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Rocket Lab to launch 10 NASA CubeSats on Sunday (13:12) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) In its first mission for NASA, the American aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab is set to launch 10 small research satellites, or CubeSats, from New Zealand, the US space agency said.

Neanderthal genes behind shape of human skulls: Study (17:52)
London, Dec 14 (IANS) A team of scientists have identified two genes that affect the shape of the modern human's skull and they originate from Neanderthals.

NASA photographs Mars InSight lander from space (13:10) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA has pinpointed the exact landing location of its newly launched InSight lander, using a powerful camera onboard another of the agency's spacecraft, hovering around the Red Planet.

NASA seeks US partners to develop reusable systems for Moon mission (12:44) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA is set to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems, in a major step to land astronauts on the surface of the Moon.

Australia to provide support for European Space Agency's tracking station (08:30)
Canberra, Dec 14 (IANS) In a first an Australian body has been chosen to take over day-to-day operations at the European Space Agency's (ESA) deep space tracking centre, it was announced on Friday.

Hi-tech world to be on display at Gujarat science expo (23:12)
Gandhinagar, Dec 13 (IANS) Giving a glimpse of advanced technologies, which were once considered science fiction stuff, an exhibition on futuristic technologies will be displayed at the Science City, prior to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit (VGGIS) 2019. The city will also have a four-month-long exhibition on space produced by American Museum of Natural History.

Heart attack risks higher on Christmas eve: Study (20:20)
London, Dec 13 (IANS) All set to ring in Christmas eve? According to a research, the risk of heart attack peaks at around Christmas eve, particularly for older and sicker people, and it is most likely due to heightened emotional stress.

ALMA finds protoplanetary disks depicting planet formation (20:04)
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) Astronomers have obtained stunning, high-resolution images of 20 nearby protoplanetary disks, depicting the birth of planets, using Chile's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

NASA's Juno mission to cross halfway to Jupiter next week (12:44) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) NASA's Juno mission will next week mark the halfway point in data collection by completing the 16th science pass of Jupiter.

Google Doodle tells why you shouldn't miss Thursday's meteor showers (11:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) After 9 p.m. on Thursday , you should be able to watch the best Geminid meteor showers to Earth ever and Google has made a Doodle just to make you aware of what a celestial show you could miss if you do not look up at the sky at the right time.

Ministry asks IISc to design data site for smart cities (17:48)
Bengaluru, Dec 12 (IANS) The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs asked the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to design a data site for information exchange among smart cities, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

India to launch GSAT 7 satellite for Indian Air Force (17:14)
Chennai, Dec 12 (IANS) India will be launching GSAT 7A, a military communication satellite for the Indian Air Force (IAF), on December 19 with its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) rocket, said Indian space agency.

NASA satellite maps Antarctica ice sheets, sea ice, forests (15:58) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) NASA's satellite to track Earth's melting ice has revealed accurate first maps of Antarctica such that it can measure sea ice height to within an inch, the US sapace agency has said.

NASA's InSight sends back first selfie on Mars (13:30) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) Barely two weeks after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight lander has taken its first selfie using the spacecraft's robotic arm, the US space agency has said.

NASA probe finds water on asteroid Bennu (Lead) (16:04) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA's first spacecraft sent to collect sample from an asteroid has found water locked inside asteroid Bennu -- a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system.

More glaciers in East Antarctica losing ice: NASA (13:24)
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) A group of glaciers spanning one-eighth of East Antarctica's coast have begun to lose ice over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean, NASA scientists have found.

NASA probe finds water on asteroid Bennu (12:46) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has found water locked inside the asteroid Bennu -- a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system.

Voyager 2 is now also in interstellar space behind its Voyager 1 twin (10:10)
By Mayank Chhaya IANS Photo Service
Chicago, Dec 11 (IANS) Forty-one years after it left Earth, NASAs Voyager 2 probe has now become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space after its twin Voyager 1 did in 2012.

Spacewalk: Russian cosmonauts to check hole in Soyuz docked to ISS (11:54)
Washington, Dec 10 (IANS) Two Russian cosmonauts will go for a six-hour-long spacewalk on Tuesday to check a hole in the external hull of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft currently docked to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronomers find a treasure trove of planets hiding in dust (17:06)
Bejing, Dec 9 (IANS) "Super-Earths" and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, a new research by an international team of astronomers suggests.

Wintertime ice growth in Arctic sea slows long-term decline: NASA (14:44)
New York, Dec 9 (IANS) While sea ice in the Arctic continues to be on the decline, a new research from the US Space agency suggests that it is regrowing at faster rates during the winter than it was a few decades ago.

Mantle neon illuminates Earth's formation: Study (11:00)
New York, Dec 9 (IANS) The Earth formed relatively quickly from a cloud of dust and gas around the sun, trapping water and gases in the planet's mantle, according to a study.

Cosmonaut aboard ISS begins experiment to print living tissue on 3D-bioprinter (13:14)
Moscow, Dec 8 (IANS) Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko who arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on December 3 has started an experiment to print living tissues on the 3D-bioprinter delivered to the orbital outpost by the new crew, Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

China launches lunar probe to study moon's far side (08:40) IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Dec 8 (IANS) China launched a lunar probe on Saturday which is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon.

NASA's InSight lander 'hears' Martian wind (06:18)
Los Angeles, Dec 8 (IANS) NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars on November 26, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian wind on the Red Planet, the NASA said.

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