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SpaceX launch marks 600 space travelers in 60 years

The launch was just as riveting for spectators at Nasa's Kennedy Space Center, as well as along the East Coast, as the Falcon rocket thundered through clouds on its way to space, turning night into day.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched carrying three NASA and one ESA astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US. (File Photo / REUTERS)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched carrying three NASA and one ESA astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 10:28 AM IST
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Signs of life on Mars? Nasa rover gets images of ancient river delta

Nasa astrobiologist Amy Williams and her team in Florida found similarities between features of the cliffs seen from the crater floor and patterns in Earth's river deltas.
The images from Mars reveal how water helped shape the Red Planet's landscape billions of years ago, providing clues that will guide the search for evidence of ancient life, a study said. (Photo via Nasa)
The images from Mars reveal how water helped shape the Red Planet's landscape billions of years ago, providing clues that will guide the search for evidence of ancient life, a study said. (Photo via Nasa)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 07:01 AM IST
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Nasa invites application for year-long simulated mission on Mars-like habitat

According to details shard by Nasa, each mission will consist of four crew members living and working in a 1,700-square-foot module 3D-printed by ICON, called Mars Dune Alpha. As part of the simulation tasks, the crew members will conduct spacewalks and scientific research.
A 3D conceptual render of Mars Dune Alpha.(Courtesy: nasa.gov)
A 3D conceptual render of Mars Dune Alpha.(Courtesy: nasa.gov)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 12:33 PM IST
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Mars' core, measured on seismic waves, found to be 'surprisingly' large and thin

Among other things, the InSight probe has revealed that Mars has an unexpectedly large core, with a whopping 1,830km (give or take 40km) radius -- just over half of the planet’s radius.
An artist's impression of the Nasa Mars mission approaching the red planet. (Photo via Nasa)
An artist's impression of the Nasa Mars mission approaching the red planet. (Photo via Nasa)
Published on Jul 23, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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'We're going big': Nasa's Ingenuity copter to push its limits for next flight

The Ingenuity helicopter has till now remained close enough to the Perseverence rover on the Martian surface. However, for its next flight, Ingenuity will try to break its own records in distance, time aloft, and groundspeed, Nasa said.
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 12:29 PM IST
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A selfie from Mars: China's Zhurong rover spreads its 'wings' on Red Planet

China's Zhurong rover captured what is technically a selfie, more of a "group photo" to be precise, where it put a wireless camera on the Martian surface before scooting back to spread its wings and pose before it. The rover also made sure to include its landing platform in the frame.
China’s Zhurong rover with its landing platform in a
China’s Zhurong rover with its landing platform in a "selfie" from the surface of the Red Planet. (Photo via China National Space Administration (CNSA))
Published on Jun 12, 2021 01:56 PM IST
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'Nihao Mars': China's Zhurong rover makes history, touches down on red planet

This makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing, and roving operation during its first mission to Mars -- a feat unmatched by the only other two nations to reach the Red Planet so far, the United States and Russia.
File Photo: Visitors to the National Museum look at the model of the Chinese Mars rover earlier this year in Beijing on Friday, March 12, 2021. China's first Mars rover has been named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
File Photo: Visitors to the National Museum look at the model of the Chinese Mars rover earlier this year in Beijing on Friday, March 12, 2021. China's first Mars rover has been named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Published on May 15, 2021 07:25 PM IST
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NASA's Mars Ingenuity Helicopter gets extra month of flying as rover's scout

NASA's Mars Ingenuity Helicopter was attempting its fourth flight Friday afternoon; Thursday’s effort failed because of a known software error.
This Thursday, April 29, 2021 image from video made available by NASA shows the Mars Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of the planet.(AP Photo )
This Thursday, April 29, 2021 image from video made available by NASA shows the Mars Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of the planet.(AP Photo )
Published on May 01, 2021 06:03 AM IST
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Nasa's Ingenuity helicopter hits new speed record in its third flight to Mars

The twin-rotor whirligig’s debut on the red planet marked a 21st-century Wright Brothers moment for Nasa last week, after it performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars. However, achievements galore awaited Nasa, as the copter continued to hit one milestone after another.
This NASA photo released on April 22, 2021, shows the downward-looking navigation camera aboard NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in this image of the rotorcraft's shadow on the surface of Jezero Crater during the helicopter's second experimental test flight (AFP photo / Nasa / JPL-Caltech)
This NASA photo released on April 22, 2021, shows the downward-looking navigation camera aboard NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in this image of the rotorcraft's shadow on the surface of Jezero Crater during the helicopter's second experimental test flight (AFP photo / Nasa / JPL-Caltech)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 06:52 PM IST
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NASA's Mars helicopter soars higher, longer on 2nd flight

