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Asteroids hit earth more frequently than thought


April 26th, 2012 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 26 (IANS) Giant asteroids, similar or larger than the one believed to have killed the dinosaurs, hit Earth billions of years ago with more frequency than previously thought, ... Read more...

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NASA’s Mars rover begins research in space


December 14th, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its eight-month trip from the Earth to Mars, the US space agency announced Tuesday.The research will ... Read more...

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Mars rover begins space research


December 14th, 2011 - 8:09 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its eight-month trip from Earth to Mars, the US space agency said Tuesday.Curiosity was launched Nov ... Read more...

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NASA spacecraft detects significant changes in Mars’ atmosphere


April 22nd, 2011 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): The total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes dramatically as the tilt of the planet's axis varies, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered.This process can affect the ... Read more...

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Study says ‘alien’ bombardment brought gold to Earth


December 10th, 2010 - 1:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): A new research has suggested that massive planetoids which crashed into the Earth late in its formation some 4.5 billion years ago might have brought gold and other ... Read more...

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NASA research could shed light on early stages of planet formation


December 10th, 2010 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): A new research from NASA has claimed that planets gained the final portions of their mass from a limited number of large comet or asteroid impacts more than ... Read more...

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NASA’s spacecraft discovers warm fractures on Saturn’s moon


December 1st, 2010 - 4:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 1 (ANI): NASA's Cassini spacecraft has given scientists a view of active fissures through the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus.They have constructed the highest-resolution heat intensity maps yet ... Read more...

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‘Alien comets’ were ’stolen by Sun’ from neighboring stars 4.5bn yrs ago


November 29th, 2010 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 29 (ANI): Computer simulations in a new study have shown that the early Sun could have stolen comets from neighboring newborn stars 4.5 billion years ago.Hal Levinson of the Southwest ... Read more...

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Oxygen atmosphere found on Saturn’s moon


November 26th, 2010 - 1:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 26 (ANI): Astronomers have announced that an oxygen atmosphere has been found on Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea.At about 527,000 kilometres from Saturn, Rhea orbits inside the planet's magnetic ... Read more...

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Saturn’s rings formed by destruction of Titan-sized moon


October 6th, 2010 - 5:34 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 6 (ANI): A new study has suggested that Saturn's rings may have been formed after the death of an early Titan-sized moon whose upper layers were ripped off as it ... Read more...

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‘Knot’ in ribbon at solar system’s edge ‘unties’


October 1st, 2010 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 01 (ANI): Maps produced by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has revealed that the unusual "knot" in the bright, narrow ribbon of neutral atoms emanating from the boundary between ... Read more...

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NASA’s IBEX spacecraft reveals space as never seen before


August 17th, 2010 - 4:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 17 (ANI): NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has surpassed its mission objectives with images that reveal the interactions between our home in the galaxy and interstellar space to be ... Read more...

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NASA could land probe on asteroid hurtling towards Earth


August 10th, 2010 - 5:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 10 (IANS) NASA is considering plans to land a probe on an asteroid that is on a potential collision course with the Earth. The plan mirrors the plot of ... Read more...

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NASA plans to visit asteroid predicted to hit Earth


August 7th, 2010 - 11:53 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 7 (ANI): Last week experts warned of an eminent collision between an asteroid and Earth. Now, NASA is planning to visit the space object.The asteroid 1999 RQ36 made headlines ... Read more...

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Reason for zodiac glow in the eastern night sky identified


April 16th, 2010 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 16 (ANI): Scientists have finally succeeded in identifying the source of zodiac glow in the eastern night sky.First explained by Joshua Childrey in 1661 as sunlight scattered in our direction ... Read more...

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US Hubble Space Telescope photos show that Pluto is changing colors


February 9th, 2010 - 12:47 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Washington, Feb 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The US Hubble Space Telescope photos show that the Pluto is changing colors, and its ice-sheets are also shifting. Pluto was demoted to a ‘dwarf planet’ ... Read more...

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Why Ganymede and Callisto are vastly different from each other


January 25th, 2010 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 25 (ANI): Scientists at the Southwest Research Institute, US, have determined that differences in the number and speed of cometary impacts onto Jupiter's large moons Ganymede and Callisto some 3.8 ... Read more...

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NASA’s Rosetta ‘Alice’ spectrometer shows Earth’s ultraviolet fingerprint


January 15th, 2010 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 15 (ANI): NASA's Alice spectrometer on board the European Space Agency's comet orbiter spacecraft, Rosetta, has successfully revealed the Earth's ultraviolet fingerprint.Instrument Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern, associate vice president ... Read more...

