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India to have superior earth observation satellites: ISRO chief

India will soon have satellites with superior earth observation capability, said space agency chief A.S.Kiran Kumar here on Thursday.

Monstrous black hole sheds new light on evolution
Monstrous black hole sheds new light on evolution

A black hole, 12 billion times as massive as the Sun that grew to gargantuan size in the universe's first billion years, is by far the largest yet spotted from such an early date, researchers said.

Another dimmer 'bright spot' on dwarf planet Ceres
Another dimmer 'bright spot' on dwarf planet Ceres

 There's not one, but two bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres, scientists have found.

New NASA spacecraft to study Earth's magnetic fields
New NASA spacecraft to study Earth's magnetic fields

The US space agency is set for the launch of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft March 12, the first space mission dedicated to the study of magnetic reconnection.

New insight into origin of matter in the universe
New insight into origin of matter in the universe

Physicists from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) are offering a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.

Newly discovered 'monster black hole' is largest and brightest ever

A team of scientists has discovered the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time.

NASA finds intriguing member of black hole family tree
NASA finds intriguing member of black hole family tree

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered an intriguing cosmic object that may help provide answers to some long-standing questions about how black holes evolve and influence their surroundings.

US astronaut Terry Virts reports water leak in his spacesuit helmet
US astronaut Terry Virts reports water leak in his spacesuit helmet

After completing a six-plus hour spacewalk, US astronaut Terry Virts`reported a dangerous water leak in his helmet after he floated outside the International Space Station to grease latching parts of the space station`s robotic arm.

Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory
Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory

Scientists say they have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow.

Strange comet flies past the Sun
Strange comet flies past the Sun

NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) along with the European Space Agency (ESA) have captured an unusual comet that skimmed past the Sun Feb 18-21.

Astronaut `mechanics` grease gear at space station
Astronaut `mechanics` grease gear at space station

Two US astronauts transformed into spacewalking mechanics on Wednesday as they floated outside the International Space Station to grease a robotic arm and help prepare parking docks for commercial crew capsules.

US astronauts step out on spacewalk
US astronauts step out on spacewalk

Two American astronauts on Wednesday stepped out on the second of three spacewalks to prepare the International Space Station for the arrival of commercial capsules ferrying astronauts in the coming years.

Possible solution to mystery of origin of matter in universe
Possible solution to mystery of origin of matter in universe

A new research has offered a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.

New 'sun-grazing' comet captured
New 'sun-grazing' comet captured

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, has captured an unusual comet skimmed past the sun on February 18-21, 2015.

NASA rover clicks stunning selfie on Mars
NASA rover clicks stunning selfie on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has clicked a selfie showing the vehicle at the “Mojave” site on the Red Planet where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp.

NASA astronauts to perform second spacewalk at the ISS today
NASA astronauts to perform second spacewalk at the ISS today

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: NASA on Wednesday will conduct its second out of the three complicated spacewalks at the International Space Station.

Next NASA New Frontiers mission to begin in 2016
Next NASA New Frontiers mission to begin in 2016

NASA has announced to start its next mission in the New Frontiers line - a cost-capped class of $1 billion robotic solar-system explorers - in 2016.

Silver catalysts may aid long-term space travel
Silver catalysts may aid long-term space travel

Silver electrocatalysts may help enable long-term space travel, such as manned missions to Mars, by recovering oxygen from carbon dioxide, scientists say.

NASA to look for alien life on Jupiter's moon
NASA to look for alien life on Jupiter's moon

NASA will start a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa in the hope of finding signs of life on the frozen planet.

First spacewalk to let space taxis park on ISS completed
First spacewalk to let space taxis park on ISS completed

 NASA astronauts have successfully completed first of the three spacewalks to reassemble parts of the International Space Station (ISS) to create parking spots for Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) -- two commercial space taxis.

Eerie alignment of Venus, Mars, Moon sparks apocalypse fears

 The sky was graced with a spectacular trio recently, as Venus, Mars and the Moon gathered near the western horizon, however according to ancient mythology the eerie phenomenon could have a darker and more sinister purpose.

Hubble gets best view of debris disk distorted by planet

 Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take the most detailed edge on picture to date of a large disk of gas and dust encircling the 20 million-year-old star Beta Pictoris.

US astronauts begin spacewalk to lay cable at station

Two US astronauts wearing what NASA assured are "healthy" spacesuits began a spacewalk Saturday to lay cable outside the International Space Station, after an equipment failure briefly delayed the mission.

NASA announces winners of first Mars challenge
NASA announces winners of first Mars challenge

NASA has announced the winners of its first Mars Balance Mass Challenge that asked for design ideas for small science and technology payloads that could provide dual purpose as ejectable balance masses on spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere.

First India-US Space Security Dialogue to be held in March

The first India-US Space Security Dialogue would be held in early March in New Delhi, the State Department has said.

Celestial treat: Catch Mars `snuggle` with Venus this month
Celestial treat: Catch Mars `snuggle` with Venus this month

Avid sky watchers are in for a celestial treat to catch Venus and Mars paired together in a bunch starting from February 20th till the end of the month.

Scientist Tapan Misra to head ISRO's Space Application Centre
Scientist Tapan Misra to head ISRO's Space Application Centre

Eminent scientist Tapan Misra has been appointed the Chief of ISRO's Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, the space agency Friday said.

NASA spacewalks to let space taxis park on ISS
NASA spacewalks to let space taxis park on ISS

The US space agency is all set to perform three spacewalks -- the first one scheduled for Saturday -- to reassemble parts of the International Space Station (ISS) to create parking spots for Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)-- two commercial space taxis.

Mineral that has implications for Mars mission identified
Mineral that has implications for Mars mission identified

A mineral that breaks down organic compounds when it is flash-heated has key implications for the Mars Curiosity Mission, scientists reported.

Did dark matter trigger mass extinctions on Earth?
Did dark matter trigger mass extinctions on Earth?

The Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth, new research has found.