China successfully launched “Shenzhou-12” manned spaceship

What is the News? China has launched the Long March 2F rocket transporting the Shenzhou-12 or Divine Vessel. About Shenzhou-12 or Divine Vessel: Shenzhou-12 is a manned mission. It is the third of the 11 missions that needed to complete China’s first Permanent space station, named Tiangong Space Station. Among these missions, four will be… Continue reading China successfully launched “Shenzhou-12” manned spaceship

What is the New Shephard rocket system?

What is the News? Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space company named Blue Origin has concluded the online auction for the first seat on the New Shephard rocket system. It is a rocket system meant to take tourists to space. About New Shephard Rocket System: New Shephard is a reusable rocket system that has… Continue reading What is the New Shephard rocket system?

“EnVision Mission” to Venus by ESA

What is the News? European Space Agency(ESA) has announced a new mission with the name EnVision mission. About EnVision Mission: EnVision is a European Space Agency(ESA)-led mission. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is working as a contributor. Aim: The mission will carry instruments to study the Venus atmosphere and surface. Also, to monitor trace gases… Continue reading “EnVision Mission” to Venus by ESA

“CHIME telescope” detects numerous “Fast Radio Bursts”

What is the news? Scientists from the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) have detected 535 Fast Radio Bursts (FRB). It is the largest collection of FRB till date. CHIME telescope (Source: Wiki) They have detected this in collaboration with India’s Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA).… Continue reading “CHIME telescope” detects numerous “Fast Radio Bursts”

NASA’s New Venus Missions

What is the News? NASA has announced two new Venus Missions. It will examine the planet’s atmosphere and geological features. NASA is awarding approximately $500 million permission for development. The missions will be launched between 2028 and 2030. Which are those two new Venus Missions?  Davinci+ Venus Mission: Davinci+ stands for Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of… Continue reading NASA’s New Venus Missions

“Total lunar Eclipse and Super Moon” – 2 Celestial Events Coincided

What is the News? The two celestial events – Total Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon coincided on may 26. What is a supermoon? The Moon travels around our planet in an elliptical orbit or an elongated circle. Each month, the Moon passes through perigee (the point closest to Earth) and apogee (the point farthest from Earth).… Continue reading “Total lunar Eclipse and Super Moon” – 2 Celestial Events Coincided

“Winchcombe Meteorite” – To be Displayed in the UK

What is the News? A piece of Winchcombe meteorite will be displayed at the National History Museum, Gloucestershire (UK). About Winchcombe meteorite: The Winchcombe meteorite is also known as carbonaceous meteorite. These meteorites have high proportion of carbon. It was discovered after it landed in the driveway of a house located in Gloucestershire in the UK… Continue reading “Winchcombe Meteorite” – To be Displayed in the UK

China launches Classified “Yaogan Satellites” Into Orbit

What is the News? China has successfully launched the eighth group of three Yaogan-30 satellites into orbit on a Long March 2C rocket. The eighth group of three Yaogan-30 satellites will join the seven previous groups in the orbit that had been launched earlier. About Yaogan Satellites: Firstly, Yaogan is a series of Chinese reconnaissance… Continue reading China launches Classified “Yaogan Satellites” Into Orbit

“Tianwen-1 Mission” – China lands Zhurong Rover on Mars

What is the News?  China successfully lands Zhurong Rover from the Tianwen-1 mission on Mars. Specifically, it has landed on the Utopia Planitia, a large plain in the Northern Hemisphere of Mars. Note: The Zhurong rover has been named after an ancient Chinese god of fire. It will explore the Mars surface near the landing… Continue reading “Tianwen-1 Mission” – China lands Zhurong Rover on Mars

NASA’s “OSIRIS-REx Mission” to begin return from “Asteroid Bennu”

What is the News? NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission will depart from asteroid Bennu and start its two-year-long journey back to Earth. About OSIRIS-REx Mission: OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer. The mission was launched in 2016. It was the first U.S. mission to successfully collect a sample from an asteroid. Aim:… Continue reading NASA’s “OSIRIS-REx Mission” to begin return from “Asteroid Bennu”

Uncontrolled Re-entry of China’s Long March 5B Rocket Debris

What is the News? The debris from a Chinese Long March 5B rocket made an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and fell into the waters of the Indian Ocean west of the Maldives. About Long March 5B Rocket: The Long March 5B rocket is China’s largest rocket. It was launched into space in April… Continue reading Uncontrolled Re-entry of China’s Long March 5B Rocket Debris

