NASA Partners With India for Future Earth Science and Mars Exploration Missions

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) and Chairman K. Radhakrishnan of the Indian Space Research Organisation signing documents in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2014, to launch a joint Earth-observing satellite mission and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. Image and Caption Credit: NASA

Last week, at the International Astronautical Congress […]

Less Than 100 Days From Mars: India's Far-Reaching Mission On Track for 24 September Arrival at Red Planet

Although less than 100 days remain before the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is scheduled to enter orbit around the Red Planet, the next three months are fraught with difficulty. Image Credit: ISRO

India’s goal of becoming only the fourth discrete nation or group of nations—after the United States, Russia, and the member states […]

India Successfully Launches Trouble-Plagued GSLV on First Orbital Mission of 2014

Powered by its four liquid-fuelled strap-on boosters and a solid-fuelled core stage, the GSLV-D5 mission takes flight at 4:18 p.m. IST (10:48 a.m. GMT) Sunday, 5 January. Photo Credit: ISRO

After an agonizing three years of introspection and an enormous amount of work, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its […]

India Prepares for Test Flight of Problem-Plagued GSLV Rocket

The first operational flight of India’s Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)—and its first successful mission—took place in September 2004 and delivered the EDUSAT/GSAT-3 payload into orbit. Photo Credit: ISRO

After three difficult years, dogged by the bad luck of two back-to-back failures, and after coming tantalizingly close to a return to flight last […]

India Dazzles With Spectacular Launch of First Mars Mission

India’s reliable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lofts the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at 2:38 p.m. IST Tuesday, 5 November. Photo Credit: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is one step closer to reaching the Red Planet, following yesterday’s rousing liftoff of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), carrying the long-awaited Mars […]

New Launch Date for India's Mars Mission May Be Announced Tuesday

The MOM/Mangalyaan spacecraft undergoes initial checkout at the Sriharikota launch site after its arrival on 3 October 2013. Photo Credit: ISRO

India’s first mission to Mars will remain shackled to Earth for a few more days, following reports of poor weather conditions in the post-launch tracking zone and “a snag in equipment” aboard […]

In Aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, India Monitors the Weather Ahead of First Mars Mission

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, also known as “Mangalyaan” (Hindi for “Mars Craft”), is loaded into the Large Space Simulation Chamber for thermovacuum tests. Photo Credit: ISRO

Only days remain before the opening of the next “launch window” to the Red Planet, with NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission scheduled […]

NASA Will Support India's Mars Mission, Despite Government Shutdown

With NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) providing communications and navigation assistance, India stands ready to stage its first mission to the Red Planet on 28 October. Image Credit: ISRO

Less than three weeks remain until the scheduled 28 October launch of India’s first mission to Mars, and NASA assured the Indian Space Research […]

Liftoff! Ariane 5 Rocket Delivers Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail-1 and GSAT-7 Satellites into Orbit

Today’s launch was the 71st flight of an Ariane 5 and the 57th straight successful launch for the giant booster. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

Europe’s giant Ariane 5 has triumphantly completed its fourth mission of 2013, blasting off with perfection from the ELA-3 (Ensemble de […]

Ariane 5 Stands Ready for Fourth Mission of 2013

The Ariane 5 rocket, pictured shortly before the launch of the ATV-4 mission in June, will fly Arianespace’s 215th mission on Thursday. Photo Credit: Arianespace

For the fourth time this year, Europe’s giant Ariane 5 booster stands primed and ready at the ELA-3 (Ensemble de Lancement Ariane) launch complex at the Guiana Space […]