Friday, September 30, 2011

Water Vapour is supersaturated in Martian Atmosphere

Water Vapour is in Excess of Saturation in the Atmosphere of Mars,  reveals the results from the SPICAM spectrometer on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft.
It measured the altitudinal profile of water vapour in the martian atmosphere.....

Here is the published paper:
"Evidence of Water Vapor in Excess of Saturation in the Atmosphere of Mars", by L. Maltagliati, F. Montmessin, A. Fedorova, O. Korablev, F. Forget, and J.-L. Bertaux, published in the 30 September 2011 issue of Science.

Read a very good report here:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Faster than LIGHT ....? Questions Relativity...?

Recently, a group of physicists have been working to measure the neutrinos generated from a particle accelerator at CERN. This group discovered neutrinos arriving faster than would have been expected and they appear to be traveling faster than the speed of light itself, but they draw no definitive conclusions. 

CNGS – CERN neutrinos to Gran Sasso
The trajectory of the neutrino beam
The CNGS project sends muon neutrinos from CERN to the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS), 732 km away in Italy. A proton beam from the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN is directed onto a graphite target

(official website)

Read the Press Release
OPERA experiment reports anomaly in flight time of neutrinos from CERN to Gran Sasso

Here is the submitted paper

Download PDF

Physicists wary of junking light speed limit yet

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aurora & Forest Fire - as seen from Space

I am sharing a beautiful video uploaded by NASA yesterday 26th Sep. in youtube.

It was a real observation from the International Space Station on 17th of this month.

First you see the beautiful 'Aurora Australis' and then you can see forest fires in land.

If you look more keen, you can see also the air-glow too....

You can find more information here.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

World Space Week Resource Material in official WEBsite.

                World Space Week Resource Material prepared by our Team has been uploaded in the official WEBsite.

here is it .
Download PDF

Materials for Media already sent... 
...... will be published/ relayed soon...!

Celebrate the 'Golden jubilee of Human Space Flight'

Friday, September 23, 2011

Moon, Earth-Atmosphere as seen from Space

Earth's Moon
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Photographed by the Expedition 28 crew aboard the International Space Station, this image shows the moon, the Earth's only natural satellite, at center with the limb of Earth near the bottom transitioning into the orange-colored troposphere, the lowest and most dense portion of the Earth's atmosphere. The troposphere ends abruptly at the tropopause, which appears in the image as the sharp boundary between the orange- and blue-colored atmosphere. The silvery-blue noctilucent clouds extend far above the Earth's troposphere.

Image Credit: NASA

Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space

This is how Solstice and Equinox look like .......
....... a wider perspective....
......view from space.

Equinox ------ Sun overhead equator ---- sunlight falls equally in both Hemispheres.
Solstice  ------ Sun is overhead northern/ southernmost position ---- sunlight falls maximum in Summer Hemispheres.

I have taken the selected days visible imagery from Meteosat and arranged them in a 2x2 matrix.....
Image courtesy: Dundee Satellite Receiving Station.

(Isn't it better and give real information than the long used

Inspiration obtained from:
Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

China getting ready to launch a space module

A Chinese rocket blasts off from the launch centre in Xichang in the southwestern province of SichuanChina is launching a Space module this month.........
 to initiate building its own space station......

By 2016 plans to put a laboratory into orbit...!!

Space station set up by 2020.
Read more:

Monday, September 19, 2011

World Space Week Competitions

How about taking part in World Space Week Competitions....?
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre VSSC, the lead centre of ISRO coordinates World Space Week activities in Kerala to motivate students  and teachers.

Many competitions for School children......
Mars Habitat design competition for College Students...!


                  As part of the World Space Week celebrations, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,
Thiruvananthapuram is organising a Space Quiz during first week of October 2011.

                 Students of Class 10,11 and 12 can participate. Only one team is allowed to represent
a school. 

                 Schools can send the details of the participants to the following address on
or before September 25, 2011. 

World Space Week-2011
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695022

The exact venue and date of the competition will be individually intimated to the

Details will be updated in website soon.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Why should we travel to SPACE ....?

