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Curiosity rover ‘sniffs’ Martian air to measure its composition

Curiosity rover ‘sniffs’ Martian air to measure its composition

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has sucked Martian air into its big Sample Analysis at Mars (Sam) instrument to reveal the concentration of different gases. This is the first time that…

China to launch 8 satellites for land, ocean surveillance

China to launch 8 satellites for land, ocean surveillance

China plans to send as many as eight satellites into the space before 2020 to provide ocean and land data and supervise the marine environment, a senior official has said.…

Computer models birth of planets

Computer models birth of planets

Planetary researchers have got a new tool to study the evolution of Earth and our solar system – simulated models of how planets are born. Most planets form when a…

Radiation from ‘solar whip’ to hit Earth today

Radiation from ‘solar whip’ to hit Earth today

NASA scientists have discovered an eight lakh kilometres long ‘solar whip’ on the surface of the Sun and warned that some radiation from it is headed for Earth today. NASA’s…

US loses three space pioneers in five weeks

US loses three space pioneers in five weeks

The United States lost three space pioneers in about five weeks from mid-July, but each one of them – Forrest McCartney, Sally Ride, and Neil Armstrong – did their country…

Sunita Williams takes fifth spacewalk

Sunita Williams takes fifth spacewalk

Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the record of the longest space flight (195 days) for a woman, has completed her fifth spacewalk lasting a near record eight hours and…

NASA’s WISE telescope discovers millions of supermassive black holes

NASA’s WISE telescope discovers millions of supermassive black holes

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission has uncovered millions of new supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies. Images from the telescope have revealed…

What made Japan’s Tsunami worse

What made Japan’s Tsunami worse

Tsunami created by undersea earthquakes can be made much larger by the “pop-up” movement of large amounts of residue, a new study has suggested. These earthquakes release huge amounts of…

Extremely cold European winters linked to solar activity

Extremely cold European winters linked to solar activity

It has been assumed that the Sun’s 11-year cycle influences climate of certain regions on Earth, but scientists couldn’t find strong evidence to prove it – until now. Now, armed…

Astronomers find 2 galaxy systems similar to Milky Way

Astronomers find 2 galaxy systems similar to Milky Way

Scientists have found the first group of galaxies that is just like ours, a rare sight in the local universe. The Milky Way is a fairly typical galaxy on its…