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Is Pluto a planet or not? Debate rages on

After stripping it of planet status in 2006, some astronomers want to reclassify it once again, notes Devangshu Datta. Photograph: NASA/APL/SwRI via Getty Images Pluto or 134340 MPC, as it's......

How S Chandrasekhar's decision laid foundation of NASA's Sun probe

Photograph: Kind courtesy @NASA/Twitter Mankind's first mission to 'touch' the Sun may have panned out differently had it not been for Indian-American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar,......

ISRO plans return to Mars, missions to Venus, Sun

The ISRO is looking at Mangalyaan-2, a follow-on mission to Mars, and launching two satellites that would look at Venus and explore asteroids.T E Narasimhan and Raghu Krishnan report. India is......

In tribute to Kalam, NASA names new bacteria after him

The new organism -- Solibacillus kalamii -- was found on the filters of the International Space Station, reports Pallava Bagla. In great news for India, scientists at the National Aeronautics and......

NASA images reveal how we light up the world at night

National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists on Thursday released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across......

Obama proposes freeze on NASA's Budget for 5 years

President Barack Obama has proposed a five-year budgetary freeze on NASA's spending keeping it at $18.7 billion levels annually till 2016.But NASA's administrator Charles Bolden told reporters that......

Japan aims at green leadership

World is gearing up for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference scheduled in Copenhagen from November 30 to December 11. A Copenhagen Protocol is expected to evolve as......

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