientists have discovered a molecule in Saturn moon Titans atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere.In fact, many chemists have probably barely heard of this molecule called cyclopropenylidene, or C3H2.This simple carbon-based...

26-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA confirms water on sunlit surface of Moon for 1st time

Water on Moon could be more easily accessible than previously thought as NASA on Monday said it found traces of water on a sunlit surface of the Moon for the first time.The discovery was made using Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA),...

11-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA delays manned SpaceX mission to space station till November

NASA has delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) until early-to-mid November, providing additional time for SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews.Originally scheduled for October 31st, the planned...

07-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passes key tests

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has now survived all of the harsh conditions associated with a rocket launch to space, ahead of its much anticipated October 2021 launch.The US space agency recently pushed back the target for the launch of its next great space...

29-Sep-2020 Washington

NASA targets Halloween for next manned SpaceX mission

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting October 31 for the launch of the agency's SpaceX Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station.The US space agency had earlier targeted October 23 for the launch of the mission which comes after the SpaceX...

22-Sep-2020 Washington

NASA shares $28bn plan to return humans to Moon in 2024

NASA has shared an update on its Artemis programme, including the latest plans to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024 at a cost of nearly $28 billion.However, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, meeting the...

17-Sep-2020 Washington

First possible 'survivor' planet found orbiting white dwarf star

Using data from NASA missions, an international team of astronomers has found what may be the first intact planet orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only 40 per cent larger than Earth.The Jupiter-size object, called WD 1856 b, is...

06-Sep-2020 Washington

NASA releases stunning images of cosmic world

NASA has released some stunning and phenomenal images of the universe -- galaxies, supernova remnants, stars, planetary nebulas processed by its 'Chandra X-Ray Observatory' -- the world's most powerful x-ray telescope.Launched on July 23, 1999, the observatory...

05-Sep-2020 Washington

Perseverance Mars rover's twin ready to roll on Earth : NASA

As NASA's Perseverance rover is not flying to Mars with a mechanic, the US space agency has readied an Earthly twin of the six-wheeler in a bid to avoid as many unexpected issues as possible after the rover lands on February 18, 2021.Engineers expect to...

03-Sep-2020 Washington

NASA test-fires SLS rocket booster for future lunar missions

In preparation of the future Artemis missions to the Moon, NASA has completed a full-scale booster test for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.NASA and Northrop Grumman, the SLS booster lead contractor, will use data from the test, successfully...

21-Aug-2020 Washington

Small air leak poses no threat to space station crew : NASA


A small air leak on the International Space Station (ISS) is still within segment specifications and presents no immediate danger to the crew or the orbiting laboratory, NASA has said.However, teams are working on a plan to isolate, identify, and potentially...

21-Aug-2020 Washington

NASA shows 'green' fuel could power future space missions


Instead of toxic hydrazine, future space missions could use a less toxic propellant, or fuel, and the compatible technologies designed to go along with it, NASA has found.The US space agency last year launched the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) to...

10-Aug-2020 Washington

NASA probe spots Martian night sky pulsing in UV light

New data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has shown vast areas of the Martian night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light.However, do not expect the future Mars astronauts to see them with naked eyes as ultraviolet light is invisible to the human eye but detectable...

08-Aug-2020 New Delhi

NASA maps Beirut blast damage in high-precision image

NASA in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore on Saturday released a detailed high-res image that maps the devastating explosion in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, that killed over 150 people and is estimated to have caused billions of...

03-Aug-2020 Washington

SpaceX Crew Dragon returns with 2 NASA astronauts

Two NASA astronauts have safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station onboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, marking the completion of a historic flight called demonstration (Demo-2) mission.The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial...

30-Jul-2020 Washington

NASA Perseverance rover on way to Mars to find signs of life

NASA on Thursday launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover that will seek, as a primary goal, to answer one of the key questions of astrobiology: Are there potential signs of past microbial life, or biosignatures on the Red Planet?Launched on a United Launch...

22-Jul-2020 Washington

NASA's 'robot hotel' attached to space station

Two NASA astronauts have installed a tools storage unit, dubbed robot hotel, to the outside of the International Space Station, freeing up living space inside the station.The "robot hotel", officially called the Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), was attached...

21-Jul-2020 Washington

1st manned round-trip to Mars could take about 2 years: NASA

Stressing that human exploration of Mars is on the horizon, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said that the agency is planning its first round-trip voyage to Mars to take about two years during which the crew could spend about a month on the Martian surface.The...

16-Jul-2020 Washington

Solar Orbiter probe snaps closest pictures of Sun

The first images snapped by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, an international collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, or ESA, are now available for the public, including the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun.Launched on February 9, the...

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...

28-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA delays launch of next-gen space telescope until 2020

NASA is now targeting May 2020 for the launch of its James Webb Space Telescope, the $8 billion dollar Hubble successor.The announcement on Tuesday made after an independent assessment of remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory further pushes...

19-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA's new instrument to help measure Sun's incoming energy

To continue long-term measurements of the Sun's incoming energy, NASA has powered on a new instrument installed on the International Space Station (ISS).The instrument, Total and Spectral solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1), became fully operational with all...

15-Mar-2018 Washington

Space travel may cause long-term change to DNA : NASA

Seven per cent of astronaut Scott Kelly's genes linked to the immune system, DNA repair and bone formation, showed an unexpected change as a result of spending nearly a year in space, reveals NASA's "Twins Study" aimed to unravel the genomics era of space...

13-Mar-2018 London

NASA's Hubble finds 'relic galaxy' near Milky Way

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have unearthed a "relic galaxy" in the Milky Way's backyard.The galaxy NGC 1277, lies near the centre of the Perseus cluster of over 1,000 galaxies, located 240 million light-years away. The findings, published...

10-Mar-2018 New York

Scientists recreate solar eruption in 3D

Scientists have combined data from three NASA satellites to develop a 3D model that simulates how shocks following coronal mass ejections (CMEs) propagate from the Sun.CMEs, often called solar storms or space storms, are a significant release of plasma and magnetic...

07-Mar-2018 Washington

NASA wants you to send your name to the Sun

If you want your name to travel through the Sun's atmosphere, braving brutal heat and radiation conditions, here comes your chance. NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard its historic solar...

06-Mar-2018 Washington

Arctic permafrost may unleash carbon within decades : NASA

Permafrost in the coldest northern Arctic -- formerly thought to be at least temporarily shielded from global warming by its extreme environment -- could thaw enough to become a permanent source of carbon to the atmosphere in a few decades, warns a NASA-led study.This...

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