More than three decades after its launch, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is nearing the edge of the solar system and is continuing sending back attention-grabbing data.
The remote-controlled robotic spacecraft was launched in 1977 to search the outer part of the solar system and beyond. The spacecraft has already explored Jupiter and Saturn- planets made of gas.
The Geminid meteor shower, which often offers the best meteor-shower show of the year, peaked early Tuesday.
The Geminid meteor shower provided spectacular show for sky watchers from all parts of the globe except Antarctica. Excessive glare from urban light pollution and cloudy weather also barred the spectacular shower show at some locations.
The Geminid meteor shower has been named so because they appear to be originating from the constellation Gemini. Under ideal viewing conditions, one can expect to see from 100 to 120 shooting stars per hour.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed that country’s Akatsuki spacecraft failed to enter the orbit of planet Venus.
The $300 million Akatsuki probe now will have to wait for around six more years to get a second chance to enter the orbit of the hot, rocky planet.
The Japanese space agency said it temporarily lost communication with Akatsuki and when it get reconnected with the spacecraft, it learned that the spacecraft could not enter Venus’ orbit.
Akatsuki spacecraft was scheduled to enter the Venus’ orbit on Tuesday.
The Edinburgh-based Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Centre has said that it was going to develop a tool kit that would allow nations to capture and store harmful greenhouses gases underground.
According to the CCS centre the concerned tool kit would assist nations in testing the potency of their regulations, building knowledge and making sure that the members of the public are kept informed regarding efforts to build the carbon storage wells in their countries.
After sacking the chair of the UK Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, Prof David Nutt, the government now has plans to do away with the legal requirement for scientific experts to its independent drugs advisory group.
Last year, Prof David Nutt was sacked, and seven other advisers had resigned amid complaints that drug policy was driven by politics rather than evidence.
A team of researchers analyzed a fossil of the first horned dinosaur that was found in South Korea two years ago.
The first horned dinosaur, Koreaceratops hwaseongensis, has been named after Korea and Hwaseong City, where the fossil was discovered. It lived as many as 103 million years back.
The dinosaur had unique fan-shaped tail, which suggests that it might have been a good swimmer.
The available skeleton includes the dinosaur's backbone, partial hind limbs, tail and hip bone.
NASA astrobiology research fellow Felisa Wolfe-Simon was positively ecstatic about a discovery that put forward a life form that was not made of conventional building blocks of life.
On last Friday, NASA scientists revealed at a news conference that they managed to discover a new form of life that can grow by substituting arsenic (a toxic element) for phosphorus, which is one of the basic building blocks of all existing life forms found on Earth.
Researchers at NASA discovered a new form of life that can grow by substituting toxic element arsenic for phosphorus.
Astrobiologists took mud from Mono Lake in Northern California. The water in Mono Lake, which has high arsenic content, is three times as salty as the ocean.
NASA astrobiology research fellow Felisa Wolfe-Simon, of the US Geological Survey, said that the researchers produced an environment which had everything a normal life form on earth need to survive on Earth, except phosphorus.
The US space agency NASA announced that space shuttle Discovery’s final flight had been delayed until at least 3rd of February.
Originally, Discovery’s final flight was scheduled for early November, a hydrogen leak and some cracks on external fuel tank forced NASA to postpone it launch for many times.
Speaking on the topic, NASA's space operations’ chief Bill Gerstenmaier said, "Our commitment has been ... to stay focused on these flights and fly them safely.”
The US Air Force's secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is all set to return to Earth after spending more than seven months in space.
The X-37B space plane will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles at sometime between Friday and Monday, depending on the condition of weather.
The Air Force Space Command confirmed yesterday that it started preparations for the X-37B space plane’s landing.
According to a Monday statement by NASA officials, the Discovery space shuttle has finally been repaired for its last launch into the space next week. The forthcoming window to launch Discovery, which has been marred by delays due to weather and technical glitches, will open on November 30 and close around December 6.
NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, which is speeding at 27,000 miles per hour, flew within 435 miles of Hartley 2 on 4th of November, and captured some very interesting images of the comet.
Comet Hartley 2 could be the smallest of the five comets that the spacecraft has visited, but it the most interesting as it is engulfed by snowstorm.
The captured images showed a twenty-mile wide ice cloud around the comet Hartley 2. Some chunks of ice were as large as a basketball.
European astronomers have claimed that they have discovered a Jupiter-sized new planet from beyond our galaxy Milky Way.
The new planet "HIP 13044 B" is orbiting a star that originated outside the Milky Way but was eventually drawn into it. It was the gravity of the Milky Way that finally drawn the star into it, in an act of `galactic cannibalism'.
The star, which is near the end of its life, is around 2,000 light years away from Earth.
Astronomers, so far, have discovered as many as 500 exo-planets outside our Solar System, but all of them are indigenous to our own galaxy.
London has launched a six-month trial to tackle its high air pollution levels by spraying its roads with a dust suppressant.
The move is expected to help the city to remain under limits prescribed for pollutant particulate matter (PM10), by European Union. PM10 is a pollutant produced particularly by engine emissions as well as tire and brake wear.
The dust suppressant is made from calcium magnesium acetate. It works by sticking the PM10 to the road.
NASA has announced the development of Solar Shield- a new defensive measure against powerful solar flares that could damage orbiting satellites and electrical grids on Earth.
Solar Shield is designed to provide forewarning on incoming solar storms. The new project will foretell the harshness of the solar storms at specific locations to allow electrical grids to plan responses and limit the probable damage.