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Remembering Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian origin in space
Remembering Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian origin in space

The space shuttle Columbia was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet.

Astronauts' brains can change shape during spaceflight, claims study
Astronauts' brains can change shape during spaceflight, claims study

The study, believed to be the first to examine structural changes that take place in astronauts' brains during spaceflight.

Have scientists solved mystery surrounding X-ray bursts in binary-star system?
Have scientists solved mystery surrounding X-ray bursts in binary-star system?

Scientists claimed that they may have solved a 40-year-old mystery surrounding the puzzling X-ray bursts in a binary-star system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster'.

Private space station in the making? Houston-based company aims to replace ISS by 2020!
Private space station in the making? Houston-based company aims to replace ISS by 2020!

According to a report in Sputnik News, a study commissioned by Axiom Space concluded that the ‘space city' project could capture a market worth some $37 billion through 2030.

Pastel colours give Port Navalo a mesmerising look - Thomas Pesquet shares image from ISS!
Pastel colours give Port Navalo a mesmerising look - Thomas Pesquet shares image from ISS!

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has shared a breathtaking view of Port Navalo with his social media followers and space enthusiasts.

Earth may be sending oxygen to the Moon
Earth may be sending oxygen to the Moon

Researchers found that Japan's SELENE lunar orbiter (aka Kaguya), detected high levels of oxygen ions – positively charged oxygen molecules – while it was orbiting the Moon between 2007 and 2009.

Are we all living in a holographic universe? Scientists claim so
Are we all living in a holographic universe? Scientists claim so

A holographic universe, an idea first suggested in the 1990s, is one where all the information, which makes up our 3-D 'reality' (plus time) is contained in a 2-D surface on its boundaries.

 NASA's Fermi detects gamma rays from solar eruptions located on far side of the sun - Watch
NASA's Fermi detects gamma rays from solar eruptions located on far side of the sun - Watch

Fermi is seeing gamma rays from the side of the sun we're facing, but the emission is produced by streams of particles blasted out of solar flares on the far side of the sun.

Saturn's rings dazzle in a close-up! NASA's Cassini delivers one of its best 'ring-grazing' images of the planet
Saturn's rings dazzle in a close-up! NASA's Cassini delivers one of its best 'ring-grazing' images of the planet

The 20-year-old spacecraft has been investigating the ringed planet for 13 years, thereby providing scientists with numerous insights into Saturn's structure and evolution.

Save the date: ISRO gears up for its mega-launch of 104 satellites on February 15!
Save the date: ISRO gears up for its mega-launch of 104 satellites on February 15!

Last year, ISRO launched 22 satellites at a go and this launch will have almost five times the number of crafts.

Astronauts or superheroes? ISS crew takes the traditional team photograph to a new level!
Astronauts or superheroes? ISS crew takes the traditional team photograph to a new level!

Our eyes have been subjected to what can possibly be called some of the most magnificent views mankind has ever seen.

China's deep space exploration plans include two probes on Mars and one on Jupiter!
China's deep space exploration plans include two probes on Mars and one on Jupiter!

Not just Mars, but China also plans to take its deep space exploration program forward by launching a probe to Jupiter.

NASA's space radio system can track aircraft in real time across the globe
NASA's space radio system can track aircraft in real time across the globe

NASA's powerful radio communications network allows us to receive data such as pictures of cryovolcanoes on Pluto - or tweets from astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Cryogenic upper stage for GSLV Mk III tested successfully as ISRO gears up for launch
Cryogenic upper stage for GSLV Mk III tested successfully as ISRO gears up for launch

The cryogenic upper stage, designated as C25, was tested on January 25, 2017 for a duration of 50 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu, demonstrating all the stage operations, the space agency said.

NASA gives touching tribute to Apollo 1 crew 50 years after fatal launchpad fire
NASA gives touching tribute to Apollo 1 crew 50 years after fatal launchpad fire

NASA marked the 50th anniversary of the fatal fire with the first public display of the scorched hatch that trapped three astronauts inside their spaceship.

New test to detect signs of life on alien planets
New test to detect signs of life on alien planets

The test uses a liquid-based technique known as capillary electrophoresis to separate a mixture of organic molecules into its components.

NASA's SDO spots churning solar prominence above Sun's surface - Watch
NASA's SDO spots churning solar prominence above Sun's surface - Watch

A solar prominence (also known as a filament when viewed against the solar disk) is a large, bright feature extending outward from the Sun's surface.

ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet is missing the outdoors and skiing! - His pics say it all
ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet is missing the outdoors and skiing! - His pics say it all

Pesquet's most recent posts speak of how he's missing the outdoors, the activities, most particularly, skiing.

China's first Mars probe: Eight unusual names shortlisted for spacecraft!
China's first Mars probe: Eight unusual names shortlisted for spacecraft!

Space Day, falling on April 24, has been selected as the day the final name for the Mars probe will be announced.

Scientists develop new assay to detect signs of life on alien planets
Scientists develop new assay to detect signs of life on alien planets

The test uses a liquid-based technique known as capillary electrophoresis to separate a mixture of organic molecules into its components.

Barcelona airport looks remarkable from International Space Station!
Barcelona airport looks remarkable from International Space Station!

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is part of Expedition 50 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has shared a remarkable view of Barcelona airport taken from space.

Russian-built Soyuz rocket successfully places Spanish satellite into orbit
Russian-built Soyuz rocket successfully places Spanish satellite into orbit

It was the first launch of the year by Arianespace, which plans a total of 12 throughout 2017.

Traveling in space may cause genetic alterations: NASA
Traveling in space may cause genetic alterations: NASA

The study involved astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space and his identical twin Mark who stayed on Earth.

Beautiful droste-effect: Mountains of Auvergne in France as seen from space station!
Beautiful droste-effect: Mountains of Auvergne in France as seen from space station!

Expedition 50 astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has been sending us the stunning photographs of the Earth as taken from space station.

Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus' moon - Spectacular mosaic of Miranda by NASA (See pic)
Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus' moon - Spectacular mosaic of Miranda by NASA (See pic)

The US space agency has released a stunning computer-assembled mosaic of Uranus' moon Miranda taken from Voyager 2 spacecraft.

Japanese resupply ship 'HTV-6' departs International Space Station – Watch LIVE
Japanese resupply ship 'HTV-6' departs International Space Station – Watch LIVE

NASA says Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) H-II Transport Vehicle-6 (HTV-6) is packed and ready for its release from the space station.

ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet wished India a 'Happy Republic Day' with this enrapturing image from space!
ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet wished India a 'Happy Republic Day' with this enrapturing image from space!

Not only that, the astronauts also ensure that they share images of something special related to every country-specific festival or event.

New way to deflect asteroids in the offing
New way to deflect asteroids in the offing

The results indicate that the composition, internal structure, density and other physical properties of the asteroid are fundamental in determining the success of a mission that launches a kinetic projectile to deflect the orbit of a dangerous asteroid.

ESA astronaut Tim Peake's capsule on permanent display at Science Museum; future ISS mission announced!
ESA astronaut Tim Peake's capsule on permanent display at Science Museum; future ISS mission announced!

Jan Woerner, director of the European Space Agency, also confirmed that the British astronaut would be returning in the near future.

Powering India to Moon – TeamIndus among 5 finalists to compete for Google Lunar XPRIZE worth $30 mn
Powering India to Moon – TeamIndus among 5 finalists to compete for Google Lunar XPRIZE worth $30 mn

According to a statement from XPRIZE and Google, five teams, including TeamIndus, have been shortlisted to land an unmanned spacecraft on the surface of the Moon.