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First three-man crew for China's new space station blasts off

17 Jun 2021

First three-man crew for China's new space station blasts off

China put the first module of its space station into orbit late in April. On June 17, the country announced that it has successfully launched a space vehicle carrying the astronauts who would man the space station for a period of three months.

China to launch manned mission for its space station

16 Jun 2021

China to launch manned mission for its space station

China is all set to send three crew members to its new space station for three months on Thursday morning, the country's space agency announced on Wednesday.

NASA inviting proposals for two private astronaut missions to ISS

12 Jun 2021

NASA inviting proposals for two private astronaut missions to ISS

Following in the footsteps of Jared Isaacman-led civilian crewed mission and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's plans to attain escape velocity this year, NASA has announced that it is welcoming proposals from commercial establishments for two private crewed missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

Here's how you can watch 2021's first annular solar eclipse

10 Jun 2021

Here's how you can watch 2021's first annular solar eclipse

A solar eclipse is set to occur during the second half of the day today. This will be the first solar eclipse of the year.

NASA's Juno spacecraft snaps first close-ups of Jupiter's largest moon

09 Jun 2021

NASA's Juno spacecraft snaps first close-ups of Jupiter's largest moon

On June 7, NASA's Juno spacecraft zoomed past Jupiter's largest moon called Ganymede. The spacecraft snapped incredible close-up pictures of the celestial body as it passed by at a distance of 1,038 kilometers from Ganymede, the closest any spacecraft has been to the moon in 20 years.

NASA's VIPER will scout for water on Moon's dark side

25 May 2021

NASA's VIPER will scout for water on Moon's dark side

NASA appears to have found enough evidence of water in lunar soil to warrant an exclusive mission as a prerequisite for sustained human presence on the Moon.

Lunar Eclipse: All about the Super Blood Moon (May 26)

25 May 2021

Lunar Eclipse: All about the Super Blood Moon (May 26)

A total lunar eclipse will combine with other rare lunar phenomena on May 26, which is also a Wednesday. The event is described as Super Flower Blood Moon, with the lengthy term being a combination of several astronomical phenomena.

Here's how 16-year-old Pune boy created this viral Moon photograph

24 May 2021

Here's how 16-year-old Pune boy created this viral Moon photograph

Prathamesh Jaju, a tenth-grader from Pune, made waves on the internet with a tack-sharp image of the Moon. The teenager claims to have processed 50,000 images over 40 hours to create the final picture.

How lasers could help the ever-growing problem of space debris

23 May 2021

How lasers could help the ever-growing problem of space debris

NASA has so far identified over half a million pieces of space debris, some as small as flecks of paint orbiting Earth at around 17,500 mph.

China's Tianwen-1 lander and rover successfully touchdown on Mars

14 May 2021

China's Tianwen-1 lander and rover successfully touchdown on Mars

Shortly after realizing the dream of launching its own space station, China reportedly succeeded at its attempt to land the Zhurong lander on Mars on May 14 as a part of its Tianwen-1 mission.

NASA spacecraft now homeward bound after collecting Bennu asteroid samples

12 May 2021

NASA spacecraft now homeward bound after collecting Bennu asteroid samples

NASA has recently announced that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has begun a 2.5-year journey back to Earth after reportedly collecting samples from an asteroid called Bennu.

Review: Coldplay's single 'Higher Power' is out of this world

09 May 2021

Review: Coldplay's single 'Higher Power' is out of this world

Coldplay fans finally got to hear their new single Higher Power, and we can all agree that another masterpiece has arrived.

Space debris from China's biggest rocket lands in Indian Ocean

09 May 2021

Space debris from China's biggest rocket lands in Indian Ocean

Remnants of China's biggest rocket disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the China Central Television (CCTV) reported, citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office.

Chinese rocket could cause damage equivalent to plane-crash on reentry

09 May 2021

Chinese rocket could cause damage equivalent to plane-crash on reentry

The massive 30-meter tall Long March 5B rocket stage that launched China's space station into low-Earth orbit is expected to reenter Earth's atmosphere sometime around May 8-9.