NASA’s “Crew-2 Mission” Launched

What is the News? The US launched 4 astronauts to the International Space Station(ISS) as part of a collaboration between NASA and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Program. The mission is called Crew-2 Mission.  Demo-2 Mission: In May 2020, NASA and SpaceX launched the Demo-2 test mission. The mission carried two astronauts to the International… Continue reading NASA’s “Crew-2 Mission” Launched

A Mystery Behind “Positron Excess Phenomenon” Solved by Researchers

What is the News? High energy particles are generally lower in the cosmic universe. But the high number of high-energy particles of the antimatter called positrons was a mystery for scientists. But the researchers from the Raman Research Institute(RRI), Bengaluru have resolved a mystery called the “Positron Excess Phenomenon“. What is Antimatter? Antimatter is the… Continue reading A Mystery Behind “Positron Excess Phenomenon” Solved by Researchers

“Tianhe” – Chinese Space Station Core Module

What is the News? China has launched the main module Tianhe, or the “Heavenly Harmony” of its first permanent space station Tiangong. About Tianhe or Heavenly Harmony module: Tianhe is the core module of China’s permanent space station. Tiangong Space Station is its name. The module was launched into space aboard a Long March 5B… Continue reading “Tianhe” – Chinese Space Station Core Module

“Pink Moon 2021”: This year’s first Supermoon

What is the News? People around the world on 26th April 2021 witnessed the first Supermoon or Pink Moon What is Supermoon? The Astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 coined the term Supermoon . The supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with a perigee (A point of the Moon’s orbit… Continue reading “Pink Moon 2021”: This year’s first Supermoon

“NEO-01” – Chinese robot prototype to clear space debris

What is the News? The Chinese government has launched a robot prototype named ‘NEO-01’ in the Low Earth Orbit through its Long March 6 rocket. About ‘NEO-01’: NEO-01 is a robot prototype developed by China-based space mining start-up ‘Origin Space’. Aim: The aim is to observe small celestial bodies in deep space and to experiment… Continue reading “NEO-01” – Chinese robot prototype to clear space debris

“Zhurong” – China’s first Mars rover

What is the News? The China National Space Administration has announced that it will name its first Mars rover ‘Zhurong’. About Zhurong: Zhurong is China’s first Mars rover mission. The rover is aboard the Tianwen-1 space probe. Launched in: The rover was launched in the Mars orbit Mission in February 2021 and is due to land… Continue reading “Zhurong” – China’s first Mars rover

ISRO’s “RESPOND Programme” to support joint research projects of IIT-D

What is the News? The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced its support to 8 joint research projects of Space Technology Cell (STC), IIT-Delhi. ISRO will support these projects under its RESPOND programme. About RESPOND Programme: ISRO launched the RESPOND (Research Sponsored) programme in the 1970s. Objective: The objective is to establish strong links with… Continue reading ISRO’s “RESPOND Programme” to support joint research projects of IIT-D

“NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity” Makes First Flight on Another Planet

What is the News? NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity successfully flies on Mars. It is the first powered flight on another planet.  About NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Ingenuity is the first helicopter to fly on Mars. NASA’s rover called Perseverance carried it to the Red Planet. Purpose: The helicopter’s main task is to carry out a… Continue reading “NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity” Makes First Flight on Another Planet

ARIES Tracked “Supernova explosion” in Wolf–Rayet stars

What is the News? Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences(ARIES) tracks a rare supernova explosion. They traced the supernova explosion to one of the hottest kinds of stars called Wolf–Rayet stars or WR stars. ARIES is an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology. About the Supernova Explosion Astronomers studied the supernovae explosion… Continue reading ARIES Tracked “Supernova explosion” in Wolf–Rayet stars

“NASA’s InSight lander” Detects Massive Quakes on Mars

What is the News? NASA’s InSight lander detects two strong quakes on Mars. The lander is a part of NASA’s InSight mission to Mars, launched in 2018. About NASA’s InSight Mission  InSight is short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is a NASA Mission. The Mission aims to study the deep interiors… Continue reading “NASA’s InSight lander” Detects Massive Quakes on Mars

“NISAR Satellite” for Observing Earth’s Surface

What is the News? NASA and ISRO are collaborating on developing the NISAR Satellite. About NISAR Satellite: NISAR is a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This satellite will be able to detect the earth’s surface movement as small as 0.4 inches over an area. It will be a… Continue reading “NISAR Satellite” for Observing Earth’s Surface

