Hubble spots exocomets taking plunge onto young star

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 13:54

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered exocomets -- comets outside our solar system -- plunging onto a young star that resides 95 light-years from Earth.


NASA selects 2 missions to explore solar system's asteroids

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 13:26

Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) Aiming to find important clues to the earliest history of the solar system, NASA has announced two missions -- one to explore Jupiter's mysterious Trojan asteroids and the other to study a unique metal asteroid.


NASA solar observatory to add leap second to master clock

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 10:52

Washington, Dec 31 (IANS) To maintain accuracy, NASA said its missions, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which continuously watches the sun, will join official clocks around the world in adding a leap second to the final minute of 2016.


New method may detect 10 black holes per year

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:40

Toronto, Dec 16 (IANS) With the help of a new method, researchers can detect roughly 10 black holes per year -- doubling the number currently known within two years -- and unlock their history in a little more than a decade.


NASA launches 8 small satellites to study hurricanes

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 22:02

Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) US space agency NASA launched a constellation of eight small satellites on Thursday designed to aid weather forecasters in understanding and predicting hurricane intensity.


NASA Saturn mission makes first ring-grazing plunge

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:58

Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) NASA said its Cassini spacecraft has successfully made the first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on November 30, but did not obtain views of the planet near the time of closest approach.


Why astronauts become visually impaired on longer missions

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 18:08

New York, Nov 28 (IANS) The visual problems that affect astronauts on long space missions is related to volume changes in the clear fluid which is found around the brain and spinal cord, say researchers.


NASA scientists developing tasty bars for deep space breakfast

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 11:00

Washington, Nov 24 (IANS) When astronauts in the Orion spacecraft travel beyond the moon to explore deep space destinations, they may have a number of food bars to select from in a variety of flavours like orange, cranberry or barbeque nut for breakfast.


NASA launches 'next generation' weather satellite

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 12:56

Washington, Nov 20 (IANS) A "next generation" US weather satellite that was rocketed into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:42 p.m. EST on Saturday (5.12 a.m. Sunday, India time) is on its way to sharpen forecasts, watches and warnings about hurricanes and storms, NASA said.


Pluto's frozen surface may hide a vast liquid ocean

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 14:36

New York, Nov 17 (IANS) Pluto's frozen surface may conceal a liquid ocean lying deep beneath, suggests new research based on analysis of features revealed by NASA's New Horizons probe.


NASA's Peggy Whitson set to be the oldest astronaut

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:08

Washington, Nov 17 (IANS) At the age of 56, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to be the oldest woman in space when she launches for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday.