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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."

NASA probe indicates asteroid once had flowing water
NASA probe indicates asteroid once had flowing water

One of the largest asteroids in our solar system - Vesta - may once have had flowing water which formed gullies and other erosion features on its surface, according to data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

Comet Lovejoy bids adieu to Earth, to be spotted again in 8,000 years
Comet Lovejoy bids adieu to Earth, to be spotted again in 8,000 years

Comet Lovejoy, after mesmerising astronomers for the past three years, has finally said goodbye to Earth on Saturday night, January 25. 

Asteroid  2004 BL86 set to narrowly miss us, to be visible from Earth
Asteroid 2004 BL86 set to narrowly miss us, to be visible from Earth

A mountain sized asteroid (about the size of five football fields) will fly by Earth on Monday, but there is no need to worry, assures NASA.

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet.

Space scientists feel honoured on getting Padma Shri

India's two space scientists who played an important role in the country's two inter-planetary missions Sunday said they felt deeply honoured and happy on being conferred with the Padma Shri.

New space telescope concept may provide 1k times sharper images than Hubble

New space telescope concept may provide 1,000 times sharper images than Hubble Space Telescope, it has been reported.

NASA set for first Earth-observing mission launch
NASA set for first Earth-observing mission launch

NASA is set for Jan 29 launch of the first US Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture.

Final attempt to hunt for missing comet lander

In its final attempt to find the missing comet lander, scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are deliberating to send Rosetta spacecraft, which is still orbiting the comet, to swoop down just six kms over the patch where the lander is thought to be.

Robotic arms install remote-sensing instrument on ISS

Robotic flight controllers have successfully installed NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) aboard the International Space Station.

Soon, autonomous helicopter drone for Martian exploration
Soon, autonomous helicopter drone for Martian exploration

NASA has revealed that it is working on a small helicopter that could fly ahead of future Mars rovers to improve surveillance and navigation abilities on the alien planet.

Mountain-size asteroid to fly by Earth on January 26-27
Mountain-size asteroid to fly by Earth on January 26-27

A relatively large asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, is going to fly by Earth at a very safe distance of 745,000 miles (1.2 million km).

Small helicopter to scout for future Mars rovers
Small helicopter to scout for future Mars rovers

NASA engineers are working on a small helicopter that could "scout" a trail for future Mars rovers.

Super Earths, planet formation 're-created' in lab using lasers
Super Earths, planet formation 're-created' in lab using lasers

Researchers have recently re-created the planet formations, conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores in the lab with the help of lasers.

Dino-killing asteroid did not lead to vast global firestorms
Dino-killing asteroid did not lead to vast global firestorms

A new study has recently revealed that asteroid impact didn't cause vast global firestorms that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Don't miss 100 millionth photo of the Sun
Don't miss 100 millionth photo of the Sun

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has released a mind-boggling 100 millionth photo of the Sun for public viewing.

Rosetta mission data reveals how comets evolve
Rosetta mission data reveals how comets evolve

A team of researchers has unveiled closest-ever details about the evolution of a comet that was in headlines last year when the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission helped its Philae lander touch down on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G).

India already a world leader in space: Jitendra Singh
India already a world leader in space: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that India is making rapid strides towards becoming a world power and has attained the position of a world leader in Space technology due to its recent achievements.

Hidden magnetic messages found in meteorites
Hidden magnetic messages found in meteorites

Geologists from University of Cambridge have uncovered hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system in meteorites.

Milky Way wormholes could be 'galactic transport system'
Milky Way wormholes could be 'galactic transport system'

Researchers have recently revealed that Milky Way galaxy could be huge wormhole and galactic transport system in theory.

NASA, Microsoft to help scientists in virtual exploration of Mars
NASA, Microsoft to help scientists in virtual exploration of Mars

The US space agency has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a new software that will enable scientists to work on Mars virtually using a wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.