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  • NASA balloon mission may help improve weather forecasting

    Washington: The images of a thin group of seasonal electric blue clouds on the cusp of our atmosphere captured by a new NASA balloon mission may lead to improved weather forecasting, the US space agency has said. Data from these clouds, known as noctilucent clouds or polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs), may help scientists better understand turbulence in the atmosphere, as well as in oceans, lakes and other planetary atmospheres, NASA said in a

  •  NASA decodes hazards of human spaceflight to Mars

    Washington: 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 and countermeasures required for the exploration of Mars, expected to be in the 2030s.

  • Scientists spot new six-sided jet stream at Saturn’s north pole

    Washington: Using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists have spotted a surprising feature emerging at Saturn’s northern pole as it nears summertime — a warming, high-altitude jet stream with a hexagonal shape. The vortex is akin to the famous hexagon seen deeper down in Saturn’s clouds, according to the finding published in the journal Nature Communications.

  • NASA asks public to help astronauts survive carbon dioxide on Mars

    Washington: NASA has launched a public competition that asks people to find solutions to turn carbon dioxide into molecules that would help astronauts endure the harsh atmosphere on the Red Planet. Called the “CO2 Conversion Challenge”, the competition asks public to discover ways to develop novel synthesis technologies that use carbon dioxide as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including “substrates” for

  • NASA launching laser satellite to study Earth’s changing ice

    Washington: NASA is launching a laser-armed satellite next month that will measure — in unprecedented detail — changes in the heights of Earth’s polar ice to understand what is causing ice sheets to melt fast. In recent years, contributions of melt from the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica alone have raised global sea level by more than a millimeter a year, accounting for approximately one-third of observed sea level rise, and the

  • Monsoon rains behind Kerala floods: NASA

    Washington : NASA has released a video created using satellite data that provides an estimate of the intense rainfall over India in the past week and shows the spread of the severe flooding in Kerala and parts of Karnataka.

  • NASA’s InSight spacecraft crosses halfway mark to Mars

    Washington: 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 on November 26 to study the Red Planet’s deep interior, NASA said in a statement on

  • Nasa delays mission to Sun for 24 hours

    Tampa : Nasa postponed until 3.31 am Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star’s sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear, but was called for after a gaseous helium alarm was sounded in the last moments before liftoff, officials said.

  • NASA Curiosity rover completes 6 years on Mars

    Washington: NASA’s Curiosity rover is celebrating its sixth anniversary on Mars which is currently experiencing a global storm. “I touched down on #Mars six years ago. Celebrating my 6th landing anniversary with the traditional gift of ironÂ. oxide. (It puts the red in Red Planet.),” said a tweet sent out by the rover on Sunday.

  • Boeing, SpaceX human spaceflight postponed to 2019: NASA

    Washington: NASA has confirmed a delay in the first piloted flights of Boeing and SpaceX, part of NASA’s Commercial Crew programme to send humans to the International Space Station (ISS) on private US spacecraft.

  • (In pictures) World witnesses longest-ever total lunar eclipse

    Paris: The longest “blood moon” eclipse this century dazzled skygazers across the globe, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle. As Earth’s constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world yesterday to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon.

  • NASA set to launch mankind’s first mission to Sun with Parker Solar Probe

    Washington: NASA is on schedule to launch mankind’s first mission to the Sun – a car sized probe that will swoop to within 4 million miles of the solar surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before. The Parker Solar Probe, which is expected to take off no earlier than August 6 aboard United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, will study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has.

  • Shah Rukh Khan, who was on a family vacation, returns to Mumbai for Zero

    Shah Rukh Khan along with his family went on a fun filled trip to Barcelona and picture of the same went viral on Instagram. While Gauri Khan recently shared a glimpse of her New York trip where she is bonding with her daughter Suhana, let us tell you that hubby Shah Rukh Khan is in Mumbai. The actor is reportedly wrapping up work commitments especially Zero.

  • NASA set to test ‘quiet’ supersonic flights

    Washington: NASA is set to publicly demonstrate and test a flight manoeuvre that allows jets to travel faster than sound without generating the characteristic sonic boom. Supersonic flight over land was banned in the US because they generated characteristic loud sonic booms, that could sometimes damage buildings.

  • Woman sues NASA over piece of moon gifted by Neil Armstrong

    Washington: A woman has sued NASA to make sure that the US space agency doesn’t take back a piece of moon gifted to her by Neil Armstrong — the first person to walk on the lunar surface. Laura Cicco from Cincinnati has filed a lawsuit in a federal court, stating that the vial of moon dust she has was a gift from Armstrong who was a friend of her father, The Washington Post

  • World’s largest iceberg set to disappear after 18-year-long journey

    Washington: The largest iceberg ever recorded, that broke away from Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf 18 years ago, could be nearing the end of its voyage, according to NASA. When iceberg B-15 first broke away in March 2000, it measured about 296 kilometres long and 37 kilometres wide. B-15 has since fractured into numerous smaller bergs, and most have melted away.

  • Scientists create tiny lab to search for alien life on Mars

    Washington: Scientists have created a toaster oven-sized lab for a Mars rover that will drill beneath the surface of the red planet and look for signs of past or present life. The tiny chemistry lab called the Mars Organic Molecule Analyser (MOMA) is a key instrument on the ExoMars Rover, a joint mission between the European Space Agency and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, with a significant contribution to MOMA from NASA.