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Earth was formed by tiny millimeter-sized stones, claims study
Earth was formed by tiny millimeter-sized stones, claims study

Scientists have found that our planet was formed much like asteroids, by cosmic ocean of millimetre-sized particles that orbited the sun.

Moon is 4.47 bn years old: Scientists
Moon is 4.47 bn years old: Scientists

Analysis of meteorites that reached the Earth long after the cosmic collision which created the Moon indicate the satellite is 4.47 billion years old, according to an article published in the journal Science.

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrives at space station
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrives at space station

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived today at the International Space Station, carrying a load of food and supplies for the astronauts living in orbit.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures sunlit North Pole of Ceres
NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures sunlit North Pole of Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured images of sunlit North Pole of Ceres, it has been reported.

Dead galaxies made stars on outskirts even 3 billion years after Big Bang
Dead galaxies made stars on outskirts even 3 billion years after Big Bang

A new study has revealed that dead galaxies made stars on outskirts, but no longer in their interiors even 3 billion years after the Big Bang.

Astronomers observe intense magnetic field close to supermassive black hole in distant galaxy
Astronomers observe intense magnetic field close to supermassive black hole in distant galaxy

Astronomers have recently observed an intense magnetic field close to supermassive black hole in distant galaxy with the help of the giant telescope Alma.

Moon formed 4.47 billion years ago: Study
Moon formed 4.47 billion years ago: Study

Moon may have been created about 4.47 billion years ago, according to a new study of meteorites that provides clues to the giant collision which formed Earth and the lunar body.

'NASA MESSENGER' spacecraft to crash into Mercury soon
'NASA MESSENGER' spacecraft to crash into Mercury soon

US space agency NASA said that its 11-year-old MESSENGER spacecraft will crash into the surface of Mercury, most likely on April 30, after it runs out of fuel.

Russia to build own space station by 2023: Putin
Russia to build own space station by 2023: Putin

Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in session with the nation.

NASA reveals first-ever colour image of Pluto
NASA reveals first-ever colour image of Pluto

 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, set to fly by the Pluto system on July 14, has sent its first colour image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon.

Chandrayan-2 will be completely indigenous: ISRO chief

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman AS Kiran Kumar on Wednesday said the 'Chandrayan-2', which would be developed in the next two to three years, would be completely indigenous.

How finger-like structures seen in Saturn's moon Enceladus vicinity formed
How finger-like structures seen in Saturn's moon Enceladus vicinity formed

A new study has revealed that long, tendril-like structures seen in the vicinity of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus originated directly from geysers erupting from its south polar region surface.

Dark matter may not be as dark as previously believed
Dark matter may not be as dark as previously believed

First signs of self-interacting dark matter have suggested that it may not be as dark as previously believed.

Rosetta mission finds comet has no magnetic field
Rosetta mission finds comet has no magnetic field

Rosetta mission has found that its target comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has no magnetic field.

'Statue of Liberty' sized asteroid may hit Earth in October 2017

Astronomers have warned that a " Statue of Liberty" sized asteroid may hit Earth in October 2017 that could pt thousands of people in hospital.

Chile to host 70 percent of world's astronomical infrastructure by 2020

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has said that by 2020 Chile should host about 70 percent of the global astronomical infrastructure.

NASA telescope finds planet deep within our galaxy
NASA telescope finds planet deep within our galaxy

 NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light years away, making it one of the most distant planets known.

NASA probe nearing close encounter with unexplored Pluto
NASA probe nearing close encounter with unexplored Pluto

The first spacecraft to visit distant Pluto, a dwarf planet in the solar system’s frozen backyard, is still three months away from a close encounter, but already in viewing range, newly released photos show.

First doughnut launched into space from Norway

Two Swede brothers in Norway have launched the first doughnut into the edge of space, sending the confectionery 32 km above the surface of the Earth in a weather balloon.

Survey of 1 lakh galaxies fails to yield evidence of alien civilizations
Survey of 1 lakh galaxies fails to yield evidence of alien civilizations

One of the largest-ever searches for distant alien empires has scoured 100,000 galaxies for signs of suspicious infrared activity, however it found no evidence.

One of the most distant planets discovered
One of the most distant planets discovered

A remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away has been discovered by scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, making it one of the most distant planets known.

Dark matter 'interacting' with force other than gravity: Study
Dark matter 'interacting' with force other than gravity: Study

Dark matter may not be completely "dark" after all as an international team of scientists has discovered the first potential signs of dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity.

Astronaut Hadfield to release first space album

Astronaut Chris Hadfield is taking music to intergalactic heights with the first album written and recorded in space.

Orbital ATK Inc Antares rocket explosion likely linked to worn bearings

The October 28 explosion of an Orbital ATK Inc Antares rocket bound for the International Space Station was most likely caused by excessive wear of the bearings inside one of the rocket`s GenCorp Inc engines, Orbital said on Tuesday, citing a nearly finished report.

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket for ISS; misses landing
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket for ISS; misses landing

 SpaceX rocket carrying a Dragon cargo ship bound for the International Space Station (ISS) blasted off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Comet 67P springs magnetic surprise

In a new twist in a landmark exploration, Europe`s comet-chasing Rosetta mission has found that its target, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has no magnetic field, scientists reported Tuesday.

Chemical make-up of meteorites reveals Earth's 1st crust formed 4.5b yrs ago
Chemical make-up of meteorites reveals Earth's 1st crust formed 4.5b yrs ago

The chemical make-up of meteorites has revealed that Earth's first crust was formed around 4.5 billion years ago.

Saturn's Titan may have violent methane storms that shape massive dunes

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may have extremely violent methane storms, which may solve the mystery about the direction of the moon's dunes.

Forget ice, Mars may have liquid water
Forget ice, Mars may have liquid water

Adding to the growing literature on possible life conditions on the Red Planet, new research from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars.

Newly detailed map of dark matter may help unravel its role in galaxy formation
Newly detailed map of dark matter may help unravel its role in galaxy formation

A newly detailed map of dark matter found in cosmos has been created by Dark Energy Survey that can help in unraveling its role in galaxy formation.