Tuesday, Dec 26, 2023


Artistic illustration of JAXA's SLIM lunar lander.

Japan’s SLIM ‘moon sniper’ reaches lunar orbit ahead of landmark landing

December 26, 2023 13:08 IST

Japan will attempt to become just the fifth country in the world to soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon.

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‘Benefitted from Russian geopolitical situation as some launches came to India… we raised our prestige and ability’: ISRO Chief S Somanath

December 26, 2023 13:39 IST

A narrative has been created that the concepts of science and God do not go together and all scientists should be atheists. I do not believe either in atheism or in the belief system. I always worship the approach of scientists to find out the truth.

2023 in space featured

2023 in spaceflight: Chandrayaan-3 and other missions that defined space exploration this year

December 24, 2023 08:36 IST

Space missions reach new heights in 2023 as India sticks lunar landing, NASA studies asteroids, and SpaceX iterates at warp speed. The final frontier continues to inspire.

aditya l-1 mission, solar mission

Solar mission Aditya-L1 will reach destination on January 6: ISRO chairman

December 24, 2023 08:41 IST

The mission, the first Indian space-based observatory to study the Sun from a halo orbit L1, was launched by the ISRO on September 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota.

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NASA unveils cosmic Christmas tree in new photo ahead of the festival

December 21, 2023 18:12 IST

This Christmas, gaze up at the night sky and imagine a glittering tree formed by a nebula's magical green lights.

Nasa Taters, a tabby cat

NASA streams cat video from deep, deep space

December 20, 2023 09:06 IST

Using laser communication, NASA streamed a cat video from almost 20 million miles away, or 40 round trip flights to the moon.

Meteor Shower

Ursid meteor shower 2023: How to watch the peak this week

December 19, 2023 20:26 IST

Don't miss the Ursid meteor shower on December 23. Here's how to watch it in India.

NASA water

Watch this space: Aliens and ocean worlds and speaking to whales

December 18, 2023 08:32 IST

In our solar system, the space agency found the presence of a key ingredient of life and powerful energy sources that can trigger it.

Water from the subsurface ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus sprays from huge fissures out into space. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which captured this image in 2010,

17 ocean planets discovered in habitable zones of distant stars

December 17, 2023 15:15 IST

A new NASA study has discovered 17 exoplanets that could have liquid water under their icy shells, with the water breaking through the surface in the form of geysers and water plumes.

Water from the subsurface ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus sprays from huge fissures out into space. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which captured this image in 2010,

NASA finds life-sparking energy source and molecule on Saturn’s icy moon

December 15, 2023 17:01 IST

A study has found the presence of a key ingredient of life and powerful energy sources that can trigger it.

A picture of a humpback whale's tail.

SETI humpback whale ‘encounter’ could help us learn to talk to aliens

December 15, 2023 14:57 IST

A team of researchers communicated with a humpback whale in research that could help us in the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the upper right.

Sun emits X-class solar flare; most powerful detected in years

December 15, 2023 14:14 IST

The Sun launched an especially strong "X-class" solar flare on Friday. Here is what that means.

Geminid meteor shower 2023: A man looking at meteors in the sky.

Geminids meteor shower 2023: How to watch the peak this week

December 13, 2023 18:57 IST

Geminid meteor shower 2023: The Geminids are set to peak this week. Here is how you can catch a glimpse as nearly 150 comets streak across the sky every hour.

ISRO Chairman S Somanath addresses the gathering during the inauguration of ‘Global Energy Parliament 2023’ on 'Science and Faith', at Raj Bhavan, in Kolkata, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. (PTI Photo)

Indian astronaut on the Moon by 2040: ISRO chairman S Somanath

December 13, 2023 08:18 IST

ISRO chairman S Somanath said the space agency will send an Indian astronaut to the Moon as early as 2040.

Zhuque-1 rocket

Watch this space: Aditya L1, China’s methane rocket and Webb’s ghost

December 11, 2023 14:54 IST

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday shared the first -ever full disc image of the Sun in infrared light captured by the Aditya-L1 mission and India’s neighbour China has been busy as well.

A computer-generated image of trackable space junk.

Space junk colliding makes ‘signals’ we can detect here on Earth

December 10, 2023 08:32 IST

Scientists have figured out an approach to detect really small pieces of space junk when they collide with each other.

SpaceX’s Starship lifts off during an orbital test mission, on the company’s Boca Chica launchpad near Brownsville, Texas, U.S. April 20, 2023.

Chinese methane-powered private rocket sends satellites into orbit

December 9, 2023 10:55 IST

China-based private space technology firm LandSpace launched the methane-powered Zhuque 2 rocket carrying three satellites on Friday.

The researchers conducted a study of over 7,500 articles from various media outlets.

Liberal and conservative media have opposing views on artificial intelligence

December 10, 2023 08:38 IST

In a media study, researchers found that liberal-leaning media is more oppossed to artificial intelligence than conservative-leaning media.

Aditya L-1 mission

India’s Aditya L-1 mission captures first-ever full-disk images of Sun

December 10, 2023 08:49 IST

Sharing the images on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, ISRO wrote that the images " provide pioneering insights into the intricate details of the Sun's photosphere and chromosphere."

A video of a coronal loop solar flare on the sun

Scientists reveal physics behind stars’ unusual ‘superflares’

December 10, 2023 08:47 IST

Scientists have used computer models to understand how "super flares" on brighter stars than the Sun work.

Composite image of the area around the protoplanetary disk HH 48 NE. The scattered light on the disk is red. The gas from a wind above the disk is green. The jet is blue.

Webb captures ‘hamburger’ that is first detailed picture of ice in planet-forming disc

December 7, 2023 13:42 IST

This James Webb Space Telescope image looks like hamburger because of some of the special properties of the planet forming disc in it.

James Webb Space Telescope galaxy

A ghostlike dusty galaxy appears again in James Webb Space Telescope image

December 6, 2023 17:26 IST

An elusive ghost of a galaxy has been spotted using the James Webb Space Telescope.


Watch this space: Humans want to go to the Moon again and never leave

December 4, 2023 08:24 IST

NASA is back with the Artemis programme to put humanity back on the Moon.

Artist’s Illustration: Two suited crew members work on the lunar surface.

NASA’s Artemis 3 mission won’t land humans on Moon till 2027: Report

December 3, 2023 08:29 IST

The United States Government Accountability Office estimates that NASA's Artemis 3 mission will only land humans on the Moon in 2027.

The hubble space telescope orbiting Earth

Hubble Space Telescope is in safe mode, NASA pauses operations

December 2, 2023 09:04 IST

NASA said that it is working on getting the Hubble Space Telescope up and running after it went into safe mode due to a malfunctioning gyroscope.