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Aurorae can be visible to naked eye on Mars

An international team of researchers has for the first time predicted the occurrence of aurorae visible to the naked eye on a planet other than Earth.

NASA testing new Mars lander for 2016 landing
NASA testing new Mars lander for 2016 landing

In March 2016, NASA will send a unique Mars lander to explore the Red Planet's deep interior to find clues about how all rocky planets, including the Earth, formed and evolved.

How our solar system looked like as a 'toddler'

Scientists have found a young planetary system which may enable them to understand what our own solar system looked like as 'toddler' billions of years ago.

Astronomers spot shock collision inside black hole jet
Astronomers spot shock collision inside black hole jet

 Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter.

New Pluto images reveal more details
New Pluto images reveal more details

 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, on way to meet Pluto, has taken fresh images of the mysterious planet that reveal more detail about its complex and high contrast surface.

Mars explorers should be left there as settlers: Buzz Aldrin
Mars explorers should be left there as settlers: Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin, former NASA astronaut and the second man on the Moon felt that the first human beings who go to Mars shouldn't return to the Earth.

Supernovas help keep galaxies clean!
Supernovas help keep galaxies clean!

Supernovas or massive explosions that mark the end of a star's life plays an important role in sweeping out gas that fuels star-forming factories in the galaxy, new research has found.

Scientists to explore Jupiter's icy moon `Europa`
Scientists to explore Jupiter's icy moon `Europa`

Researchers from the Planetary Science Institute will be studying Jupiter`s moon Europa, NASA has announced.

Time to explore Venus with 'inflatable aircraft'

Exploring Venus will now seem to be easier with Northrop Grumman's new idea of an inflatable aircraft.

Curiosity rover begins new journey on Mars
Curiosity rover begins new journey on Mars

Unable to reach a comparable geological contact farther south on Red Planet, NASA's Curiosity rover has now approached an alternative site for investigating a geological boundary.

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.