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Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni awarded prestigious Dan David prize for his work in astronomy
Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni awarded prestigious Dan David prize for his work in astronomy

Mr Kulkarni, who is a professor of astrophysics and planetary science at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, built the Palomar Transient Factory, with which he conducted a large-area survey of the night sky in search of variable and transient phenomena.

Rain impact on Mars: Heavy rains may have reshaped Red Planet's surface
Rain impact on Mars: Heavy rains may have reshaped Red Planet's surface

Scientists believe that rains may have impacted the craters and carved out river-like channel on its surface.

Flying saucer-shaped UFO spotted on NASA ISS feed: Is US space agency hiding alien existence?
Flying saucer-shaped UFO spotted on NASA ISS feed: Is US space agency hiding alien existence?

It can only be described as some sort of flying disc-like shaped UFO, that was spotted hovering in the distance behind the international space station before darting away at a very high rate of speed, says Tyler Glockner.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft views Ceres's Occator Crater at opposition from sun
NASA's Dawn spacecraft views Ceres's Occator Crater at opposition from sun

On April 29, Dawn successfully observed Ceres at opposition, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres’ surface. 

Stunning images of ancient fluid-carved valley on Mars beamed back by NASA's Opportunity rover!
Stunning images of ancient fluid-carved valley on Mars beamed back by NASA's Opportunity rover!

The process that carved Perseverance Valley into the rim of Endeavour Crater billions of years ago has not yet been identified.

Proxima b, Earth-sized exoplanet, could support alien life
Proxima b, Earth-sized exoplanet, could support alien life

The planet was only discovered in August 2016, and is thought to be of similar size to Earth, creating the possibility that it could have an 'Earth-like' atmosphere. 
 

Ice crystals in atmosphere – NASA's EPIC camera spots mysterious flashes of light from Earth
Ice crystals in atmosphere – NASA's EPIC camera spots mysterious flashes of light from Earth

NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) onboard the DSCOVR captured mysterious flashes of light from the Earth.

SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite atop Falcon 9 rocket
SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite atop Falcon 9 rocket

The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7.21 PM (2321 GMT) Monday, May 15.

KalamSat - World's smallest satellite built by Indian teen to be launched by NASA on June 21
KalamSat - World's smallest satellite built by Indian teen to be launched by NASA on June 21

Weighing just 0.1kg, the satellite has been built by an Indian teen Rifath Sharook, 12th-grade student from Tamil Nadu’s Pallapatti town.

SpaceX all set for Falcon 9/Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite launch today
SpaceX all set for Falcon 9/Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite launch today

The Inmarsat-5 satellite, weighing in at nearly 13,500 pounds (6,123.4 kgs), atop the rocket, will blast off from SpaceX’s seaside Launch Complex 39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:21 p.m. EDT (or 23:21 UTC) Monday, May 15.

India's heaviest rocket to be launched in June, ISRO gears up for maiden launch
India's heaviest rocket to be launched in June, ISRO gears up for maiden launch

The notable aspect of this rocket is that the main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed by space scientists here and will be powering the rocket for the first time.

NASA not to fly humans on first SLS rocket launch
NASA not to fly humans on first SLS rocket launch

In February, NASA began an effort looking at the feasibility of putting crew aboard the first launch of the SLS rocket and Orion - for its Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1.

NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsul
NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsul

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had hoped to launch the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket in November 2018. The rocket will send the deep-space Orion capsule on a high lunar orbit. 

US spacewalkers overcome glitch on 200th station outing
US spacewalkers overcome glitch on 200th station outing

Station commander Peggy Whitson and rookie flier Jack Fischer began what was expected to be a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk more than an hour late, after a cable supplying power and cooling water to Fischer`s spacesuit developed a leak.

NASA's Hubble telescope captures galaxy duo by the 'Hare'
NASA's Hubble telescope captures galaxy duo by the 'Hare'

NASA has released a beautiful image of the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare).

Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer conclude 200th spacewalk!
Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer conclude 200th spacewalk!

The spacewalk was the ninth of Whitson's career. She holds the record for most spacewalks by a woman.

Historic 200th spacewalk delayed after NASA discovers water leak!
Historic 200th spacewalk delayed after NASA discovers water leak!

Spacewalks usually last about six and a half hours, but Friday's would be "abbreviated" due to the late start and would last about four hours.

GSLV Mark-III to be launched in first week of June; We are getting ready, says ISRO Chairman
GSLV Mark-III to be launched in first week of June; We are getting ready, says ISRO Chairman

GSLV Mark-III would be a powerful launch vehicle built to lift heavy communications satellites to space.

Expedition 51 astronauts perform 200th spacewalk outside International Space Station!
Expedition 51 astronauts perform 200th spacewalk outside International Space Station!

ISS astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are venturing outside the space station to replace a large avionics box that supplies electricity and data connections to the science experiments, and replacement hardware stored outside the station.

Signs of water detected on Neptune-sized planet
Signs of water detected on Neptune-sized planet

The study, combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, shows that the distant planet HAT- P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.

ISS astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer to conduct 200th spacewalk outside space station on Friday!
ISS astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer to conduct 200th spacewalk outside space station on Friday!

Expedition 51 astronauts will venture outside the space station to replace a large avionics box that supplies electricity and data connections to the science experiments, and replacement hardware stored outside the station.

China providing students lunar lifestyle experience

Eight postgraduate students from Beihang University in China are divided into two groups.

Scientists detect massive lava waves on Jupiter's moon Io
Scientists detect massive lava waves on Jupiter's moon Io

Overturning lava is a popular explanation for the periodic brightening and dimming of the hot spot, called Loki Patera after the Norse god.

Journey to Mars: NASA sending astronauts to Moon for year-long mission
Journey to Mars: NASA sending astronauts to Moon for year-long mission

The lunar presence would serve as a launching point for the spacecraft that will carry humans to Mars, a NASA official said.

China's manned moon trip: Chinese volunteers to live in simulated space cabin for up to 200 days
China's manned moon trip: Chinese volunteers to live in simulated space cabin for up to 200 days

As part of Beijing's plan to put people on the moon in the next two decades, Chinese volunteers will live in a simulated space cabin for up to 200 days.

Scientists find oldest signs of life on land in Australia

The finding could help solve one of the most important debates in evolution - whether life on Earth arose in small, terrestrial ponds, or deep in the ocean, researchers said.

ESA's spacecraft set to observe mysterious dark matter
ESA's spacecraft set to observe mysterious dark matter

NASA has delivered three detector for the spacecraft's near-infrared instrument.

Astronauts' exercise capacity mitigates in spaceflight due to alteration in cardiovascular function
Astronauts' exercise capacity mitigates in spaceflight due to alteration in cardiovascular function

This happens because their heart and muscles lose the efficacy of transporting oxygen to the muscles.

Cassini spots 'bands of bright clouds' drifting across Saturn's moon Titan
Cassini spots 'bands of bright clouds' drifting across Saturn's moon Titan

On May 7, 2017, Cassini spacecraft captured this view of bands of bright, feathery methane clouds drifting across Saturn's Titan as it passed above the moon's surface.

Revealed - Secret behind stealthy solar storms
Revealed - Secret behind stealthy solar storms

Dubbed 'stealth CMEs', these storms seem to come from nowhere, according to the scientists.