Spacecraft

NASA-ESA spacecraft, Solar Orbiter, to give first glimpse of Sun's poles

At 12.24 am on Monday, mission controllers at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, received a signal from the spacecraft indicating that its solar panels had successfully deployed.

Feb 10, 2020, 19:18 PM IST

Chandrayaan 2: Deadline to re-establish contact with Vikram Lander to end on September 21

The 14-day timeline given by ISRO for establishing contact with the Lander has a deadline of September 21 because after that the moon region will enter into a lunar light. On the afternoon of September 19, based on the photographs received by scientists, there was a long shadow appearing on the lunar surface. 

Sep 20, 2019, 18:43 PM IST

Chandrayaan 2: Know these super women behind India's second lunar mission

For the first time in Indian history Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar mission is leading by two women scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Muthayya Vanitha is leading the Chandryaan-2 and on the other hand, Ritu Karidhal is working as Mission Director. It had never happened before when women power is heading this much of highly important ISRO mission. Project Director and Mission Director both are women for Chandrayaan-2. Muthayya Vanitha is an electronics engineer, now responsible for the success and failure of Chandrayaan-2. On the other hand, Mission Director Ritu Karidhal was earlier working as Deputy Director of the Mars Mission.

Jul 22, 2019, 14:14 PM IST

Know why and how last 15 minutes of landing of 'Chandrayaan-2' are critical

In this segment of Zee News, Know why and how last 15 minutes of the landing of 'Chandrayaan-2' is critical. Watch this video to know completely in detail.

Jul 22, 2019, 14:12 PM IST

Last 15 minutes of landing of 'Chandrayaan-2' are more critical: ISRO

Isro Moon Mission, Chandrayaan 2 is all set for the much-anticipated launch this afternoon after the initial attempt on July 15 was abandoned due to a technical snag. The ambitious second Moon mission of India is expected to lift off from the Sriharikota space station at 2:43 pm. Chandrayaan 2 will take off aboard the most powerful GSLV-Mk-III rocket dubbed ‘Baahubali’. Countdown for the lift-off started at 6:43 pm on Sunday and it will finally end with the rocket soaring into the skies, carrying a “billion dreams” with it, as observed by Isro. On July 15, the launch was called off 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the scheduled blast off at 1.55 am from the spaceport in Sriharikota following a technical problem in the rocket. The glitch had occurred when liquid-propellant was being loaded into the rocket's indigenous cryogenic upper stage engine. On Sunday, Isro said in a statement that all glitches have been removed and the rocket is ready for launch. While Isro makes the final preparations and fills fuel into the tanks of GSLV-Mk-III.

Jul 22, 2019, 13:30 PM IST

Less Than 3 Hours Left For Second Moon Mission to Take Off From Sriharikota

As India gears up for round two of the ambitious moon mission, Chandrayaan-2 is all set for its historic flight to explore the south pole region of Moon. The rocket will be launched at 2:43 PM sharp on Monday from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

If the mission succeeds, India would be placed among the top four lunar pioneers after the US, Russia, and China.

The Rs 978-crore mission, which was originally scheduled to set off at 2.51 AM on July 15 was rescheduled just 56 minutes before the launch due to a technical glitch. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists aborted the mission but took swift remedial actions and announced the re-launch three days ago.

Jul 22, 2019, 13:06 PM IST

Chandrayaan-2 launch today: How mission will stick to timeline despite delay

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will spend six additional days in Earth’s orbit and 15 fewer days around the Moon before it lands on the day that was originally planned, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scientists have said, giving details of how the mission will stick to its timelines despite a week’s delay.

The 20-hour countdown for the lift-off at 2.43pm on Monday began on Sunday evening, six days after the July 15 attempt had to be aborted with just 56 minutes and 24 seconds left on the clock. The delay was forced by a leak in the engine of the GSLV-MkIII rocket that is to carry the Chandrayaan-2 into space.

Jul 22, 2019, 12:34 PM IST

NASA's DART spacecraft to collide with small moonlet for historic planetary defence test in 2022

The US space agency NASA revealed on Monday details about its plan to hit a small moonlet target in a double asteroid system with a spacecraft in 2022, its first mission to demonstrate a planetary defence technique.

May 07, 2019, 06:22 AM IST

NASA's New Horizons spaceship to flyby farthest world ever photographed on New Year's Day

The New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule is expected to help scientists better understand what conditions were like when our solar system formed billions of years ago.

Jan 01, 2019, 14:29 PM IST

First NASA probe to return asteroid sample reaches destination

OSIRIS-REx's mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

Dec 05, 2018, 12:23 PM IST

NASA's Parker Solar Probe operating as planned say, scientists

Parker Solar Probe is humanity's first-ever mission into the Sun's atmosphere, called the corona that will directly explore solar processes that are key to understanding, forecasting space weather events that can impact life on Earth.

Aug 18, 2018, 16:54 PM IST

World's first mission to touch the Sun lifts off, NASA's Parker Solar Probe begins 7-year journey

A Sun-skimming mission like Parker Solar Probe has been a dream of scientists for decades, but only recently has the required technology - like the heat shield, solar array cooling system, and fault management system - been available to make such a mission a reality.

Aug 12, 2018, 13:17 PM IST

SpaceX Dragon cargo craft arrives at International Space Station

SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, carrying 2,630 kg of research, crew supplies and hardware, has finally arrived at the Internation Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, April 4.

Apr 04, 2018, 17:34 PM IST

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket in resupply mission to space station

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft- the private spaceflight company's 14th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station (ISS) - on Monday, April 2.

Apr 03, 2018, 10:13 AM IST

Mars parachute sent high up in key NASA test

A supersonic parachute designed for future missions to Mars has undergone a successful test in which it was sent very high up in the sky in a rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Apr 02, 2018, 18:01 PM IST

SpaceX preparing Starlink demo satellite launch: Report

SpaceX is targeting February 17 for the test launch of its first satellite for global internet constellation -- a project, informally known as Starlink, which aims to provide low-cost internet access on a global scale, the media reported.

Feb 12, 2018, 11:35 AM IST

NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

NASA`s Voyager 1 spacecraft -- cruising interstellar space billions of miles from Earth -- was back on the right track Friday thanks to thrusters that were fired up for the first time in 37 years.

Dec 02, 2017, 08:50 AM IST

Bengaluru-based start-up scouts for funds to build spacecraft for lunar mission

The firm aims to launch its spacecraft in three to six months in an attempt to win the "Google Lunar XPRIZE", a competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration.

Oct 06, 2017, 13:49 PM IST

Monitoring microbes can keep 'Marsonauts' healthy: Study

Researchers have found that apart from the crew - the main source of human-associated bacteria inside the habitat - confinement appears to be the strongest trigger shaping the bacterial community which remains highly dynamic over time.

Oct 04, 2017, 18:04 PM IST

Scientists push for 50 tiny spacecraft to tour 300 asteroids

An infrared spectrometer analyses spectral signatures in light reflected or emitted by the asteroid to determine its mineralogy.

Sep 21, 2017, 17:23 PM IST