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Pune-based telescope captures pulsar formation

In a remarkable discovery, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) located at Khodad town, nearly 80 km from Pune, has captured a phenomenal image of pulsar formation some 4,500 light years away from Earth.

Total lunar eclipse on April 4 to be visible all over India
Total lunar eclipse on April 4 to be visible all over India

India will be able to witness the spectacular view of the total lunar eclipse on April 4, given the weather conditions are good, says an expert.

Earth-like 'Star Wars' Tatooines planets may exist in universe
Earth-like 'Star Wars' Tatooines planets may exist in universe

A new study has revealed that the earth-like ' Star Wars' Tatooines planets with two sun may exist in the universe.

How magnetic field influences star formation
How magnetic field influences star formation

A new study has provided a deeper insight into how the magnetic field influences star formation on a variety of scales, from hundreds of light-years down to a fraction of a light-year.

NASA probe back to map Saturn's icy moons

After almost two years of hovering high above Saturn's poles that limited its ability to encounter the moons apart from regular flybys of Titan, NASA's Cassini probe has finally returned to the realm of icy moons.

Brief total lunar eclipse before dawn in the US on April 4
Brief total lunar eclipse before dawn in the US on April 4

As sky lovers gear up for a total lunar eclipse this weekend, the celestial event will also be viewable for a brief period in western North America on April 4th before dawn.

Mercury is heavily dark due to cometary carbon dust: Study
Mercury is heavily dark due to cometary carbon dust: Study

A new study has revealed that the surface of Mercury appears dark because of the cometary carbon dust.

NASA enters key partnerships for deep-space missions
NASA enters key partnerships for deep-space missions

The US space agency has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to develop the exploration capabilities necessary to enable commercial endeavours in human exploration to deep-space destinations such as Mars.

China launches upgraded BeiDou navigation satellite
China launches upgraded BeiDou navigation satellite

China launched a new-generation satellite into space for its indigenous BeiDou global navigation and positioning network on Monday.

NASA's Mercury mission given last lease of life
NASA's Mercury mission given last lease of life

NASA engineers have lifted the orbit of the Mercury probe - currently operating on an extended mission and almost out of fuel - and delayed its inevitable impact into Mercury's surface by up to a month.

EU plans four more Galileo satellites in 2015

Four more satellites will be launched this year for the European Union's (EU) indigenous satellite navigation programme, Galileo, the EU has said, following the successful launch of two satellites last week.

UFO conspiracy theorist claims to have seen nine-foot alien on space shuttle
UFO conspiracy theorist claims to have seen nine-foot alien on space shuttle

A UFO conspiracy theorist Clark McClelland who had claimed to be a NASA veteran, has said that he saw a nine-foot alien on the space shuttle.

New instrument to hunt for aliens using infrared light
New instrument to hunt for aliens using infrared light

Could aliens be transmitting infrared beacons? If so a new instrument can detect them!

Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA

Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024.

ISRO working on ion propulsion system for satellites
ISRO working on ion propulsion system for satellites

The Indian space agency is looking at the possibility of having ion propulsion system to power its future satellites, said a senior space scientist on Saturday.

Multi-object tracking radar ready for trials

The indigenously designed Rs.245 crore multi-object tracking radar (MOTR) is ready to undergo trials, said a senior space scientist here on Saturday.

SAARC satellite's configuration to be finalised soon: ISRO

The configuration of SAARC satellite will be finalised soon and it launched within 18 month, said the Indian space agency chief on Saturday.

India close to have its own satellite navigation system

India successfully put its fourth navigation satellite into orbit in copy book style on Saturday, bringing the country a step closer to having its own satellite navigation system.

President, PM congratulate ISRO for successful satellite launch

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Indian scientists on the successful launch of the country's fourth navigation satellite.

Another achievement for ISRO, India launches fourth navigation satellite
Another achievement for ISRO, India launches fourth navigation satellite

ISRO added another feather in its cap with the successful launch of India's fourth navigation satellite on Saturday.

MESSENGER spacecraft completes 4,000th orbit of Mercury
MESSENGER spacecraft completes 4,000th orbit of Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft completed its 4,000th orbit of Mercury on March 25 and the lowest point in its orbit continues to move closer to the planet than ever before.

More proof for groundwater on Mars
More proof for groundwater on Mars

A new research has given more evidence for groundwater on Mars.

Soyuz spacecraft with Russian, US astronauts blasts off to ISS
Soyuz spacecraft with Russian, US astronauts blasts off to ISS

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew, including a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut who will be the first to spend an entire year on the International Space Station, blasted off on schedule Friday, Russian mission control said.
 

ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize 2014
ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 has been awarded to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), it was announced on Friday.

Two astronauts set for longest NASA human mission to space
Two astronauts set for longest NASA human mission to space

Two astronauts were on Friday ready for a 12-month stay at the International Space Station (ISS) in a longest human expedition to space so far and testing the limits of human research, space exploration and the human spirit.

NASA to test cutting-edge Mars landing technology
NASA to test cutting-edge Mars landing technology

NASA will be flying a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, in June, the US space agency said in a statement.

Countdown for launch of ISRO's navigation satellite IRNSS-1D progressing smoothly
Countdown for launch of ISRO's navigation satellite IRNSS-1D progressing smoothly

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday announced the countdown for the launch of India's fourth navigation satellite IRNSS-1D is progressing smoothly.

Dark matter may be richer, more complex than previously believed
Dark matter may be richer, more complex than previously believed

A new study has provided a deeper insight into how dark matter in the cluster of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide, which may ultimately provide the conclusion that its richer and more complex than previously believed.

India may launch two more navigation satellites this year
India may launch two more navigation satellites this year

India is expected to launch at least two more navigation satellites this year and one more in 2016 so as to offer satellite navigation services in the middle of next year, said Indian space agency officials.