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Canadian actor William Shatner, who portrayed James T Kirk in 'Star Trek', became the oldest person to fly to space at 90 on Wednesday. He flew on an 11-minute flight with three other crewmates, Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries, aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. Shatner broke 82-year-old Wally Funk's record of the oldest person in space.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:35 pm on 13 Oct
'Star Trek' actor William Shatner, who became the oldest person to fly to space at 90 on Wednesday, teared up while describing his experience to Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos. "What you've given me is the most profound experience I can imagine...I'm so filled with emotion about what just happened. It's extraordinary," he said. "Everybody...needs to see this," Shatner added.
short by Kiran Khatri / 09:53 am on 14 Oct
'Star Trek' actor William Shatner, who became the oldest person to fly to space, responded to Prince William's criticism about "space tourism". Prince William said Earth should first be fixed instead of trying to find the next place to go. "He's...got the wrong idea," stated Shatner, adding that the efforts were first step in taking polluting industries off of Earth.
short by Daisy Mowke / 06:09 pm on 16 Oct
Sputnik Light 70% effective against Delta variant of COVID-19: RDIF
short by Apaar Sharma / on 14 Oct 2021,Thursday
Russia's Sputnik Light vaccine shows 70% effectiveness against Delta variant of COVID-19 during the first three months after vaccination, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said citing data from the vaccine's developer. It is 75% effective among subjects under the age of 60, RDIF added. The data was based on 28,000 participants and an unvaccinated control group of 5.6 million.
short by Apaar Sharma / 08:53 am on 14 Oct
An unidentified brown creature washed on the Kemp Beach in Yeppoon in Australia's Queensland. Several social media users said that it appeared to be a sea tomato jellyfish or a blob fish or a lump of shark eggs. As per marine biologist Dr Lisa Gershwin, it was most likely a lion’s mane cyanea barkeri jellyfish.
short by Anmol Sharma / 11:54 am on 12 Oct
NASA shares pic of 'dancing galaxies' 100 million light-yrs away from Earth
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 09 Oct 2021,Saturday
American space agency NASA has shared a picture captured by the Hubble telescope which shows "the delicate dance between two interacting galaxies". NASA said the galaxies are located over 100 million light-years away from Earth, adding, "Astronomers think that collisions between spiral galaxies like this can lead to the formation of another type of galaxy, known as elliptical galaxies."
short by Sakshita Khosla / 05:51 pm on 09 Oct
Astronomers discover unusual signals coming from the Milky Way's centre
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Oct 2021,Wednesday
Astronomers have discovered unusual signals coming from the direction of the Milky Way's centre, The University of Sydney said. The radio waves fit no currently understood patterns of variable radio source and could suggest a new class of stellar object. "The strangest property of this new signal is that it has a very high polarisation," the study's lead author said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:46 pm on 13 Oct
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is on the International Space Station, shared pictures showing what thunderstorms that strike the Earth look like from space. "Thunderstorms are a bit like fireworks for us in space. Bright flashes in the night that make us go wooo," he wrote on Instagram. "Magnificent," an Instagram user wrote.
short by Kiran Khatri / 11:50 am on 12 Oct
Researchers, including those from Harvard University, announced just the third-ever tardigrade fossil on record. The tardigrade fossil discovery revealed a new genus and species, fully preserved in 16-million-year-old Dominican amber from the Miocene. Measured at just over half a millimetre, it has been identified as a relative of the modern living tardigrade superfamily, Isohypsibioidea.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:39 pm on 11 Oct
NASA advisor Lucianne Walkowicz has quit following the space agency's decision to keep naming a $10-billion telescope after former administrator James Webb. Webb was the US undersecretary of state during the dismissal of gay and lesbian federal employees in the 1940s and 1950s. More than 1,200 people, including Walkowicz, have signed an open petition calling for telescope to be renamed.
short by Anmol Sharma / 02:39 pm on 16 Oct
A study of ancient faeces from the salt mines of Austria's Hallstatt-Dachstein UNESCO World Heritage area suggests that workers consumed blue cheese and beer 2,700 years ago. Researchers found that the faeces had presence of two fungal species used in the production of blue cheese and beer. Researchers said it's the first evidence of cheese ripening in Iron Age Europe.