“Martian blueberries” find a parallel in India

What is the News? According to Researchers from Planetary Sciences Division of Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad the Blueberries in India and “Martian Blueberries” share similar characteristics. What are Martian Blueberries? Martian blueberries are small spherical haematites.  The Mars rover “Opportunity” discovered them in 2004 on the planet Mars. What are these Martian blueberries made up… Continue reading “Martian blueberries” find a parallel in India

“AsterX” – France’s First Military Exercise in Space

What is the news? French Space Command(CDE) launched its first military space exercise called AsterX. About Exercise AsterX: The exercise has been named AsterX in reference to the first French satellite, which was put into orbit in 1965. Purpose: During the exercise, the French Military aims to monitor a potentially dangerous space object. It will… Continue reading “AsterX” – France’s First Military Exercise in Space

key takeaways from the “ISRO-JAXA virtual meeting”

What is the news? Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) and the Japanese space agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) held a virtual meeting. What are the key takeaways from the ISRO-JAXA virtual meeting? India and Japan agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in space situational awareness and professional exchange programmes. They have signed an Implementing Arrangement for… Continue reading key takeaways from the “ISRO-JAXA virtual meeting”

Astronomers discover most distant “Quasar P172+18”

What is the news? International team of astronomers discovers the most distant ‘Radio-Loud’ Quasar. It is named “P172+18”.  P172+18 discovered with the help of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT). About P172+18: P172+18 is a quasar. It emitted wavelengths with a redshift of 6.8. The higher the redshift of the radio wavelength,… Continue reading Astronomers discover most distant “Quasar P172+18”

Functions of “NSIL | New Space India Limited”

What is the news? The government clarified the mandate of the New Space India Limited(NSIL) to the Rajya Sabha. It was in response to a query by the Standing Committee on Science and Technology on whether NSIL would replace ISRO. What will be the role of ISRO? ISRO would be in charge of projects linked… Continue reading Functions of “NSIL | New Space India Limited”

DRDO tests Solid Fuel Ducted “Ramjet Technology”

What is the news? Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully flight-tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology. What is Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)? Developed by: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet is a missile propulsion system. The system is based on the concept of the Ramjet Engine principle. It… Continue reading DRDO tests Solid Fuel Ducted “Ramjet Technology”

India’s Space Sector: Initiatives and Issues

Synopsis: ISRO should take advantage of the market opportunities in the India space sector.  Introduction  Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite was launched last week from Sriharikota. It was the first dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL). NSIL is a two-year-old commercial arm of the Department of Space.   Initiatives by India for promotion of Space sector… Continue reading India’s Space Sector: Initiatives and Issues

Space Industry in India: Potential and Challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction: India’s space program is one of the most well-developed in the world. It has achieved numerous successes through its state-owned agency – Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Recently another feather in the cap was added with the launch of Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite last week from Sriharikota. About the recent mission: ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch… Continue reading Space Industry in India: Potential and Challenges – Explained, Pointwise

India develops Low Cost “Indigenous Spectrograph”

What is the news? Indian scientists indigenously designed and developed a low-cost optical spectrograph named “Aries-Devasthal Faint Object Spectrograph & Camera (ADFOSC)”. Note: Spectrograph is an instrument that obtains and records an astronomical spectrum. It separates incoming light by its wavelength or frequency. It records the resulting spectrum in multichannel detectors like a photographic plate… Continue reading India develops Low Cost “Indigenous Spectrograph”

History and significance of Mars Missions

Synopsis: Questions related to Mars Missions are still answered. However, the hope of finding life on the planet excites humanity for further exploration of Mars. Background: Recently, as a part of Mars mission 2020, NASA launched orbiter Perseverance into Mars. Mars 2020 is a Mars rover mission forming part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. It… Continue reading History and significance of Mars Missions

Russia’s “Arktika-M satellite” to monitor Arctic climate

What is the News? Russia has successfully launched the Arktika-M satellite. The satellite was launched from the Soyuz carrier rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. About Arktika-M Satellite: Arktika-M satellite is a remote-sensing and emergency communications satellite Objective: It is designed to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic region. Russia plans to send… Continue reading Russia’s “Arktika-M satellite” to monitor Arctic climate

ISRO successfully places Brazil’s “Amazonia-1 and 18 Satellites” in orbit

What is the News? ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV-C51) rocket launched Brazil’s Amazonia-1 and 18 co-passenger satellites. PSLV-C51: It is the 53rd flight of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) program. It was also the first dedicated mission for New Space India Ltd (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO. The mission was undertaken under… Continue reading ISRO successfully places Brazil’s “Amazonia-1 and 18 Satellites” in orbit

