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US watchdog rejects Blue Origin protest over NASA lunar contract

WASHINGTON: A US government watchdog has sided with NASA over its decision to pick a single lunar lander provider, rejecting a protest filed by Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics. The companies had challenged the $2.9 billion award to Elon

Eid controversy

The nation observed the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr with traditional zeal and fervour. This year, however, the day was much different and without the festivities that we usually witness as we are still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eid-ul-Fitr: Ruet-e-Hilal committee to sight Shawwal moon today

ISLAMABAD: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet in Islamabad on Wednesday for sighting the crescent for the month of Shawwal 1442 AH. Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad will preside over the meeting. The zonal committees will meet in their respective

NASA chooses SpaceX to take humans back to Moon

MIAMI: NASA has selected SpaceX to land the first astronauts on the surface of the Moon since 1972, in a huge victory for Elon Musk’s company. The contract, worth $2.9 billion, involves the prototype Starship spacecraft that is being tested

Ramazan moon will be sighted on April 13: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has predicted that the Ramazan moon will be sighted on April 13. The moon for Ramazan, 1442 AH will be sighted on the evening of April 13, 2021, and the first

NASA successfully tests giant Moon rocket

MIAMI: NASA successfully carried out a key static test of its troubled Space Launch System rocket, a win for the agency as it prepares to return to the Moon. The second “hot fire” test saw all four of the rocket’s

Russia, China to collaborate on joint lunar space station

MOSCOW: Russia and China have agreed to build a lunar space station, as Moscow seeks to modernise its extraterrestrial might and catch up with the United States in the space race. Russia, which sent the first man into space during

Man gifts plot of land on Moon to wife on wedding anniversary

AJMER: A man has ‘gifted’ his wife three acres of land on the Moon on their wedding anniversary. Dharmendra Anija from Ajmer city in India said he ‘bought’ land on the Moon as he wanted to do something special for

Blue Origin will take first woman to moon’s surface, says Bezos

WASHINGTON: Billionaire Jeff Bezos has said his space company Blue Origin will take the first woman to the moon’s surface. NASA is nearing a decision to pick its first privately built lunar lander capable of sending astronauts to the moon

Eight nations sign Artemis agreements for moon exploration

WASHINGTON: Eight countries have signed an international pact for moon exploration called the Artemis Accords, NASA announced. The accords, named after NASA’s Artemis moon program, seek to build on existing international space law by establishing “safety zones” that would surround

NASA plans for Moon return to cost $28 billion

MIAMI: NASA has revealed its latest plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024 and estimated the cost at $28 billion. US Congress will have to sign off on the financing for a project that has been set by

Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated on July 31, predicts Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Monday predicted that Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on July 31. Taking to Twitter, the federal minister said that the moon for the Islamic month of Zil Hajj will be spotted

Rare two eclipses will be witnessed this month

PARIS: There will be two eclipses – a penumbral lunar eclipse followed a solar eclipse – on the night of 5th and 6th June around the world this year. During the eclipse, the moon’s light will slightly be dimmed, while

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meets for Shawwal moon sighting today

KARACHI: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to meet in Karachi today for the sight of the crescent for the Islamic month of Shawwal. Chairman of the Committee, Mufti Muneebur Rahman, will preside the meeting for the observance of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Fawad Chaudhry calls for dissolution of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has once again demanded the abolition of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. Fawad Chaudhry criticised the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and argued that there is no need for such a committee in the modern era.

Super Flower Moon likely to light up sky on May 7

WASHINGTON: Scientists have forecast that the last full supermoon of this year will be sighted on 7th May. According to scientists, this week will be the last time for people to see the supermoon in full glory. The morning of

Shabaan moon sighted, Shab-e-Barat on April 8

KARACHI: The crescent for the Islamic month of Shabaan-ul-Moazzam moon has been sighted across the country, Chairman Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman has announced. The meeting of the central Ruet-i-Hilal committee under the chair of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman was held at the

Ramadan Moon to be sighted on April 24, claims Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that Ramadan moon would be sighted country-wide on 24 April. Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter and said, “Ramadan moon will be sighted on April 24 in Pakistan and first

Interesting Facts About The Moon You Should Know

The brightest and largest object in our night sky, the Moon is a dusty ball of rock. The crust of the moon is composed mostly of oxygen, silicon, magnesium, iron, calcium, and aluminum.  There are some interesting facts about the

NASA satellite finds India’s crashed Vikram moon lander

MIAMI: A NASA satellite orbiting the moon has found India’s Vikram lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September, the US space agency said on Monday. NASA released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed

India should focus on poverty not space: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday said that India should concentrate on poverty instead of wasting money on insane missions like Chandrayyan-2. The federal minister in a satire way posted a tweet on Saturday, “Dear

India loses contact with space mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’

BANGALORE: India has lost contact with its unmanned spacecraft, Chandrayaan-2 on Saturday just before it was due to land on the Moon, in a blow to the country’s ambitious low-cost lunar programme. Blasting off in July, the emerging Asian giant