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ISRO unveils Mars orbiter spacecraft, likely to be launched in October

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Bengaluru: India's upcoming Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) seeks to reveal whether there is methane, considered a 'precursor chemical' for life, on the Red Planet, key officials behind the ambitious vent



New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Friday rapped space agency ISRO for allowing a foreign private satellite service provider to park its satellite in an orbit slot meant for Indi

Talking humanoid robot launches on Japan rocket


Tokyo: The first talking humanoid robot ‘astronaut’ has taken off in a rocket.
Kirobo - derived from the Japanese words for ‘hope’ and ‘robot’ - was among five tons of supplies and machinery on a roc

Mars mission not just for pride, we mean business, says ISRO

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Bengaluru: As India prepares to launch its Rs 450 crore mission to Mars this year, a top space official says the country's first martian odyssey - that has attracted some criticism - is not just for

World’s first talking robot to go into space

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Tokyo: A talking robot that will accompany a Japanese astronaut in spa­ce this summer says the cosmic tour will be one gi­ant leap for androids everywhere. In a scene straight out of Star Wars, the

Mars may have had oxygen-rich atmosphere 1billion years before Earth


Washington: Mars might have had an oxygen-rich atmosphere at a time, about 4000 million years ago, well before the rise of atmospheric oxygen on earth around 2500 million years ago.
This is the concl

Google to beam Internet from balloons

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Christchurch, New Zealand: Google revealed top-secret plans on Saturday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population curren

China launches longest-ever manned space mission

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Beijing: China on Tuesday began its longest manned space mission with the launch of the Shenzhou-10 rocket, state television showed, as the country steps up an ambitious exploration programme symboli

Space phones send back images


Three smartphones or ‘PhoneSats’ sent into orbit on April 21 aboard the Antares rocket brought back clear images of Earth after successfully completing the mission on April 27.
Nasa’s goal was to det

Sunita Williams to return from space today

Record-setting Indian-American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, along with two other cosmonauts, will return to Earth on Sunday, after four months in the orbit.

Ms Williams ceremonially handed over th

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