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NASA says first person to land on Mars likely to be a woman

The first person to set foot on Mars is likely to be a woman, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said. While Bridenstine did not identify a specific person, he said that women are at the forefront of the US space agency’s upcoming plans. Asked if a woman will go to the Moon for the first time, Bridenstine said “The answer is absolutely. In fact, it is likely to be a […]

Harvard's top astronomer say an alien ship may be among us — and he doesn't care what his colleagues think

Before he started the whole alien spaceship thing last year, the chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department was known for public lectures on modesty. Personal modesty, which Avi Loeb said he learned growing up on a farm. And what Loeb calls “cosmic modesty” – the idea that it’s arrogant to assume we are alone in the universe, or even a particularly special species. You can find a poster for one […]

NASA’s record-breaking spacewoman Peggy Whitson retires as astronaut

NASA’s record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired today less than a year after returning from her last and longest spaceflight. She’s spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three space station missions. She’s also the world’s most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 under her spacesuit belt. Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station, holding the position twice, and the oldest woman […]

NASA rover data shows Mars had the ingredients needed for life

A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth’s neighbor may have harbored life. But National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists emphasized there could be nonbiological explanations for both discoveries made by the Curiosity rover at a site called Gale crater, leaving the […]

Asteroid to smack into Earth in 2135? NASA says no need to worry

If scientists are to be believed, there are small chances that an asteroid will smack into Earth in 2135, The Washington Post reported. Though chances are there that a lot of living things on the planet might be destroyed due to this but forward-thinking astrophysicists have a plan to deal with this. According to an IANS report, in order to deal with potential asteroid impact, NASA has drawn up plans […]

Global warming: NASA tool predicts which city will flood first; Mangalore, Mumbai at risk

Global warming: NASA tool predicts which city will flood first; Mangalore, Mumbai at risk Karnataka’s Mangalore may be at higher risk of drowning due to sea level rise triggered by glacial melting than cities such as Mumbai and New York, data released by a NASA study shows. It is well known that the melting of glaciers will lead to sea level rise, what is not as well understood is how […]

Mercury not so hot as thought? Data from NASA’s ‘MESSENGER’ spots icy deposits on scorching planet

The first thought to cross one’s mind on a mention of planet Mercury is its blistering daytime temperature of up to 800 degree F (427 degree Celsius) because of its proximity to the Sun. However, new research has indicated that there may be more ice on Mercury’s scorching surface than thought. Scientists in their study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, claim to have found evidence of frozen water […]

August 21 total solar eclipse: Scientists to be on the look-out for sunspots

The most awaited celestial event of 2017 – the total solar eclipse – that is to take place on Monday, August 21, has everyone in the space circuit including space enthusiasts all over the world buzzing with excitement. The rare eclipse will be gracing the skies after 99 years and it’s a once in a lifetime chance for people to view it. While people from across the country are rushing […]


Five years of Curiosity: NASA goes back in time to celebrate Mars rover's anniversary - Watch

NASA has already gained immense amount of insight into important aspects of Mars, thanks to its reliable Martian rovers, which have been scaling the rocky terrain for years. One such rover is Curiosity, which has shown its efficiency time and again by beaming back spectacular images of the Red Planet, which will assist the space agency in its future mission to Mars. The 4D droid is also responsible for one […]

NASA Is Hiring A 'Planetary Protection Officer' To Guard Us Against Alien Life - And Vice Versa

There’s a vacancy at NASA, and it may have one of the greatest job titles ever conceived: planetary protection officer. It pays well, between $124,000 and $187,000 annually. You get to work with really smart people as part of the three- to five-year appointment but don’t have to manage anyone. And your work could stave off an alien invasion of Earth or, more important, protect other planets from us. President […]