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NASA to form scientific team to study UFOs

WASHINGTON: NASA said it plans to assemble a team of scientists to examine “unidentified aerial phenomena” – commonly termed UFOs – in the latest sign of the seriousness with which the U.S. government is taking the issue. The U.S. space

NASA to roll back mega rocket after failing to complete countdown test

After three attempts to complete a critical fueling test of the Space Launch System rocket, NASA has decided to take a break. On Saturday night the space agency announced plans to roll the large SLS rocket from the launch pad

NASA starts bringing new space telescope into focus

WASHINGTON: NASA has embarked on a months-long, painstaking process of bringing its newly launched James Webb Space Telescope into focus, a task due for completion in time to begin peering into the cosmos by early summer. Mission control engineers at

NASA probe enters sun’s atmosphere for first time

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) solar probe is the first ever to ‘touch’ the atmosphere of the Sun. The space agency in its statement said that Parker Solar Probe flew through the Sun’s atmosphere and managed to sample

NASA’s latest astronaut trainees already dreaming of the Moon

WASHINGTON: As a former national team cyclist who’d fix her own bikes, and before that as a child helping out on her family’s cattle farm, NASA trainee astronaut Christina Birch has plenty of experience working with her hands. With America’s

Earth’s atmosphere poses risks to SpaceX crew returning home

CAPE CANAVERAL: High winds in Florida has been considered dangerous for SpaceX crew returning home after six months’ time. The astronaut was supposed to leave the international space station on Sunday but the earth’s atmosphere had delayed their mission back

NASA warns climate change can impact crop production within 10 years

WASHINGTON: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed that climate change can impact crops production worldwide drastically within the period of 10 years. According to a study conducted by NASA, climate change can impact the global production of maize

NASA to measure pulse of Mars through its seismic meter

WASHINGTON: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has announced that it is going to measure the pulse of mars for the first time through its unprecedented seismic mission. For the first time in history, NASA will be able to detect

NASA launches tool to measure Western water loss

WASHINGTON: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has made a discovery through which it can measure Western water loss. A tool invented by NASA will measure that how much water loss takes place by plants, soils, and other surfaces

NASA aiming to launch new lunar mission in Feb next year

WASHINGTON: NASA is aiming to launch its uncrewed lunar mission Artemis 1 in February next year, the first step in America’s plan to return humans to the Moon. The agency had initially hoped to launch the test flight by the

NASA launches space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

MIAMI: NASA launched a first-of-its-kind mission to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets. The space probe, dubbed Lucy and packed inside

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover collects first piece of rock

WASHINGTON: NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance Mars rover succeeded in collecting its first rock sample for scientists to pore over when a future mission eventually brings it back to Earth. “I’ve got it!” the space agency tweeted, alongside a

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

NASA postpones launch of Boeing Starliner after space station mishap

WASHINGTON: NASA postponed a planned launch of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station after the orbiting outpost was briefly thrown out of control by jet thrusters inadvertently activated on a newly docked Russian module. The Starliner

First astronauts arrive at Chinese space station

BEIJING: The first astronauts arrived at China’s new space station in the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power. The trio blasted off on a Long March-2F rocket from the

NASA missions to probe divergent fate of planet Venus

WASHINGTON: NASA announced plans on Wednesday to launch a pair of missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030 – its first in decades – to study the atmosphere and geologic features of Earth’s so-called sister planet and better understand why

Four astronauts return from ISS aboard SpaceX capsule

WASHINGTON: Four astronauts returned safely to Earth from the International Space Station early in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, parachuting to splash-down in the Gulf of Mexico, NASA said. Their return marked the end of the first crew rotation mission

NASA tells SpaceX to halt lunar lander work over contract challenges

WASHINGTON: US space agency NASA has told Elon Musk’s SpaceX to halt work under a contract it won to develop a lunar spacecraft, pending the outcome of challenges by rival bidders. NASA’s decision means SpaceX has to stop any work

Musk trolls Bezos after winning contract for moon lander

HOUSTON: The space race between the world’s two richest men went into hyperdrive after Tesla chief Elon Musk took a swipe at Jeff Bezos’ attempt to challenge a major NASA contract. The two billionaires, who have been trying to launch

SpaceX Crew Dragon brings new crew to ISS

WASHINGTON: A recycled SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts docked with the International Space Station on Saturday, the third time Elon Musk’s company has safely delivered humans to the orbital outpost. The spacecraft named Endeavour, piloting herself autonomously, locked

SpaceX rocket launches 4 astronauts on NASA mission to space station

WASHINGTON: NASA and Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company SpaceX launched a new four-astronaut team on a flight to the International Space Station, making it the first crew ever propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight.

NASA’s rovers convert carbon dioxide into oxygen on Mars

WASHINGTON: NASA has achieved another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars by converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the US space agency said. The unprecedented extraction of oxygen, literally out of thin air

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

NASA delays Mars helicopter flight over tech check

SAN FRANCISCO: NASA has delayed by at least several days the first flight of its mini-helicopter on Mars after a possible tech issue emerged while testing its rotors, the US space agency said. Ingenuity’s trip, which is to be the

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

NASA to fly helicopter on Mars for first time

MIAMI: More than a century after the first powered flight on Earth, NASA intends to prove it’s possible to replicate the feat on another world. Transported aboard the Mars 2020 spacecraft that arrives at the Red Planet on Thursday, the

NASA posts image of ‘slow-motion firework’ in space

WASHINGTON: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently shared an image of a slow-motion firework in space that lasted over 150 years. According to details, the image of the star which is 7,500 light-years away was captured by NASA’s

SpaceX launches second crew of astronauts into space

CAPE CANAVERAL: Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX launched four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station,  NASA’s first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft. SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the

Teen astronaut aims to become first human to walk on Mars

WASHINGTON: Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Carson is an American space enthusiast who is hoping to become the first person to walk on Mars. Born in Louisiana in March 2001, Carson took a keen interest in space from the age of three after