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  • Nokia wins NASA contract to put 4G network on moon
    San Francisco, October 18 (IANS): NASA has awarded Nokia of the US $14.1 million to deploy a 4G cellular network on the moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration. "The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards," NASA noted in its co
  • NASA awards US firm $47mn to land water-measuring payload on Moon
    Washington, October 17 (IANS): NASA has awarded Houston-based Intuitive Machines approximately $47 million to deliver a drill combined with a mass spectrometer to the Moon by December 2022. The payload will land on the Moon and drill up to approximately one metre below the surface. It will measure with a mass spectrometer how much ice in the sample is lost to sublimation as the ice turns from a solid to a vapor in the vacuum of the lunar environment. The delivery of the payloa
  • NASA shares $28bn plan to return humans to Moon in 2024
    Washington, September 22 (IANS): NASA has shared an update on its Artemis programme, including the latest plans to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024 at a cost of nearly $28 billion. However, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, meeting the tight deadline set by the Donald Trump administration would depend a lot on Congress approving $3.2 billion quickly for the development of human-rated lunar landers, according to a report in Space
  • NASA astronauts cap historic ‘odyssey’ aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule
    Reuters U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years. Behnken and Hurley, tallying 64 days in space, undocked from the station on Saturday and returned home to land their capsule in calm waters off Florida's Pensacola coast on schedule at 2:48 p.m. ET followin
  • NASA's new Mars rover launches from Florida to seek signs of past life
    Washington, July 30 (Reuters): NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Thursday atop an Atlas 5 rocket on a $2.4 billion mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth's planetary neighbor. The next-generation robotic rover - a car-sized six-wheeled scientific vehicle - also is scheduled to deploy a mini helicopter on Mars and try out equipment for future human missions to the fourth planet from the s
  • Launch set for NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance
    Washington, July 30 (Reuters): NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance is set for liftoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Thursday on a mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth's planetary neighbor. The U.S. space agency's $2.4 billion mission is scheduled for launch at 7:50 a.m. ET (1150 GMT) and is expected to reach Mars next February. The car-sized six-wheeled robotic rover, which will launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lo
  • Solar probe reveals sun's tiny 'campfires' in closest-ever photos
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters): A solar probe built by the European Space Agency and NASA has delivered the closest photos ever taken of the sun's surface, revealing a landscape rife with thousands of tiny solar flares that scientists dubbed "campfires" and offering clues about the extreme heat of the outermost part of its atmosphere.   "When the first images came in, my first thought was, 'This is not possible - it can't be that good,'&quo
  • SpaceX Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts docks with International Space Station
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 31 (Reuters): Just under 19 hours after launching from Florida, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley docked with the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the first U.S. space capsule to do so with a crew since 2011.   The launch on Saturday by SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, represented another milestone for the reusable rockets it pioneered to
  • Russian space agency calls Trump's reaction to SpaceX launch "hysteria"
    MOSCOW, May 31 (Reuters): Russia's space agency criticised U.S. President Donald Trump's "hysteria" about the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years, but also said on Sunday it was pleased there was now another way to travel into space.   SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, on Saturday launched two Americans into orbit from Florida en route to the International Space Station (ISS), a land
  • NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 31 (Reuters) - SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on Saturday in a landmark mission marking the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.   A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), launching Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a 19-hour ride aboard the company's newly designed Crew Dragon
  • We're ready, say NASA crewmates on maiden SpaceX flight to ISS
    Washington, May 27 (IANS): Ahead of their historic launch to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on Wednesday, NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken said that they were ready for the upcoming journey.   "...The teams are ready and we are ready. #LaunchAmerica," Hurley said in a tweet.   This "Crew Demo-2" mission will mark the first launch of astronauts on an American rocket from American soi
  • NASA set to resume human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 27 (Reuters): SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, was set to launch two Americans into orbit on Wednesday from Florida on a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.   A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was due to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center at 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT), launching Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a 19-hour ride aboard the company's newl
  • How the Hubble Space Telescope opened our eyes to the first galaxies of the universe
    The launch of Hubble Space Telescope on April 24, 1990. This photo captures the first time that there were shuttles on both pad 39a and 39b. (NASA File Photo)   Rodger I. Thompson, University of Arizona The Conversation    The Hubble Space Telescope launched on the 24th of April, 30 years ago. It’s an impressive milestone especially as its expected lifespan was just 10 years.   One of the primary reasons for the Hubble telescope’s longevity
  • NASA finds Vikram moon lander's debris
    This image shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field. Green dots indicate spacecraft debris (confirmed or likely). Blue dots locate disturbed soil, likely where small bits of the spacecraft churned up the regolith. "S" indicates debris identified by Shanmuga Subramanian. This portion of the Narrow Angle Camera mosaic was made from images M1328074531L/R and M1328081572L/R acquired Nov. 11. (Image Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State Univers
  • 1st all-woman spacewalk sparks unprecedented interest: NASA
    Astronaut Christina Koch participates in her first spacewalk. (Inset) Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christa Koch prepare for the first all-female spacewalk, an excursion to repair a power unit on the International Space Station. (Photo Courtesy: NASA; NASA Johnson/Flicker )     Washington, Oct 19 (IANS) Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history with the first all-female spacewalk, an excursion to repair a power unit on the International Space St
  • Soyuz carrying humanoid robot aborts docking at ISS
    The unpiloted Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is pictured near the International Space Station. (Photo Courtesy: NASA)     Washington, August 25 (IANS): The unmanned Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) will make a second docking attempt on Monday after the first attempt was aborted on Saturday, NASA said. A problem with a component associated with the automated docking system believed to have led to its failure