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ISRO launches India’s spy satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation launched country’s new spy satellite in space this week.  Developed by ISRO, RISAT-2BR1 is a radar imaging earth observation satellite and apart from being used for military purposes, it has applications in fields such as agriculture and disaster management support. It also launched nine other commercial satellites. The other satellites […]

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Scientists crack the code for Tiger Stripes on Saturn’s moon

Space is full of mysteries and there’s no bigger fun than solving them.  Enceladus has been an interesting topic for scientists since the time it was observed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The scientists observed stripes similar to on a tiger on the surface of this Saturn’s moon. Now they may have solved this puzzle of […]

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This girl maybe the first human on Mars

She’s the youngest certified pilot to travel in space. For Alyssa Carson, colonizing Mars is just the first step in saving the human race. The 18-year-old astrobiology student at Florida Tech is the youngest astronaut with a pilot’s license. She is “certified” to go to space and hopes to be a part of the crew […]

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Vikram lander found! And a Chennai guy found it

Even while the whole nation was hooked on national television on September 7 to witness our second mission to moon, Chandrayaan 2, we lost touch with Vikram lander. It was just minutes before the actual land down that ISRO scientists lost all communication with Vikram. The American space agency NASA came to help to find […]

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Does astronauts’ blood flow backwards in space?

The US space agency NASA has observed a bizarre effect of human space flight: Blood going backwards in astronauts’ veins and clotting. An astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) was carrying out an ultrasound on their body – guided by experts on the ground. An ultrasound is a scan to study inside the body. […]

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Astronauts perform ‘surgery’ on ISS

Remember the movie Gravity? How George Clooney and Sandra Bullock try to repair the damages done to their spacecraft? Well, that’s a film, but in real life astronauts too did a ‘surgery’ of sorts any International Space Station (ISS). Two astronauts have completed ‘surgery’ outside of the ISS, slicing small metal tubes as part of […]

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Sugar rocks found in space show origin of life on earth

For the first time ever, an international team has found sugars essential to life in meteorites. This supports the theory that chemical reactions in asteroids can make some of life’s ingredients. If correct, meteorite bombardment on ancient Earth may have assisted the origin of life with a supply of life’s building blocks, according to NASA. […]

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Life on Titan? It’s possible

Can there be life on Saturn’s moon Titan? It maybe possible after scientists unveiled a geological map of the satellite. The map included vast plains and dunes of frozen organic material and lakes of liquid methane. Could this exotic world be considered a strong candidate for the search for life beyond Earth? The map was […]

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SpaceX launches 60 mini satellites

Your internet may just become faster. SpaceX has launched 60 mini satellites, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage. The Falcon rocket blasted from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The compact flat-panel satellites — 260 kilograms each — will join 60 launched in May. SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to put […]

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Mercury just passed Sun, and we saw it from Earth!

For the last time in this decade, Mercury has passed in front of the Sun in what’s known as a transit – a rare chance to see a planet crossing the face of the Earth. The transit would happen again in 20132, and maybe visible from Asia and Australia also. And though it was a […]