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NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture
NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture

NASA Saturday launched a new Earth-observing satellite that aims to give scientists high- resolution maps showing how much moisture lies in soil in order to improve climate forecasts.

4.4b-year-old 'Black Beauty' Martian meteorite is chunk of planet's crust
4.4b-year-old 'Black Beauty' Martian meteorite is chunk of planet's crust

The 4.4 billion year-old Martian meteorite, which was found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is a piece of planet's crust, it has been revealed.

New sensor spots minute quantities of atmospheric mercury

Researchers have developed a new sensor to detect minute levels of mercury in the atmosphere in just 10 seconds.
 

Scientists recant Big Bang gravitational wave theory
Scientists recant Big Bang gravitational wave theory

A new analysis has dynamited a much-hyped discovery of primordial "gravitational waves" from the dawn of time.

Japan to launch new spy satellite

Japan's government said it will launch a back-up spy satellite on Sunday, after cancelling an earlier lift-off due to bad weather.

Titan behaves like Venus, Mars when exposed to raw power of solar wind

NASA's Cassini mission has recently found that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves like Venus and Mars when exposed to raw power of solar wind.

Hubble spots massive ring made of stars caused by gigantic galactic collision

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recently observed a massive ring made of stars in space caused by the gigantic galactic collision.

New 3-D map of nearby supernova remnant reveals its 'bubbly interior'
New 3-D map of nearby supernova remnant reveals its 'bubbly interior'

Astronomers have recently created a 3-D map of nearby supernova remnant with the help of the astronomical equivalent of a CAT scan, which revealed that it has a "bubbly interior."

NASA launch of SMAP atop ULA Delta II rocket delayed
NASA launch of SMAP atop ULA Delta II rocket delayed

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Friday, once again delayed the launch of SMAP to space.

Weather delays NASA launch of satellite to study soil
Weather delays NASA launch of satellite to study soil

Windy weather forced NASA Thursday to delay the launch of a satellite that aims to study soil moisture on Earth.

New NASA daytime star tracker soon
New NASA daytime star tracker soon

NASA engineers are developing a precision attitude sensor or star tracker that would be able to locate stars during daylight hours.

New evidence to rewrite Martian climate history
New evidence to rewrite Martian climate history

Geologists from Brown University have found new evidence that glacier-like ice deposits advanced and retreated multiple times in some regions of Mars in the recent past.

Gully patterns help researchers observe Mars' climate cycle
Gully patterns help researchers observe Mars' climate cycle

The gully patterns have provided a deeper insight into the climate of the "Red planet."

Transformation of uninhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible
Transformation of uninhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible

A new study has recently revealed that transformation of inhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible.

Simulated Mars mission gutted in fire
Simulated Mars mission gutted in fire

A simulated Mars mission held in the Utah desert in the US came to an abrupt end, when the research station was gutted in fire, media reported on Wednesday.

NASA's Dawn captures 'sharpest images' ever seen of Dwarf Planet Ceres
NASA's Dawn captures 'sharpest images' ever seen of Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has recently captured the sharpest images ever seen of the Dwarf Planet Ceres, it has been revealed.

Researchers study surface composition of 'mountain-sized' asteroid that flew past earth
Researchers study surface composition of 'mountain-sized' asteroid that flew past earth

Researchers studied the surface composition of mountain-sized asteroid 2004 BL86 that flew past earth recently.

Ancient star with five Earth-size planets discovered
Ancient star with five Earth-size planets discovered

After analysing over four years of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, a team of astronomers has discovered a star that is 11.2 billion years old and has at least five Earth-size planets.

Astronomers discover oldest known solar-like system
Astronomers discover oldest known solar-like system

An international team of astronomers combing through data from the US Kepler space telescope said Tuesday they have discovered a solar system with five Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the galaxy.

Supermassive black hole spotted choking while eating star
Supermassive black hole spotted choking while eating star

Astronomers have recently revealed that they have probably witnessed a supermassive black hole chocking while eating up a star.

'Super Saturn' with gigantic ring system found
'Super Saturn' with gigantic ring system found

Astronomers have found that the ring system they saw eclipsing a very young Sun-like star -- known as J1407 -- is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.

Russia mulls joint orbital station with India, China

Moscow may propose at the July summit of the BRICS emerging economies in Russia’s Ufa city creation of a joint manned orbital station with India and China, a document drafted by the expert council at Russia’s military and industrial commission said Tuesday.

NASA's Opportunity rover marks 11 years on Mars with stunning panorama
NASA's Opportunity rover marks 11 years on Mars with stunning panorama

NASA's Opportunity rover has celebrated its 11th anniversary on Mars Saturday (January 24).

Boeing, SpaceX working on cheaper flights to ISS: NASA
Boeing, SpaceX working on cheaper flights to ISS: NASA

US space agency NASA has said that future manned spaceflights to the International Space Station (ISS) could save millions of dollars using spacecraft currently being developed by private US companies Boeing and SpaceX.

Tiny probes to investigate Jupiter's atmosphere
Tiny probes to investigate Jupiter's atmosphere

Planetary scientists are considering firing a swarm of tiny probes - each with a different sensor - into the clouds of Jupiter and grab data as they fall before burning up in the giant planet's atmosphere.

Rosetta provides unique insight into comet shedding its dusty coat
Rosetta provides unique insight into comet shedding its dusty coat

ESA`s Rosetta mission has enabled scientists to watch the life cycle of a comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it sheds the dusty coat accumulated over the past 4 years.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 has its own moon
Asteroid 2004 BL86 has its own moon

Mountain-sized asteroid that flew past the earth will be the closest known asteroid of this this huge size to pass near Earth until 2027, which also brought a surprise along with it. 

Universe is a 'complexity machine'
Universe is a 'complexity machine'

Researchers have recently revealed that the universe is a kind of "complexity machine."