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.
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.