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.
The government aims to use space technologies for a variety of public services. To realise this, ISRO needs enough funds to meet the demand for space vehicles and launches, and invest in technological research.
A large part of what we’ve discovered so far about Saturn’s rings have all turned out to be counter-intuitive and ephemeral, and future data is going to be even more so.
There is a case to be made for spending on space activities – but for that one must go beyond calculations of revenue returns fashionable in the current neoliberal climate.
We are sitting on a host of possibilities for generating multiplier effects across academia and industry, and benefit the country over a longer timespan, but aren’t taking advantage of them to the fullest.
ISRO recently launched the 5th of 7 satellites that would replace GPS in our country, forever. Find out about the history of this mission and the need for an indigenous navigation system.
There is nothing more certain in life than death – a cheerful thought for a dismal February. Even though we are aware of that inevitability, we don’t expect death literally to strike out of an empty sky, which reportedly is what happened to Kamraj, a bus driver […]
One person was killed and three others were injured when a mysterious heavy object fell close to an engineering college in Vellore. The odds of being killed by a meteorite impact are 1 in 700,000.
A bigger variant will stand at 117 metres and be able to lift 130 tons to the low-Earth orbit (to compare, India’s GSLV Mk-III stands at 44 metres and lifts 8 tons to the LEO). NASA hopes to use it to ferry humans to Mars in the 2030s.
With every successful launch that takes place, we can be more certain that spaceflight – at least unmanned spaceflight – is becoming more routine.
As with all other satnav systems, the NAVIC will provide two services: a free one for civilians and a strongly encrypted one for the military.
The supposed body, temporarily dubbed Planet Nine, could exist because, if it did, it would explain away many other observations made in the last few years in its neighbourhood that’ve defied understanding.
Instead of constructing one base made up of trillions of tons of metal and rocks, why not construct lots of them, each just a shell and a weapon, run by robots?
A quote by Musk on spacex.com states that if the company became able to reuse rockets, “the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred”.
A new explanation involves sublimating carbon dioxide under the red planet’s surface to blow out and carve gully features – which were recently declared to be symptoms of flowing water.
On Wednesday, ISRO’s PSLV rocket will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota with the six Singaporean satellites. All of them will be put into orbit about 21 minutes into the flight at an altitude of 550 km.
Today’s space race is less of a competition with only one possible winner. This is a race of consortia that often includes both private entities and multiple government agencies.
Soon after it came online, the Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride Imager was used to study the radiation from a gamma-ray burst in a way NASA’s pioneering Swift and FGST satellites couldn’t.
A review of the film ‘The Martian’, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jessica Chastain.
The signs of liquid water flows have been found far from the polar ice and near the planet’s equator, where the surface temperature is higher and no ices are thought to be present.
ASTROSAT will study sources of high-energy UV and X-radiation in the cosmos, typically objects like supernovae, neutron stars and black holes.
The simulation forced us to physically as well as psychologically examine what personal qualities contributed to success and which ones could be detrimental in space.
In 16 million pixels, it shows the best view humanity has had yet of the dwarf planet.
A comparison with the Hubble diminishes the ASTROSAT by exposing itself to be not like the Hubble at all and by excluding from conversation the dozens of other space-borne observatories that it has already bested.
Eleven years after the project was first okayed, the satellite is slated to be launched on board a PSLV rocket on its 30th flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on September 28.
The crew of Expedition 44 have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet – knowledge that is crucial if we want to venture out on long journeys exploring the solar system.
If we could detect astrophysical gravitational waves directly, this would open up new ways to test the validity of the theory of general relativity, which is used to describe gravitation in modern physics.