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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.