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Astronaut breaks US space record, gets call from Donald Trump

CAPE CANAVERAL (TIP): Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the US record on April 24 for most time in space and talked up Mars during a congratulatory call from President Donald Trump. The International Space Station’s commander […]

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NOW, YOU MAY HELP HUNT FOR ‘PLANET NINE’

MELBOURNE (TIP): Amateur astronomers, take note! You can now help researchers discover ‘Planet 9’ – an elusive cosmic body believed to exist in our solar system, scientists say. The project to find “Planet 9” will […]

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SpaceX studying landing spots on Mars with NASA

Elon Musk’s US-based aerospace company SpaceX is working with NASA to identify landing spots on Mars for its spacecraft. “We are working with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and elsewhere, have identified several potential […]

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SpaceX to send first paying tourists around moon next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (TIP): SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year using a spaceship under development for NASA astronauts and a heavy-lift rocket yet to be […]

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NASA MAY SEND ROBOTIC SPACECRAFT TO SUN NEXT YEAR

WASHINGTON (TIP): NASA plans to send its first robotic spacecraft to the Sun next year that is slated to get within six million kilometres of the blazing star to probe its atmosphere. Humans have sent […]

India

ISRO creates world record with 104 satellites launch

NEW DELHI (TIP): Isro successfully placing a record 104 satellites—101 foreign satellites and three Indian ones—in orbit in a single launch cements India’s position as a global leader in space technology. But, more important, it […]

Africa

METEORITE IN AFRICA OFFERS CLUES TO VOLCANIC ACTIVITY ON MARS

NEW YORK (TIP): Examining a Martian meteorite found in Africa, scientists have uncovered evidence of at least two billion years of volcanic activity on Mars. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, offer new […]

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SPACE TRAVEL MAY CAUSE GENETIC CHANGES: STUDY

WASHINGTON (TIP): Space travel may cause changes in gene expression and other biological markers in astronauts, a NASA study of twins has found. Scientists studied the genetic differences between astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent nearly […]

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SUPERCLUSTER OF GALAXIES NEAR MILKY WAY FOUND

MELBOURNE (TIP): An international team of astronomers has found one of the universe’s biggest superclusters of galaxies near the Milky Way. Researchers, including those from Australian National University (ANU), said the Vela supercluster, which had […]

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NASA’S CASSINI SET TO FLY CLOSEST EVER TO SATURN’S RINGS

WASHINGTON (TIP): NASA‘s Cassini spacecraft is set to begin a thrilling ride around Saturn, grazing past its outer rings to provide the closest-ever insight into the planet’s features. Between November 30 and April 22, the […]

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MARS SURFACE TOO DRY TO BE HABITABLE: SCIENTISTS

LONDON (TIP): Mars is a primary target in the search for life outside Earth, and liquid water is the most important pre-requisite for life. But a team of international researchers has found that Mars is […]

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NASA SPACE TELESCOPES REVEAL A BROWN DWARF

WASHINGTON (TIP): In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Nasa‘s Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to reveal a brown dwarf – thought to be the missing link between planets and stars, with masses up to 80 […]

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URANUS MAY HAVE TWO UNDISCOVERED MOONS: STUDY

WASHINGTON (TIP): Uranus may have two tiny, previously undiscovered moons orbiting near two of the planet’s rings, researchers using data from NASA‘s Voyager 2 spacecraft have found. Rob Chancia, a doctoral student at University of […]

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NASA’S CURIOSITY ROVER BEGINS EXPLORING NEW MARS DESTINATIONS

WASHINGTON (TIP): Nasa‘s Curiosity Mars rover is driving towards new uphill destinations to further study ancient, water-rich environments and potential for life on the red planet. The destinations include a ridge capped with material rich […]

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Water vapour plumes spotted on Jupiter’s moon Europa

WASHINGTON (TIP): The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted what may be water vapour plumes erupting off Jupiter’s moon Europa – believed to be one of the most promising places that could harbour alien life in […]

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Pluto ‘spray-painting’ poles of its big moon Charon

CAPE CANAVERAL (TIP): A new study finds that Pluto is “spray-painting” the red poles of its big moon Charon. The paint is actually Pluto’s continually escaping atmosphere. Methane and other gases from Pluto end up […]

India

India launches eight satellites into two different orbits

NEW DELHI: India on Monday, Sep 26 successfully launched eight satellites from one rocket into two different orbits, Hindustan Times reported. The mission was the longest for the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV C-35) that […]

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‘MARSQUAKES’ MAY PRODUCE ENOUGH HYDROGEN TO SUPPORT LIFE

WASHINGTON (TIP): Rocks formed by the grinding together of other rocks during earthquakes are rich in trapped hydrogen, and similar seismic activity on Mars may produce enough hydrogen to support life, a new study has […]

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SPACECRAFT SENT TO ASTEROID TO TRY AND STOP ARMAGEDDON

#Nasa has sent a spacecraft chasing after an unexplored asteroid, in the hope that it might one day keep us from being destroyed. The OSIRIS-REx robotic hunter has blasted off to the asteroid Bennu. When […]

Asia

China launches second space station, Tiangong 2

BEIJING (TIP): China has launched its  second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years. The Tiangong 2 […]

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Lost comet lander Philae found lying in a ditch

NEW DELHI (TIP): The washing machine sized comet lander Philae has been located lying upside down in a ditch on comet 67/P 682 million kilometres (424 million miles) from Earth. It was caught by a […]

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NASA images unveil origins of solar wind

WASHINGTON (TIP): Nasa scientists have for the first time imaged the edge of the Sun, enabling them to describe the mysterious origins of solar wind. Ever since the 1950s discovery of the solar wind —the […]

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STAR 30 TIMES MORE MASSIVE THAT SUN DISCOVERED

LONDON (TIP): Scientists have identified a young star in the Milky Way located almost 11,000 light years away from Earth and 30 times more massive than our Sun, which could help understand how the most […]

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AIR-BREATHING ROCKET ‘SCRAMJETS’ ITS WAY INTO SPACE

  CHENNAI (TIP): Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has successfully tested two `air breathing’ scramjet engines as the first step to perfect a futuristic technology to launch missiles, inject heavier satellites in orbit, and fly […]

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SCIENTISTS TO UNVEIL NEW EARTH-LIKE PLANET

BERLIN (TIP): Scientists are preparing to unveil a new planet in our galactic neighbourhood which is “believed to be Earth-like” and orbits its star at a distance that could favour life, German weekly Der Spiegel reported […]