Tag Archives: spacecraft

ISRO’s 2nd Anniversary of Mars Mission Celebrated, Book Released

India’s ISRO has celebrated the second anniversary of its launch of the prestigious Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Thursday marking the launch of Mangalyaan on its nine-month journey to Mars, a step that changed the country’s space achievements and lofted it among the four top space explorer nations in the world. On this occasion, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has ...

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Boeing, SpaceX to Build ‘Commercial Taxis’ to ISS for NASA

NASA has said that future manned spaceflights to the International Space Station (ISS) could save millions of dollars using spacecraft currently being developed by private US companies Boeing and SpaceX. The US agency’s commercial crew programme manager Kathy Lueders told a webcast press conference on Monday that the average cost to fly US astronauts on Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon ...

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Flying Drone to Scout for Mars Rovers

NASA engineers are on a new mission. They are working on a small helicopter that could “scout” a trail for future Mars rovers. According to the statement by NASA, the low-flying Mars helicopter would fly ahead of the rover almost every day, checking out various possible points of interest and helping engineers back on Earth plan the best driving route. ...

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NASA’s Dawn Clicks Stunning Images of Ceres, Three Times Better than Previous Images

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has captured three times better images of the dwarf planet Ceres than it delivered in early December. Ceres is the main asteroid belt which lies in between Mars and Jupiter. As per reports, these are the first in a series of images that will be taken for navigation purposes during the approach to Ceres. The best images ...

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NASA’s Robot to Explore Fissure in Volcanoes

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are busy developing robots to explore volcanoes. The research has implications for extraterrestrial volcanoes. While VolcanoBot 1 was tested at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii,a lighter, smaller VolcanoBot 2 is likely to be tested this year. Carolyn Parcheta, a NASA postdoctoral fellow based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said, “We don’t know ...

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NASA’s Kepler Discovers Three Earth-Like Planets

The Kepler Spacecraft, NASA’s planet hunter, discovered three new “earth-like” planets or “Goldilocks” zones around Sun-like stars. Three of the newly-validated planets are located in their distant suns’ habitable zone, the range of distances from the host star where liquid water might exist on the surface of an orbiting planet. Out of the three planets, two are likely made of ...

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