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Government constitutes new science and technology council to advise PM

Aug 29, 2018
The Union Government has constituted a 21-member science and technology council to advice Prime Minister Narendra Modi on matters related to science, technology and innovations. It will be headed by K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Union Government.

Indian scientists discover sub-Saturn like planet around sun-like star

Jun 22, 2018
An Indian team of scientists led by Prof Abhijit Chakraborty of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, have discovered a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet around a Sun-like star.

NASA approves mission extension for Juno

Jun 8, 2018
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been studying Jupiter for almost two years and its operations were scheduled to cease this summer. However, the mission did not go as planned and the probe took longer than expected to map the gas giant.

ISRO develops atomic clock for indigenous navigation satellites

May 8, 2018
With the development of the atomic clock, ISRO has become one of the few space organisations in the world that are capable to develop this highly sophisticated technology.

NASA’s lunar orbital platform ‘Gateway’ to begin construction

Apr 25, 2018
NASA will start work on its Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway by early 2019 when it will award the first contract for the program. The lunar platform will be NASA's planned ‘staging’ area for studies of the moon and the deep-space environment.

NASA launches CHESS mission to study matter between stars

Apr 18, 2018
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has successfully launched CHESS mission to study the interstellar medium, the matter between stars. The space between distant stars is not empty. It contains drifts of vast clouds of neutral atoms and molecules.

NASA successfully tests Mars landing parachute

Apr 5, 2018
The parachute was launched on the Black Brant IX sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

First large-scale age-map of Milky Way created

Apr 4, 2018
An international team of astronomers has produced the first large-scale age-map of the Milky Way galaxy after analyzing the colour, brightness and spectral information on the chemistry of individual stars. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy with a bulge at the centre, thousands of light years in diameter, which contains about a quarter of the total mass of stars.

China's out-of-control space station to soon crash into Earth

Apr 1, 2018
China's out-of-control space station, Tiangong-1, is scheduled to re-enter Earth between March 31 and April 1. According to experts, most parts of the spaceship will burn up on re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere and hence, there is a very low risk of any part hitting a populated area.

India successfully launches GSAT-6A Communication Satellite

Mar 30, 2018
The GSLV rocket successfully placed the satellite in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and from GTO, the satellite will be taken up to its final geostationary orbit by three orbit raising manoeuvres.

Researchers unlock decades-old mystery of how magnetic waves heat the sun

Mar 7, 2018
In a ground-breaking discovery, researchers have discovered that the magnetic waves crashing through the Sun may be the key to heating its atmosphere and propelling the solar wind. Though the theory of heat being produced by the waves was predicted almost 75 years ago, the scientists have the proof for the very first time.

NASA's Kepler Mission discovers nearly 100 new exoplanets

Feb 18, 2018
An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of nearly 100 new exoplanets. The discovery was based on the data from the second mission of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope or K2 released in 2014.

Space Department tasked to deliver 3 earth observation, 2 communication satellites by next fiscal

Feb 6, 2018
The Department of Space has been tasked with achieving high targets including delivering three earth observation satellites and two communication satellites by next fiscal year. It also has to deliver nine earth observation/communications payloads and information support for five disaster events under the design and development of applications for earth observation, communication and disaster management scheme.

Total Lunar eclipse, Super Blue Blood Moon to be seen around the world

Jan 31, 2018
In a rare celestial occurrence, people around the world would be able to witness a total lunar eclipse and a super blue moon today, January 31, 2018. The event is being termed as a super blue blood moon and would be a rare lunar event to watch.

S Somanath takes charge as VSSC Director

Jan 24, 2018
Renowned scientist, S Somanath took charge as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, succeeding K Sivan who was recently appointed as ISRO Chairman. The space centre is Indian Space Research organisation’s lead centre for launch vehicles.

NASA's new telescope to solve universe’s greatest mysteries

Dec 28, 2017
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, is planning to launch a next-generation space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen, with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble Space Telescope.

World's space agencies propose creation of a space climate observatory

Dec 15, 2017
According to a declaration that was adopted on 11 December, the heads of world space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to combine acquired data and share it with scientists around the globe.

Jupiter’s Moon may have similar plate tectonics as Earth

Dec 5, 2017
According to a new research, the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth, which could have important implications for the possibility of life in the ocean thought to exist beneath the moon's surface.

Pluto may have liquid water oceans, suggests NASA study

Dec 2, 2017
According to a new NASA study, some of the icy worlds outside our solar system including Pluto may have liquid water oceans beneath their surface. The study stated that the heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of these large icy worlds.

New study discovers that ‘flowing water’ on Mars may be sand and dust

Nov 22, 2017
According to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, dark features earlier thought to be evidence of liquid water flowing on Mars may actually be granular flows comprising sand and dust.

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