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Atlantis on ‘Space Surgery’ Mission for Hubble Telescope

Where: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USAMay 11, 2009 : The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on a two day space journey to the Hubble Space Telescope. Seven astronauts were on board to service and repair the telescope. The Hubble Telescope is a space research tool that was put into orbit outside the earth's atmosphere in 1990. It is one...

Hunting for Planets in Earth’s Galaxy

Where: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USAMarch 7, 2009 : The USA's space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched its Kepler Telescope successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The telescope is designed to search for planets orbiting stars other than the Sun in our galaxy, the Milky Way. William Borucki, principal science investigator of the mission, said,...

A ‘Big Bang’ in Earth’s Orbital Space

Where: Orbital Space around EarthFebruary 15, 2009 : An American and a Russian satellite collided over Siberia, Russia, on February 10, 2009. Five days after the event, there were reports that burning fragments of the wreckage were spotted over several American cities. The American satellite, Iridium 33, was a civilian communications satellite launched in 1997, and the Russian...

Water-Ice on the Moon?

Where: Bangalore, IndiaJanuary 29, 2009 : The possibility of water-ice existing on the polar regions of the moon is one of the questions that scientists aim to discuss at a meeting to mark the first hundred days of Chandrayaan-I. The scientists include representatives from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

‘Ibuki’ : Japan’s ‘Green’ Monitor Orbits the Earth

Where: Tokyo, JapanJanuary 23, 2009 : A space centre in Tanegashima, a remote island about 970 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, today launched the first satellite designed to monitor carbon dioxide emissions. It is named 'Ibuki', which means 'breath'. The satellite has sensors which can measure light reflected from earth, and gauge the density of carbon dioxide and methane....

World’s First Space Tourist

May 11: The world's first paying space tourist is back on earth after a week-long joyride in space. On Sunday, May 6, American millionaire Dennis Tito and two Russian cosmonauts landed back on earth, as their space capsule gently parachuted down onto the barren steppe in Kazakhstan.Emerging unsteadily from the capsule, the exhilarated 60-year-old Tito, who is also a...

Dealing With the Potential Danger of a Meteor Hitting Earth

Deep crater seen from helicopter. Myvatn area in Iceland
Our solar system is like a busy traffic round-about. The sun is at the centre of this round-about which drives a large number of heavenly bodies, including planets, comets and large and small rocks around it.While the earth and the other planets chart fairly fixed paths around the sun, our smaller solar siblings, like rocks, do not believe in...

What is the Ozone Hole?

What is the Ozone Hole?
On beaches as well as on the cricket ground, it is always possible to spot people with some kind of cream on their bodies or faces. Remember the South African pace bowler Alan Donald or 'White Lightning' as he is called, with "war-paint" on his face? No, it is not an attempt at camouflage, simply an effort to gain...

Planets! Planets! and more Planets!

Stars, planets and galaxy in a free space. 'Elements of this image furnished by NASA'.
Astronomers working at Berkeley and Geneva have found nine new planets circling nearby stars. With this discovery, we now know of 50 extra-solar planets, also called exoplanets. That is a big increase from 41 planets last known five years ago.All these individual planets move in an orbit around a star, which is called their parent star. The astronomers estimate...

Indian Children on US Mars Project

October 6: The planet Mars, or the 'red-planet' as it's called, has fascinated people on earth for centuries. The fourth planet from the sun, Mars is the nearest planet to earth.This stunning landmass of craters, an uneven surface and dark skies has been a highly favoured destination for space travelers in science fiction, the body of literature that deals...

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