The year’s not half over, and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is about to launch more missions than it completed in all of 2016. SpaceX successfully fired up a Falcon 9 rocket for the eighth time this year on Friday, matching its flight total for all of last year.
The first stage landed on a SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after what SpaceX cautioned would be a "super challenging" landing attempt due to the high reentry loads for this particular flight profile.
India, on Thursday, created history after NASA launched the world's smallest satellite, built by 18-year old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team. Named as Kalamsat, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the tiny satellite weighs around 64 grams.
The remote galaxy is three times as massive as the Milky Way but only half the size. Rotational velocity measurements made with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) showed that the disk galaxy is spinning more than twice as fast as the Milky Way.
PSLV-C38 will be launched from First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. This will be the 40th flight of PSLV, 17th flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration. The space agency said 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched.
The world must be prepared for an asteroid strike, which is just a matter of time, warns a leading astrophysicist from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. It is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen.
NASA will test a new flexible solar panel called Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) on the International Space Station, that rolls up to form a compact cylinder and may offer substantial cost savings as well as an increase in power for satellites in the future.
NASA has signed an agreement with Italian Space Agency for the launch of a probe that will provide important clues about the origins of cosmic X-rays, their interactions with matter and gravity as they travel through space. NASA will supply the X-ray telescopes.
The co-passenger satellites, comprise 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America besides a Nano satellite from India.
6 months before scheduled launch of rover on ISRO rocket, firm with Antrix contract waits and hopes
NASA's Kepler space telescope has spotted 219 new potential planets, of which at least 10 are near-Earth size with conditions suitable to host life. This brings the total number of planet candidates identified by Kepler to 4,034, of which 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets.
Ten of the new discoveries were orbiting their suns at a distance similar to Earth's orbit around the sun, the so-called habitable zone that could potentially have liquid water and sustain life. The 10 new Earth-size planets bring the total to 50 that exist in habitable zones around the galaxy.
Our Sun likely had a twin when it came into existence 4.5 billion years ago, say scientists who found that every star in the universe is born with a companion. Many stars have companions, including our nearest neighbour, Alpha Centauri, a triplet system.
With the app installed in a smartphone, a driver just has to put it near the steering wheel with the front camera facing him in his normal driving position.
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology in the US fed the robot nearly 5,000 complete songs - from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga to Miles Davis.
An 18-centimetre-tall cylinder will carry potato seeds and silkworm eggs to be incubated.
"The launch abort system is an important part of making sure our crew members stay safe on the launch pad and on their way to space," said manager for Orion's launch abort system.
The industrialised human race is on the verge of entering the geological record. What would that mean for the world we know?
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will search for signs of extraterrestrial life on Earth-sized planets of the recently discovered TRAPPIST planetary system, its designed to complement and extend the scientific capabilities of other missions such as the Hubble Telescope.
Researchers from University of Bradford in the UK evolved a method that maps out the key features, such as the shape of the cheek, mouth and forehead, of a face at a certain age. The technique uses a method of predictive modelling and applies it to age progression.
Figuring out how to win these types of video games is actually quite complex, because of the huge variety of situations you can encounter while playing the game, said Rahul Mehrotra, a program manager at Maluuba, which was aqcuired by Microsoft earlier this year.
Scientists are developing a new computer tool that can detect Twitter bots which create and spread false information, an advance that may help counter the growing menace of fake news. However on Twitter accounts are run by bots which conduct seemingly real activity.
Scientists have developed a plant that uses carbon dioxide in the air to produce renewable fuels and chemicals, an advance that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. The Soletair plant aims to produce 200 litres of fuel for research.
Humans may be able to detect alien life within the next two decades, according to experts who believe that the hunt for life beyond our planet may soon yield results. Researchers will be able to use the James Web Space Telescope to look for biomarkers in earth like planets.
NASA's Curiosity rover has found a wide diversity of minerals in rock samples from Mars, which suggests that conditions changed in the water environments on the red planet over time. Layers of rocks accumulated as sediment within ancient lakes around 3.5 billion years ago
The amount of rainfall in the Earth's tropical regions will significantly increase as our planet continues to warm, a new NASA study warns. Most global climate models underestimate decreases in high clouds over the tropics seen in recent NASA observations.
"Three atomic clocks of IRNSS-1A have stopped working. But the rest of satellite components are functioning perfectly," officials said.
The two planets orbit a star HD 27894, which was first detected in 2005 and is about 20 per cent less massive than the Sun.
An amputated worm regenerated into a double-head creature after spending five weeks aboard the International Space Station. Flatworms help researchers to study how absence of gravity can alter their anatomical, behavioural, and bacteriological structure.
Scientists have for the first time discovered two-dimmensional magnets that are formed by a single layer of atoms and may pave the way for more compact and efficient devices
The research: Use of a catalyst of special molecular design, so that hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of a liquid is possible at manageable pressure and temperature
The report cited 16 instances of whale mortality along the west coast in 2015, followed by 20 in 2016. This was hugely more than in any year between 2001 and 2014, when the number of whale deaths never exceeded four
In illiterate Indian women taught to read, brain’s ancient and new regions change in 6 months and coordinate, study finds
Fossils of a completely preserved crocodile and bones belonging to at least six different dinosaurs, dating back 145 to 66 million years, have been unearthed in northeast China. Paleontologists found a A 1.5-meter-long crocodile fossil on June 1.
Scientists have developed a new form of ultra strong, lightweight carbon that is elastic and electrically conductive, and may serve a wide variety of applications from aerospace engineering to military armour. Researchers create a material known as called glassy carbon.
ISRO is facing serious trouble as atomic clocks on the first first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A have already failed. The atomic clocks that provide location data in the six navigation satellites are functioning normally.