How Nasa saved its $990 million spacecraft on its way to 8 ancient asteroids

On October 16, 2021, as the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket deployed the Lucy spacecraft successfully, engineers were in a mood of jubilation, but it was all about to change. Just hours into its flight, the spacecraft beamed back data that showed an anomaly as it traveled away from the planet. While no…

Clouds on these planets are made up of sand

When astronaut Cooper heads down on Dr Mann’s planet beyond the wormhole, his spacecraft hits the clouds that are frozen, it was a fictional world created by Christopher Nolan that existed in another galaxy. New study reveals there could be worlds with unique cloud properties even like the one on Dr Mann’s…

This spacecraft will study a comet that is starting its journey in inner Solar System

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved a new mission to visit a comet and other interstellar objects that have just started their journey into the inner Solar System. The Comet Interceptor will be launched with the Ariel exoplanet mission in 2029. The probe aims to explore a comet that has spent little time in…

Explained: Why is Nasa intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid

When the Dart mission launches on November 24, scientists will be on their toes to attempt a first of its kind event in deep space – crashing a spacecraft purposely in an asteroid. As the spacecraft hits the celestial object, scientists are hoping it will change the orbit of the asteroid and demonstrate a unique…

Made for mission life of 6 months, India’s Mars probe completes 7 years in orbit

India’s Mars Orbiter spacecraft has completed seven years in its orbit, well beyond its designed mission life of six months. “Indeed, a satisfying feeling,” K Radhakrishnan who as the then Chairman of Indian Space Research Oranisation (ISRO) led the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM, also called Mangalyaan)…

China launches crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12 in historic mission

China launched a spacecraft on Thursday carrying three astronauts to part of a space station still under construction for the longest stay in low Earth orbit by any Chinese national. A Long March 2F rocket transporting the Shenzhou-12, or “Divine Vessel”, bound for the space station module Tianhe blasted…