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Tag: Astronaut

Astronaut Shares Pics Of Solar Eclipse On Twitter

New Delhi: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientist, marine biologist and physiologist Jessica Meir took to Twitter to share the breathtaking view of the annual solar eclipse from the International Space Station. She wrote: “Here’s what today’s annular solar #eclipse (when the Moon is in line in between Earth and the Sun) looked like […]

NASA's robot completes first hardware test in space

Washington: NASA has completed the first hardware test of a robot in space that would take care of the International Space Station (ISS) in the near future. The robot named Bumble is one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the ISS. Bumble, and another robot named Honey were launched to the […]

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After lettuce, astronauts could grow beans in space in 2021

London: After cultivating lettuce in space three years ago, crew members aboard the International Space Station could be growing beans in 2021, new research suggests. The beans could be planted in high-tech planters developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The planters can regulate all the water, nutrients, gas and air the […]

Sunita Williams among 9 astronauts named by NASA for human spaceflight

Washington: Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams is among the nine astronauts named by NASA on Friday for its first human spaceflight programme since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. The astronauts will fly on spacecraft developed by SpaceX and Boeing as part of the the US space agency’s Commercial Crew programme to send humans […]

Alan Bean, fourth man to walk on moon dies at 86

Washington: Alan Bean, a NASA astronaut who journeyed into space two times and, as part of the Apollo 12 mission in 1969, became the fourth man to walk on the moon, died at the age of 86 at a hospital in Houston, the US space agency announced. NASA announced his death on Saturday night noting […]

Trump hails astronaut Kalpana Chawla as inspiration for millions of girls

Washington: United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls. “Chawla’s courage and passion continue to serve as an inspiration for millions of American girls who dream of one day becoming astronauts,” Trump said on Monday in a proclamation honouring Americans of […]

3 astronauts return to Earth after months in space

Washington: Three astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan on Wednesday after five-and-a-half-month of performing research and spacewalks in low-Earth orbit. The Soyuz spacecraft with NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 8.31 a.m. in Kazakhstan, NASA said. The three were part of […]

Indian American selected among 12 NASA astronaut candidates

  Washington: Indian American Raja Chari, a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Air Force, has been selected by space agency NASA among 12 astronaut candidates who will conduct research off the Earth for deep space missions. Chari, who will report for duty in August this year, is from the state of Iowa who graduated from […]

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NASA astronauts gear up for emergency spacewalk on Tuesday

Washington: Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct an emergency spacewalk on Tuesday to replace a failed data relay box which is part of a system to control key station hardware, NASA has said. Tuesday’s spacewalk, which expected to begin around 8 a.m. EDT and last for about two hours, will be conducted […]

Meet NASA astronauts of upcoming space station assignments

Washington: Five astronauts have been assigned to upcoming missions aboard the International Space Station, according to a NASA announcement on Wednesday. The five astronauts – Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Shannon Walker – all have begun training for missions launching later 2017 and throughout 2018, the US space agency said. These […]

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'Sensory skin' to detect damage outside spacecraft

Washington: Scientists at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are developing a system that acts like a sensory skin to help astronauts to know exactly when the outside of their spacecraft has been damaged. The “Flexible Damage Detection System” technology may offer a possible solution to NASA’s problem of figuring out in real-time where a spacecraft […]

ISS crew is set to return to Earth today

Washington: Three Expedition 43 crew members are all set to return to Earth on today after their 199-day stay on the International Space Station (ISS). Commander Terry Virts and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti will board the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft for landing in Kazakhstan at 7.13 p.m. (India time). Virts had ceremoniously handed […]