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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Science

Philae ends up in cliff shadow, batteries running out

With just a day or two left before the lander's primary battery is exhausted, scientists are considering what acrobatic maneuvers to risk in order to get the solar panels out of the shadows so they can keep Philae going for a few more months.

Philae 2014: Scientists wait for data after historic but dodgy comet-landing

Scientists in Germany said the lander Philae failed to anchor to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on landing, but still managed to send back scientific information. More would be known after Philae makes scheduled contact with Rosetta.

European probe Philae finally lands on coment, but fails to latch on

The European Space Agency has landed a probe on a comet, but an anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into the origins of Earth as well as the solar system.

Cameras that sync with one another to track suspects

Electrical engineers from the University of Washington in the Us have developed a way to automatically track people across moving and still cameras by using a technology that trains the networked cameras to learn one another's differences.

Landing on a comet: Philae probe begins slow descent

It's now a tense wait for scientists in Europe as robot lab Philae separated from mothership Rosetta Wednesday and began a crucial 7-hour descent to land on a comet for the first time in history.

Chasing a comet: Rosetta's probe Philae to make touchdown Wednesday

In an operation fraught with peril, an unmanned science lab called Philae will detach from the European Space Agency scout Rosetta and descend to a comet 510 million kilometres (318 million miles) from Earth.

From Laika to geckos: A look at animals sent into space

On this day 57 years ago, a Russian street dog named Laika became one of the first animals to go into space and the first creature to orbit the earth on board Soviet spacecraft Sputnik II.

NASA arranges 3D tour of International Space Station

You could now have a 3D tour of the International Space Station and experience how astronauts orbit in zero gravity while sitting in front of your computer at home.

Mars rover Curiosity finds first mineral match on surface

The Mars rover Curiosity has discovered the first mineral match from the Martian surface. The reddish powder from the hole drilled into a mountain yielded the mission's confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit, the US space agency said in a statement.

India to launch unmanned crew module in December

India will launch an unmanned crew module in December onboard a heavy rocket to test its re-entry into the atmosphere for the country's future maiden human space flight, the space agency chief said Thursday.

China unveils laser to shoot down low-flying drones: report

China has developed a highly accurate laser weapon system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, state media reported.

NASA's Mars spacecraft ready for test flight

The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has fully assembled the Orion spacecraft for a test flight Dec 4.

Nasa rocket explosion in 11 mind-blowing pictures

Nasa's 14-story unmanned Antares rocket headed for the International Space Station exploded on Tuesday, seconds after liftoff. We bring you 11 snapshots that capture the explosion. Nasa rocket explodes after liftoff | Nasa's catastrophic space flights

NASA cargo spacecraft set for launch

The US space agency is geared up to send Orbital Science Corporation's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA's Hubble spots distant galaxy

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy - one of the farthest galaxies ever seen through a giant cosmic magnifying glass over 13 billion light years away.

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