NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth following record space mission

American astronaut Christina Koch, who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a record stay on the International Space Station, ending a 328-day mission expected to yield new insights into deep-space travel. Koch, a North Carolina-born engineer who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013, set the record for the… Read More NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth following record space mission

Space crew safe following failure of Russian Soyuz rocket 

A Russian cosmonaut and a U.S. astronaut were safe on Thursday after a Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station failed in mid-air two minutes after liftoff in Kazakhstan, leading to a dramatic emergency landing. The two-man crew, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Hague, landed unharmed on the Kazakh desert steppe as… Read More Space crew safe following failure of Russian Soyuz rocket 

NASA launches spacecraft to explore deeper into the Sun’s corona

NASA launched a space probe early Sunday that will go closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before, the agency announced. The craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds. The Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft the size of… Read More NASA launches spacecraft to explore deeper into the Sun’s corona

Astronomers discover 10 more possible life-friendly planets

Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life. Scientists found the planet candidates in a final batch of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope observations of 200,000 sample stars in the… Read More Astronomers discover 10 more possible life-friendly planets

India launches unmanned space shuttle

India has launched an unmanned model space shuttle, joining the race to develop reusable spacecraft. Since NASA stopped its Space Shuttle programme in 2011, there has been strong international competition to design alternative reusable spacecraft. Such vehicles significantly cut the cost of space exploration. India has been putting substantial research and resources into its space… Read More India launches unmanned space shuttle