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Public contest launched to name five craters on Mercury

The Education and Public Outreach (EPO) team has launched a public contest to name the five impact craters on Mercury in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

NASA satellite reveals first ever detailed map of how CO2 looks from outer space
NASA satellite reveals first ever detailed map of how CO2 looks from outer space

NASA scientists have revealed that first global maps created using newest carbon dioxide-monitoring satellite's data, showing one of the most detailed views of CO2 ever created.

NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovers new exoplanet
NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovers new exoplanet

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered a new super-Earth using its new K2 mission.

NASA's Chandra weighs universe's most massive young, distant galaxy cluster
NASA's Chandra weighs universe's most massive young, distant galaxy cluster

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has weighed the most massive young, distant galaxy cluster in the universe.

Meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir found
Meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir found

A new research has found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

Origin of long-standing space mystery solved
Origin of long-standing space mystery solved

Researchers from University of Southampton have helped solve a long-standing space mystery - the origin of the “theta aurora”.

Science community happy over successful launch of GSLV Mark-III

Senior scientist and SPACE India director C B Devgun on Thursday expressed happiness over the successful launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III, adding that this was the first test done without the cryogenic engine and that the new module CREW that has been crafted to ensure the safe arrival of astronauts back to earth, had been tested successfully.

Stars in middle-aged clusters may be of same age
Stars in middle-aged clusters may be of same age

A new study has recently revealed that stars in the large middle-aged clusters at least, appear to be of similar age.

Mid-level solar flare observed by NASA on Dec 16
Mid-level solar flare observed by NASA on Dec 16

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has recently captured a mid-level solar flare on Dec 16, 2014, it has been reported.

'Tilted' exoplanets may be habitable if covered in oceans
'Tilted' exoplanets may be habitable if covered in oceans

A new study has recently revealed that exoplanets, whose axis is tilted, may still be habitable if they are covered in oceans.

'Perfect storm' turbulence squelching star formation found around supermassive Black Hole
'Perfect storm' turbulence squelching star formation found around supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers have recently detected a "perfect storm" turbulence that was crushing star formation around a supermassive Black Hole by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Rosetta orbiter to swoop down on comet in February
Rosetta orbiter to swoop down on comet in February

The European Space Agency’s orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within six km of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February next year.

PM Modi congratulates ISRO scientists for successful launch of GSLV Mark III
PM Modi congratulates ISRO scientists for successful launch of GSLV Mark III

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday congratulated ISRO scientists on the successful launch of its heaviest rocket, GSLV Mk-III.

GSLV Mark-III successfully launched; India closer to manned space mission
GSLV Mark-III successfully launched; India closer to manned space mission

India's heaviest and next generation rocket-Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mark III) carrying a crew module was blasted of at 9:30 am on Thursday.

ESA's Venus Express finally ends eight-year mission

European Space Agency's Venus Express has finally ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life.

ISRO's GSLV-Mark III rocket's test flight countdown begins
ISRO's GSLV-Mark III rocket's test flight countdown begins

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) began the test-fly of its heaviest and upgraded rocket - the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mark III) - on Wednesday from Sriharikota space station, near Chennai.

NASA's Curiosity rover finds that Mars may harbour life
NASA's Curiosity rover finds that Mars may harbour life

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock, the first definitive detection of organics on the surface of Earth’s neighbor planet, scientists said on Tuesday.

`Tsunami Wave` still being experienced by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft

 Scientists have revealed that the "tsunami wave" that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward.

India's next gen rocket test flight countdown to begin Wednesday

 The countdown for the Dec 18 morning test launch of India's heaviest and next generation rocket-Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mark III) will start Wednesday 9 a.m., a senior official of the Indian space agency said Tuesday.

Astronomers on an endeavor to find stretched-out 'exotic' exoplanets

Astronomers may soon be able to find exoplanets that are stretched out by the gravity of the stars they orbit.

MAVEN's first results may offer clues to how Mars lost atmosphere
MAVEN's first results may offer clues to how Mars lost atmosphere

The first results from NASA's MAVEN mission may be able to provide clues regarding how Mars lost its atmosphere to space over time.

Cosmos measured using 'real data' rather than theory for first time ever
Cosmos measured using 'real data' rather than theory for first time ever

Researchers has recently used real data rather than theory and calculations related to general relativity to measure the cosmos for the first time.

New NASA software to enhance flight efficiency

NASA researchers have begun flight tests of a computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports.

Launch rehearsal of ISRO's LVM 3 successful
Launch rehearsal of ISRO's LVM 3 successful

Ahead of the country's maiden experimental launch of latest generation vehicle GSLV Mk III, which would carry out the 'Crew module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE)' on a suborbital mission on December 18, ISRO on Monday successfully carried out a rehearsal.

Single pilots to fly commercial jets in future
Single pilots to fly commercial jets in future

In the era of automation, a new study by the US space agency is looking into whether single pilots can fly large commercial jets so that the shortage of trained airline pilots can be resolved.

Google Glass to enter space station next week

The wearable eye device from Google is all set to enter the International Space Station (ISS) for a flatworm study next week.

Now, a 'postal service' to send mementos to moon
Now, a 'postal service' to send mementos to moon

You may have heard people “promising the moon” to their lovers across the ages, but have you ever thought of immortalising your memories on the moon?

NASA's 'Fruit Fly Lab' to study immune function in spaceflight
NASA's 'Fruit Fly Lab' to study immune function in spaceflight

Aiming to understand how spaceflight affects the immune system's response to infection, the most advanced research to date for studying fruit flies in space is set to make its debut on the International Space Station (ISS).

Images suggest Rosetta's comet is 'dark grey' in colour

It appears that the Rosetta's comet 67P is grey in colour like many small bodies in space, it has been reported.

Star dust may provide clue to life supporting planets
Star dust may provide clue to life supporting planets

Recreating isotopes that result when a star explodes can help physicists understand where life-supporting elements may be found in space, new research led by Indian-origin student Zena Patel shows.