The results are a first step in establishing the properties of comet clouds around Sun-like stars just after the time of their birth.
A new study has significant implications for theories about the production of the simple molecules required for life – on Earth and beyond.
ISRO did next to nothing to publicise the HEX1 experiment on May 23. There were no updates on Twitter or Facebook, no coverage on state-run channels, and no mission details were available on the ISRO website.
ISRO will have to take a call about whether it still thinks of itself as vulnerable to getting “priced out” of the world market for commercial satellite launches or is now mature enough to play hardball with the US.
A study of the older Kepler-223 system offers clues into how Kepler-223’s planets stayed in resonance for so long, and takes us a step forward in understanding the role giant planets played in the formation of our system.
ISRO’s immediate priorities are to make its own launch vehicles more reliable, increase the payload they are able to carry and reduce the cost of their manufacturing.
The solution is to do the hard work of formulating the right principles, at the right level of generality, before circumstances render moral debate irrelevant.
Scientists announced the largest single finding of planets to date, using a new analysis technique that applied statistical models to confirm the batch as planets, while ruling out scenarios that could falsely appear to be orbiting planets.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.: Tiny Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet, sailed across the face of the sun on Monday, a celestial dance that occurs about once every decade as Earth and its smaller neighbouring planet align in space. The journey, which astronomers refer to as a “transit,” began […]
In every century there are only 13 or 14 transits of Mercury and you have to be on the right part of the globe if you want to watch a particular transit from beginning to end, which usually lasts for several hours.
The Earth-sized planets are orbiting their parent star, located in the constellation Aquarius relatively close to Earth at 40 light years away, at a distance that provides the right amount of heat for there to be liquid water on their surface, a condition scientists believe may be critical for fostering life.
The next decade will see a remarkable mix of countries and companies getting involved. Plans include taking humans from low-Earth orbit back to the moon and even an asteroid in the 2020s.
The satellite’s marks the third failure for JAXA in launching space-borne instruments.
The IRNSS is expected to go live and functional in June of this year.
The private spaceflight company also hinted that the capsules would be launched by its Falcon Heavy rocket.
The fact that women can get periods in space was once used as an argument that women shouldn’t be astronauts.
Since it is so far from us, Planet Nine, estimated to be 10 times Earth’s weight and four times its size, has proven tricky to study. But in the process, our picture of the Solar System has become fuller.
It has been configured to act as a flying testbed to evaluate various technologies, including hypersonic flight, autonomous landing, powered cruise flight and hypersonic flight using air-breathing propulsion.
Because of the popularity of its images, Hubble will have been humankind’s gateway to the farthest cosmic shores for the better part of three decades.
It would be tough for them to compete against ISRO’s low-cost options, which they’ve also alleged are subsidised by the Indian government.
An invisibility cloak could be a sort of insurance policy: find the nearby planets with potential for supporting life and turn on a targeted cloak – just in case a civilisation ever emerges.
The SpaceX philosophy is that the majority of the rocket can be rapidly recovered, refuelled and reflown, making for significant cost savings.
The real innovation powering the idea of Starshot is not in terms of propulsion or even the lasers but of the miniaturisation of electronics.
Yuri Milner announced a $100-million grant to find out if we can send thousands of sail-borne ‘nanocrafts’ speeding through space using weapons-grade lasers fired from the ground.
The reasons for why it happened aren’t yet clear – and troubleshooting continues to be hampered by the distance of 120 million km between K2 and Earth.
SpaceX landed a rocket on a floating barge and brought humans a step closer to Mars.
The successful autonomous touchdown of the booster at sea marked another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.
If India has to participate meaningfully with the ISS and do some interesting science, ISRO will need an almost 50% hike in its budget.
When K2 was last contacted on April 4, NASA said it was operating as expected and nothing seemed off.
The latest finding adds to a growing body of evidence that the building blocks of life are common throughout the universe
It was designed to see things like million-degree gas sloshing around galaxy clusters stirred by relativistic jets from supermassive black holes.
In the present model of engaging the local space industry in India, there is no extensive commercial exploitation of space infrastructure due to lack of deregulation and privatisation.
The Kessler syndrome has moved on from its humble origins as a radical theory to a real problem with far-reaching consequences.
The instrument is part of a widening foray into observational astronomy that India has undertaken since the 1960s, and bolstered with the successful launch of its first multi-wavelength satellite in September 2015.
Despite the small probabilities involved, the vast number of red dwarfs out there mean that the existence of a Krypton-like planet is still a possibility.
Some believe a minor gas leak or explosion on board the probe could’ve caused it to start rotating or tumbling, and turned its antenna away from Earth.
The Russian-European mission will place an orbiter around Mars to study trace gases in the atmosphere while a probe will try to land safely to validate tech that will be used to get down a rover in 2018.
It’s from the instrument called MENCA, whose designs are based on the CHACE instrument on board the Chandrayaan-1 mission to Earth’s moon in 2008.
One hopes that the needs of the future and the spirit of adventure will drive Indian space policy as opposed to – in the words of V from ‘V for Vendetta’ – the security of the familiar and the tranquillity of repetition.
Before the heights of mountains are measured, whether on Earth or on extraterrestrial worlds, geodesists must first determine where a mass of water would come to rest on that body.