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China to launch its first Mars probe mission in July 2020: Report

January 25, 2020 2:13:08 pm

China is reported to have announced that it will launch its Mars probe in July this year, Xinhua cited the ChinaYouth Daily.

Ancient DNA from West Africa adds to picture of humans’ rise

January 24, 2020 1:16:29 pm

Researchers have found the first genetic material from West Africa. On Wednesday a team reported that they had recovered DNA from four individuals in Cameroon, dating back as far as 8,000 years.

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How fast can a human run? Here’s the answer

January 24, 2020 6:04:09 pm

Our running speed was limited because we are in the air for most of our stride.

Scientists in Pune, Kanpur identify origin of X-ray variability in black hole systems

January 24, 2020 6:08:08 pm

The scientists analysed data from the Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter (LAXPC) and the Soft X-ray Telescope (SXT) instruments, which were both developed in TIFR Mumbai.

Gaganyaan: International collaboration key in manned mission to space

January 24, 2020 6:10:15 pm

ISRO will provide a bulwark of technologies and systems for the Gaganyaan mission, but there will be key contributions from Russia and France. Russia will help with the selection of astronauts, while France will help with its expertise in space medicine.

Indian space candidates in their 30s picked for multiple space missions, says Russian expert

January 24, 2020 6:10:52 pm

According to the Russian expert, the task of picking the final Indian candidates was no different from selections in other countries.

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This strange microbe may mark one of life’s great leaps

January 23, 2020 8:56:38 pm

Evolutionary biologists have long puzzled over how eukaryotes could have evolved from such simple precursors.

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The freshwater giants are dying

January 23, 2020 8:37:11 pm

There are about 200 species of so-called freshwater megafauna, but compared with their terrestrial and marine counterparts, they are poorly studied by scientists and little known to the public. And they are quietly disappearing.

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Meet Vyommitra: ISRO’s half-humanoid will go to space before astronauts

January 23, 2020 8:42:39 am

Introducing itself to the audience, Vyommitra (vyoma-space, mitra-friend) said: “Hello everyone. I am Vyommitra, the prototype of the half-humanoid, made for the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission.”

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ISRO’s manned mission to Moon will happen, but not right now: K Sivan

January 22, 2020 1:28:38 pm

While talking about Gaganyaan and Chandrayaan-3, ISRO Chief K Sivan said that the Indian space agency will look at the manned moon mission but someday in future not right now.

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ISRO successfully completes three orbit raising manoeuvres of GSAT-30

January 21, 2020 12:39:30 pm

The ISRO said it has successfully completed the three orbit-raising manoeuvres of communication satellite GSAT-30 which placed the satellite in an orbit close to its operational orbit.

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NASA’s HiRISE camera records how ice shift on this Mars crater

January 21, 2020 12:11:47 pm

The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has recorded the shift in the ice on this Mars crater since 2008 spanning six Mars Years.

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SpaceX’s explosive test may launch year of renewed human spaceflight

January 20, 2020 6:27:35 pm

On Sunday, SpaceX was demonstrating a crucial safety system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a capsule that is to carry astronauts for NASA to the International Space Station.

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Meteorite or volcano? New clues to the dinosaurs’ demise

January 20, 2020 4:13:54 pm

The meteorite, according to a team of scientists, was the chief perpetrator, while the volcanism, driving climate change in the background, might have affected life’s recovery in the wake of the impact.

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On Mars and Moon, astronaut could be living in home grown out of fungi

January 21, 2020 11:59:04 am

NASA has said that astronauts could grow their homes on the Moon and Mars out of fungi instead of building them. The same project could also prove to be a sustainable and affordable model of housing on Earth.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX says ‘picture perfect’ test paves way for human mission

January 20, 2020 9:12:26 am

SpaceX test: A Crew Dragon astronaut capsule launched at 10:30 am and softly splashed down about 19 miles (32 km) off the coast of Cape Canaveral in Florida about eight minutes later

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX test postponed due to high winds

January 19, 2020 8:05:40 am

A test of the abort procedure set for Saturday was delayed by 24 hours due to sustained winds and rough seas in the recovery area, SpaceX said on Twitter. It’s now targeting a six-hour window starting at 8 a.m. Eastern time Sunday.

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IIT-M develops device to produce ‘clean’ hydrogen fuel from seawater

January 17, 2020 2:54:07 pm

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have developed a novel device that can be used to generate hydrogen fuel from seawater, an advance that may contribute to a cleaner energy future.

Proxima C: A new ‘super Earth’ discovered, but will it be viable for life?

January 17, 2020 4:58:49 pm

A new 'Super-Earth' orbiting Proxima Centauri, which is the Sun's nearest neighbouring star, has been discovered by scientists. The Proxima C is believed to be closer

ISRO's GSAT-30 satellite successfully launched aboard Ariane rocket

ISRO’s GSAT-30 satellite successfully launched aboard Ariane rocket

January 17, 2020 9:35:20 am

Blasting off from the Ariane Launch Complex in Kourou, a French territory located in northeastern coast of South America at 2:35 am IST, European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 vehicle injected GSAT-30 into the orbit in a flawless flight lasting about 38 minutes.

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