Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) discovers precious metals in Indian waters near Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep
Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the presence of millions of tons of precious metals in Indian waters near Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep.
Indian astronomers discover supercluster of galaxies, he named it ‘Saraswati’
In a significant discovery, a team of Indian astronomers have identified a previously unknown, extremely large supercluster of galaxies located in the direction of constellation Pisces.
The supercluster of 43 galaxies, which they named “Saraswati”, is one of the largest known structures in the nearby universe, and is 4 billion light years away from us and may contain the mass equivalent of over 20 million billion suns
The Saraswati supercluster, for instance, extends over a scale of 600 million light years.
The Milky Way, the galaxy we are in, is part of a supercluster called the Laniakea Supercluster, announced in 2014 by Brent Tully at the University of Hawaii and collaborators.
Union minister for earth sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Kerala’s first doppler radar in Kochi with support of ISRO scientists and Bharat Electronics.
This was among the 27 radars being installed in the country and all of them are 100 percent indigenous developed with support of ISRO scientists and Bharat Electronics.
The last five Chirapunji, Bhuj, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi are examples of Make in India products. The next in the series are Gopalpur and Sriharikota
The IMD as part of modernising its observational network is replacing its old and conventional radar by the state of art S-band Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) in a phased manner at different locations all over the country.
Astronomers discover smallest star known in our galaxy called EBLM J0555-57Ab — its is located about 600 light-years from Earth and can be seen from the Southern Hemisphere
Astronomers searching for exoplanets, which orbit other stars, came across the star in one of their surveys.
This is part of the team that discovered the TRAPPIST-1 system, another small and dim star that has seven planets, three of which hold the best chance for finding life outside our solar system, something that Triaud, who is a senior researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, still believes to be true.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for establishing Intelsat satellite to orbit supporting wireless communications.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rumbled into the sky Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, flexing the rocket’s muscles and lofting a massive Intelsat satellite to orbit supporting wireless communications, television broadcasting and trans-Atlantic data relays.
The nine-engine first stage shut down less than three minutes after liftoff, and the booster dropped away with the help of pneumatic pushers for a destructive plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX’s Dragon returned to earth from International Space Station (ISS) with the Chinese Experiment.
SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), bringing back the first Chinese experiment ever to visit the orbiting laboratory.
The unmanned spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 8:12am EDT (5:42pm IST) – about five hours after leaving the space station. It wrapped up SpaceX’s 11th contracted cargo re-supply mission for the US space agency NASA.
Dragon is returning more than 1,860kg of cargo, including science samples from human and animal research, biotechnology studies, physical science investigations and education activities.
NASA is developing first asteroid deflection mission by the name The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) to protect the planet from potential cosmic body impacts in the future
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — which is being designed and would be built and managed by the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory — is moving from concept development to preliminary design phase.
DART would be NASA’s first mission to demonstrate what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique — striking the asteroid to shift its orbit — to defend against a potential future asteroid impact.
ISRO launched latest communication satellite GSAT-17 from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched on 29th of June 2017 around 2.00 am by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
The satellite carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.
The launch of GSAT-17 will be the third satellite launch by ISRO this month, the other two being the first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions, both from Sriharikota spaceport.
Government launches VAJRA scheme to attract Indian scientists abroad for conducting joint researches in India.
In a bid to bring together the Indian scientists abroad and India-based researchers for conducting joint researches in India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched a scheme named ‘Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty’ (VAJRA).
The endowments for faculties would be US $15,000 in the first month of residency and US $10,000, for the remaining months, said Harsh Vardhan, adding that the central government had been stressing upon converting brain-drain into brain-gain.
NASA tests flexible solar array (Roll-Out Solar Array) on space station that could one day power satellites and spacecraft
NASA is testing for the first time the effectiveness of a flexible solar array on space station that could one day power satellites and spacecraft.
The Roll-Out Solar Array, or ROSA, an advanced, flexible solar array that rolls out like a tape measure “can be easily adapted to different sizes, including very large arrays, to provide power for a variety of future spacecraft.
It also has the potential to make solar arrays more compact and lighter weight for satellite radio and television, weather forecasting, GPS and other services used on the Earth.
Nasa launches world’s lightest satellite designed by 18-year-old TN student named after Abdul Kalam.
India once again broke a global space record by launching the world’s lightest satellite weighing a mere 64 grams, called Kalamsat, designed and developed not by professional space scientists and engineers, but by 18-year-old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team.
The tiny satellite, named after Abdul Kalam, was flown by a Nasa sounding rocket and the lift-off was from the space agency’s Wallop Island facility around 3pm (IST).
India’s Mars Orbiter PSLV-C25 rocket completes 1000 Earth days.
India’s Mars orbiter, launched in 2013, was expected to last six months or 180 days after reaching its destination.
But having completed four years and 1,000 Earth days in orbit, the spacecraft shows no signs of fatigue, continuing to relay back a mass of images and data, each contributing to better understanding of the red planet.
After its launch on November 5, 2013 by the PSLV-C25 rocket, the spacecraft travelled to the red planet for nine months and entered the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its very first attempt.
China plans to send mini-ecosystems to Moon containing potato seeds and silkworm eggs
In a first, China is planning to send mini-ecosystems – containing potato seeds and silkworm eggs – to the Moon next year, in an attempt to study how the organisms develop on the lunar surface.
The 3-kilogramme mini-ecosystem, developed by research teams led by Chongqing University in China, will be sent to the Moon by the Chang’e 4 scheduled to launch in 2018, authorities announced at the Global Space Exploration Conference.
An 18-centimetre-tall cylinder will carry potato seeds and silkworm eggs to be incubated.
Jupiter is the most ancient planet in the solar system
Jupiter is the oldest planet in the solar system, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Scientists led by Thomas S. Kruijer of the University of Münster, in Germany, measured concentrations of molybdenum and tungsten isotopes derived from iron meteorites to model the age of the system’s largest planet.
Indian-American Raja Chari among 12 NASA astronaut candidates
After screening a record 18,000 applications, the NASA has finally picked 12 astronaut candidates — its largest astronaut class since 2000 — and Indian-American Raja Chari, a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Air Force, has bagged a most sought-after seat.
If all goes well, Chari may become the third person of Indian origin from the US after the late Kalpana Chawla and current NASA astronaut Sunita ‘Suni’ Williams to fly to space.
World’s first hybrid ‘aeroboat’ made by Indo-Russian JV unveiled
The world’s first hybrid “aeroboat” capable of travelling on land, water, snow and sand that has been built by an Indo-Russian joint venture was unveiled in Moscow on Tuesday at a start-ups event organised by Russia’s state-run Skolkovo Foundation.
The aeroboat is designed to access difficult terrain, such as flooded or marshy areas where the use of regular boats is made impossible because of shallow water, patches of dry land or by marine vegetation.
ISRO’s most powerful rocket GSLV Mk III places GSAT-19 communication satellite in orbit
Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday successfully launched its most powerful rocket, GSLV Mk III nicknamed ‘Fatboy’+ , by firing a high thrust indigenous cryogenic engine in the first developmental flight and placed the country’s heaviest satellite in orbit.
With the launch, Isro has demonstrated its mastery in developing a cryogenic engine, a technology denied to it years ago.
The launch proves the homegrown launch vehicle’s capability of hurling up to four tonne payload into higher orbits.