• Science Updates
    NASA Announces Discovery of Rare Double Asteroid

    An asteroid that made a close approach to Earth last month is actually two objects orbiting each other, reveal new observations by three of the world’s largest radio telescopes. The new observations obtained between June 21 and 26 indicate that the two objects, each about 900 metres in size, revolve around each other once every […]

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    NASA Commercial Crew Program for Space Station Faces Delays, Report Says

    Plans to launch the first NASA astronauts since 2011 to the International Space Station from the United States look set to be delayed due to incomplete safety measures and accountability holes in the agency’s commercial crew program, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. SpaceX and Boeing Co are the two main contractors selected under the National Aeronautics and […]

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    Israel Plans Its First Moon Launch in December

    An Israeli organisation announced plans Tuesday to launch the country’s first spacecraft to the moon in December, with hopes of burnishing Israel’s reputation as a small nation with otherworldly high-tech ambitions. The unmanned spacecraft, shaped like a pod and weighing some 585 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds) at launch, will land on the moon on February 13, […]

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    Candidate HIV Vaccine Passes Key Early Test

    The near 40-year quest for an HIV vaccine received a hopeful boost Saturday when scientists announced that a trial drug triggered an immune response in humans and shielded monkeys from infection. Shown to be safe in humans, the candidate vaccine has now advanced to the next phase of the pre-approval trial process, and will be […]

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    NASA Readies to Extract Data as Kepler Runs ‘Very Low’ on Fuel

    Scientists at NASA are preparing to download the latest bit of data stored in its plant-hunting Kepler space telescope as the spacecraft is now running “very low” on fuel. The US space agency has placed the spacecraft in a no-fuel-use safe mode to save the remaining fuel so that data extraction can be completed, NASA said on […]

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    ISRO Tests Crew Escape System Critical for Human Spaceflight

    In its aim towards human spaceflight, Indian space agency ISRO on Thursday carried out the first in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a statement said the crew escape system is a critical technology for human spaceflight. “The crew escape system is an emergency escape measure […]

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    Cosmic Crash With Dwarf Galaxy Reshaped Milky Way: Study

    A dramatic head-on collision with a dwarf galaxy, dubbed the “Gaia Sausage” galaxy, about 10 billion years ago reshaped the structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way, fashioning both its inner bulge and its outer halo, new research suggests. The dwarf did not survive the impact. It quickly fell apart, and the wreckage is now […]