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‘Goldilocks’ zone of life in space far bigger than originally thought


December 31st, 2009 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 31 (ANI): Scientists have determined that the "Goldilocks" zone, a region in space where conditions are not too hot and not too cold for life to exist, is far bigger ... Read more...

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Brazil airline company to test sugar-based aviation fuel


November 19th, 2009 - 10:03 am ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Nov 19 (EFE) Brazil's Azul Airlines will conduct a demo flight by 2012 to test a sugar-based aviation fuel manufactured by a US firm, the company has announced. The flight ... Read more...

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NASA spacecraft makes deepest dive yet into Saturn moon’s jets to find life


November 3rd, 2009 - 2:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, November 3 (ANI): NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made its deepest plunge yet into the plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus, which might reveal complex organic molecules that could hint at life.Researchers have ... Read more...

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1 billion year old crater on Mercury proof of recent volcanism


October 22nd, 2009 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, October 22 (ANI): A NASA spacecraft has discovered a new crater on Mercury that may have been geologically active as recently as a billion years ago, which indicates recent volcanism on ... Read more...

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NASA spacecraft helps scientists map solar system


October 16th, 2009 - 4:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer or IBEX spacecraft has helped astronomers construct the first comprehensive sky map of our solar system and its location in the Milky Way galaxy. ... Read more...

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NASA spacecraft provides first view of our solar system’s position in Milky Way


October 16th, 2009 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 16 (ANI): NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spacecraft has made it possible for scientists to construct the first comprehensive sky map of our solar system and its location in ... Read more...

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Radar map of buried Mars layers matches planet’s climate cycles


September 23rd, 2009 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 23 (ANI): New, three-dimensional imaging of Martian north-polar ice layers by a radar instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter matches with theoretical models of Martian climate swings during the past ... Read more...

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Solar system’s main asteroid belt may harbor icy interlopers from beyond Neptune


July 23rd, 2009 - 2:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 23 (ANI): A new computer simulation has suggested that millions of objects in the solar system's main asteroid belt may be icy interlopers from beyond Neptune that were flung into ... Read more...

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Scientists make first direct measurement of lunar backscatter from solar wind


July 4th, 2009 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 4 (ANI): A team of scientists has for the first time observed energetic neutral atoms scattered off the Moon from the incoming solar wind ion beam.When the solar wind, made ... Read more...

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New instrument may detect groundwater deep inside Mars


June 25th, 2009 - 12:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 25 (ANI): A team of Boulder (US) scientists and engineers has tested a new instrument prototype that might be used to detect groundwater deep inside Mars.Known as the Mars Time ... Read more...

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NASA spacecraft detects ultra fast hydrogen coming from Moon


June 19th, 2009 - 3:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 19 (ANI): NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has made the first observations of very fast hydrogen atoms coming from the Moon, following decades of speculation and searching for their ... Read more...

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New ESA mission to explore innermost regions of solar system


March 21st, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 21 (ANI): The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have selected an imaging coronal spectrograph for the ESAs Solar Orbiter mission to explore the innermost regions of the solar ... Read more...

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NASA may send fleet of spacecraft to Venus between 2020 and 2025


March 19th, 2009 - 12:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 19 (ANI): A NASA advisory team has said that the agency is planning to send a future fleet of spacecraft to Venus between 2020 and 2025, which would include ... Read more...

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Cannibalistic Jupiter gobbled up its early moons


March 9th, 2009 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 9 (ANI): A computer simulation has indicated that the gas giant Jupiter was once a cannibal, in the sense that it ate many of its moons early in its ... Read more...

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Dark comets may pose deadly threat to Earth


February 12th, 2009 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 12 (ANI): Astronomers have claimed that swathes of dark comets may be prowling the solar system, posing a deadly threat to Earth.According to a report in New Scientist, UK-based ... Read more...

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Earth may be hit by an asteroid in 160 years time


February 10th, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 10 (ANI): If reports are to be believed, Earth might be hit by an asteroid in about 160 years time.According to a report in New Scientist, the asteroid, ... Read more...

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Soon, first all-sky map of the edge of the solar system


January 14th, 2009 - 3:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has begun gathering data to build the first maps of the edge of the heliosphere, the region of space influenced by ... Read more...

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