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This is what you call a 'colourful' landing on Pluto – Watch NASA video
This is what you call a 'colourful' landing on Pluto – Watch NASA video

The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon - and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Scientists enter Hawaii dome in eight-month Mars space mission study

The study is designed to help NASA better understand human behavior and performance during long space missions as the U.S. space agency explores plans for a manned mission to the Red Planet.

Scientists spot 'dark' sunspot centre twice the size of Earth
Scientists spot 'dark' sunspot centre twice the size of Earth

However, to achieve a fuller understanding, astronomers need to study it across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, including the millimetre and submillimetre portion that ALMA can observe.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures the closest view of wavemaker moon 'Daphnis'
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures the closest view of wavemaker moon 'Daphnis'

The US space agency NASA has released a beautiful and close view of the wavemaker moon 'Daphnis'.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet shares breathtaking view of Geneva and its lake from ISS!
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet shares breathtaking view of Geneva and its lake from ISS!

Thanks to all the astronauts, who are aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that we are able to witness beautiful images of our planet, Earth.

Is Wolf 1061c exoplanet next Earth?
Is Wolf 1061c exoplanet next Earth?

In an attempt to search for life outside Earth, an astronomer has studied an exoplanet called Wolf 1061 and found the celestial body could be habitable in the future.

Amazing NASA video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - Watch
Amazing NASA video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - Watch

The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto - starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon - and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia.

SpaceX shares stunning photo of its rocket landing captured just before touchdown – See pic
SpaceX shares stunning photo of its rocket landing captured just before touchdown – See pic

On January 14, 2017, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully deployed 10 satellites in low-Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications.

ISRO realigns orbit of Mars mission spacecraft 'Mangalyaan'
ISRO realigns orbit of Mars mission spacecraft 'Mangalyaan'

The duration of the eclipse was so long that had we done nothing, the Mangalyaan's battery capacity would have got exhausted due to lack of sun rays. No effect of the eclipse was felt on Mangalyaan yesterday.

NASA's new robotic mission set to explore giant metal asteroid
NASA's new robotic mission set to explore giant metal asteroid

The Psyche mission, targeted to launch in October of 2023, will explore 16 Psyche, a giant metal asteroid about three times farther away from the Sun than is the Earth.

ISRO's mega satellite launch next month no big deal, says eminent scientist G Madhavan Nair
ISRO's mega satellite launch next month no big deal, says eminent scientist G Madhavan Nair

On what ISRO needs to do, he said the human spaceflight project should be revived and given a kickstart.

ISRO defers launch of its heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III to March-April
ISRO defers launch of its heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III to March-April

ISRO also plans to send the Saarc satellite with GSLV Mk-II rocket in March.

Meet next space station crew who'll be launched to ISS in late spring this year
Meet next space station crew who'll be launched to ISS in late spring this year

US astronaut Randy Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will be launched to the ISS in the spring of 2017.

China begins operation of first hack proof quantum satellite
China begins operation of first hack proof quantum satellite

It is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, said the report.

NASA eyes Russian Soyuz trips to send crew to ISS
NASA eyes Russian Soyuz trips to send crew to ISS

Buying these seats for 2017 and 2018 missions will increase US crew size on the ISS from three to four and maximise ISS science utilisation.

Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA
Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA

Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working.

Constant intracranial pressure on back of eyes in 'zero-G' causes vision deterioration in astronauts!
Constant intracranial pressure on back of eyes in 'zero-G' causes vision deterioration in astronauts!

To study how zero-gravity conditions affect intracranial pressure, researchers from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre recruited volunteer patients who had had a port permanently placed in their head as part of treatment for cancer.

New Horizons turns 11: NASA to go live on Facebook to mark success, future of mission!
New Horizons turns 11: NASA to go live on Facebook to mark success, future of mission!

 Members of NASA’s New Horizons team will discuss the achievements of the first encounter with Pluto and look ahead to the mission’s next exploration of the Kuiper Belt.

Cracked mud on Mars - Latest images from NASA's Curiosity rover reveal new evidence of water (See pic)
Cracked mud on Mars - Latest images from NASA's Curiosity rover reveal new evidence of water (See pic)

Scientists used Curiosity rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.

It's confirmed: NASA's OSIRIS-REx successfully executes first deep space maneuver
It's confirmed: NASA's OSIRIS-REx successfully executes first deep space maneuver

The engine burn sets up the spacecraft for an Earth gravity assist this fall as it continues its two-year journey to the asteroid Bennu.

LIGO India will 'refine the physics' of gravitational waves detection, exploration of universe: LHO's Fred Raab
LIGO India will 'refine the physics' of gravitational waves detection, exploration of universe: LHO's Fred Raab

As India is getting ready to set up the world's third advanced LIGO observatory, Fred Raab, an official of the international collaboration, said he expected Indian scientists and researchers to play a crucial role in the LIGO research that seeks to give us a deeper understanding of the universe by tracking the gravitational waves.

Mars' thin air could help microbes survive, say scientists!
Mars' thin air could help microbes survive, say scientists!

Mars and its life-harbouring possibilities have been on the top of many space agencies' list of priorities and there is plenty of evidence suggesting that rivers, lakes and seas covered the planet billions of years ago.

Researchers find dark matter 'killing galaxies'
Researchers find dark matter 'killing galaxies'

The study combined the world's largest galaxy survey -- the Sloan Digital Sky Survey -- with the largest ever set of radio observations for atomic gas -- the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA survey in order to solve the case.

Earthquake predictions next on China's space agenda; launch of satellite announced
Earthquake predictions next on China's space agenda; launch of satellite announced

The satellite will be China's first space-based platform for earthquake monitoring, providing a new approach for research.

“Black Hole Man of India” scientist CV Vishveshwara passes away at 78
“Black Hole Man of India” scientist CV Vishveshwara passes away at 78

Vishveswara made an important calculation that was used in the discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) detectors in 2015, from the merger of black holes.

How many galaxies exist in the universe? Study says two trillion!
How many galaxies exist in the universe? Study says two trillion!

This painstaking research enabled the team to establish how many galaxies we have missed - much like an intergalactic archaeological dig, researchers said.

Giant 'bulge' spotted on Venus indication of a massive gravity wave?
Giant 'bulge' spotted on Venus indication of a massive gravity wave?

The giant wave became one of the most prominent features in the planet’s atmosphere for four days in December 2015.

Meet the ISS crew and grow plants in zero gravity through NASA's new gaming app!
Meet the ISS crew and grow plants in zero gravity through NASA's new gaming app!

The game is called "Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth," wherein players have to first learn how to navigate in the ISS's micro-gravity environment, or "zero-g."

Throwback: The life and legacy of Gene Cernan, last man to set foot on Moon - Watch
Throwback: The life and legacy of Gene Cernan, last man to set foot on Moon - Watch

Cernan, who commanded Apollo 17 - the last Apollo mission - died Monday, January 16, 2017, following ongoing health issues, according to a statement from his family. 

Remembering Gene Cernan: Amazing video of Apollo 17 astronauts singing 'I was strolling on the Moon one day' on lunar surface - Watch
Remembering Gene Cernan: Amazing video of Apollo 17 astronauts singing 'I was strolling on the Moon one day' on lunar surface - Watch

Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission which took place in December 1972.