Atacama Desert

Microorganisms in Chile desert may have the potential to fight HIV

Microorganisms in Chile desert may have the potential to fight HIV

Actinobacteria are the keystone species in our ecosystems and are acknowledged as an unrivalled source of bioactive compounds.
 

Nov 28, 2017, 18:39 PM IST
Construction of world's largest telescope commences in the middle of Chile's Atacama Desert

Construction of world's largest telescope commences in the middle of Chile's Atacama Desert

The dry atmosphere of the Atacama provides as near perfect observing conditions as it is possible to find on Earth, with some 70 percent of the world's astronomical infrastructure slated to be located in the region by the 2020s. 

May 27, 2017, 16:26 PM IST
If there really is life on Mars, how would it be? NASA carries out life-detection drill!

If there really is life on Mars, how would it be? NASA carries out life-detection drill!

As per NASA, despite being considerably warmer than Mars, the extreme dryness the soil chemistry in the Atacama Desert are remarkably similar to that of the Red Planet.  

Feb 27, 2016, 11:20 AM IST

Ancient galaxy sheds light on dust as starmaker

One of the oldest galaxies ever observed has revealed that dust played a vital role in the infancy of the Universe, astronomers reported on Monday.

Mar 03, 2015, 01:13 AM IST
Defending champion Marc Coma breaks 2015 Dakar duck

Defending champion Marc Coma breaks 2015 Dakar duck

Four-time Dakar motorcycling winner and defending champion Marc Coma claimed his first stage victory of the 2015 edition on Thursday, finishing the run to Antofagasta in Chile ahead of compatriot and overall leader Joan Barreda.

Jan 09, 2015, 17:41 PM IST
Dakar Rally: Vladimir Vasilyev keeps mighty Minis in charge as Carlos Sainz quits

Dakar Rally: Vladimir Vasilyev keeps mighty Minis in charge as Carlos Sainz quits

Russian driver Vladimir Vasilyev maintained defending champions Mini`s monopoly of the Dakar Rally Thursday, the manufacturer making it five stage wins in five on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Jan 09, 2015, 17:12 PM IST

Construction in Chile of world's largest telescope approved

The Council of the European Southern Observatory, or ESO, has approved the construction in the Atacama desert of the world's most powerful telescope, capable of studying whether life exists in other galaxies.

Dec 14, 2014, 00:30 AM IST

Scientists solve mystery of whale graveyard in Chile

Scientists claim to have solved the mystery of an ancient fossilised graveyard of whales discovered about three years ago in Chile.

Feb 27, 2014, 18:10 PM IST

ESA`s test rover exploring Mars-like Atacama Desert

European Space Agency`s test rover, which has been fitted with scientific instruments, has now begun exploring Chile`s Atacama Desert - the driest place on Earth.

Oct 10, 2013, 13:45 PM IST

NASA tests Mars rover prototype in Atacama Desert

NASA scientists today said they were testing a prototype of a robot the US space agency hopes to send to Mars in 2020 in Chile`s Atacama desert.

Jun 29, 2013, 15:24 PM IST

Mars film to be shot at ‘Atacama Desert’

The Atacama Desert - one of the harshest landscapes the planet has to offer - has been considered as a location for the filming of a movie about Mars.

Jun 25, 2013, 19:58 PM IST

Zoe robot heading back to Atacama Desert to search for subsurface life

The autonomous, solar-powered Zoe is returning to the world`s driest desert,Atacama,this month on a NASA astrobiology mission to search for subsurface life.

Jun 12, 2013, 19:14 PM IST

Bizarre 12 cm-long skeleton baffles scientists and UFO enthusiasts

A bizarre 12-centimetre-long skeleton found in a pouch in a ghost town in the Atacama Desert of Chile ten years ago has confused scientists and UFO enthusiasts.

May 09, 2013, 13:04 PM IST

Giant ‘fog catchers’ providing water to residents in Atacama Desert

Residents in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest desert on Earth, are turning to giant `fog catchers` as a possible long-term means of revitalizing the arid area.

Apr 02, 2013, 13:52 PM IST

Chile`s Atacama desert to be simulator for Mars mission

Scientists are planning to build base in Atacama desert with the aim of simulating space colony.

Dec 27, 2010, 12:50 PM IST

New video shows emotional trapped Chilean miners

In the new video, the men break into tears as they talk about loved ones.

Aug 30, 2010, 09:12 AM IST