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ESA to send spacecraft to Mercury in a first-of-its-kind mission

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In a first-of-its-kind mission, a UK-built spacecraft will set off for Mercury to determine whether the plant, which is the closest to the Sun, contains water. The European Space Agency's (ESA) BepiColombo mission will send two orbiters to explore the planet where the surface temperatures reach about 450 degrees Celsius.

Central University of Jammu, ISRO sign MoU to set up Space Applications Center

Oct 12, 2018
The Center will help in tapping potential of Space Applications for Jammu & Kashmir in various fields like disaster management, health, education, communication, weather forecasting, land use planning, etc.

Indian Air Force launches its first mobile health app ‘MedWatch’

Oct 10, 2018
The Indian Air Force launched an innovative mobile health application called ‘MedWatch’ on October 8, 2018, on the occasion of its 86th anniversary. The app comprises a host of features including information on basic first aid, health topics and nutritional facts.

India successfully test fires short-range Prahaar missile

Sep 21, 2018
India has successfully test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile 'Prahaar' from the Odisha coast. The test launch was successful, as the missile travelled a range of 200 km before zeroing in on the target, achieving all mission objectives.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to be first private passenger on SpaceX’s Lunar BFR Mission

Sep 18, 2018
The successful landing of Yusaku Maezawa on the Moon will enable access for commoners who dream of traveling to space. Till now, only two dozen people have been to the Moon, with the final Apollo Mission of 1972, marking the last time a human visited the moon.

ISRO launches two UK satellites aboard PSLV-C42

Sep 17, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched its polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) C42 carrying two earth observation satellites for the United Kingdom. The mission is a commercial arrangement between the British company and Antrix Corporation Limited, which is the commercial wing of ISRO.

India’s combat aircraft Tejas successfully completes first-ever mid-air refuelling trial

Sep 11, 2018
In a first, Tejas, the advanced version of India’s indigenously produced Light Combat Aircraft was successfully refuelled mid-air by a Russian-origin Ilyushin-78 tanker. The mid-air refuelling was a part of a wet contact trial for LCA Tejas MK-1.

ISRO unveils space suit, crew model for Gaganyaan Mission

Sep 7, 2018
The orange-coloured prototype space suit was developed by the ISRO over the past two years at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. The suit can hold one oxygen cylinder, allowing an astronaut to breathe in space for 60 minutes.

India, France sign MoU to form working group for Gaganyaan Mission

Sep 7, 2018
The Gaganyaan mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 72nd Independence Day speech. It is India’s first manned space mission that will be launched by ISRO by 2022.

Google announces new AI Technology to fight online child sexual abuse

Sep 5, 2018
Google has announced that it is employing a new Artificial Intelligence technology to combat online spreading of contents involving child sexual abuse. The tool uses deep neural networks for image processing to help discover and detect child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

Government constitutes new science and technology council to advise PM

Aug 29, 2018
The Union Government has constituted a 21-member science and technology council to advice Prime Minister Narendra Modi on matters related to science, technology and innovations. It will be headed by K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Union Government.

ISRO unveils Gaganyaan Mission to put Indians in space before 2022

Aug 29, 2018
The programme is expected to be completed before 2022 with first unmanned flight within 30 months. The total programme cost is expected to be less than Rs 10000 crores.

Chandrayaan-I data confirms presence of ice on Moon: NASA

Aug 22, 2018
Chandrayaan-1 was India's first mission to the moon. It was launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on October 22, 2008 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket.

Researchers develop ‘in-body GPS’ system to track tumours

Aug 21, 2018
Researchers have developed a wireless 'in-body GPS' system that can track tumours and pinpoint the location of ingestible implants inside the body. In tests conducted on animals, the system called ‘ReMix’ was found to be able to easily track the implants with centimetre-level accuracy.

Researchers develop world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

Aug 20, 2018
Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have successfully developed the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics that can be used to create complex, shape-changing objects. 4D printing is conventional 3D printing combined with the additional element of time as the fourth dimension.

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to study Sun’s corona

Aug 13, 2018
NASA has launched Parker Solar Probe, a historic mission to touch the sun. The car-sized spacecraft will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere, about four million miles from its surface and more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before.

Sunita Williams, 8 other astronauts named by NASA for first manned US space launch since 2011

Aug 6, 2018
The astronauts will be carried from American soil onboard spacecraft developed by entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing Co to the ISS, beginning in 2019. These astronauts will first crew the test flights and then the missions involving both Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Chinese researchers ‘create’ world’s first single-chromosome yeast

Aug 4, 2018
Researchers from China have claimed to have created the world’s first single-chromosome yeast while not affecting the majority of its functions. By simplifying a complex genome system, the research provides a new approach to studying the functions of telomeres.

Blood Moon 2018: World witnessed longest Lunar Eclipse of the century

Jul 28, 2018
Blood Moon or Total Lunar Eclipse, a rare celestial event, is considered to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century which lasted beyond 100 minutes.

NASA to launch Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun

Jul 23, 2018
Parker Solar Probe will explore the corona, a region of the Sun only seen from Earth when the Moon blocks out the Sun's bright face during total solar eclipses.

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