NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft traveled more than six and a half years before it was inserted into orbit around Mercury on March 18, 2011. Photo credit: NASA
NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft traveled more than six and a half years before it was inserted into orbit around Mercury on March 18, 2011. Photo credit: NASA

NASA spacecraft to crash into Mercury in two weeks


After more than four years of orbiting Mercury, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft will crash into the... »

Moon formed 4.47 billion years ago: Study

A giant impact between a large protoplanet and the proto-Earth formed the Moon. File Photo


Moon may have been created about 4.47 billion years ago, according to a new study of meteorites... »

NASA spacecraft beams back its first colour image of Pluto

This image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by the Ralph color imager aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on April 9 and downlinked to Earth the following day.


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back its first colour image of the dwarf planet Pluto an... »

Chandrayaan-2 launch slated to take place in 2017-18: ISRO Chief

AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO

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India's second lunar exploration mission - Chandrayaan - 2 is targeted to be launched by 201... »

Mars may hold liquid water: NASA

Researchers have long known that there was water in the form of ice on Mars. File Photo


Mars may have liquid water close to its surface, according to new data from NASA’s Curiosity rov... »

Paracetamol may blunt positive emotions: study


Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen or paracetamol have found that it has a previously unknown side effect: it blunts positive emotions. In the study, parti... »

Scientists warming up to ‘cold fusion’, see potential in ‘other nuclear’ energy

M Ramesh

About thirty scientists from all over India met in Bengaluru on Tuesday to discuss ‘the way forward’ in an emerging cheap and clean source of energy, called ‘low energy nuclear reactions’,... »

Annadurai takes over as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre

M Annadurai

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M Annadurai, senior scientist and programme director, Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) and Small Satellite Systems (SSS) of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru, has assumed the office of... »

NASA-funded engine may take humans to Mars in 39 days!

Franklin Chang-Diaz


NASA has awarded a grant of US$ 10 million to a Texas-based company to develop a revolutionary engine that could send humans to Mars in just 39 days. The Ad Astra Rocket company from Webs... »

Thousands witness partial lunar eclipse in Chennai

View of lunar eclipse in Chennai


Thousands of people witnessed a partial lunar eclipse in a coppery red hue from the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre here.People thronged the centre, a State-run institution, whi... »

NASA’s Curiosity rover spots mineral veins on Mars

This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a network of two-tone mineral veins at an area called


NASA’s Curiosity rover has found mineral veins at a site on Mars, offering clues about multiple episodes of fluid movement in the area. The mineral veins were found at the site called “Ga... »

PSLV launches will ‘benefit’ ISRO

MYS Prasad, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

TE Raja Simhan

The Indian Space Research Organisation will get ‘very good benefit’ by frequently using its ‘work horse’ Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to launch satellites in the orbit, according to MYS P... »

China mulls harvesting solar power from space

Space-based solar power


China plans to build a huge solar power station 36,000 kilometres above the ground in an attempt to battle smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve energy crisis, much on the lines of an idea first fl... »

‘Modern science unrecognisable without contribution of Indians’


Asserting that modern science would be unrecognisable without the contributions of ancient Indian scientists like Aryabhata and Sushruta, a noted Indian-American scientist has rued that there is a... »

Soon, a tricorder to monitor, diagnose health conditions

Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla

Telemedicine, that provides clinical healthcare at a distance and is restricted to video conferencing between patients and doctors, could soon be a thing of the past. An Indian team is close to de... »

Seminar to discuss adoption of aerospace tech in everyday use products

Feud on Earth but peace in space for U.S. and Russia

Jupiter may have changed our solar system: study

Research institutes urged to develop user-friendly technologies

Dust cloud, ultraviolet aurora found on Mars: NASA

New method changes leukaemia into immune cells

First flying car to go on sale in 2017

New gel to stop wounds from bleeding

NASA offers $18,000 to people to stay in bed


Dream job for couch potatoes! NASA is offering to pay people US$ 18,000 - all they have to do is spend 70 days in bed. The US space agency’s ‘Bed Rest’ research is designed to study the e... »

Japanese Ebola test gives results in 11 minutes


A Japanese research team said today it had developed a field test for Ebola that gives results in just over 11 minutes - down from the 90-minute test used now. The breakthrough by Nagasak... »

Harsh Vardhan lauds NAL’s spinoff products

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Calls for more collaborations with private sector »

Large Hadron Collider restarts in hunt for dark matter

The Large Hadron Collider tunnel at the Organization for Nuclear Research in Meyrin, near Geneva.


The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, has been re-started after it was shut down for two years to receive an upgrade that almost doubled its... »

`India capable of developing ICBM beyond 10,000-km range’

Agni - V, the country’s longest-range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).


India is capable of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 km, Chairman of Armament Research Board, Defence Research and Development... »

Eyeliner application may cause vision problems: study


Women who apply eyeliner on the inner eyelid run the risk of contaminating the eye and causing vision trouble, a new study has warned.This is the first study to prove that particles from... »

It takes 38 minutes to fall through the Earth!

Falling through the Earth


It would only take a person 38 minutes to fall all the way through the centre of the Earth, instead of the commonly accepted 42 minutes.The traditional calculation to measure a fall thro... »

ISRO satellite images to help check ‘illegal sand mining’

VK Dadhwal,
Director, NRSC

TE Raja Simhan

The Indian Space Research Organisation will help the Ministry of Environment and Forest use satellite images to detect illegal mining in rivers, according to VK Dadhwal, Director, National... »

ISRO launches fourth navigation satellite

The PSLV-C27 lifts off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday - Photo: TE Raja Simhan

TE Raja Simhan

It was a perfect evening for another successful 'text book' launch of a satellite by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). As the Sun was going down, ISRO's reliable power h... »

IRNSS-1D launch tomorrow, countdown progressing smoothly

IRNSS-1D at clean room of SDSC SHAR


The stage is set for the launch of India’s satellite IRNSS-1D tomorrow from Sriharikota onboard workhorse PSLV-C27 that would pave the way for the country’s own navigation system on a par with the... »

NASA rover completes 11-year Mars marathon

Countdown begins for launch of IRNSS-1D

Obama praises work of young Indian-American teen scientists

Scientists discover world’s largest asteroid impact zone in Australia

Solar Impulse-2 leaves for Myanmar from Varanasi

Milky Way may have billions of planets in habitable zone

On track for 13 rocket launches this year: SpaceX

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