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It can cost more than $430 million a year to keep an astronaut in orbit, according to three-year-old startup called Gitai Inc.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

Space exploration’s next frontier: Remote-controlled robonauts

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 10:06 AM IST
As NASA opens up the International Space Station to private businesses and embarks on the Artemis mission to send astronauts back to the moon, there’s a growing recognition of the need to keep spending under control, even as space-exploration projects grow increasingly complex.
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India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.(PTI Photo)
India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.(PTI Photo)

‘Nothing to despair’, says Venkaiah Naidu after ISRO loses communication with moon lander

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 07:39 AM IST
ISRO’s plan to soft land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the lunar surface did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent.
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Space travel might be converted into a profitable business in the coming years.(Unsplash)
Space travel might be converted into a profitable business in the coming years.(Unsplash)

Space travel is a business now. That’s good

By Michael R. Strain | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 07:01 PM IST
The Apollo moon-landing program was a public good. It’s worth considering the economic lessons that outer space holds.
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The 3,850kg Chandrayaan-2 consists of an orbiter that will circle the moon for about a year, taking images and testing the atmosphere; a lander named Vikram, after Vikram Sarabhai, known as the father of India’s space exploration; and a rover named Pragyaan, which means wisdom in Sanskrit. (ANI photo)
The 3,850kg Chandrayaan-2 consists of an orbiter that will circle the moon for about a year, taking images and testing the atmosphere; a lander named Vikram, after Vikram Sarabhai, known as the father of India’s space exploration; and a rover named Pragyaan, which means wisdom in Sanskrit. (ANI photo)

Chandrayaan-2: Late by a week, will still land on moon on planned date

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 04:48 PM IST
The Chandrayaan-2 will now spend six additional days in Earth’s orbit and 15 fewer days around the moon before it lands on the day that was originally planned, Isro scientists have said.
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Sriharikota: In this picture released by ISRO Thursday, July 11, 2019, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or 'Bahubali' is seen at the second launch pad ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota.(PTI)
Sriharikota: In this picture released by ISRO Thursday, July 11, 2019, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk 3) or 'Bahubali' is seen at the second launch pad ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-2, in Sriharikota.(PTI)

Chandrayaan-2 India’s first robotic space exploration: Ex-ISRO chief

By Indo Asian News Service | Chennai
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 12:02 PM IST
Chandrayaan 2 Launch Mission: India has mastered the complex technologies and achieved self-reliance in access to the outer space, ex-ISRO chief said, noting that barring few heavy communication satellites, all other Indian satellites were lofted by the Indian launchers.
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Chandrayaan 2: In another first, the mission is being led by two women. The director responsible for the entire project, from start to finish, is Muthayya Vanitha. And Ritu Karidhal is the mission director who will coordinate Chandrayaan-2 when the satellite is injected into orbit.
Chandrayaan 2: In another first, the mission is being led by two women. The director responsible for the entire project, from start to finish, is Muthayya Vanitha. And Ritu Karidhal is the mission director who will coordinate Chandrayaan-2 when the satellite is injected into orbit.

Chandrayaan 2: Meet the women at the helm of the space mission

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 11:26 AM IST
Chandrayaan 2 Launch Mission: The indigenous rover and lander on Chandrayaan 2 will be India’s first step towards robotic space exploration.
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In this image provided by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the US flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.(AP File Photo)
In this image provided by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the US flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.(AP File Photo)

The Moon now has hundreds of artifacts. Should they be protected?

By Agence France-Presse | Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 01:26 PM IST
It all started on September 13, 1959 when Soviet probe Luna 2 smashed into Mare Imbrium, its 390 kilograms (859 pounds) of mass vaporizing, no doubt, on impact.
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Unable to recharge its batteries, Opportunity left hundreds of messages from Earth unanswered over the months, and NASA said it made its last attempt at contact Tuesday evening.(AP)
Unable to recharge its batteries, Opportunity left hundreds of messages from Earth unanswered over the months, and NASA said it made its last attempt at contact Tuesday evening.(AP)

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

By Agence France-Presse | Washington
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 10:12 AM IST
The robot has been missing since the US space agency lost contact during a dust storm in June last year and was declared officially dead Wednesday.
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The NASA space shuttle programme cost about $209 billion over its lifetime and made a total of 135 flights, costing an average per launch of nearly $1.6 billion. Team Indus has built their lunar rover with only $35 million of funding and a team of rag tag engineers in Bangalore(HT File Photo)
The NASA space shuttle programme cost about $209 billion over its lifetime and made a total of 135 flights, costing an average per launch of nearly $1.6 billion. Team Indus has built their lunar rover with only $35 million of funding and a team of rag tag engineers in Bangalore(HT File Photo)