Importance of Perseverance Mission on Mars

Synopsis: The Perseverance mission on Mars will test out technologies to help sustain the presence of humans there.  Further, it will help the future manned mission to Mars along with several other important experiments. Introduction  The scientific community is suspecting that life may have existed on Mars before Earth. Thus, there might be a possibility… Continue reading Importance of Perseverance Mission on Mars

Importance of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Synopsis: NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover touched down on the Martian surface. The results of the experiment will determine the quest for life on Mars and the future manned mission to Mars. Introduction  Perseverance mission is the most advanced, most expensive, and most sophisticated mobile laboratory sent to Mars. The results will determine the next… Continue reading Importance of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

“Square Kilometre Array” (SKA) Project

What is the News?  The Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) Council held its first meeting recently. In that, the member countries approved the establishment of Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Facts:  Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project: It is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. It is not a single telescope. It consists… Continue reading “Square Kilometre Array” (SKA) Project

ISRO to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs for promoting Space Education

News:  Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that ISRO will be adopting 100 Atal Tinkering Labs across the country to promote education in the field of STEM, Space education and space technology related Innovations for school students. Facts: Atal Tinkering Labs: It is an initiative by the Atal Innovation Mission,… Continue reading ISRO to adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs for promoting Space Education

First set of data from Chandrayaan-2 released: ISRO

Source: The Hindu News: Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) has released the first set of data from Chandrayaan-2 Mission for the general public. Facts: Nodal Centre for Planetary Data: The Indian Space Science Data Centre(ISSDC) is the nodal centre of planetary data archive for the planetary missions of the ISRO. Chandrayaan-2 data: The Chandrayaan-2 data are required to be… Continue reading First set of data from Chandrayaan-2 released: ISRO

Published
Categorized as PUBLIC Tagged

What is the Great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter?

Great conjunction:- Source: The Indian Express News: After nearly 400 years, Saturn and Jupiter will be brought closest in the night sky by an astronomical event called the “great conjunction” and popularly referred to as the “Christmas Star”.  Facts:  What is Conjunction? It is the name given to any event where planets or asteroids appear to… Continue reading What is the Great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter?

Project Loon

Source: Click here News: Project Loon has set a new record for the longest stratospheric flight by staying in air for 312 days. Facts: Project Loon: It is a project under a Google subsidiary.It consists of a network of stratospheric balloons designed to bring Internet connectivity to rural and remote communities worldwide. Additional Facts: Whitespace Internet: It uses… Continue reading Project Loon

Published
Categorized as PUBLIC Tagged

Isro launches India’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01

Source: Click here News: Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) has launched the country’s 42nd communication satellite named CMS-01. Facts: CMS-01: It is a communication satellite launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) on board the PSLV-C50.This satellite is a replacement of GSAT-12. It is envisaged to provide services in the Extended-C Band of the frequency spectrum whose… Continue reading Isro launches India’s 42nd communication satellite CMS-01

Published
Categorized as PUBLIC Tagged

Explained: What is Planet Nine?

News: A strange exoplanet named HD106906 b orbiting a double-star 336 light years away has caught the interest of astronomers as it can provide clues about our own mysterious Planet Nine — if it exists. Facts: Planet Nine: It is a hypothetical planet in the outer region of the Solar System.It is said to be… Continue reading Explained: What is Planet Nine?

DRDO successfully demonstrates quantum communication between two labs

Source: Click here News: Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) has successfully demonstrated communication between its two labs using Quantum Key Distribution(QKD) technology. Facts: Quantum Key Distribution(QKD): It is primarily a mechanism to undertake secure communication which utilises a cryptographic protocol involving various components of quantum mechanics. Process: The technology enables two communicating sides to come up with random secret… Continue reading DRDO successfully demonstrates quantum communication between two labs

Published
Categorized as PUBLIC Tagged

What is Beresheet 2 Mission?

Source: Click here News: Israel has announced the launch of Beresheet 2 Mission. Facts: Background: Beresheet spacecraft built by Israeli NGO SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries had reached the moon in 2019, but suffered an engine failure as it prepared to land. Beresheet 2: It is a planned mission by Israel Aerospace and SpaceIL with the aim of… Continue reading What is Beresheet 2 Mission?

Published
Categorized as PUBLIC Tagged

Australian telescope maps three million galaxies in just 300 hours

Source: Click here News: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has mapped about 3 million galaxies in just 300 hours. Facts: Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder(ASKAP): It is a radio telescope array located at Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Australia. Purpose: The telescope is designed to map the structure and evolution of the Universe which it does… Continue reading Australian telescope maps three million galaxies in just 300 hours

Published
Categorized as PUBLIC Tagged