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Rosetta spacecraft captures dramatic comet outburst ahead of perihelion
Rosetta spacecraft captures dramatic comet outburst ahead of perihelion

European probe Rosetta spacecraft has recently captured a brilliant plume of gas and dust erupted from the comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

European Space Agency sends Kombucha microbes to space
European Space Agency sends Kombucha microbes to space

The European Space Agency has sent samples of bacteria and yeasts that are used to make Kombucha, an ancient brew drunk for centuries in Eurasia, to space to understand what forms of life can survive beyond Earth.

NASA deploys new system to avoid traffic jams at Mars
NASA deploys new system to avoid traffic jams at Mars

 Five active spacecrafts are now orbiting the Red Planet, including one from India, leaving NASA with no option but to beef up traffic monitoring, communication and manoeuvre planning to ensure that Mars orbiters do not collide with one another.

Rosetta comet-chasing mission extended to September 2016

The European Space Agency announced Tuesday that its historic comet-chasing mission Rosetta had been extended until the end of September 2016.

Scientists identify 'active volcanism' on Venus
Scientists identify 'active volcanism' on Venus

Scientists have discovered hot lava flows on Venus, providing evidence for active volcanism on Earth's neighbour planet.

Philae lander makes fresh contact from comet surface: ESA
Philae lander makes fresh contact from comet surface: ESA

Europe's robot lab Philae has called home once more, a day after sending its first message in seven months in its trek towards the Sun on the back of a comet, mission officials said Monday.

Exodus of white dwarf stars captured for first time ever

A team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has, for the first time, collected a census of young white dwarf stars beginning their migration from the crowded center of an ancient star cluster to its less populated outskirts.

Only 50 villages in Western ghat of Goa eco-sensitive: Report

In a relief to over 40 villages of Goa, the state government-appointed committee has said only 50 villages fall under eco-sensitive areas (ESA) of the Western ghats and not 99 as stated by Dr K Kasturirangan Committee.

Scientists try to contact Rosetta's Philae lander to give it a wake-up call
Scientists try to contact Rosetta's Philae lander to give it a wake-up call

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday put an effort to re-establish contact with its robotic probe 'Philae lander' that perched on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014.

ISS astronauts use airlock to test lungs
ISS astronauts use airlock to test lungs

Astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) are using the orbital lab's airlock to monitor lung inflammation as well as charting their lung health.

New 'sun-grazing' comet captured
New 'sun-grazing' comet captured

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, has captured an unusual comet skimmed past the sun on February 18-21, 2015.

Mars hills may be hiding several hundred million-yr-old glaciers

 A new research has revealed that a complex network of isolated hills, ridges and small basins spanning 1400 km on Mars may be hiding large quantities of water-ice.

Mysterious giant clouds spotted on Mars
Mysterious giant clouds spotted on Mars

 Mysterious cloud-like plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars have puzzled scientists studying the atmosphere of the Red Planet.

Europe launches prototype `space plane`

The European Space Agency (ESA) said it had launched Wednesday a prototype craft designed to return to Earth at the end of its mission, a key goal in space strategy.

Europe to test wingless `space plane`
Europe to test wingless `space plane`

Europe will launch an experimental "space plane" on Wednesday, a car-sized, wingless vessel whose 100-minute unmanned mission will inform the design of reusable spacecraft of the future.

Hubble catches rare three moon-parade in front of Jupiter
Hubble catches rare three moon-parade in front of Jupiter

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has recently captured a rare triple moon transit of Jupiter.

First stars started to shine 100mn years later than previously thought
First stars started to shine 100mn years later than previously thought

A new study has recently revealed that first stars started to shine 100 million years later than previously thought, as they started to shine around 550 million years after the Big Bang.

Rosetta probe set to make closest encounter with target comet's surface
Rosetta probe set to make closest encounter with target comet's surface

ESA's Rosetta probe is set to fly rather close to Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 14 February, passing just 6 km from the surface.

Scientists recant Big Bang gravitational wave theory
Scientists recant Big Bang gravitational wave theory

A new analysis has dynamited a much-hyped discovery of primordial "gravitational waves" from the dawn of time.

Final attempt to hunt for missing comet lander

In its final attempt to find the missing comet lander, scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are deliberating to send Rosetta spacecraft, which is still orbiting the comet, to swoop down just six kms over the patch where the lander is thought to be.