The mobile launcher for the Space Launch System rocket, initially meant for the launch of Ares 1, will likely only be used once despite its expensive price tag.
Saying “Chandrayaan 2 is cheaper than Interstellar” is pernicious because frugal engineering is not an end unto itself, especially when we seldom celebrate any other aspects of these missions.
Tech CEOs are out for themselves, not the public good.
What’s the Falcon Heavy? Why did it launch a car into space? Who was at the wheel? Isn’t the car space junk? Was there a point to all this beyond vanity?
The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket is carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster from the assembly line of Elon Musk’s electric car company as a mock payload.
The Hubble constant describes the current rate of the universe’s expansion. It has been found to have two values based on different calculations. This is weird because constants are supposed to have a single, fixed value.
ISRO is a homegrown Indian success story often literally pushing against the edges of our universe, inspiring millions of people. But there’s room for it to do more.
On January 31, the world saw a total lunar eclipse coinciding with the phenomena known as the ‘blue moon’ and the ‘supermoon’.
A total lunar eclipse will coincide with a ‘blue moon’ and a ‘supermoon’ in what some are calling a ‘super blue blood moon’ on January 31.
The interplay between biology and culture reflects racial anxieties that can’t overcome the escape velocity needed to float in culture-less vacuum.
In the early 20th century a Russian scientist – regarded as the father of rocketry – made some novel predictions on where we would be in space in the 21st century. So how accurate was he?
Despite the potential, India’s share of the global $400 billion space market is less than 0.01%. How can we accelerate the growth of a much-needed space start-up ecosystem?
One idea for the origin of gamma-ray bursts, the brightest events, is that they are somehow emitted by massive astrophysical objects, such as black holes.
Kiran Kumar is set to retire as the chairman of ISRO on January 14. In his time, he oversaw the development of the IRNSS, Cartosat, cryogenic engines and reusable launch vehicle technologies.
The findings showed that ice may be more available than previously known for use as water to support future robotic or human exploration missions, perhaps even the establishment of a permanent Mars base.
The launch comes four months after ISRO’s mission to launch the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite failed.
The rover’s journey was to begin with a launch onboard a PSLV rocket, and hopefully end by winning the Google Lunar X-Prize’s $20 million reward.
An asteroid-mining infrastructure could help to solve a major impending resource problem.
The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea.
There are astonishing parallels between the whaling industry and deep human spaceflight in the great pantheon of human exploration.
Astronomers said that the most thorough study of Tabby’s Star showed that its dimming episodes are not caused by a large opaque object passing in front of it.
By assessing the challenges facing the industrialisation and marketing of the PSLV, we can get a clearer picture of what India needs to do become a bigger commercial operator than it currently is.
Though the November 28 launch was initially reported as successful, Russia lost connection with its new weather satellite Meteor-M – the primary payload on board the rocket – within hours of its launch.
The Bill fails to address specific space-based activities separately, instead trying to cover large swaths of the space value chain in one go. It will not do justice to the entrepreneurial community if it is implemented as is.
Pulsars are one of the finest tools we have for testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
The significance of a new finding is that it is compelling evidence of life elsewhere, even if it doesn’t prove life on Earth originated elsewhere.
The star-planet system is zipping towards Earth. In about 79,000 years, they will replace Proxima Centauri and Proxima b as our closest star and closest potentially habitable exoplanet, respectively.
It’s sweet to get results that surprise scientists, sweeter when local researchers are involved – and even sweeter to be reminded we haven’t been entirely left behind in non-theoretical particle physics research.
One of the more pressing questions now is why the first object to have made this fascinating journey was an asteroid, not a comet.
Recently, the space agency set up an outreach centre in Hyderabad for entrepreneurs, which has access to all the raw data from ISRO and computational facilities.
Existing communications systems are not hack-proof.
The temperature of the Sun’s surface is 5500º C. But the solar corona, which lies about 2,000 km above the surface, rages at a few million degrees celsius. We don’t know why.
We have stunning shots of other galaxies but we don’t exactly know what the Milky Way itself looks like. Large parts of it that lie on the far side from where we are are obscured by thick dust clouds.
Soon after Sputnik’s launch, the military realised that spacecraft would be great for reconnaissance – spysats. These are now commonplace.
But by giving the prize only to Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish, the prize committee has ignored the contributions of 1,000+ scientists around the world who helped build the detectors and analyse the data.
Scientist Kuljeet Kaur is working on ‘experimental indirect astronomy’, which is one of the few ways to study the cosmos without telescopes.
SpaceX plans its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo, to be followed by a manned mission in 2024.
There’s clearly something mysterious going on. We don’t know what it is or how it works and we’re as close to figuring it out as we were in 2009.
Cassini has been humankind’s proxy-visit to Saturn, a diminutive, polite and empathetic ambassador dispatched to learn more about a tremendous planet.
While Cassini is celebrated in the popular literature for its stunning photographs of Saturn’s rings more often, its more unique contributions have advanced our understanding of the planet’s moons.