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Artist's impression comparing Wasp-12b and Jupiter

A planet being eaten up, another blacker than coal — bizarre finds in quest for 2nd Earth

Since the first exoplanet discovery in the 1990s, scientists have found a bunch of extreme worlds around different stars in the Milky Way.
Space warfare

NATO likely to declare space a war zone. This is how it could pan out

At an upcoming summit in early December, NATO is expected to declare space as a ‘warfighting domain’, partly in response to new developments in technology.
Prototypes of NASA's newest spacesuits designed for Moon to Mars exploration | Twitter

NASA unveils new spacesuits for astronauts for 2024 Moon mission

The new spacesuits are built on the existing design of the suits worn by astronauts at International Space Station and offer better resistance to lunar dust.
AgniKul Cosmos at SpaceExpoIndia | Twitter

Your ashes can travel to space for $2,000, IIT-Madras space start-up has a plan

Agnikul Cosmos is making a small rocket that can carry a payload of around 200 kg.
Edwin E. ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr. beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission 1969 | Wikimedia Commons

Human history on the moon needs protection, 50 years after Armstrong left his footprints

Remains of Apollo 11 site will tell a story that should inspire people when we reach the 500th or 1,000th anniversary of those first footprints.

India’s Chandrayaan-2 matters, but don’t dream about moon picnics with friends just as yet

Although postponed, when Chandrayaan-2 eventually lands on moon, India will have taken a substantial step towards extra-terrestrial settlement.
Plastic pollution near sea

New sight from space, floating plastic islands

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First Image of a Black Hole

Einstein predicted blackholes in the early 1900s but their weirdness stopped him

The recent close-up images of a black hole fall straight from Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity.
ASAT Missile

DRDO rules out A-SAT tests in lower earth orbits, but keeps options open in higher orbits

DRDO chief G. Sateesh Reddy said any decision on weaponisation of space will be taken by the government.
ASAT Missile

A-SAT success revs up India’s ballistic missile defence programme

With the A-SAT, India has developed a missile that can take out targets in extended ranges of the exo-atmosphere.

On Camera

A file photo of USS Theodore Roosevelt

US Navy was quick to fix responsibility for Covid-19 crisis. Indian military can take lessons

Indian military’s track record in fixing accountability is poor, most notably during the Kargil War. This can have serious repercussions for us in peace and wartime.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.


USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.