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UAE launches strategic framework for space agency

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday launched a strategic framework for its newly-established space agency that aims to launch satellite missions and the "first Arab unmanned probe" to Mars by 2021.

Chinese 'Star Trek' fan builds Enterprise spaceship for his office

Chinese businessman Liu Dejian, founder of online gaming company NetDragon Websoft and a “Star Trek” fan, has modelled his company's new headquarters on the Starship Enterprise spacecraft, the main setting for several productions in the Star Trek franchise.

US astronaut Terry Virts records spectacular night view of sky
US astronaut Terry Virts records spectacular night view of sky

US astronaut Terry Virts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has captured a breathtaking view of the night sky.

NASA preparing ISS for commercial spacecraft landing
NASA preparing ISS for commercial spacecraft landing

NASA engineers are set to prepare the International Space Station (ISS) for the future arrival of US commercial crew and cargo vehicles.

Massive moons of exoplanets can sustain life: Study
Massive moons of exoplanets can sustain life: Study

The moons of exoplanets may have all the right conditions to support alien life, suggests a new study.

UAE gears up for Mars mission
UAE gears up for Mars mission

State-owned Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is ramping up its efforts to support the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in achieving its goal of sending an unmanned space probe to Mars by 2021, a media report said on Saturday.

Say hello to 'nastiest' star ever
Say hello to 'nastiest' star ever

NASA`s Hubble space telescope has spotted a weird star in our galaxy and has been nicknamed "nasty" owing to its behaviour never seen before.

'India not to participate in Russian Moon research project'

India has "lost interest" in the Russian project for the soil sample taking at the south pole of the Moon after "mutual refusal from cooperation, Russia's official media reported.

Mars mission makes India top ranking space power: China report

India's accomplishment in becoming the only Asian country to send a spacecraft to Mars has earned it a place in the top rankings of space-faring nations, a report by a Chinese research institution has said.

India to soon have its own space shuttle!
India to soon have its own space shuttle!

The Indian Space Research Organisation is developing its maiden reusable space shuttle which will be test-launched towards the second half of July.

Modern techniques required to detect faults: ISRO

Modern techniques are required to detect faults before a system failure happens, a top Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said here on Friday.

Rapidly ageing 'Nasty 1' star behaving in never-before-seen ways

A team of astronomers has uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly ageing star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy.

Astronomers discover most luminous galaxy in universe
Astronomers discover most luminous galaxy in universe

US space agency NASA said on Thursday that its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope has discovered a remote galaxy that shines with the light of more than 300 trillion suns, making it the most luminous galaxy ever found.

Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space programme

Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse -- with national pride and billions of dollars at stake.

Cabinet nod to PSLV continuation programme

The union cabinet on Thursday gave its approval for the constinuation of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) programme for 15 operational flights (PSLV-C36 to PSLV-C50).

SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule returns to Earth from ISS
SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule returns to Earth from ISS

SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule has successfully returned to Earth from the International Space Station with some 3,000 pounds of equipment and experiments inside it.

Supernova hits star, reveals its origin

A team of astronomers has witnessed a supernova smashing into a nearby star, shocking it and creating an ultraviolet glow that reveals the size of the companion.

Gobbling galaxy's snacking habits revealed
Gobbling galaxy's snacking habits revealed

A team of Australian and Spanish astronomers have caught a greedy galaxy gobbling on its neighbours and leaving crumbs of evidence about its dietary past.

NASA launches small research satellite

With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion has been launched into space.

India to launch special satellite for strategic applications soon

 India will launch an advanced communications satellite (GSAT-6) in July or August for strategic applications, its space agency chief said on Wednesday.

Develop models to forecast unseasonal rains: ISRO chief

Indian meteorologists have to develop new models to predict unseasonal rains, which damaged rabi crops in many parts of the country causing huge losses, the space agency chief said on Wednesday.

ISRO planning next inter-planetary mission
ISRO planning next inter-planetary mission

After India's much hailed successful missions to the Moon and Mars that boosted its global standing in space, the next inter-planetary expedition to be launched is under discussion, according to ISRO.

NASA sounding rocket to help fix Sun observatory

NASA is all set to launch a sounding rocket to help adjust a key instrument aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Scientists capture 360 degree panoramic views of Moon
Scientists capture 360 degree panoramic views of Moon

Scientists have successfully captured 360 degree panoramic views of the Moon by using a rugged camera technology.

First direct detection of gravitational waves nearing success

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) is dedicating their second-generation gravitational-wave detectors (aLIGO) in a ceremony at the Hanford detector site on May 19.

India's dedicated astronomy satellite ASTROSAT fully assembled
India's dedicated astronomy satellite ASTROSAT fully assembled

Scheduled to be launched later this year, ASTROSAT, the first dedicated Indian astronomy mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects is now fully assembled, ISRO said Tuesday.

NASA seeks robotic spacecraft for asteroid mission

NASA is seeking ideas from US companies for a spacecraft design that can be used for its ambitious Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and a robotic satellite servicing mission in low-Earth orbit.

NASA apparatus to hitch ride on US Air Force plane
NASA apparatus to hitch ride on US Air Force plane

An experimental apparatus belonging to NASA would be hitching a ride on the US Air Force's famous X-37B unmanned space plane as it sets off on its next mission on Wednesday.

Scientists develop new technique to detect alien life on Mars
Scientists develop new technique to detect alien life on Mars

Even as debate over life on Mars continues, scientists have now come up with a new technique to find traces of alien life on the Red Planet.

Odisha students witness ISRO operations in Gujarat

A group of 20 students from Odisha recently explored various aspects of operations of the Space Applications Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Gujarat Science City in Ahmedabad.