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These are the best photos of Pluto you may see in decades: NASA

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the sharpest images of Pluto yet. According to NASA, these are the best close-up photos of Pluto that people may see for decades to come. The New Horizons spacecraft, no bigger than a piano, transmits data stored on its digital recorder each week from its flight through the Pluto System. These latest pictures ... Read More »

Researchers create new phase of Carbon, which is harder than diamonds

Q-carbon a new phase of solid carbon, created by researchers at the North Carolina State University, is harder than diamonds. Until now, diamonds have been considered the hardest naturally occurring material, but the discovery of the Q-Carbon heralds several new possibilities. “We’ve now created a third solid phase of carbon,” says Jay Narayan, the John C. Fan Distinguished Chair Professor of ... Read More »

NASA: Supply shipment takes off for International Space Station

A US shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service. If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first US delivery since spring. “Santa is on his way!” Tory Bruno, president of rocket ... Read More »

Nano talk: liquid fuel gets an efficiency shot

Most of the engines today use liquid fuel to produce energy. Internal combustion engines in automobile industry, aero propulsion engines, and those used in the power generation industry, all of them use some sort of liquid fuel. The efficiency of liquid fuels cannot be increased by using the existing technologies. But given the ever-increasing demand for energy in the developing ... Read More »

NASA plans to exit space station in order to explore deeper space

As all good things must come to an end, NASA’s long space ride with the International Space Station (ISS) in low-Earth orbit will also touch the finish line in a decade from now. The US space agency will move up to the cislunar space — the area of space surrounding the moon — for an ambitious human exploration programme. William ... Read More »

NASA releases new close up of Pluto, now in colour

NASA has released an enhanced colour mosaic that combines some of the sharpest views of Pluto which the US space agency’s New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its historic flyby of the icy-dwarf planet. The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto on July 14 this year, with resolutions of about 77-85 metres per ... Read More »

NISAR mission biggest collaboration of ISRO and NASA

The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission will be the biggest collaboration between the two space agencies yet, said a senior scientist from NASA on Monday. The mission involves building a 2,600 kg satellite that will “effectively make a time-lapse movie of the earth” while keeping a close eye on disturbances in the ecosystem, ice-sheet collapses and natural hazards. “In ... Read More »

Smartphones may soon replace wearable fitness trackers: MIT researchers

Smartphones may soon replace wearable fitness trackers by reliably measuring your heart and breathing rates even when they are kept in pocket or a bag, MIT researchers say. Researchers are working on a project called BioPhone that could track biological signals using the smartphone’s accelerometer, which can capture the small body movements that result from the beating of your heart ... Read More »

Nasa refines thermal protection system for Orion’s next mission

In a bid to bolster its effort to prepare humans for deeper space missions, NASA engineers have refined the key thermal protection system of Orion – new exploration spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to asteroid and Mars. The team has been improving the spacecraft’s heat shield design and manufacturing process since the vehicle successfully travelled to space for the first ... Read More »

NASA directs SpaceX to launch astronauts from US soil to ISS

In a significant step toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and reducing its dependence on Russian launch facilities, NASA has ordered California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from US soil. “It is really exciting to see SpaceX and Boeing with hardware in flow for their first crew rotation missions,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s commercial ... Read More »