NASA freezes funding to SpaceX HLS contract after rivals protest

01 May 2021

NASA freezes funding to SpaceX HLS contract after rivals protest

Even as Amazon crushed the workers' protests against inhuman working conditions, the company's CEO Jeff Bezos successfully used the same strategy to compel NASA to suspend SpaceX's funding for the lunar project.

China's space station materializes with the launch of first module

30 Apr 2021

China's space station materializes with the launch of first module

The International Space Station's (ISS) decades long monopoly on space is coming to an end. China has launched the first module of its ambitious space station program from the country's Wenchang Space Launch Centre.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule had a near-miss with space debris

27 Apr 2021

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule had a near-miss with space debris

Last week we had reported how SpaceX Crew-2 mission carried four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) without incident. Unfortunately, the mission wasn't entirely incident free. The manned Crew Dragon capsule had a near-miss collision with potentially deadly space debris.

Northrop Grumman's MEV-2 life-extender successfully coupled with an active satellite

18 Apr 2021

Northrop Grumman's MEV-2 life-extender successfully coupled with an active satellite

In an industry-first development that could potentially increase the active service life of satellites, renowned aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman successfully docked a life-extension vehicle to an operational satellite.

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin launches and lands New Shepard rocket

15 Apr 2021

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin launches and lands New Shepard rocket

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin might be several steps behind Elon Musk's commercial spaceflight competitor SpaceX, but it's inching toward its first manned spaceflight.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter touches down on Mars

05 Apr 2021

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter touches down on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has touched down on Mars after being dropped from the belly of its mothership, the Perseverance rover, the space agency announced on Saturday.

SpaceX will add 360-degree glass dome to Crew Dragon capsule

01 Apr 2021

SpaceX will add 360-degree glass dome to Crew Dragon capsule

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule might have famously completed two International Space Station (ISS) missions, but it is also primarily designed to be SpaceX's vehicle for space tourism. To that effect, the space vehicle is getting an upgrade that's more touristy than space worthy.

Virgin Galactic unveils next-generation SpaceShip III commercial spaceflight vehicle

31 Mar 2021

Virgin Galactic unveils next-generation SpaceShip III commercial spaceflight vehicle

SpaceX competitor Virgin Galactic has unveiled the VSS Imagine, the latest in its fleet of spacecraft primarily designed for commercial tourism.

Event Horizon Telescope releases most detailed black hole image yet

30 Mar 2021

Event Horizon Telescope releases most detailed black hole image yet

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has recently published what is being touted as the most detailed image of a black hole to date.

ESA developing an autonomous robot for lunar cave exploration

25 Mar 2021

ESA developing an autonomous robot for lunar cave exploration

The European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a spherical robot to explore lunar caves. The autonomous robot will be lowered into caves on the Moon's surface that could protect settlers from radiation, temperature extremities, and micrometeorites.

Russia submerges giant telescope in Lake Baikal to study universe

16 Mar 2021

Russia submerges giant telescope in Lake Baikal to study universe

Russia has kicked its neutrino research endeavor into high gear by introducing a series of sophisticated sensors deep into Lake Baikal over the weekend. These sensors have been submerged between 2,500 and 4,300 feet within the lake and collectively form the Baikal-Gigaton Volume Detector (GVD).

ISRO set to offload most space activities to private players

15 Mar 2021

ISRO set to offload most space activities to private players

The Indian Space Research Organisation intends to offload most of its space-related activities to industry and enhance focus on advanced research, its Chairman K Sivan has said, as the government opens up the sector to get private players on board.

SpaceX Falcon 9's latest Starlink mission completes record ninth launch

15 Mar 2021

SpaceX Falcon 9's latest Starlink mission completes record ninth launch

SpaceX has launched yet another 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Sunday. The satellites were deployed by the Falcon 9 rocket, which has made its record ninth launch to date.

