After India anti-satellite missile test, debris could put International Space Station at risk

The United States had criticised India over the anti-satellite missile test, calling it unacceptable and incompatible with the future of human space flight. In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry called anti-satellite (ASAT) tests conducted by India a result of the deterioration of the situation in the arms control sphere, caused by US actions. Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that New Delhi…

First-ever spacewalk conducted only by women cancelled because of missing medium size spacesuits

NASA has cancelled its planned all-women spacewalk at the International Space Station this week over limited spacesuit sizes for participating astronauts. The spacewalk, announced earlier this month, was set to mark a historic moment as the first-ever spacewalk conducted only by women. In a statement released on Monday, NASA said its decision was made due…

ALERT Despite thousand commands to restore contact, Mars Rover Opportunity is dead in dust storm

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers…

Today, for the first time in history, a crewed spaceship, built to carry private paying passengers, reached space

The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic successfully rocketed to the edge of space and back. The firm’s SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at which US agencies have awarded astronaut wings. On Thursday, the SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship took off from the Mojave Desert in…