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ISRO's GSAT-30 satellite successfully launched: Things to know

In a first satellite launch of this year, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched by European space agency’s heavy-lift launch vehicle Ariane-5 (VA 251) from French Guiana at 2.35 am (IST) today.Here is all you need to know:In pic: This picture shows an Ariane 5 rocket carrying two telecommunications satellites, Eutelsat Konnect and GSAT-30, lifting off from its launchpad in Kourou, at the European Space Center in French Guiana.

First Iranian-American astronaut was gunship pilot

Jasmin "Jaws" Moghbeli earned her fierce nickname during her time as a decorated helicopter gunship pilot who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan.The Marine Corps major, MIT graduate and college basketball player can now add another accomplishment to her burgeoning resume: the first Iranian-American astronaut.Image credit: Twitter/AstroJaws

What it will take to be a ‘Gagannaut’

Racing as it is to meet the deadline set by PM Narendra Modi, Isro has been working overtime on the Gaganyaan programme, India’s first human spaceflight mission slated for 2022 that aims to send Indian astronauts, or ‘gagannauts’, to space and bringing them back safely. Isro chairman K Sivan has said that four of the initial 12 candidates for the mission have been finalised and they begin their training in Russia later this month. Chethan Kumar explains the training process for the selected astronauts, whose identities are being kept secret, other than the fact that they are Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilots.

Christina Koch breaks women's record for longest spaceflight

NASA astronaut Christina Koch on Saturday set a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. Koch still has six weeks to go before returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), reported.

Boeing sends 'Rosie' dummy to space in key crewless mission

Today, Boeing is ready to launch its Starliner capsule which will embark on a crewless eight-day journey to the International Space Station and back, which will work as a dry run for NASA, as it plans to end America's dependence on Russia for rides to space.The stakes are high for the aerospace giant, reputation-wise, as it is currently in the middle of a safety crisis over its 737 MAX jets, not to forget the national pride of the US is on the line as well.

Nasa builds ‘most powerful rocket ever’ to take us to Moon

Nasa has unveiled what it claims is the ‘most powerful rocket ever built’. The rocket is designed to send humans back to the Moon as part of Nasa’s Artemis mission, which aims to launch in 2024.

ISRO's PSLV-C48 successfully launches

ISRO's workhorse rocket PSLV-C48, carrying the radar imaging earth satellite RISAT-2BR1 and some foreign satellites, successfully blasted off from Sroharikota. The 44.4 metre tall rocket lifted off the launch pad with clear skies in the background at 3.25 PM.

Techie from Chennai finds lost Vikram Lander

This 33-year-old techie from Chennai helped end three months of frantic search for the Vikram lander. Shanmuga Subramanian (Shan) is a mechanical engineer and a computer programmer who works as a technical architect at engineering company Lennox India Technology Centre in Chennai.

300 foreign satellites in 20 years: ISRO's odyssey

India crossed the milestone of launching 300 foreign satellites when its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) put into orbit 13 nano satellites from the US. The American satellites are piggy backing on the rocket's main luggage, India's advanced earth observation satellite Cartosat-3. The Cartosat 3 is the most advanced earth observation satellite built by ISRO, Chairman K Sivan said in a post-launch speech on Wednesday. ISRO's chief Sivan said the space agency has 13 missions, six launch vehicle events and seven satellite missions, slated till March next year.

Earth's most uninhabitable place found

Researchers have found an aquatic environment on the Earth with a complete absence of any forms of life, an advance that may lead to an improved understanding of the limits of habitability. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, revealed that any form of microbial life was absent in the hot, saline, hyperacid ponds of the Dallol geothermal field in Ethiopia.

NASA unveils its first electric airplane, the X-57 Maxwell

NASA unveils its first electric airplane, the X-57 Maxwell

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.Image credit:

Why people are hurt by insults from bots

Why people are hurt by insults from bots

Discouraging words such as “I have to say you are a terrible player” can be disturbing for people even when uttered by a robot, according to a study presented here.

First all-female spacewalking team makes history

First all-female spacewalking team makes history

The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid.

Mars, Moon, Venus and Sun: What's next for ISRO

Mars, Moon, Venus and Sun: What's next for ISRO

After the stressful Chandrayaan 2, Isro is all set for its upcoming missions. Among the destinations are Mars, the Moon, Venus, the Sun and India's space station. Here's a quick look at Isro's upcoming endeavours.

How anaemia accelerates spread of dengue

How anaemia accelerates spread of dengue

As mosquitoes mostly spread dengue virus while feeding on iron deficit blood, researchers suggest consuming iron-rich food if dealing with iron deficiency, anaemia or dengue fever.Dengue is most commonly acquired in urban environments, and the expansion of cities in the tropics has been accompanied by an expansion in dengue infections.

Water outside Earth: Researchers discover vapour in exoplanet's atmosphere

Water outside Earth: Researchers discover vapour in exoplanet's atmosphere

In the study, researchers used archival data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope between 2016 and 2017 that captured starlight as it passed through the atmosphere of the exoplanet.

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