NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

News: NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy(SOFIA) has confirmed for the first time water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface and not limited to cold, shadowed places. Facts: SOFIA: It is an airborne observatory jointly built by NASA and German Aerospace Centre.It features… Continue reading NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touches asteroid

News: OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully touched an asteroid Bennu to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth.   Facts: OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) is a NASA asteroid-study and sample-return mission. Aim: To travel to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu and bring a small sample back to… Continue reading NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touches asteroid

NASA’s planet hunter TESS completes primary mission

News: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite(TESS) has finished its primary mission imaging about 75% of the starry sky as part of a two-year-long survey.The mission has found 66 new exoplanets as well as nearly 2,100 candidates astronomers are working to confirm.  Facts: TESS: It was launched in 2018.It is a NASA mission led and operated by… Continue reading NASA’s planet hunter TESS completes primary mission

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully returns NASA astronauts back to Earth

News: SpaceX and NASA have successfully completed the final phase of their Demo-2 mission for the Crew Dragon spacecraft after two NASA astronauts returned to Earth safely. Facts: Crew Dragon Demo-2: It is the first crewed test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.It is a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The Demo-1 mission… Continue reading SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully returns NASA astronauts back to Earth

NASA launches Mars rover Perseverance to look for signs of ancient life

News: National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) has launched Mars 2020 rover ‘Perseverance.’ Facts: Mars Perseverance rover mission: It is a part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. Objectives:  Explore a geologically diverse landing site Assess ancient habitability Seek signs of ancient life, particularly in special rocks… Continue reading NASA launches Mars rover Perseverance to look for signs of ancient life

NASA to launch ASTHROS Mission to stratosphere

News: NASA has announced the launch of ASTHROS mission from Antarctica in 2023. Facts: ASTHROS stands for Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths. Aim: To send a telescope into the stratosphere to observe wavelengths of light invisible from the Earth. Significance: The mission will help in trying to find answers about… Continue reading NASA to launch ASTHROS Mission to stratosphere

Explained: NASA research says the Moon is more metallic than thought before.What this means

News: NASA has found evidence of greater quantities of metals such as iron and titanium on the Moon’s subsurface. Facts: The metallic distribution was observed by the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter(LRO) spacecraft. Significance of the study: The observations could help in drawing a clearer connection between Earth and the… Continue reading Explained: NASA research says the Moon is more metallic than thought before.What this means

Explained: What is NASA’s Gateway lunar orbiting outpost?

News: NASA has finalised the contract for the initial crew module called habitation and logistics(HALO) support for Gateway lunar orbiting outpost. Facts: HALO: It refers to the pressurised living quarters where astronauts will spend their time while visiting the Gateway lunar orbiting outpost. Gateway Lunar Orbit outpost: It is a small spaceship that will orbit… Continue reading Explained: What is NASA’s Gateway lunar orbiting outpost?

NASA discovers Earth like Exoplanet- Kepler-1649c

News:NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has discovered an Earth like exoplanet called Kepler-1649c. Facts: Kepler-1649c is an exoplanet which is nearly the size of Earth and is located nearly 300 light-years from Earth.  The planet is located in its star’s habitable zone. Additional Facts: Exoplanet:It is a planet outside the Solar System.The first confirmation of detection… Continue reading NASA discovers Earth like Exoplanet- Kepler-1649c

NASA’s Mars rover gets a name:Perseverance

News:National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) has announced that the official name of its Mars 2020 rover will be ‘Perseverance.’ Facts: About Perseverance Rover: The mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The rover weighs less than 2,300 pounds and is managed by NASA’s Jet… Continue reading NASA’s Mars rover gets a name:Perseverance

NASA’s InSight mission for Mars

News: Recently, the findings of 10 months of NASA’s InSight mission on Mars are described in a set of six papers. Facts: About InSight mission: The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars The mission is part… Continue reading NASA’s InSight mission for Mars

Indian scientist to be Co-I for NASA’s PUNCH mission

Dipankar Banerjee who is an Indian solar physicist from Indian Institute of Astrophysics has been selected as a Co-Investigator of PUNCH mission by NASA. PUNCH stands for The Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere. The aim of the mission is to image and track the solar wind and coronal mass ejections Coronal mass ejections… Continue reading Indian scientist to be Co-I for NASA’s PUNCH mission

L 98-59b: A new planet discovered by NASA mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s(NASA) Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite(TESS) has discovered the smallest planet called L 98-59b. The planet is between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright,cool, nearby stars.It is the tiniest of Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finds so far. L 98-59b is around 80% of Earth’s size and about… Continue reading L 98-59b: A new planet discovered by NASA mission

NASA’s Artemis to put first woman on Moon

NASA has planned to send first woman to moon in 2024 in its ambitious plan named Artemis. NASA’s new manned mission to the moon will be named as Artemis.The Artemis program began when US President had signed Space Policy Directive in 2017 directing NASA to send astronauts to the moon. ARTEMIS stands for Acceleration, Reconnection,… Continue reading NASA’s Artemis to put first woman on Moon

NASA to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 2022

NASA is planning to launch Double Asteroid Redirection Test(DART).It is a spacecraft designed to determine whether an asteroid can be redirected with a high-speed collision. It will be launched with the help of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will hit a small moonlet in the binary near-earth asteroid system Didymos in September 2022. DART would… Continue reading NASA to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 2022

NASA: Universe expanding faster than expected

A new study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters has reported that the universe is expanding faster than expected. According to scientists, this would require new physics to better understand the cosmos. New measurements from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed that the Universe is expanding about 9% faster than expected based on its trajectory… Continue reading NASA: Universe expanding faster than expected

NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station(ISS) extended to 328 days.Koch arrived at the space station on March 14 and now is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020. This would set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman by breaking the record… Continue reading NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

SpaceX astronaut capsule launched on ISS test mission

SpaceX successfully launched a new astronaut capsule to the International Space Station(ISS).It is a key step towards resuming manned space flights from U.S after an eight-year break.The only occupant on board of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule was a dummy named Riple. This mission is called as Demonstration Mission-1 or DM-1 where Crew Dragon test capsule… Continue reading SpaceX astronaut capsule launched on ISS test mission

NASA greenlights SpaceX test flight to ISS

NASA has given SpaceX the green light to test a new crew capsule by first sending an unmanned craft with a life-sized dummy figure to the International Space Station.The mission is called as Demonstration Mission-1 or DM-1 where Crew Dragon test capsule is scheduled to take off in falcon 9 rocket to the ISS. This… Continue reading NASA greenlights SpaceX test flight to ISS

NASA to crash into asteroid, ESA to follow up

The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Hera mission is set for a new record by becoming the first spacecraft to explore a binary asteroid — the Didymos pair. The moon orbiting Didymos, called ‘Didymoon’ — almost the size of the Giza Pyramid in Egypt, measuring just 160 metres in diameter—will be the smallest asteroid ever explored.… Continue reading NASA to crash into asteroid, ESA to follow up

NASA’s historic Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end’

NASA’s historic Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end’ News: NASA’s pioneering Dawn spacecraft in the asteroid belt has run out of fuel, ending its historic 11-year mission that unravelled many mysteries of our solar system. Important Facts: About Dawn Spacecraft: The $467million Dawn mission was launched in 2007 to study the protoplanet Vesta… Continue reading NASA’s historic Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end’