India Mars Probe Makes First Engine Burn

fter a successful launch on Tuesday, India’s Mars spacecraft has carried out the first of six crucial engine firings in Earth orbit. The probe performed the firing with its liquid fuel thruster at 19:47 GMT on Wednesday (Thursday 1:17 IST). The aim is to gradually build up the necessary velocity to break free from our planet’s gravitational pull. If...

Fukushima Radiation Levels Hit 2-Year High

Seawater just outside one of Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors registered radiation levels on Wednesday 13 times the previous day’s reading, the operator of the crippled nuclear plant said on Thursday. Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), said combined Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 readings just outside the damaged No. 2 reactor jumped to...

UFO Over Indian Ocean? SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Sparks Sightings

SpaceX’s first-ever Falcon 9 launch from California gave a big boost to commercial spaceflight — but it also boosted our planet’s store of UFO lore. Reports about a fuzzy-looking unidentified flying object streamed in from observers in southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion. The sightings came about an hour after the...

US Space Program and Military Communications at Risk Due to Russian Rocket Engine Ban

A ban on the rockets supply to the US heavy booster, Atlas V, which delivers weighty military communications satellites and deep space exploration vehicles into orbit, could put a stop to NASA’s space programs – not just military satellites. An unnamed representative of Russia’s Federal Space Agency told the Izvestia newspaper that the Security Council is...

The UK And US Are Likely Preparing To Indict Journalist Glenn Greenwald Over Snowden Leaks

The domestic partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who reported classified information leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, was detained at Heathrow Airport over the weekend and interrogated for 9 hours. UK authorities detained Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, while he was en route from Berlin to Brazil. They...

Perseid Meteor Show Peaks Tonight!!!

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower reaches its peak, as observers around the world watch the space rocks streak across the sky.