• Science Updates
    NASA Exploring Product Endorsements, Rocket Naming Rights

    NASA is exploring the feasibility of commercialising the agency’s operations in low Earth orbit to lower its costs while its eyes turn toward the Moon and Mars. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has unveiled an ‘Advisory Council committee’ that will explore some of these plans, which could include product endorsements from astronauts and even selling the naming rights to […]

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    NASA Says ISS Cabin Pressure Holding Steady After Leak Repaired

    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS)are safe after having traced the source of a leak that resulted in loss of cabin pressure, and fixed it, NASArevealed on Thursday. Three spaceships are docked at the ISS including the Progress 70 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-08 and MS-09 crew ships. On Wednesday night, flight controllers detected a […]

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    ISRO Keen to Outsource PSLV, SSLV Manufacturing to Concentrate on Human Spaceflight

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its commercial wing Antrix on Wednesday said they are willing to outsource manufacturing of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) so that the space agency could focus on the proposed human space programme. ISRO held discussions a week ago with a consortium of industries regarding PSLV […]

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    Experts Assemble for UN-Hosted Meeting on ‘Killer Robots’

    Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with “killer robots” – futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention. The weeklong gathering that opened Monday is the second at UN offices in Geneva this year to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and to explore possibilities […]

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    NASA’s Spritzer Telescope Completes 15 Years in Space

    NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the youngest member of the “Great Observatory” programme, has completed 15 years in space. The Great Observatories are four big-ticket space telescopes – Spitzer, Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), and the Chandra X-ray Observatory – designed to view the universe in different and complementary wavelengths of light. Launched into solar […]

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    NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Crosses Halfway Mark to Mars

    NASA’s InSight spacecraft that is en route to Mars, has passed the halfway mark to its destination and all its instruments are working well, the US space agency said. InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. The spacecraft, which crossed the halfway mark on August 6 is expected to land on Mars […]