The 4-pound chopper, named Ingenuity, hovered longer and also flew side to side this time, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. It achieved the intended altitude of 16 feet and even accelerated sideways 7 feet.
This illustration made available by NASA depicts the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars which was attached to the bottom of the Perseverance rover.(AP)
This illustration made available by NASA depicts the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars which was attached to the bottom of the Perseverance rover.(AP)
Updated on Apr 23, 2021 05:55 AM IST
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NASA shares images of electric blue dunes on Mars

The set of images, clicked on the Red Planet at 80.3 degrees north latitude, 172.1 degrees east longitude, were released to mark the 20th anniversary of Odyssey, the longest-working Mars spacecraft in history.
Two types of dunes are seen in the image. One set is yellowish in colour and signifies warmer climates, and the other set is bluish or pale that represents colder climates.(NASA)
Two types of dunes are seen in the image. One set is yellowish in colour and signifies warmer climates, and the other set is bluish or pale that represents colder climates.(NASA)
Published on Apr 12, 2021 08:52 AM IST
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Two bots, one selfie: Nasa on 1st photo of Mars Perseverance with Ingenuity

The selfie with Ingenuity was stitched together from 62 individual images taken by the Perseverance rover, said Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL).
This Nasa photo shows the Perseverance Mars rover in a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover, on April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.(AFP)
This Nasa photo shows the Perseverance Mars rover in a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover, on April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 08, 2021 01:40 PM IST
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A piece of Wright brothers' first airplane is on Nasa's Mars chopper

The Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, the Wrights' hometown, donated the postage-size piece of muslin from the plane's bottom left wing, at NASA's request.
This illustration made available by NASA depicts the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars which was attached to the bottom of the Perseverance rover.(AP)
This illustration made available by NASA depicts the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars which was attached to the bottom of the Perseverance rover.(AP)
Published on Mar 24, 2021 08:28 AM IST
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‘Grinding and squealing’: Mars rover sends back sounds of driving

Perseverance — the biggest, most advanced rover ever sent to Mars — landed near an ancient river delta on February 18 to search for signs of past life. Samples will be taken from the most promising rocks for eventual return to Earth.
Wheel tread marks are left in the soil of Jezero Crater on Mars byNASA's Mars rover Perseverance.(Via REUTERS)
Wheel tread marks are left in the soil of Jezero Crater on Mars byNASA's Mars rover Perseverance.(Via REUTERS)
Published on Mar 18, 2021 10:50 AM IST
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News updates from HT: Rajasthan schools, colleges to close due to Covid surge

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Due to an improvement in the overall situation, authorities allowed for the reopening of colleges, universities and schools for Classes 9 to 12 in January this year with all Covid-related norms in place. (Representative Image) (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Due to an improvement in the overall situation, authorities allowed for the reopening of colleges, universities and schools for Classes 9 to 12 in January this year with all Covid-related norms in place. (Representative Image) (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 06, 2021 04:54 PM IST
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Nasa's new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 21 feet in first test drive

The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek signs of past life.
The roundabout, back and forth drive lasted just 33 minutes and went so well that more driving was on tap Friday and Saturday for the the six-wheeled rover.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS)
The roundabout, back and forth drive lasted just 33 minutes and went so well that more driving was on tap Friday and Saturday for the the six-wheeled rover.(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS)
Published on Mar 06, 2021 05:17 AM IST
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Photos: NASA's Perseverance Rover sends back panoramic view of landing site

A portion of a panorama made up of individual images taken by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover shows the Martian landscape on February 20.(NASA / JPL-Caltech via REUTERS) 8
A portion of a panorama made up of individual images taken by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover shows the Martian landscape on February 20.(NASA / JPL-Caltech via REUTERS)
Published on Feb 26, 2021 04:48 PM IST
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News updates from HT: PM says India's health ecosystem being praised worldwide

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted India's effort in assisting neighbouring countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted India's effort in assisting neighbouring countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 01:02 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Indian firms likely to give average salary hike of 7.7%

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Almost 60% of the firms that said the business outlook is improving are expected to pay an average 9.1% salary hike in 2021.(Stock image: Getty)
Almost 60% of the firms that said the business outlook is improving are expected to pay an average 9.1% salary hike in 2021.(Stock image: Getty)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 08:58 AM IST
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Hidden message in parachute of NASA’s Mars rover decoded. Here’s what it says

