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What does PM Modi's bilateral meet with US President Donald Trump have in store for NASA-ISRO satellite?
What does PM Modi's bilateral meet with US President Donald Trump have in store for NASA-ISRO satellite?

Recently, the US walked out of the Paris Climate Change Treaty while India continues to honour its commitments.

NASA to support ESA's gravitational wave space mission
NASA to support ESA's gravitational wave space mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) to study gravitational waves in space - a mission in which NASA will partner with ESA in design, development, operations and data analysis.

Team that built world's lightest satellite 'KalamSat' felicitated
Team that built world's lightest satellite 'KalamSat' felicitated

The satellite's structure is fully 3D printed with reinforced carbon fibre polymer.

Puzzled over the phenomenon of 'bright nights' for centuries, scientists finally say 'Eureka'!
Puzzled over the phenomenon of 'bright nights' for centuries, scientists finally say 'Eureka'!

 Historical accounts of bright nights go back centuries. European newspapers and the scientific literature also carried observations of these events in 1783, 1908 and 1916.

NASA's tenth attempt at launching sounding rocket to create interstellar clouds postponed
NASA's tenth attempt at launching sounding rocket to create interstellar clouds postponed

These clouds, or vapor tracers, that will allow scientists on the ground or by aircraft to visually track particle motions in space, may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.

Reusing Falcon 9 first stage, SpaceX launches Bulgarian satellite!
Reusing Falcon 9 first stage, SpaceX launches Bulgarian satellite!

This launch marked the second time that SpaceX has reflown a Falcon 9 first stage, after the March launch of the SES-10 satellite. 

NASA's Juno captures beautiful view of Jupiter’s bands of clouds!
NASA's Juno captures beautiful view of Jupiter’s bands of clouds!

NASA has released a beautiful image of Jupiter's band of light and dark clouds.

Tenth attempt: NASA nighttime rocket launch to create artificial clouds in space set for Saturday
Tenth attempt: NASA nighttime rocket launch to create artificial clouds in space set for Saturday

As per NASA, the multi-canister ampoule ejection system being tested on this mission will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously able during a sounding rocket mission to study the ionosphere or aurora.

Post successful PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 launch, ISRO announces next mission scheduled for later this month!
Post successful PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 launch, ISRO announces next mission scheduled for later this month!

Addressing the media after flagging off ISRO's workhorse rocket, the PSLV-C38, he said that ISRO was all set for the launch of GSAT-17 and there is more lined up for the future.

Up above Mars so high: NASA's MRO captures Curiosity scaling the Martian surface! - See pic
Up above Mars so high: NASA's MRO captures Curiosity scaling the Martian surface! - See pic

The image was taken on June 5, 2017, two months before the fifth anniversary of Curiosity's landing near Mount Sharp on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6, 2017, EDT and Universal Time).

Jupiter gives a brilliant full view of its bands of clouds to Juno in enhanced colour! - See pic
Jupiter gives a brilliant full view of its bands of clouds to Juno in enhanced colour! - See pic

Taking advantage of the data provided by JunoCam, citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran have managed to create a stunning enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s bands of light and dark clouds.

Origins of the sun's swirling jets revealed - NASA scientists bare all secrets!
Origins of the sun's swirling jets revealed - NASA scientists bare all secrets!

The results of this NASA-funded study were published in Science on June 22, 2017 — a special time of the year for the IRIS mission, which celebrates its fourth anniversary in space on June 26.

PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series mission - India's sixth eye in the sky, why it's significant for the country
PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series mission - India's sixth eye in the sky, why it's significant for the country

Here are key facts you need to know about the PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series mission and why it is important for the country.

ISRO successfully plants Cartosat-2 with 30 nano satellites in orbit - This is what PM Modi has to say!
ISRO successfully plants Cartosat-2 with 30 nano satellites in orbit - This is what PM Modi has to say!

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nano satellite.

World's smallest satellite 'KalamSat' built by Indian teens launched by NASA
World's smallest satellite 'KalamSat' built by Indian teens launched by NASA

Weighing just 64grams, the satellite was designed and built by 18-year-old Rifath Sharook along with six other teammates. 

