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Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA

ADELAIDE: Setting up a permanent village on the moon is the first step towards exploring Mars, the European Space Agency said Thursday as plans to reach and colonise the Red Planet gathered pace. At an annual gathering of 4,000 global space experts in Adelaide, the ESA said the Moon was the "right place to be" as humans expand economic activities beyond low-Earth orbit, even while Mars remained the "ultimate destination". "We have been living in low-Earth orbit for the last 17 years on board a space station and we are…

Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA

PARIS: A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said on Thursday. The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) -- an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, according to the European Space Agency, This is just far enough to miss our geostationary satellites orbiting at about 36,000 kilometres. "We know for sure that there is no possibility for this object to hit…

WATCH: How astronauts wash hands and brush teeth in space

Ever wonder how astronauts at space stations go about their daily lives? there in space, in zero gravity? Chris Hadfield from Canadian Space Agency once demonstrated how men in space do these tasks at a place where they  don't have running water. They can't have a tap and sink because "water would flow everywhere". VIDEO: HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH IN SPACE Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) On December 19, 2012,. On March 2013, he became…

Europe’s own satnav Galileo goes live to rival GPS

BRUSSELS: After 17 years, numerous setbacks and three times over budget, Europe's Galileo satnav system went live Thursday, promising to outperform rivals and guarantee regional self-reliance. Initial services, free to users worldwide, are available only on smartphones and navigation units fitted with Galileo-compatible microchips. Some devices may need only a software update to start using the service, according to the European Commission, which funds the 10 billion euro ($11 billion) project. "After years of…

36 years ago: British policeman Godfrey was ‘abducted by aliens’

About 36 years ago today,  a British policeman was reportedly abducted by aliens through an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)  and had eye witnesses who saw the UFO. Here is what he told BBC in an interview As UFO Sightings Daily reported, Police Constable Alan Godfrey was on patrol on the night of 28 November 1980. Just before dawn he drove along Burnley Road on the edge of Todmorden looking for some cows that had been reported missing. They were only found after sun-up, mysteriously relocated in a rain-soaked…

Computer glitch blamed for Schiaparelli crash on Mars

PARIS: A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, scientists said. Schiaparelli was on a test-run for a future rover meant to seek out evidence of life, past or present, but it fell silent seconds before its scheduled touchdown on October 19. After trawling through mountains of data, the European Space Agency said Wednesday that while much of the mission went according to…

Are you ready to travel to space using balloons? it is affordable

After a string of high-profile setbacks for rocket programmes aimed at one day flying paying customers into space, a Spanish tech firm plans to send stargazers skyward using gas-filled balloons.  Barcelona-based Zero2Infinity aims to harness the same technology used in helium weather balloons to float its first clients to the edge of space within two years, according to CEO Jose Mariano Lopez-Urdiales. "We are solving the problem with space access in a totally different way. We're getting outside of the atmosphere…

ESA’s Schiaparelli probe destroyed after plunging to surface

FRANKFURT: Images taken by a NASA Mars orbiter indicate that a missing European space probe was destroyed on impact after plummeting to the surface of the Red Planet from a height of 2-4 km (1.2 to 2.5 miles), the European Space Agency said on Friday. The disc-shaped, 577-kg (1,272 lb) Schiaparelli probe, part of the Russian-European ExoMars program to search for evidence of life on Mars, descended on Wednesday to test technologies for a rover that scientists hope to send to the surface of the planet in 2020. But contact…