Systems engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out the secret message in the orange and white strips of the 70-foot (21-meter) parachute.
This image shows the parachute deployed during the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18, 2021.(AP)
This image shows the parachute deployed during the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18, 2021.(AP)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 08:31 AM IST
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'Dare Mighty Things': Mars rover's giant parachute carried secret message

“Dare Mighty Things” — a line from President Theodore Roosevelt — is a mantra at JPL and adorns many of the centre's walls. The trick was “trying to come up with a way of encoding it but not making it too obvious," Clark said.
This illustration provided by NASA shows a diagram added over the parachute deployed during the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of the planet on Thursday. (AP Photo)
This illustration provided by NASA shows a diagram added over the parachute deployed during the descent of the Mars Perseverance rover as it approaches the surface of the planet on Thursday. (AP Photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 05:55 AM IST
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NASA shares video of Perseverance rover’s landing on Mars. Watch

The footage was recorded on Thursday by a series of cameras mounted at different angles of the multi-stage spacecraft as it carried the rover, named Perseverance, through the thin Martian atmosphere to a gentle touchdown inside a vast basin called Jezero Crater.
The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera in this image.(via REUTERS)
The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera in this image.(via REUTERS)
Published on Feb 23, 2021 09:31 AM IST
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What Perseverance is upto? NASA's Mars rover tweets major update

  • The rover has also been tweeting under the hashtag CountdowntoMars, and professed its love for rocks
“I’m safe on Mars. Perseverance will get you anywhere,” said a tweet from the rover’s Twitter account on Friday.(via REUTERS)
“I’m safe on Mars. Perseverance will get you anywhere,” said a tweet from the rover’s Twitter account on Friday.(via REUTERS)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 07:54 PM IST
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With Perseverance, US has sent 5 rovers to Mars. When will humans follow?

Astronauts bound for Mars will have to travel about 140 million miles (225 million kilometers), depending on where the two planets are relative to each other.
NASA's Perseverance rover descends to touch down on Mars in a still image from a video camera aboard the descent stage taken February 18, 2021.(NASA via REUTERS)
NASA's Perseverance rover descends to touch down on Mars in a still image from a video camera aboard the descent stage taken February 18, 2021.(NASA via REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 20, 2021 01:14 PM IST
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Pics show how different landmarks celebrated Perseverance rover’s Mars landing

"To Mars, with love," reads a portion of the caption shared alongside the pictures.
Switzerland's dazzling tribute to NASA Perseverance rover mission.(Instagram/@NASA)
Switzerland's dazzling tribute to NASA Perseverance rover mission.(Instagram/@NASA)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 11:25 AM IST
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NASA: Perseverance Mars rover sends back new images

The photo was released less than 24 hours after the rover landed near an ancient river delta to search for signs of ancient life and collect rock samples for return to Earth in a decade.
HiRISE captured Perseverance during descent to Mars( NASA/JPL)
HiRISE captured Perseverance during descent to Mars( NASA/JPL)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 07:45 AM IST
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Meet Indian-American Mohan who announced Mars landing

“Touchdown confirmed! Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs of past life,” Mohan announced on Thursday as scientists in the mission control room of the US space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted in cheers.
NASA's Dr Swati Mohan.(Twitter/@NASA)
NASA's Dr Swati Mohan.(Twitter/@NASA)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 02:10 AM IST
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News updates from HT: BJP youth leader arrested with cocaine in Kolkata

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A Bharatiya Janata Party youth leader, Pamela Goswami, was arrested from a posh area in south Kolkata with nearly 100 grams of cocaine.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
A Bharatiya Janata Party youth leader, Pamela Goswami, was arrested from a posh area in south Kolkata with nearly 100 grams of cocaine.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 09:02 PM IST
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NASA’s Swati Mohan wore bindi during Perseverance rover landing, people love it

“Big love for Swati Mohan, rocking that bindi in the control room,” wrote a Twitter user.
The image shows NASA's Dr Swati Mohan.(Twitter/@NASA)
The image shows NASA's Dr Swati Mohan.(Twitter/@NASA)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 07:15 PM IST
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Perseverance rover’s first images from Mars spark hilarious meme trend

Matt Damon in The Martian to Bernie Sanders' viral picture, people used Perseverance rover’s first images from Mars to share all sorts of memes.
Memes based on Perseverance rover’s first images from Mars have left people chuckling hard.(Twitter/@ZombieDad2021)
Memes based on Perseverance rover’s first images from Mars have left people chuckling hard.(Twitter/@ZombieDad2021)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 02:34 PM IST
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