Mission to discover alien life receives go-ahead from ESA
Mission to discover alien life receives go-ahead from ESA

Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will be launched into the 'L2' virtual point in space - 1.5 million kilometres beyond the Earth, as seen from the Sun - and will monitor thousands of bright stars over a large area of the sky.

Astronomers discover huge 'dead' disk-shaped galaxy
Astronomers discover huge 'dead' disk-shaped galaxy

The discovery challenges the current understanding of how massive galaxies form and evolve, researchers said.

Total solar eclipse on August 21: NASA prepares with Live coverage, safety information
Total solar eclipse on August 21: NASA prepares with Live coverage, safety information

On August 21, 2017, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. During the eclipse, the moon will pass between the Sun and Earth, blocking the face of the sun and leaving only its outer atmosphere, or corona, visible in the sky.

Countdown begins as ISRO set to launch Cartosat-2 with 30 nano satellites Friday
Countdown begins as ISRO set to launch Cartosat-2 with 30 nano satellites Friday

According to ISRO, the PSLV rocket's XL variant carrying the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 a.m. from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

NASA, Italian Space Agency to probe cosmic X-ray mysteries
NASA, Italian Space Agency to probe cosmic X-ray mysteries

NASA has signed an agreement with Italian Space Agency for the launch of a probe that will provide important clues about the origins of cosmic X-rays, their interactions with matter and gravity as they travel through space.

Stephen Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020, Mars by 2025, to uplift humanity
Stephen Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020, Mars by 2025, to uplift humanity

He is convinced that humans need to leave Earth if they have to survive for another million years.

World must be prepared for an asteroid strike, warns scientist
World must be prepared for an asteroid strike, warns scientist

Fitzsimmons was highlighting the threat for Asteroid Day, a global event on June 30, in which he also said that it is just a matter of time.

NISAR mission: NASA, ISRO begin work on joint project; on course for 2021 launch
NISAR mission: NASA, ISRO begin work on joint project; on course for 2021 launch

The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, satellite will provide an unprecedented detailed view of Earth by using advanced radar imaging.

NASA nighttime rocket launch to create artificial clouds scrapped again; next attempt on Saturday
NASA nighttime rocket launch to create artificial clouds scrapped again; next attempt on Saturday

The launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket that will create artificial, colourful clouds in space has now been rescheduled for Saturday, June 24, with a launch window between 9:07 and 9:22 p.m. EDT.

Another mega event? ISRO announces Friday launch of earth observation satellite, 30 nanosatellites!
Another mega event? ISRO announces Friday launch of earth observation satellite, 30 nanosatellites!

The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said. 

After scrapping several times, NASA rocket launch to create artificial clouds in space set for tonight
After scrapping several times, NASA rocket launch to create artificial clouds in space set for tonight

As per the US space agency, the launch of the NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket scheduled for Monday, June 19, has been postponed to June 20, Tuesday, because the weather is not expected to be conducive for launch. 

Mangalyaan, India's first Mars mission, completes 1,000 Earth days in Martian orbit
Mangalyaan, India's first Mars mission, completes 1,000 Earth days in Martian orbit

The spacecraft is expected to circle the planet for another five years as it has still got about 15kg of fuel left.

NASA's Kepler telescope finds 219 new planet candidates; 10 of which are Earth-like worlds
NASA's Kepler telescope finds 219 new planet candidates; 10 of which are Earth-like worlds

With the latest release, Kepler has detected a total of 4,034 planet candidates, of which 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets.

Abnormal performance causes obstacle in launch of new Chinese satellite; fails to enter orbit!
Abnormal performance causes obstacle in launch of new Chinese satellite; fails to enter orbit!

Zhongxing-9A was launched aboard the Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre at 12.11 a.m. (local time), reports Xinhua news agency.

Lunar dreams: China reveals 2018 plans to launch mini-ecosystems to the moon for the first time!
Lunar dreams: China reveals 2018 plans to launch mini-ecosystems to the moon for the first time!

An 18-centimetre-tall cylinder will carry potato seeds and silkworm eggs to be incubated.