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ISRO to undertake biggest commercial launch on July 10
ISRO to undertake biggest commercial launch on July 10

In the heaviest ever commercial mission undertaken by ISRO and its commercial arm Antrix, the country's workhorse the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will put in orbit five foreign satellites from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 10.

NASA just crashed a light airplane for your safety
NASA just crashed a light airplane for your safety

 NASA has crashed a plane in controlled conditions, to test the efficacy of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).

Dark matter map to reveal universe's secrets
Dark matter map to reveal universe's secrets

Surveying how dark matter is distributed and how the distribution changes over time is essential to understanding the role of dark energy that controls the expansion of the universe, feel researchers.

Exercise with artificial gravity can save astronauts

A combination of exercise and artificial gravity may significantly lessen the negative effects of weightlessness in space, a research says.

Russia successfully launches Progress supply ship to International Space Station
Russia successfully launches Progress supply ship to International Space Station

Russia on Friday successfully launched an unpiloted cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS) atop a Soyuz rocket.

New Pluto images puzzle scientists
New Pluto images puzzle scientists

NASA`s New Horizon spacecraft has captured stunning coloured images of Pluto as it gets ready for a close flyby of the mysterious planet system on July 14.

Russian resupply ship to space station gets ready for Friday launch
Russian resupply ship to space station gets ready for Friday launch

The unpiloted Russian resupply ship to the International Space Station (ISS) has been rolled out to its launch pad, said NASA.

NASA shows first plane to fly on Mars
NASA shows first plane to fly on Mars

The US space agency is planning to send a boomerang-shaped aircraft to Mars first to check if the conditions are ripe for the humans to land on the Red Planet.

Birth of new planet witnessed

For the first time, scientists are now able to directly study the planet formation process at a very early stage.

Active pits spotted on Rosetta`s comet
Active pits spotted on Rosetta`s comet

Some of the dust jets emitted from Rosetta's comet can be traced back to active pits on its surface. 

Number of distant galaxies fewer than thought
Number of distant galaxies fewer than thought

The number of distant galaxies could be 10 to 100 times fewer than earlier thought, astronomers estimate.

Methane on Pluto confirmed: NASA
Methane on Pluto confirmed: NASA

NASA's New Horizon probe -- set for a Pluto flyby on July 14 -- has confirmed that there is frozen methane on Pluto's surface.

Russia to launch 'Progress' spacecraft to deliver supplies to International Space Station on Friday
Russia to launch 'Progress' spacecraft to deliver supplies to International Space Station on Friday

Progress will deliver more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the Expedition 44 crew aboard the space station.

Gear up for an amazing celestial show as Venus, Jupiter to converge!
Gear up for an amazing celestial show as Venus, Jupiter to converge!

Stargazers and astronomer are in for this year’s most amazing celestial show: the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will seemingly collide in the night sky!

Smart plan to send humans to Mars
Smart plan to send humans to Mars

A step-wise approach can send humans to Mars in a much efficient and cheap way, scientists say.

NASA cuts live feed as UFOs fly past Earth: Report
NASA cuts live feed as UFOs fly past Earth: Report

Mysterious footage reportedly depicting three UFOs racing by our Earth has been a big hit on YouTube. 

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes minutes after launch from Florida
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes minutes after launch from Florida

 A mission by an unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9 exploded within minutes after launch Sunday over the skies of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

DARPA to terraform Mars with human-engineered organisms

US defense scientists are planning to use genetically engineered algae, bacteria and plants to radically transform the climate of Mars and terraform it into an Earth-like planet.

ISS astronauts to get virtual reality headsets
ISS astronauts to get virtual reality headsets

Astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) are all set to receive two virtual reality headsets that will help them beam back to Earth what they see in space.

SpaceX all set for seventh resupply mission to International Space Station
SpaceX all set for seventh resupply mission to International Space Station

California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) is all set for the launch of its seventh cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. 

NASA explains why June 30 will be precisely one second longer
NASA explains why June 30 will be precisely one second longer

NASA has explained that June 30, 2015 will officially be a bit longer than usual because an extra second or "leap" second will be added.

First instrument delivered for NASA's asteroid mission
First instrument delivered for NASA's asteroid mission

The first of five instruments for a spacecraft that will collect a sample from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth has arrived at Lockheed Martin for installation onto NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx).

India to launch SAARC satellite by December 2016
India to launch SAARC satellite by December 2016

India will launch the SAARC satellite, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, by December 2016, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Kiran Kumar said on Friday.

Griffith Observatory to celebrate first close encounter ever with Pluto

 On July 14, 2015, after a journey of 10 years and three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make the first close encounter ever with Pluto.

India's Mars mission may last "many years," says ISRO chief
India's Mars mission may last "many years," says ISRO chief

The country's low-cost Mars mission spacecraft that is in a rendezvous with the Red planet for an extended period has enough fuel for it to last "many years", Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Kiran Kumar said today.

NASA, Microsoft to help scientists work virtually on Mars

 NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop a new technology that will enable researchers to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology.

NASA model reveals planet making waves around debris disk
NASA model reveals planet making waves around debris disk

Giving an insight into the evolution of a young planetary system, a NASA supercomputer simulation of the planet and debris disk around star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet's motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk.

NASA to explore safe landing sites on Mars
NASA to explore safe landing sites on Mars

In its bid for the next giant leap to Mars, NASA is seeking ideas for enabling human explorers to safely land, live and work on the Red Planet.

OneWeb sets record launch plan after $500 million funding

Privately owned OneWeb announced what it called the world`s largest commercial rocket deal on Thursday after raising $500 million from a group of global investors to support its plans to bring broadband to billions of people via satellite.

NASA to conduct undersea tests for deep space crew

NASA will send an international crew to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean this summer to prepare for future deep space missions during the 14-day NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 20 expedition to begin from July 20, NASA said in a statement.