9 scientists win 2019 Breakthrough Prize

San Francisco, Oct 18 : The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced nine recipients of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in recognition of their important achievements in the fields of fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics. The Foundation will award a total of $21 million to the nine winners. It is considered the most generous science prize in […]

NASA’s Chandra Observatory back in action

Washington, Oct 16 : NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, is back in action after suffering a glitch due to the failure of the gyroscope and going into safe mode last week. The cause of Chandra’s safe mode on October 10 has now been understood and the Operations team […]

Astronauts aboard ISS afraid of aborting space launch

Moscow, Oct 15 : In the wake of a booster failure that forced a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to make an emergency landing last week, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were worried whether their space launch would be cancelled. “What cosmonauts and astronauts are afraid of is the cancellation of their space launch,” Sergei […]

China’s first satellite for space-based gravitational wave detection

Beijing, Oct 14 : China plans to launch its first satellite to test the technologies of the space-based gravitational wave detection programme “Tianqin” by the end of 2019. The programme Tianqin, meaning “harp in sky,” was initiated by Sun Yat-sen University in south China’s Guangdong province in 2015. It will consist of three satellites forming […]

NASA’s Chandra telescope in safe mode due to glitch

Washington, Oct 13 : Barely a week after NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode, its Chandra mission has also suffered a glitch possibly due to the failure of the gyroscope, the US space agency said. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, has entered a protective “safe mode”, which […]

Astronauts from aborted Soyuz rocket to fly to ISS next spring

Moscow, Oct 12 : The two astronauts aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) that failed mid-air, are likely to go into space in the spring of 2019, the media reported on Friday. The flight of Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague to the ISS is scheduled for […]