Regardless of the fears and risk, the space race will benefit all of us

By Vivek Wadhwa
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2019 02:51 PM IST
The opportunities are endless: biological experimentation; resource extraction; figuring out how to live on other planets; space travel; and tourism
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China landed a probe on the far side of the moon on Thursday with remarkably little fanfare, yet the feat is one giant leap for a nation that’s long been regarded as an also-ran in the space race.(Bhavneet Singh Aurora/ Representative Image)
China landed a probe on the far side of the moon on Thursday with remarkably little fanfare, yet the feat is one giant leap for a nation that’s long been regarded as an also-ran in the space race.(Bhavneet Singh Aurora/ Representative Image)

China’s moon landing may fuel humanity’s drive to other galaxies

By Hailey Waller, Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 11:23 AM IST
With Elon Musk tweeting pictures of starships and NASA targeting a manned mission to the Mars one day in the distant future, the moon might seem a less exciting destination.
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The blast-off marked the start of a long journey to the far side of the moon for the Chang’e-4 mission, expected to land around the New Year to carry out experiments and survey the untrodden terrain.(Reuters)
The blast-off marked the start of a long journey to the far side of the moon for the Chang’e-4 mission, expected to land around the New Year to carry out experiments and survey the untrodden terrain.(Reuters)

Dark side of the moon: Chinese rover to land where none other has

By Agence France-Presse | Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2018 11:38 AM IST
The Chang’e-4 lunar probe mission — named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology — launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre at 2:23 am (1823 GMT), according to the official Xinhua news agency.
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Galaxy, Space Exploration - the winning doodle at Doodle4Google 2018(Google)
Galaxy, Space Exploration - the winning doodle at Doodle4Google 2018(Google)

Google Doodle commemorates Children’s Day 2018 with Doodle4Google

By Asian News International | Asian News International, New Delhi [india]
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 10:22 AM IST
The featured doodle has been created by a school student from Mumbai who has won the Doodle4Google 2018 competition in India. Her creation was titled Galaxy, Space Exploration which is a part of this year’s theme, What inspires me?
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The Japanese space agency said that it has made history by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid.(JAXA photo)
The Japanese space agency said that it has made history by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid.(JAXA photo)

Japan successfully lands robot rovers on asteroid’s surface

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 10:21 AM IST
The space agency reported that MINERVA-II1 is the world’s first mobile exploration robot to land on the surface of an asteroid.
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This artist's illustration courtesy of SpaceX obtained September 17, 2018, shows the SpaceX BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) launch vehicle passenger spacecraft, enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space(AFP)
This artist's illustration courtesy of SpaceX obtained September 17, 2018, shows the SpaceX BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) launch vehicle passenger spacecraft, enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space(AFP)

Is space travel Charity Ball 2.0?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 05:48 PM IST
Space exploration has so far almost always been undertaken with the lofty ideals of decoding the mysteries of the universe and understanding the earth’s place in the larger scheme of things. Such projects have therefore been funded by governments and taxpayers. With the new race for space tourism, the question that needs to be asked is ‘is it worth it?’
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An accompanying video of people testing the submarine in a swimming pool in Los Angeles that was posted by Musk on Sunday night attracted more than 3.1 million views in 10 hours.(Elon Musk Twitter)
An accompanying video of people testing the submarine in a swimming pool in Los Angeles that was posted by Musk on Sunday night attracted more than 3.1 million views in 10 hours.(Elon Musk Twitter)

Elon Musk tweets demo of mini-submarine to rescue Thai cave boys

By HT Correspondent | Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2018 03:09 PM IST
After pitching ideas of installing a giant air tube inside the cave complex and using his firm’s penetrating radar to dig holes to reach the boys, American tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s latest concept is the pod.
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Broccoli coated with good bacteria may help astronauts grow their own vegetables.(Shutterstock)
Broccoli coated with good bacteria may help astronauts grow their own vegetables.(Shutterstock)

Bacteria-coated broccoli sent to space for astronauts to grow their own

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 03:03 PM IST
Six broccoli seeds were aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft that launched this week from Wallops Island, Virginia, as part of a space station cargo resupply mission. Three of the seeds are travelling to space as is, while the other three were coated with two different species of bacteria, developed at the University of Washington, that can live inside crop plants and improve their growth.
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This NASA handout photograph shows NASA’s next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), successfully launching on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on April 18, 2018 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. TESS will use four unique wide-field cameras to map 26 sectors of the sky.(AFP)
This NASA handout photograph shows NASA’s next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), successfully launching on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on April 18, 2018 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. TESS will use four unique wide-field cameras to map 26 sectors of the sky.(AFP)

NASA’s planet hunting probe successfully launched on SpaceX rocket

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 12:45 PM IST
NASA blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85% of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist
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A ‘self-portrait’ of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge on the planet Mars, which the rover has been investigating for the past several months.(REUTERS)
A ‘self-portrait’ of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge on the planet Mars, which the rover has been investigating for the past several months.(REUTERS)

Mars ahoy: Elon Musk’s improved rocket design could propel humanity to the red planet

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Washington, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2018 11:27 PM IST
The updated design for SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket is capable of holding the cryogenic liquid oxygen needed to fuel the rocket.
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