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SpaceX delays next launch after blast

SpaceX said on Monday it has delayed by a couple of months the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket, following an explosion on the way to the space station in June.

Pluto may harbour alien life: UK physicist
Pluto may harbour alien life: UK physicist

Pluto may contain a subsurface ocean warm enough to host life, according to English physicist Brian Cox who also said that humans could be the only complex life in our galaxy.

Planetoid beyond Pluto New Horizons' next destination

NASA has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons spacecraft after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system - a planetoid that lies nearly a billion miles beyond the dwarf planet.

GSAT-6A's big antenna deployed by ISRO
GSAT-6A's big antenna deployed by ISRO

The Indian space agency on Sunday said it had successfully deployed the large antenna of military communication satellite GSAT-6 and also raised its orbit.

NASA starts year-long mission to simulate life on Mars
NASA starts year-long mission to simulate life on Mars

 Six NASA recruits have shut themselves inside a dome in Hawaii to begin a year-long isolation programme that will simulate life on Mars to help the US space agency prepare for the pioneering mission to the red planet.

NASA recruits commence isolation exercise for Mars trip
NASA recruits commence isolation exercise for Mars trip

 A team of NASA recruits has begun living in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars, a media report said.

GSAT-6 satellite orbit raised second time
GSAT-6 satellite orbit raised second time

 The Indian space agency on Saturday said it has raised the orbit of its military communication satellite GSAT-6 successfully for a second time.

First orbit raising operation of GSAT-6 completes successfully
First orbit raising operation of GSAT-6 completes successfully

After successful launch of GSAT-6, the country's latest communication satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, Indian Space Research Organisation Saturday said it has performed the first orbit raising of the satellite.

NASA's New Horizons' next mission – Explore the Kuiper Belt
NASA's New Horizons' next mission – Explore the Kuiper Belt

New Horizons, the spacecraft which whizzed past Pluto in its historic July 14 encounter, has a new destination – a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69.

Russia launches Proton rocket with British satellite

Russia today successfully launched a Proton rocket with a British satellite in the first such launch since an engine failure in May resulted in a Mexican satellite being destroyed.

Galaxies changed their shapes after Big Bang
Galaxies changed their shapes after Big Bang

A large proportion of galaxies have undergone a major 'metamorphosis' since they were initially formed after the Big Bang, scientists have found for the first time.

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Florida university

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first Americans to land on the moon, will spearhead a new research institute in Florida aimed at paving a path toward Mars exploration and settlement, officials said on Thursday.

NASA completes series of engine tests for next big rocket
NASA completes series of engine tests for next big rocket

The US space agency NASA has on Thursday succesfully completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 rocket engine that will power the upcoming Space Launch System (SLS).

Scientists find supermassive black holes in nearest quasar Markarian 231
Scientists find supermassive black holes in nearest quasar Markarian 231

A team of astrophysicists and astronomers, led by Dr Youjun Lu of the National Astronomical Observatories of China, has found two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231, the nearest quasar to Earth, using observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

ISRO working with NASA to make maiden launch in 2021

The Indian space agency has already lined for putting US NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite into orbit using its GSLV-Mk II rocket, its chief said on Thursday.

PM Modi hails ISRO on successful launch of GSAT-6
PM Modi hails ISRO on successful launch of GSAT-6

Terming it as as a "phenomenal accomplishment", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Indian scientists for successfully launching the latest communication satellite GSAT-6.

Watch: ISRO’s GSLV-D6 successfully places GSAT-6 in orbit​
Watch: ISRO’s GSLV-D6 successfully places GSAT-6 in orbit​

ISRO's Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6)​ with indigenous cryo engine has successfully placed GSAT-6 in transfer orbit.

 

 

India's Mars orbiter camera captures stunning image of Taytay Crater
India's Mars orbiter camera captures stunning image of Taytay Crater

The Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO) has recently released a stunning image of Taytay Crater on Mars, captured by its Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard Mars Orbiter spacecraft.

Self-healing material to plug dangerous holes in spacecraft

Scientists have developed a new material that can quickly repair itself and could save astronauts' lives in case debris penetrates a spacecraft.

GSLV rocket may be declared fully operational

The Indian space agency would, in all probability, declare its GSLV rocket variant -the GSLV-Mk II - fully operational if it successfully puts the GSAT-6 communication satellite into orbit, a senior official of Indian space agency said.

ISRO to launch GSAT-6 communication satellite today
ISRO to launch GSAT-6 communication satellite today

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its advanced communication satellite GSAT-6 from Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh today.

India prepares for launch of communication satellite
India prepares for launch of communication satellite

The 29-hour countdown for the launch of India`s heavy rocket geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle-D6 (GSLV-D6) carrying communication satellite GSAT-6 with strategic use began at 11.52 a.m. on Wednesday at Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh, officials said.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft sends remarkable images of Ceres
NASA's Dawn spacecraft sends remarkable images of Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has delivered the closest-yet views of the dwarf planet Ceres.

Here's why fire fountains erupted on moon's surface
Here's why fire fountains erupted on moon's surface

In a breakthrough discovery, scientists have found the volatile gas that drove eruptions on the moon. 

Is this an alien spaceship on Mars?
Is this an alien spaceship on Mars?

Some recent images of the Martian surface taken by NASA`s Curiosity Rover purportedly showed a craft of some kind that UFO hunters claim could be the crashed wreckage of an alien ship, a media report said.

Japanese whisky arrives at the International Space Station
Japanese whisky arrives at the International Space Station

An unmanned cargo ship loaded with emergency supplies - including Japanese whisky - successfully docked at the International Space Station early today, officials said.

NASA wants to recycle human excreta into food!
NASA wants to recycle human excreta into food!

US space agency NASA wants to turn human waste into food so that astronauts sustain on deeper space missions, including Mars.

ISS astronauts await science cargo
ISS astronauts await science cargo

Six crew members onboard the International Space Station (ISS) are waiting for more than 4,000 kg of research and supplies set to reach the orbiting laboratory on Monday.

Check out the latest selfie from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover!
Check out the latest selfie from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover!

It's the era of selfies and just like us, robots too have been bitten by this bug!

NASA wants to turn astronauts' poop into food
NASA wants to turn astronauts' poop into food

The US space agency has funded researchers to find out how to recycle human excreta into food that can help astronauts sustain on deeper space missions, including Mars.