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Moon's water may be widely distributed across its surface, says study

Moon's water may be widely distributed across its surface, says study

The findings could help researchers understand the origin of the Moon's water and how easy it would be to use as a resource.

Feb 24, 2018, 11:59 AM IST
NASA's new spacesuits may be equipped with built-in toilets

NASA's new spacesuits may be equipped with built-in toilets

While Orion will certainly be equipped with a toilet, the new spacesuit is being designed to help astronauts survive in case of emergencies for up to six days.

Feb 21, 2018, 17:02 PM IST
Astronomers discover oldest supernova ever detected and it happened 10.5 billion years ago

Astronomers discover oldest supernova ever detected and it happened 10.5 billion years ago

The light from the explosion has taken 10.5 billion years to reach Earth, making it the oldest supernova ever discovered and studied. 

Feb 21, 2018, 10:13 AM IST
Earth's atmosphere may hold key to detecting alien life, says study

Earth's atmosphere may hold key to detecting alien life, says study

The new findings on how life evolves in different atmospheres could lay the foundation for scientists to interpret early biosignatures and signs of life on Earth-size exoplanets.

Feb 20, 2018, 17:25 PM IST
Chandrayaan-II: India's second moon mission cheaper than Hollywood movie 'Interstellar'

Chandrayaan-II: India's second moon mission cheaper than Hollywood movie 'Interstellar'

The cost of Chandrayaan-II is INR 800 crore – much cheaper than the cost of Hollywood's 2014 sci-fi blockbuster 'Interstellar', that cost a whopping INR 1,062 crore ($165 million).

Feb 20, 2018, 16:09 PM IST
Jupiter's iconic 'Great Red Spot' is shrinking; may fade away within a decade: Scientist

Jupiter's iconic 'Great Red Spot' is shrinking; may fade away within a decade: Scientist

The Great Red Spot is a giant oval of crimson-colored clouds in Jupiter's southern hemisphere that race counterclockwise around the oval's perimeter with wind speeds greater than any storm on Earth.

Feb 20, 2018, 13:37 PM IST
Six-member team of Israeli researchers completes mock Mars mission in Negev desert

Six-member team of Israeli researchers completes mock Mars mission in Negev desert

The participants were investigating various fields relevant to a future Mars mission, including satellite communications, the psychological effects of isolation, radiation measurements and searching

Feb 20, 2018, 10:16 AM IST
Will Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster collide with Earth or Venus?

Will Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster collide with Earth or Venus?

After running a series of simulations using sophisticated software that can track the motion of objects in space, scientists determined the probability of it colliding with Earth and Venus over the

Feb 19, 2018, 17:42 PM IST
NASA's Opportunity observes 'rock stripes' on Mars that may suggest actions of water

NASA's Opportunity observes 'rock stripes' on Mars that may suggest actions of water

Opportunity was planned as a 90-sol mission as NASA did not expect the rover to survive through a Martian winter.  

Feb 19, 2018, 11:02 AM IST
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch postponed for February 21

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch postponed for February 21

Earlier scheduled for February 17, SpaceX delayed the launch, saying more time was needed for final checks of the Falcon 9 rocket's upgraded payload fairing.

Feb 19, 2018, 10:18 AM IST
Six-year-old girl urges NASA to 'make Pluto a planet again'

Six-year-old girl urges NASA to 'make Pluto a planet again'

In a letter to the space agency, Cara O'Connor has asked NASA to 'fix this problem' for her and 'make Pluto a planet again.'

Feb 19, 2018, 09:48 AM IST
Chandrayaan-II set for April launch; rover to aim for moon's south pole: Jitendra Singh

Chandrayaan-II set for April launch; rover to aim for moon's south pole: Jitendra Singh

While this is not India's first mission to the Moon, it is certainly the Indian government’s most ambitious Moon research project till date.

Feb 16, 2018, 17:36 PM IST
Scientists confirm existence of 100 new planets beyond our solar system

Scientists confirm existence of 100 new planets beyond our solar system

After analyzing hundreds of signals of potential exoplanets, scientists determined which signals were created by exoplanets and which were caused by other sources.

Feb 16, 2018, 14:53 PM IST
Mysterious shrinking storms of Neptune spotted by NASA's Hubble

Mysterious shrinking storms of Neptune spotted by NASA's Hubble

Similar to Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS), Neptune's storm swirls in an anti-cyclonic direction and is dredging up material from deep inside the ice giant planet’s atmosphere. 

Feb 16, 2018, 12:47 PM IST
In a first, scientists directly observe electrons behind colorful auroras

In a first, scientists directly observe electrons behind colorful auroras

Among a variety of auroras, pulsating auroral patches appearing at dawn are common but the physical mechanisms driving this auroral pulsation had so far not been verified through observation.

Feb 15, 2018, 18:31 PM IST
Milky Way's neighbouring galaxy is the same size, reveals study

Milky Way's neighbouring galaxy is the same size, reveals study

The research suggests scientists previously overestimated the amount of dark matter in the Andromeda galaxy.

Feb 15, 2018, 17:49 PM IST
Two astronauts to venture out of the ISS for a long spacewalk on Friday

Two astronauts to venture out of the ISS for a long spacewalk on Friday

The spacewalk originally was scheduled for January 29 but was postponed when a new LEE, installed during the spacewalk, encountered start-up issues. 

Feb 15, 2018, 14:26 PM IST
Decoding messages received from aliens could destroy life on Earth, warn scientists

Decoding messages received from aliens could destroy life on Earth, warn scientists

As per the scientists, aliens could ruin life on Earth merely through their messages – they don't even have to be present on the planet.

Feb 15, 2018, 12:13 PM IST
NASA to return massive chunk of Mars to the Red Planet onboard its 2020 rover

NASA to return massive chunk of Mars to the Red Planet onboard its 2020 rover

Earth has a limited supply of Martian meteorites, which scientists determined were blasted off Mars' surface millions of years ago.

Feb 14, 2018, 18:15 PM IST
Remains of UFO discovered after 60 years in London museum with a chilling message

Remains of UFO discovered after 60 years in London museum with a chilling message

The object contained 17 thin sheets made of copper, covered with more hieroglyphs.

Feb 14, 2018, 16:22 PM IST

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