Nasa to Digitise Viking Mission Data on Mars

August 21, 2016

Forty years ago, Nasa’s Viking mission made history when it became the first to successfully land a fully operational spacecraft on Mars. As engineers and scientists planned for later missions to Mars, the rolls of microfilm containing the Viking data were stored away for safekeeping and potential later use. It would be another 20 years […]

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Nasa Training Astronauts Underwater to Mimic Mars Mission Conditions

August 21, 2016

Nasa has sent a team of astronauts to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on a 16-day mission to prepare for future deep space missions and the journey to Mars. The ‘aquanauts’ were sent to train undersea in simulated space mission as the bottom of a blue ocean and the surface of a Red Planet […]

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Missing Craters on Dwarf Planet Ceres Intrigue Scientists

August 21, 2016

In an intriguing find, scientists associated with Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft have discovered a mysterious disappearance of a significant number of large craters on dwarf planet Ceres, indicating something has happened to it. Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft arrived to orbit Ceres in March 2015 and mission scientists expected to find a heavily-cratered body generally resembling the protoplanet […]

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Great Red Spot Storm Heating Jupiter’s Atmosphere, Study Shows

August 21, 2016

Scientists have long wondered why Jupiter’s upper atmosphere has temperatures similar to those of Earth, even though the biggest planet in the solar system is five times farther away from the sun. The answer may be The Great Red Spot, an enormous storm big enough to swallow three Earths that has been raging on Jupiter […]

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Isro Looking to Launch INSAT-3DR Weather Satellite on August 28

August 21, 2016

Preparations for the launch of weather satellite INSAT-3DR with the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-MkII) next month are progressing at Sriharikota, officials said on Friday. “The weather satellite INSAT-3DR will be put into orbit by a GSLV rocket August end. Preparations for the launch are going on,” P. Kunhi Krishnan, Director of the Satish Dhawan […]

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Alphabet, GlaxoSmithKline Partner on Life Science Unit

August 21, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline and Google parent Alphabet’s life sciences unit are creating a new company focused on fighting diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body, jump-starting a novel field of medicine called bioelectronics. Verily Life Sciences – known as Google’s life sciences unit until last year – and Britain’s biggest drugmaker will together contribute GBP 540 […]

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Nasa Probe Set to Rendezvous With Asteroid ‘Bennu’ in August 2018

August 21, 2016

A near-Earth asteroid that is coming towards our planet after being dislodged by a gravitational pull can indeed strike us and and cause massive destruction but according to experts, it has a one in 2,700 chances of hitting. Such an event will not take place for 150 years and the people living in the year […]

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SpaceX Wins Second Nasa Contract to Take Astronauts to ISS

August 21, 2016

The US space agency has ordered a second mission from Elon Musk’s space transport services company SpaceX to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Commercial crew flights from Florida’s Space Coast to the International Space Station will restore America’s human spaceflight launch capability and increase the time US crews can dedicate to scientific […]

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Microsoft’s First Machine Learning Conference to Be Held Next Week in Bengaluru

August 21, 2016

Software giant Microsoft will host the maiden edition of its Machine Learning and Data Sciences Conference in India this year, highlighting importance of the Indian market in terms of future deployment of these new emerging technologies. The 2-day event, to be held in Bengaluru on August 8-9, is expected to see participation from over 600 […]

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A New Reason Why We Haven’t Found Alien Life in the Universe

August 21, 2016

Italian physicist Enrico Fermi once famously exclaimed “Where is everybody?” We have been trying to answer his paradox –we exist, so aliens should exist too — ever since. According to one new solution, we have not seen or heard from any galactic neighbors because we are still waiting for them to be born. And it […]

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