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  • South Africa, NASA collaborate to support human missions to Moon, Mars and beyond

    South Africa, NASA collaborate to support human missions to Moon, Mars and beyond

    June 04, 2020 10:32 IST

    South Africa has partnered with NASA to host a deep-space ground station, which will support human spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. With this collaboration, South Africa became the fourth country after the US, Spain and Australia to host a deep space ground station.

  • First commercial space taxi a pit stop on Musk’s Mars

    First commercial space taxi a pit stop on Musk’s Mars quest

    India | May 23, 2020 22:54 IST

    Musk “is a revolutionary change” in the space world, says Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, whose Jonathan’s Space Report has tracked launches and failures for decades.

  • Indian-origin Vaneeza Rupani gets honour of naming NASA's first Mars helicopter

    Indian-origin Vaneeza Rupani gets honour of naming NASA's first Mars helicopter

    April 30, 2020 15:24 IST

    NASA's first Mars helicopter has a name now and the credit goes to 17-year-old Indian-origin girl Vaneeza Rupani. Rupani, a high school junior from Northport, Alabama, earned the honour of naming the helicopter after she submitted her essay into NASA's "Name the Rover" contest. Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA's Mars Helicopter officially named: Ingenuity, as suggested by Rupani.

  • NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets wheels, parachute

    NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets wheels, parachute

    April 04, 2020 22:31 IST

    ​NASA's Perseverance rover which will search for signs of past microbial life on Mars and also collect samples for future return to Earth has got its wheels and parachute.  

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    NASA's Curiosity Rover captures high-resolution images of Mars

    March 06, 2020 11:02 IST

    The rover's Mast Camera, or Mastcam, relied on its medium-angle lens to also produce a lower-resolution, nearly 650-million-pixel panorama that includes the rover's deck and robotic arm.

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    NASA's next Mars rover officially named 'Perseverance'

    March 06, 2020 8:09 IST

    Perseverance is the latest in a long line of Red Planet rovers to be named by school-age children, from Sojourner in 1997 to the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, which landed on Mars in 2004, to Curiosity, which has been exploring Mars since 2012.

  • NASA opens doors for future astronauts for next Moon, Mars missions

    NASA opens doors for future astronauts for next Moon, Mars missions

    News | March 03, 2020 9:02 IST

    Aspiring space explorers can now apply to NASA as the space agency has started accepting applications for the first time in more than four years.

  • NASA hiring more astronauts to explore Moon, Mars

    NASA hiring more astronauts to explore Moon, Mars

    February 13, 2020 18:34 IST

    As NASA prepares to land the first woman and the next man on the South Pole of the Moon by 2024 under its Artemis programme and then send humans to Mars, the US space agency wants to hire more astronauts.

  • Mars salt water

    Mars may periodically see formation of salt water, says research

    February 13, 2020 7:48 IST

    For Mars, the first day without carbon dioxide ice in spring is called the "crocus date." Melting occurs on or immediately after the crocus date, and therefore the term "crocus melting".  

  • Interstellar Lab futuristic village in California

    Interstellar Lab unveils futuristic potential-Mars settlement village; to open for public in 2021

    January 24, 2020 8:31 IST

    Little over 2 years after its launch, Interstellar Lab has unveiled an experimental Bioregenerative station (EBIOS), a potential-Mars settlement village on trial basis. It will open for public in 2021. The station will also be used as a research center for astronauts training. 

  • China to launch Mars probe in July

    China to launch Mars probe in July

    January 23, 2020 20:57 IST

    China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year, China Youth Daily reported on Thursday. This is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration programme, according to the newspaper which cited sources from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

  • Water on early Mars may have been habitable for microbes

    Water on early Mars may have been habitable for microbes

    January 22, 2020 19:07 IST

    Surface water on early Mars may have been habitable for microbial life, suggests new research which found that the Red Planet's water was mineral-rich and salty. Salinity (how much salt was present), pH (a measure of how acidic the water was), and redox state (roughly a measure of the abundance of gases such as hydrogen or oxygen) are fundamental properties of natural waters.

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    NASA building homes made of fungi for Moon, Mars

    January 17, 2020 21:24 IST

    Instead of habitats made of metal and glass, NASA is exploring technologies that could grow structures out of fungi to become our future homes in the stars, and perhaps lead to more sustainable ways of living on Earth as well.  

  • NASA Mars rover

    NASA Mars rover will soon get its name. Semifinalists in 'Name the Rover' contest shortlisted

    January 15, 2020 14:23 IST

    The nine finalists will talk with a panel of experts, including Glaze, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, NASA JPL rover driver Nick Wiltsie and Clara Ma, who proposed the name for the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, as a sixth-grade student in 2009. The grand prize winner will be announced in early March 2020.

  • Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari in programme with eye on Moon, Mars

    Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari in programme with eyes on Moon, Mars

    January 11, 2020 10:32 IST

    An Indian-American will be among astronauts who may get a chance to go to the moon or Mars following his graduation from NASA's programme to train astronauts for those missions and the International Space Station.

  • Mars is losing water faster than we thought

    Mars losing water even faster than scientists thought

    January 10, 2020 19:04 IST

    Mars today is cold and dry – a desert world -- but dry river valleys and lakebeds suggest that water covered much of the Red Planet billions of years ago. Previous research has also found that Martian water mostly escaped into space.

  • Violence mars Maharashtra CAA protests, 13 govt vehicles damaged

    Violence mars Maharashtra CAA protests, 13 govt vehicles damaged

    India | December 20, 2019 19:47 IST

    At least 13 government vehicles - including 12 MSRTC buses and a fire brigade truck - were stoned by miscreants as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in different parts of the state on Friday turned violent.

  • NASA scientists map wind flow pattern on Mars, first for

    NASA scientists map wind flow pattern on Mars, first for any planet: Study

    December 13, 2019 12:03 IST

    The researchers, including those from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the US, reprogrammed probes aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft to collect wind measurements on the Red Planet.

  • NASA scientists map wind flow pattern on Mars, first for

    NASA scientists map wind flow pattern on Mars, first for any planet: Study

    India | December 13, 2019 11:36 IST

    The researchers, including those from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the US, reprogrammed probes aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft to collect wind measurements on the Red Planet.

  • NASA scientists develop map showing presence of water ice on Mars

    NASA scientists develop map showing presence of water ice on Mars

    December 12, 2019 17:46 IST

    NASA scientists have developed a map detailing the presence of water ice on Mars, with some believed to be as little as 2.5 centimetres below the Red Planet's surface. 

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