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What is New Mapping Data Policy?

Feb 16, 2021
The new policy change by the government will mainly allow the Indian companies to access the accurate maps of the Indian territories without going through permissions and approvals.

Government announces changes in mapping policy, PM Modi says reforms will bring tremendous opportunity

Feb 15, 2021
Indian corporations and innovators will not require any form of early approvals or permission before they generate, disseminate, collect, prepare, update, store, publish the digital Geospatial Data and Maps within the Indian Territory.

China Tianwen-1 spacecraft sends back Mars video footage for first time

Feb 13, 2021
In the released video, white craters are visible on the planet’s surface, which fades from white to black as the probe flies over one Martian day. 

Turkey announces space program including 2023 moon mission

Feb 11, 2021
An ambitious 10-year space program of Turkey includes missions to the moon, developing internationally viable satellite systems, and sending Turkish astronauts into space.

Chinese spacecraft Tianwen-1 enters Mars orbit, world's second in 2 days

Feb 11, 2021
China's Mars probe became the second spacecraft in two days to reach the red planet, following UAE's Hope space probe that entered Mars orbit on February 9, 2021. 

First Arab Mars Mission: UAE's space probe enters Martian orbit in historic flight

Feb 10, 2021
Al Amal's successful insertion into the Mars orbit has ushered in a new era of space exploration for the Gulf nation, as it is UAE's first venture beyond Earth's orbit. 

Square Kilometre Array Observatory launched: What is it? Everything you need to know!

Feb 8, 2021
The Square Kilometre Array Observatory is a new intergovernmental organisation dedicated to radio astronomy. Its headquarters have been set up in the United Kingdom. 

HAL to develop first-of-its-kind high altitude pseudo satellite

Feb 8, 2021
HAL is developing an unmanned aircraft that can enter the enemy zone and carry out strikes deep inside the enemy territory. 

China's Tianwen-1 space probe sends back its first image of Red Planet 

Feb 7, 2021
The Tianwen-1 probe sent back a black and white photo, which shows geological features of Mars including the Schiaparelli crater and the Valles Marineris, a vast stretch of canyons on the Martian surface.

NASA to launch Mars ice mapping mission

Feb 6, 2021
NASA has signed a statement of intent with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for collaboration in the mission. 

Pfizer withdraws emergency use application for its COVID vaccine in India

Feb 5, 2021
Pfizer's spokesperson said that the company will continue to engage with the DGCI and resubmit its approval request with additional information as it becomes available in the near future.

ISRO's first unmanned space mission slated for launch in December 2021: FM Sitharaman

Feb 2, 2021
The Gaganyaan mission worth Rs 10,000 crore aims to send a three-member crew to space for a period of five to seven days by 2022 when India completes 75 years of independence.

SpaceX to launch first all-civilian astronaut mission to orbit in late 2021

Feb 2, 2021
The mission known as Inspiration4 aims at raising the support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It will be commanded by Jared Issacman, the CEO and founder of Shift4 Payments. 

Union Budget 2021 Highlights: PM Modi terms Active and Not Reactive, Focused on Covid-related reforms to Atmanirbhar resolve

Feb 1, 2021
Budget 2021: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget 2021-22 today in the Parliament. Expectations from this year’s budgets were very high considering it had to provide much needed relief to the ailing economy and also address the traditional challenges or unemployment, f

Covovax: Third COVID-19 vaccine may soon be available in India

Jan 30, 2021
SII CEO Adar Poonawala said in a tweet that Serum Institute's partnership for a COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax has also published excellent efficacy results. 

NASA captures portraits of ‘Lost Galaxy’ in Virgo Constellation

Jan 28, 2021
Also known as ‘NGC 4535’, the Lost galaxy is one of the largest of the 2000 or so galaxies in the Virgo cluster and is located about 50 million light-years from Earth.

SpaceX launches 143 satellites on single rocket, creates new world record

Jan 25, 2021
With the launched satellites, Musk’s SpaceX aims at providing near-global broadband internet coverage all over the world by 2021.

ShramShakti: Indian Government launches portal to collect data related to tribal migrant workers

Jan 23, 2021
The ‘ShramShakti’ digital portal will be successfully able to address the data gap and also empower the migrant workers, who generally move in search of income generation and employment.

NASA shares image of galaxy cluster Abell 370: All You Need to Know

Jan 22, 2021
The Abell 370 galaxy cluster is located 4.9 billion light-years away from the Earth in the constellation Cetus.

Health Ministry adds new feature to CoWIN app to monitor COVID-19 vaccination

Jan 21, 2021
The Ministry noted certain glitches in the Co-WIN software and has decided to enhance the platform by adding a new feature of "Allot Beneficiary" in the ongoing session.
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