NASA to launch the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope on Dec. 18

The James Webb Space Telescope, which astronomers hope to herald a new era of discovery, will launch on Dec. 18, NASA said on Wednesday. The $10 billion observatory (about Rs. 73,700 crores), which is a joint project by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, will take off on an Ariane 5 … Read more

‘Hubble Time’: Space Telescope Captures Rare Phenomenon Involving Newborn Star

The European Space Agency (ESA) shared a stunning Instagram image of a rare celestial event, known as a Herbig-Haro object, taking place in a dark alley of an incredibly vast universe. It shows a bright beam of light that appears to move with rapid speed and penetrate clouds. Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, this … Read more

NASA confirms that the Perseverance Mars Rover has collected its first rock sample

NASA confirmed on Monday that its Perseverance Mars rover has successfully collected its first rock sample for scientists to examine when a future mission brings it back to Earth. “I got it!” the space agency tweeted, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. The sample was … Read more

NASA Sky Watching Tips: Watch the Night Sky in September, Interesting Things Are Happening

This month looks to be rewarding for sky watchers with a full range of binocular and telescopic sights in sight. Throughout the month of September, interesting cosmic events will take place and can be seen on the horizon, according to NASA. The space agency said in its monthly update that astronomers and space enthusiasts will … Read more

Elon Musk takes a look at Jeff Bezos on Twitter, claims Blue Origin founder is investing in ‘shady lobbyists’

The battle for domination of space by private companies is not new. The latest competition saw Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos in the race to make commercial space tourism a reality. Now SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has robbed Bezos’ Blue Origin by hiring a high-profile strategic consulting firm after losing a $2.9 billion NASA lunar … Read more

Mars Chopper: China develops miniature prototype helicopter for future missions

China has developed a prototype miniature helicopter for surveillance work on future missions to Mars, according to its space science agency, after the historic landing of a robotic rover on the Red Planet a few months ago. The prototype is similar in appearance to the Ingenuity robotic helicopter, developed by NASA for its Perseverance mission … Read more

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sues NASA for SpaceX Moon contract

Blue Origin, the space company owned by Jeff Bezos, is suing the US government for its decision to award a huge Moon exploration contract to its competitor SpaceX, it said in a statement on Monday. The company has filed a lawsuit in the US Federal Claims Court “in an attempt to remedy the shortcomings” in … Read more

How was our solar system born? Study finds new clues

A study of the Ophiuchus star-forming complex offered new insights into the conditions under which our own solar system was born. The study results were published in the journal Nature Astronomy. An active star formation region in the constellation Ophiuchus is giving astronomers new insights into the conditions in which our own solar system was … Read more

NASA interrupts SpaceX work on lunar module after blue origin process

NASA agreed on Thursday to temporarily halt work on a $2.9 billion (about INR 21,587 crores) lunar landing contract awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, after rival billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin , sued the US government, said an agency spokeswoman. Blue Origin said its lawsuit, filed in the US Federal Complaints Court last week, … Read more