Why should humans go to Space ........?

                               Exploration is the inquisite nature of human mind, which has historically led to the discovery of new continents and development of new habitats. Looking back, without these discoveries and advances, living on Earth would have been completely different from what we see today. Rapid developments in human race, limitations in resources on Earth, and the potential threat from weapons of mass destruction necessitates that we will have to boldly go far beyond the Earth's boundaries if the human race has to continue for thousands of years forward. More importantly, space explorations hold the key to unravel the secrets behind the origin and evolution of life and environment surrounding us. These drive the quest for space exploration and colonization.

Where else can earthlings colonize?

                              Being close by and relatively easy to reach, our natural satellite 'Moon' comes as the first choice. Humans have already landed on it and conducted many surveys and studies based on remote sensing and insitu sampling. The discovery of the presence of water in the lunar surface and its extremely thin atmosphere by payloads in India's Chandrayaan-1 has further boosted the renewed interest in moon. Few unmanned lunar orbital missions are currently exploring the Moon (e.g., NASA's GRAIL) and several others are in the pipeline (e.g., ISRO's Chandrayaan-2, NASA's LADEE and ARTEMIS, JAXA's SELENE, ESA's Lunar Lander). In fact, moon can serve as an intermediate base for explorations beyond.
                            Mars is the second choice. Explorations startaed in the 1960s are still continuing. Studies revealed that there is significant quantity of water in the form of ice in the Martian poles. A colony on Mars could use this as a source of oxygen. In contrast, Mercury and Venus are too hot, while Jupiter and Saturn are gas giants with no solid surface and hence may not be suitable for colonization. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NASA Unveils Space Launch System

Artist concept of future destinations
NASA announced on 14 Sep 2011,development of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will help take human exploration beyond Earth's orbit.

The SLS rocket will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propulsion system. 

Have a look at this animation and related links...

A step closer to travel in space...!!!
Artist concept of SLS on launchpad

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mars Habitat Design Competition

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is conducting a ‘Mars Habitat Design Competition’  for the college students of Kerala in connection with World Space Week celebrations from October 4 to 10, 

Check this link for the official website

Take part in this interesting and creative competition ........
Let your  imagination  spread wings and fly to Mars..... and beyond.....

Best Wishes 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Astronomical photography awards 2011

Have a look at these Astronomical photography which won the awards recently...!
Marvelous indeed...!

click on the image to reach the Nature's website (slide show)with all those snaps.!
Lunar eclpise

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Oh No! A 6 Ton Satellite is falling back to earth....

A defunct Satellite ' The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS,  ' is falling back into earth... this month....!!

Where will it's impact be...?

Scientists say it's not likely to hit a populated place.... (statistics says so)

Though most of its parts would burn away .... still about 150 kg may reach to ground!!!!!

The satellite is so big, its plunge through the atmosphere will be visible -- if anyone is around to see it.

WATCH  for it above your head..!!

UPDATES official website

Read more here:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CAP Cloud ! Have you seen it before ......?

Have a look at these CAP clouds seen in France...!
Guess how they form....!
Guess the wind direction ...!
and then
check this link for the correct answer and explanation....!

India-Pak border @ Night

See this magnificent image taken from the International Space Station few days back.....
See the flood lit border line between India and Pak.
U can also see the air glow (greenish) occuring in the ionosphere....
click on the image to zoom.

Image courtesy: Nasa Earth Observatory
You can read the full description in this link...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Solar System- 3D by NASA

Eyes on the Solar System Logo

"Eyes on the Solar System" is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.

Here is the official link.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lasers can Trigger Rain formation...?

Scientists made a breakthrough! In their paper published in Nature Communications, they describe a method whereby a laser is used to create nitric acid particles in the air to which moisture will gravitate forming droplets.
Thereby triggering the formation of Rain.

 Field measurements suggest the mechanism of laser-assisted water condensation, Nature Communications 2, Article number: 456doi:10.1038/ncomms1462

Read this article review here
Read full length paper