• Science Updates
    NASA’s New TESS Telescope Shares First Image in Hunt for New Worlds

    NASA’s newest planet hunter telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has now shared the first image that it captured as part of its initial round of data collection. Part of the data from TESS’ initial science orbit includes a detailed picture of the southern sky taken with all four of the spacecraft’s wide-field cameras, NASA […]

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    NASA Explains Hazards of Manned Mission to Mars

    In a bid to make an organised effort to overcome the obstacles that lie before a human journey to Mars, NASA has decoded some hazards that astronauts can encounter on a continual basis on the Red Planet. The space agency’s Human Research Programme (HRP) used ground-based analogues, laboratories, and the International Space Station (ISS), to evaluate human performance […]

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    Scientists Discover Exoplanet Twice as Big as Earth

    Using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, an international team of scientists has discovered a new exoplanet twice the size of Earth and about 145 light years away. The exoplanet Wolf 503b is in the Virgo constellation and it orbits its star every six days and is thus very close to it, about 10 times closer […]

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    ISS Leak: Russia Weighs Possibility of Sabotage

    Russia’s space agency said on Wednesday it hopes to announce the origin of a small hole found on a Russian module docked at the International Space Station in the coming weeks, including addressing whether the damage was deliberate. Crew members last week found the hole – roughly 2 millimetres in diameter – on the inner wall of Russia’s Soyuz […]

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    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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    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 […]

  • Gadgets
    NASA probe captures first images of asteroid Bennu

    Washington: NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has captured the first glimpse of its distant target — asteroid Bennu– after almost two years of journey. Launched on September 8, 2016, the OSIRIS-REx, which is NASA’s first mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, is scheduled to arrive at Bennu on December 3. It will […]