NASA detects organic matter on Mars

NASA detects organic matter on Mars

Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) In a promising find, the NASA Curiosity rover has detected organic molecules – the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life – on Mars.The organic molecules, found by the team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on Curiosity, were in a drilled sample of the Sheepbed […]

Space research to help humans fight illnesses on Earth

Space research to help humans fight illnesses on Earth

London, Dec 8 (IANS) Space travel may help scientists strengthen our bodies’ ability to fight threats to our health, says a study. When an astronaut goes to space, his immune system does not work as well in microgravity as on Earth. “Knowing about the astronauts’ health may lead to new treatments on Earth for those […]

NASA’s Orion success major boost for Mars mission

NASA's Orion success major boost for Mars mission

Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) The US space agency marked a major milestone on its mission to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space Friday – travelling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. “Today’s flight test of Orion is a huge step for NASA […]

Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation

Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation

Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) In a pioneering feat, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Colorado in Boulder have discovered an invisible shield some 11,000 kms above Earth that works against the harmful radiation belt. High above Earth’s atmosphere, electrons whiz past at close to the speed of light. Such ultra-relativistic electrons, […]

NASA probe set to wake up for Pluto encounter

NASA probe set to wake up for Pluto encounter

  Washington, Nov 19 (IANS) NASA’s Pluto-bound probe New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time next month in preparation for a six-month encounter, including a first-ever close flyby of the mysterious dwarf planet on July 14, 2015.Next month’s wake-up call was preprogrammed into New Horizons’ on-board computer in August, commanding it come […]

First zero-gravity 3D Printer installed on ISS

First zero-gravity 3D Printer installed on ISS

  Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) NASA astronauts have installed the world’s first zero-gravity 3D printer on the International Space Station (ISS).With the 3D printer, astronauts will soon begin experimenting with additive manufacturing technology in microgravity, the US space agency said in a statement.Commander Barry Wilmore installed the printer, about the size of a small microwave oven, […]

Comet flyby caused intense meteor shower on Mars

Comet flyby caused intense meteor shower on Mars

  Washington, Nov 8 (IANS) The comet Siding Spring that buzzed past Mars Oct 19 caused an intense meteor shower and added a new layer of ions, or charged particles, to the ionosphere, NASA said.The effect of the comet on the Martian atmosphere was detected by two NASA spacecraft, including the MAVEN mission and an European […]

Satellite may reveal thousands of planets

Satellite may reveal thousands of planets

  New York, Nov 6 (IANS) Gaia, a recently launched European satellite could reveal tens of thousands of new planets, some very unique, within the next few years, shows research.These discoveries could provide scientists with a far better understanding of the number, variety and distribution of planets in our galaxy.It could detect as many as 21,000 […]

NASA rocket to click 1,500 images of Sun in 5 minutes

NASA rocket to click 1,500 images of Sun in 5 minutes

  Washington, Nov 3 (IANS) A sounding rocket fitted with technology to gather 1,500 images of the Sun in flat five minutes is set for launch Monday.Capturing five images per second, the Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE) mission will focus in on the split-second changes that occur near active regions on the Sun.These are areas […]

NASA releases rare weather data for public

NASA releases rare weather data for public

Washington, Sep 5 (IANS) NASA has released to publicthe most accurate and comprehensive collection of rain, snowfall and other types of precipitation data ever assembled, the US space agency said in a statement. This new resource for climate studies, weather forecasting, and other applications is based on observations by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core […]