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Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe's demise – report
Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe's demise – report

Schiaparelli flew to Mars with the Trace Gas Orbiter, which is studying gases in the planet's atmosphere from orbit. The lander crashed during an attempted touchdown on Oct. 19.

Mysterious 'alien megastructure' star starts dimming again, leaves astronomers baffled - Watch video
Mysterious 'alien megastructure' star starts dimming again, leaves astronomers baffled - Watch video

Astronomers are baffled as the most mysterious 'alien megastructure' star in the Universe just kicked into action again with its light dimming in bizarre ways.

Bizarre discovery! Scientists say Earth was a 'donut-shaped' mass of hot, vaporised rock
Bizarre discovery! Scientists say Earth was a 'donut-shaped' mass of hot, vaporised rock

Current theories of planet formation hold that rocky planets such as the Earth, Mars and Venus formed early in the existence of our solar system as smaller objects collided with each other. 

Short emergency spacewalk comes to an end; installation work successful, says NASA
Short emergency spacewalk comes to an end; installation work successful, says NASA

A similar MDM replacement spacewalk was conducted in April 2014 by Expedition 39 crewmembers Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio of NASA.

Emergency spacewalk outside ISS underway; NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer take the reigns – Watch LIVE
Emergency spacewalk outside ISS underway; NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer take the reigns – Watch LIVE

The failed relay box was installed in the space station truss March 30 during a spacewalk by Whitson and Expedition 50 commander Shane Kimbrough.

Incredible feat! Scientists witness first-ever healthy mice offspring produced from sperm frozen in ISS
Incredible feat! Scientists witness first-ever healthy mice offspring produced from sperm frozen in ISS

If humans ever set up space colonies, assisted reproductive technology using preserved sperm samples will be important for producing offspring, researchers said.

NASA's Kepler telescope reveals orbital details of TRAPPIST-1 system's outermost and least understood planet
NASA's Kepler telescope reveals orbital details of TRAPPIST-1 system's outermost and least understood planet

Astronomers studying NASA's Kepler Space Telescope identified a regular pattern in the orbits of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, confirming suspected details about the orbit of its outermost and least understood planet, TRAPPIST-1h.

NASA astronauts all set for emergency spacewalk outside International Space Station today
NASA astronauts all set for emergency spacewalk outside International Space Station today

Expedition 51 Commander Whitson and Flight Engineer Fischer will replace a critical computer relay box that failed May 20. 

New planet alert! Scientists discover 'puffy planet' 320 light years from Earth – See pic
New planet alert! Scientists discover 'puffy planet' 320 light years from Earth – See pic

This “puffy planet” outside our solar system may hold opportunities for testing atmospheres that will be useful when assessing future planets for signs of life, researchers said.

Emergency spacewalk: Here's why NASA astronauts will venture outside space station on Tuesday
Emergency spacewalk: Here's why NASA astronauts will venture outside space station on Tuesday

The multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM) data relay box on the S0 truss failed on Saturday morning.

India's GSLV that US once sanctioned to put NASA-ISRO satellite in orbit – What you need to know
India's GSLV that US once sanctioned to put NASA-ISRO satellite in orbit – What you need to know

Interestingly, NISAR, scheduled to launch in 2021 from India, will be placed into the orbit using ISRO's Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) - the same rocket for whose cryogenic engine technology the US put sanctions on India.

Emergency space walk outside ISS set for Tuesday, confirms NASA
Emergency space walk outside ISS set for Tuesday, confirms NASA

The primary device failed on Saturday, leaving the $100 billion orbiting laboratory to depend on a backup system to route commands to its solar power system, radiators, cooling loops and other equipment.

Astronomers come up with the largest map of universe
Astronomers come up with the largest map of universe

Quasars are the incredibly bright and distant points of light powered by super-massive black holes

Scientists decipher plot of the universe; largest map created!
Scientists decipher plot of the universe; largest map created!

In order to make their map, scientists used the Sloan Foundation Telescope to observe an unprecedented number of quasars.

NASA pays tribute to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam; names new bacteria species after late Indian President!
NASA pays tribute to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam; names new bacteria species after late Indian President!

The filter on which the new bug was found remained on board the ISS for 40 months.

New Zealand reaches for the stars, could soon surpass US frequency in launching commercial rockets!
New Zealand reaches for the stars, could soon surpass US frequency in launching commercial rockets!

Rocket Lab is planning the first launch of its Electron rocket sometime from Monday, depending on conditions.

Scientists baffled after mysterious 'alien megastructure' star starts dimming again!
Scientists baffled after mysterious 'alien megastructure' star starts dimming again!

As per reports, on Friday, May 19, a sudden dip in brightness of the Tabby Star observed in the skies, resulted in many astronomers pointing their telescopes at the star to decode its curious signals.

SpaceX Dragon becomes the delivery boy; to supply equipment, research to ISS
SpaceX Dragon becomes the delivery boy; to supply equipment, research to ISS

It will lift into orbit carrying crew supplies, equipment and scientific research to crewmembers aboard the ISS.

Collection pouch which once held moon samples from Apollo 11 mission to be auctioned!
Collection pouch which once held moon samples from Apollo 11 mission to be auctioned!

While there are legal restrictions on sales of material from moon missions, including lunar rocks and dust, it is believed some items have been sold on the black market.

NASA, ISRO join hands to build Earth-imaging satellite, NISAR
NASA, ISRO join hands to build Earth-imaging satellite, NISAR

Undoubtedly, Indian and American scientists are working round the clock to make the satellite a reality.

NASA's Juno mission successfully accomplishes fifth science orbit of Jupiter!
NASA's Juno mission successfully accomplishes fifth science orbit of Jupiter!

Juno's next close flyby of Jupiter will occur on July 11, 2017, taking it over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

Titan evolved more like Mars than Earth, show river maps
Titan evolved more like Mars than Earth, show river maps

The environment on Titan may seem surprisingly familiar. Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes. 

NASA's Hubble triumphs again, discovers moon orbiting solar system's third-largest dwarf planet!
NASA's Hubble triumphs again, discovers moon orbiting solar system's third-largest dwarf planet!

 The team uncovered the moon in archival images of 2007 OR10 taken by the Hubble Telescope.

Mysterious 'cold spot' an evidence of a parallel universe? Scientists say, yes!
Mysterious 'cold spot' an evidence of a parallel universe? Scientists say, yes!

A range of different explanations have been proposed, but the main one isn't likely to make sense and it could actually be a parallel universe.

ISRO conferred 2014 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for historic Mars mission
ISRO conferred 2014 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for historic Mars mission

The Prize was presented by former Prime Minister and IGMT trustee, Dr Manmohan Singh, in the presence of Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust (IGMT), and was received by Shri AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO on behalf of ISRO.

ISRO to launch 3 satellites in 18 months for high-speed internet: GSAT-19 launch in June
ISRO to launch 3 satellites in 18 months for high-speed internet: GSAT-19 launch in June

The GSAT-19 satellite is scheduled to take off in early June onboard GSLV-Mk III, ISRO's heaviest rocket, from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. 

NASA's Juno spacecraft to make fifth Science flyby of Jupiter today!
NASA's Juno spacecraft to make fifth Science flyby of Jupiter today!

Juno will make its fifth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Friday, May 19, 2:00 am EDT (Thursday, May 18, at 11:00 pm PDT and 6:00 UTC).

NASA probes detect man-made bubble around Earth
NASA probes detect man-made bubble around Earth

The impact of such communications extend out beyond our atmosphere, creating a bubble surrounding Earth, NASA`s Van Allen Probes, which study electrons and ions in the near-Earth environment, have revealed. 
 

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.