ISRO launches RH-560 sounding rocket. What exactly does it do?

13 Mar 2021

ISRO launches RH-560 sounding rocket. What exactly does it do?

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the RH-560 sounding rocket on Friday. The endeavor is intended to study attitudinal variations in neutral winds and plasma dynamics.

Russia snubs US, joins China to establish Moon base

10 Mar 2021

Russia snubs US, joins China to establish Moon base

Russia has snubbed the US to join forces with China to build a joint Moon base. The heads of Russian and Chinese space agencies signed an agreement to that effect yesterday.

Astronomers seeking giant black hole discover multiple smaller ones instead

04 Mar 2021

Astronomers seeking giant black hole discover multiple smaller ones instead

Two astronomers from the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, who were reportedly searching for a giant black hole in the globular cluster NGC 6397 using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Earth-based telescopes, came across something they were not expecting at all.

ISRO launches Brazil's Amazonia-1, 18 satellites; first launch of 2021

28 Feb 2021

ISRO launches Brazil's Amazonia-1, 18 satellites; first launch of 2021

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday launched the primary satellite Amazonia-1 of Brazil along with 18 co-passenger satellites.

NASA's Perseverance rover relays first audio, video clips from Mars

23 Feb 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover relays first audio, video clips from Mars

Yesterday, NASA's 2020 Perseverance rover relayed video and audio feeds from Mars. The rover had landed successfully on Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18. It has now sent footage of the landing and a brief audio recording of the sounds from the red planet.

Amid economic crisis, Turkish President announces space program, lunar mission

11 Feb 2021

Amid economic crisis, Turkish President announces space program, lunar mission

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled a ten-year space program for his country. The program includes plans for missions to the moon, manned missions for Turkish astronauts, and development of "world-class" satellite systems.

Gaganyaan crewed mission delayed; Will miss 75th Independence-Day deadline

11 Feb 2021

Gaganyaan crewed mission delayed; Will miss 75th Independence-Day deadline

India's ambitious space initiative Gaganyaan will launch its second unmanned mission sometime in 2022-23 as per a statement by Union Minister Jitendra Singh. The actual human spaceflight module will be launched at an unspecified time thereafter.

Mock Space Shuttle Pathfinder lowered for restoration after 30 years

10 Feb 2021

Mock Space Shuttle Pathfinder lowered for restoration after 30 years

NASA's early mockup of the Pathfinder Space Shuttle orbiter was lowered from its outdoor display in Huntsville, Alabama on Monday. The model will undergo a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.

Starship explosion prompts FAA to investigate SpaceX for license violations

30 Jan 2021

Starship explosion prompts FAA to investigate SpaceX for license violations

Elon Musk's Mars mission has hit a regulatory hurdle. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a probe into the failed December landing of the Starship prototype.

Virgin Orbit sends 10 satellites to space with air-launched rocket

18 Jan 2021

Virgin Orbit sends 10 satellites to space with air-launched rocket

Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit launched 10 satellites into orbit on Sunday in a successful test of its key air-launched rocket.

Tamil Nadu's 18-year old S Riyasdeen creates world's lightest satellite

04 Jan 2021

Tamil Nadu's 18-year old S Riyasdeen creates world's lightest satellite

S Riyasdeen, a second-year Mechatronics engineering student from SASTRA University hailing from Karanthai in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur, won the global competition "Cubes in Space" for creating the world's lightest femto-satellite.

Jupiter, Saturn merging in night sky, closest in centuries

21 Dec 2020

Jupiter, Saturn merging in night sky, closest in centuries

Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky on Monday, appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo's time in the 17th century.

China's spacecraft successfully brings home moon samples

17 Dec 2020

China's spacecraft successfully brings home moon samples

China's Chang'e-5 probe successfully touched down on Earth in the early hours of Thursday, bringing home the first samples of the moon in over 40 years.