Space Exploration

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully completes its 100th space mission

Source: Economic Times SRIHARIKOTA: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday congratulated scientists and engineers of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of an Indian rocket carrying two foreign satellites that became its 100th space mission. “I’m delighted to witness the launch of PSLV-C21 carrying two foreign satellites. On […]

Big Bang? No, Big Chill!

RT: A team of Australian physicists have come up with their own theory on the universe’s creation. Challenging the “Big Bang” model, they now say it was a “Big Chill” – somewhat similar to water first freezing into ice and then cracking upon cooling. Researchers from the University of Melbourne […]

A new frontier for space travel

Source: LA Times. By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times For the last half-century, space flight has been the domain of the world’s superpowers. All that is set to change as soon as Saturday when SpaceX, the private rocket company in Hawthorne, will attempt to launch a spaceship with cargo into […]

Indian Space Research Organisation successfully tests indigenous cryogenic engine

Source: Times of India CHENNAI: In a major step, ISRO today successfully tested the indigenous cryogenic engine to be used to propel the country’sGeosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. The test was conducted at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district. “The acceptance test of the indigenous cryogenic engine […]

A Quixotic Quest to Mine Asteroids

Source: Wall Street Journal – By AMIR EFRATI A new company backed by two Google Inc. GOOG +0.07% billionaires, film directorJames Cameron and other space exploration proponents is aiming high in the hunt for natural resources—with mining asteroids the possible target. The venture, called Planetary Resources Inc., revealed little in a press release this week except to […]