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09-May-2021 Washington

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter completes first one-way trip

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has added many firsts to its kitty. After becoming the first to test power flight on another world and to capture the colour image of the Martian surface, the mini helicopter has now completed its fifth flight with a first short...

28-Apr-2021 Washington

NASA astronaut successfully harvests 2 plants in space

NASAs Expedition 64 crew member Michael Hopkins has harvested two crops in space -- 'Amara' mustard, and a previously grown crop, 'Extra Dwarf' pak choi. They were grown for 64 days, the longest leafy greens have grown on station, the US space agency said.The...

08-Apr-2021 Washington

NASA's Odyssey spacecraft marks 20 years of mapping Mars

Do you know that a NASA spacecraft launched 20 years ago is still working at the Red Planet?For two decades, the longest-lived spacecraft at the Red Planet, 2001 Mars Odyssey, has helped locate water ice, assess landing sites, and study the planet's mysterious...

08-Apr-2021 Washington

NASA's OSIRIS-REx completes last flyover of asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed its last flyover of Bennu and is now slowly drifting away from the asteroid, the US space agency has said.The flyover was completed at around 6 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, but the mission team will have to wait a few more...

04-Apr-2021 Washington

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter touches down on Red Planet

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has been dropped on the surface of the Red Planet ahead of its historic first flight scheduled for April 11.Ingenuity flew to Mars while being attached to the belly of NASA's Perseverance rover, which made a February 18 touch...

02-Apr-2021 Washington

NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe set for final flyby of asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will get one last close encounter with Bennu on April 7 as it performs a final flyover to capture images of the asteroid's surface.While performing the flyover, the spacecraft will observe Bennu from a distance of about 3.7 km -...

01-Apr-2021 Washington

Astronomers detect X-rays from Uranus for 1st time

In a finding that may help scientists learn more about Uranus, astronomers have detected X-rays from this enigmatic ice giant planet in our solar system, for the first time.Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and has two sets of rings around its equator.The...

01-Apr-2021 Washington

NASA's Roman mission predicted to spot 1L transiting planets

Astronomers expect NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope to find one lakh planets using two different techniques as it surveys a wide range of stars in the Milky Way.Scheduled for launch in the mid-2020s, Roman will be one of NASA's most prolific planet hunters,...

19-Mar-2021 Washington

NASA's Artemis Moon rocket passes key test

NASA has completed a crucial hot fire test of the core stage of Space Launch System (SLS) rocket which is designed to power future Moon missions under the agency's Artemis programme.The successful test is a critical milestone ahead of the agency's Artemis...

08-Mar-2021 Washington

NASA names Mars rover touchdown site after Octavia Butler

NASA has named the landing site of its Perseverance Mars rover after the science fiction author Octavia Butler.So the location of the rover's touchdown site is now being called "Octavia E. Butler Landing," the US space agency said last week.The rover was...

05-Mar-2021 Washington

NASA awards key contract for Mars sample return

Taking a step closer to realising its ambitious sample return programme after the touchdown of the Mars Perseverance rover, NASA has awarded a key contract to Northrop Grumman Systems of Elkton, Maryland.As part of this Mars Ascent Propulsion System (MAPS)...

01-Mar-2021 Washington

NASA astronauts complete 7 hour-long spacewalk

In the third spacewalk of the year outside the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover concluded their spacewalk after 7 hours and 4 minutes.The two NASA astronauts began work on Monday to install modification kits required...

20-Feb-2021 Washington

NASA rover sends 1st colour images of Mars, a selfie too

NASAs Perseverance rover has sent some stunning photos of the Red Planet, including a high-resolution colour selfie taken during its landing.The selfie is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on February...

18-Feb-2021 Washington

How will NASA's newest rover look for sign of past life on Mars?

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which is slated to touch down in Jezero Crater at around 3.55 p.m. EST on Thursday (2.25 a.m. Friday India time) is tasked with searching for telltale signs that microbial life may have lived on Mars billions of years ago.It...

03-Dec-2020 Washington

ESA-NASA's Sun-observing SOHO mission marks 25 yrs in space

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, has become the longest-running Sun-surveying spacecraft as it marks its 25th launch anniversary.Launched on December 2, 1995, SOHO's original...

26-Nov-2020 Washington

NASA starts assembling Artemis moon mission rocket

In preparation for the Artemis I launch next year, NASA has stacked the first piece of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on the mobile launcher.Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight to test the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft as an integrated system ahead...

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...

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