short by Kiran Khatri / 12:47 pm on 14 Oct
PM Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA), which the PMO said is the premier industry association of space and satellite companies that aspires to be the collective voice of the Indian space industry. ISpA's founding members include Larson & Toubro, Nelco (Tata Group), OneWeb, Bharti Airtel, Mapmyindia, Walchandnagar Industries and Ananth Technology Limited.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 12:00 pm on 11 Oct
$400 smart cane made using self-driving vehicles tools: Stanford
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 15 Oct 2021,Friday
Stanford University researchers have built an augmented cane, using tools from autonomous vehicles, for visually-impaired people. Equipped with LiDAR sensor, the cane also has GPS, accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes. The cane, having mapping capabilities, can even guide its user to precise locations, like a favourite store in the mall or a local coffee shop.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 02:00 pm on 15 Oct
Japanese billionaire trains in Russia ahead of his space station trip
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Oct 2021,Saturday
Japan's billionaire entrepreneur and Founder of custom-fit apparel brand ZOZO Yusaku Maezawa is training in Russia ahead of his visit to ISS in December as a space tourist. "I've been alive for 45 years and have not experienced anything like that," Maezawa said about experiencing zero gravity. Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will accompany Maezawa on his 12-day visit.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:25 pm on 16 Oct
In talks with airlines to make Starlink available on flights: Musk
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 15 Oct 2021,Friday
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, in response to being asked if he has plans to make Starlink available on airlines, said, "We are talking to airlines about installing Starlink." Musk asked the follower who had asked the question to let him know if they want it on their airliner. Elon Musk has reportedly approached India to offer satellite-based internet services.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 12:00 pm on 15 Oct
White dwarf seen switching on & off for the 1st time: Astronomers
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 19 Oct 2021,Tuesday
Researchers led by Durham University have seen a white dwarf abruptly switching on and off for the first time. The white dwarf observed by the team is known to be accreting, or feeding, from an orbiting companion star. Astronomers saw it lose brightness in 30 minutes, a process which has earlier been observed to occur over several days to months.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:10 pm on 19 Oct
NASA's newly launched Lucy spacecraft faces issues with solar panel
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 19 Oct 2021,Tuesday
NASA has revealed that one of its newly launched spacecraft Lucy's 24-foot-wide solar panels may not be fully latched. It added that both of the solar arrays are producing power and charging the battery and the spacecraft is operating well and is stable. NASA launched Lucy on a 12-year journey on October 16 to explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 12:06 pm on 19 Oct
Chernobyl disaster's radioactive effect seen in mushrooms in Germany
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 09 Oct 2021,Saturday
German food and safety regulator has said around 95% of wild mushroom samples collected in Germany in the last six years still showed radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Elevated concentrations of caesium-137 and caesium-134 isotopes bearing the characteristic signature of the Chernobyl blast were found. However, none of the samples tested exceeded the legal limit.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:59 pm on 09 Oct
Australia to build rover to help NASA extract oxygen from lunar soil
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 13 Oct 2021,Wednesday
Australia will build a 20-kilogram, semi-autonomous lunar rover for NASA to take to the moon as early as 2026 in order to help the agency extract oxygen from lunar soil samples. The rover will be used to collect lunar soil which contains oxygen in the form of chemical compounds with elements like iron and silicon.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:24 pm on 13 Oct
NASA launches spacecraft on a 12-year journey to explore Trojan asteroids
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Oct 2021,Saturday
NASA has launched its Lucy Mission which will travel 12 years to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids. The Lucy space probe was launched using an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp. The probe will be observing one main belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:19 pm on 16 Oct
Plant-based jet fuel could reduce emissions by 68%: US study
short by Hiral Goyal / on 18 Oct 2021,Monday
Aviation fuel derived from a type of mustard plant can replace petroleum-based fuel to reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%, University of Georgia scientist Puneet Dwivedi's study found. It also said producing sustainable aviation fuel from the non-edible oilseed crop costs $0.12-$1.28 per litre, whereas, petroleum-based aviation fuel costs higher when current economic incentives are accounted.
short by Hiral Goyal / 07:17 pm on 18 Oct
Darwin's microscope designed around 1825 to be auctioned for ₹3.6 crore
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Oct 2021,Saturday
A microscope of naturalist Charles Darwin, which he gave to his son Leonard, will be put up for auction in December. It was reportedly designed around 1825 and is one of six surviving microscopes associated with Darwin. It will be offered at a Christie's auction on December 15 and has a price estimate of up to ₹3.6 crore.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:40 pm on 16 Oct
6 scientists to spend 1 month in Israeli crater simulating life on Mars
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 12 Oct 2021,Tuesday
Six scientists will be spending a month in the Ramon Crater of Israel's Negev desert, replicating what life on Mars might be like. The Austrian Space Forum has set up a pretend Martian base with the Israeli space agency at the crater. The scientists will sleep, eat and conduct experiments inside their AMADEE-20 habitat, and wear mock space suits outside.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:30 pm on 12 Oct
NASA finds water vapour proof in 1 hemisphere of Jupiter's Europa
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 15 Oct 2021,Friday
NASA revealed that its Hubble Space Telescope observations of Jupiter's icy moon Europa have shown the presence of persistent water vapour, but only in one hemisphere. Observations spanning from 1999 to 2015 have suggested a long-term presence of a water vapour atmosphere only in Europa's trailing hemisphere. They also suggest water ice is sublimating off Europa's surface.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:08 pm on 15 Oct
China launches 2nd crewed mission to build its space station
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Oct 2021,Saturday
China on Saturday launched a rocket carrying three astronauts, two men and one woman, to the core module of its new space station for a six-month stay. The Shenzhou-13 mission is the second of four crewed missions needed to complete the space station. This is reportedly the country's longest crewed mission to date.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:10 pm on 16 Oct
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