Monday, Aug 14, 2023


Chandrayaan-3 and Luna-25 taking off

Watch this space: Chandrayaan-3, Luna-25 race against backdrop of Indo-Russia cooperation

August 13, 2023 16:45 IST

India's Chandrayaan-3 and Russia's Luna-25 are in a bit of a "race" to be the first mission to reach the lunar south pole. But this race belies the long history of cooperation in space between the two countries.

Acinetobacter baylyi (green) bacteria surround clumps of colorectal cancer cells.

Scientists engineer bacteria to detect cancer DNA

August 13, 2023 16:46 IST

Researchers used CRISPR to engineer a bacteria to detect colorectal cancer in mice.

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Test vehicle mission ahead of India’s first manned spaceflight by Sept: Parliament told

August 13, 2023 09:20 IST

First test vehicle mission will check the processes for aborting the mission mid-air, the parachute system that will bring the crew module down to sea, and the recovery of the crew members from the module after splashdown

mud cracks on mars and mud cracks on earth

Mars may have had wet-dry seasons or even flash floods, finds study

August 12, 2023 12:15 IST

A new study of mud crack patterns on Mars indicates that the planet may have once had seasons that shift between wet and dry or flash floods.

meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower 2023: How and when you can spot ‘shooting stars’

August 13, 2023 16:41 IST

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking this week. Here is a complete guide to what causes them and how you can spot it even without going outside.

In this photo taken from video and released by Roscosmos State Space Corporation, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket with the moon lander Luna-25 automatic station takes off from a launch pad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russia's Far East, on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023.

Russia’s Luna 25 could beat Chandrayaan-3 to lunar south pole

August 13, 2023 09:22 IST

Russia's Luna 25 mission launched from the Vosthochny cosmodrome today and it might beat India's Chandrayaan-3 to the Moon.

Takakia plants growing

Oldest surviving plant species saw dinosaurs come and go, humans threaten it

August 12, 2023 08:35 IST

Takakia, a genus of moss that has survived for millions of years, is now threatened by climate change.

The most distant star ever is in this image

Webb captures Earendel, most distant star ever discovered

August 12, 2023 12:15 IST

Earendel is so far away that it appears as a point to Webb despite a massive gravitational lens between the star and the telescope.

meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower 2023: How to spot it in the sky or on live stream

August 12, 2023 12:15 IST

Perseid meteor shower 2023: Here is how you can watch Perseids in the night sky or even through a live stream.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket booster with the lunar landing spacecraft Luna-25 is lifted on the launchpad ahead of its upcoming launch at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur region, Russia.

Russia’s Luna-25 mission could land on lunar south pole before Chandrayaan-3

August 12, 2023 15:29 IST

Russia is set to launch Luna-25, its first lunar landing mission in 47 years, and it might land on the Moon's lunar south pole ahead of Chandrayaan-3, which launched nearly a month earlier.

View of the Moon and chandrayaan-3 mission's solar array

Chandrayaan-3 will land even if ‘everything fails, all sensors fail, nothing works’: ISRO chief

August 12, 2023 15:29 IST

ISRO chairman S Somanath said that the Chandrayaan-3 mission will make a soft-landing even if two engines and all the sensors of the Vikram lander stop working, while speaking during an event on Tuesday.

Mars cutaway

Mars is spinning faster. Scientists are not exactly sure why

August 12, 2023 09:02 IST

The rotation of Mars seems to accelerating, according to a study that used data from NASA's InSight lander.

ice in antarctica

Ocean heatwaves, ice loss, other extreme events ‘virtually certain’ in Antarctica

August 8, 2023 15:28 IST

A new study finds that extreme events like heatwaves and ice loss are virtually certain in Antarctica in the coming years.

Keisha Schahaff and Anastatia Mayers

First mother-daughter duo set to fly to space together with Virgin Galactic

August 8, 2023 13:19 IST

Keisha Schahaff and her 18-year-old daughter Anastatia Mayers will be the first mother-daughter duo to fly to space on a Virgin Galactic mission.


Watch: First glimpses of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-3

August 9, 2023 08:48 IST

Chandrayaan-3 will go around the moon and reduce its velocity in orbit in preparation for a soft landing on Earth's only natural satellite.

Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft integrated with rocket

Watch this space: Chandrayaan-3 enters lunar orbit, ‘Sun umbrella,’ and Voyager 2

August 8, 2023 13:04 IST

Watch this space: The Chandrayaan-3 mission left Earth's orbit in the same week that NASA regained contact with Voyager-2.


Chandrayaan enters moon orbit: ‘Feeling lunar gravity’

August 6, 2023 09:01 IST

The next operation - reduction of orbit– will be done at 11 PM on Sunday, ISRO added.

ISRO agreement

ISRO transfers satellite bus technology to Bengaluru-based private firm

August 6, 2023 14:51 IST

ISRO has transferred the IMS-1 satellite bus technology to Bengaluru-based Alpha Design Technologies, bringing in a new era of increased private industry participation in India's space sector.

Aerial shot of tropical trees near a water body

‘Social distancing’ of trees ensures biodiversity in tropical forests, finds study

August 5, 2023 10:48 IST

Adult tropical trees might maintain distances from other members of the same species in a kind of "social distancing" that ensures biodiversity, finds new study.

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Giant solar eruption that hit Earth, Moon, and Mars was first to do so

August 4, 2023 15:11 IST

This is the first time that a solar event was recorded on Earth, on the Moon and on Mars simultaneously.

Ring nebula

Webb telescope captures marvellous new image of Ring Nebula

August 4, 2023 13:46 IST

This remarkably detailed new image of the Ring Nebula will reveal its intricate details and the space around the white dwarf at its heart.

A view shows one of the superconductor coils which are assembled to form the giant magnet within which the magnectic field is 11.7 T.

Superconductor claims spark investor frenzy, but scientists are skeptical

August 4, 2023 12:16 IST

South Korean researchers last week said they found a superconductor that works at room temperature, which has long been considered a holy grail for scientists in the field.

A view of the site of the Catoctin Furnace, an iron forge where enslaved people of African descent once worked

DNA of enslaved iron workers illuminates African American history

August 4, 2023 12:00 IST

Millions of people were transported from Africa to the Americas from the 16th to 19th century in the transatlantic slave trade, a brutal chapter in human history.

solar radiation

Scientists want to use ‘sun umbrella’ tied to asteroid to fight climate change

August 4, 2023 11:06 IST

Can a sun shade tethered to an asteroid be a practical solution in the fight against climate change?

Perucetus colossus, an extinct giant marine mammal heavier than the blue whale

Newly-discovered extinct whale may have been the heaviest animal ever

August 4, 2023 11:03 IST

Perucetus colossus, whose fossils were discovered in Peru, may be the heaviest discovered animal ever, even heavier than the blue whale.