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Soumya Pillai covers environment and traffic in Delhi. A journalist for three years, she has grown up in and with Delhi, which is often reflected in the stories she does about life in the city. She also enjoys writing on social innovations.

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ISRO begins preparation for India’s 2nd mission to Mars

India is preparing to send its second spacecraft, Mangalyaan-2, to Mars, nine years after its successful first attempt.

This composite image provided by the UAE Space Agency shows Mars’ moon Deimo in the foreground. A spacecraft around Mars has ventured closer to the red planet’s little moon Deimos than any human-made object in history. The United Arab Emirates’ Hope spacecraft flew within 62 miles of Deimos last month. (UAE Space Agency via AP) (AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 04:26 AM IST

Aditya L1 escapes sphere of Earth’s influence: Isro

India's Aditya-L1 spacecraft, the country's first observatory to study the Sun, has travelled over 920,000 km from Earth on its way to the Sun-Earth Lagrange Point-1. The spacecraft will remain in a halo orbit around L1, about 1.5 million km from Earth, to observe the Sun's corona and other aspects without interruptions. This mission follows the success of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, which also travelled beyond Earth's influence.

ndian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)) (ISRO FB)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 11:01 PM IST

‘Below normal’ end for patchy monsoon: IMD

India's monsoon season this year brought only 94% of its usual rainfall, classifying it as a "below normal" season.

The monsoon has been inconsistent across the months and over the length and breadth of the country.
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 04:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Polarimetry mission set for December launch: Isro chief

India's first polarimetry mission, the XPoSat, is set to launch in December. The satellite will study bright X-ray sources in extreme conditions, providing valuable information about celestial objects. It is the world's second mission to measure the polarisation of light and will help scientists better understand emissions from black holes, neutron stars, and other astronomical sources. In addition, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation announced that the first test flight for the Gaganyaan crew module is scheduled for October, with the unmanned mission expected in early 2024.

ISRO chairman S Somanath said that the satellite “is built and kept ready” (ANI/ PIB)
Updated on Sep 27, 2023 08:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Top science awardees may not get cash perks next year onwards

The government last week announced that science, technology and innovations awards will now be conferred as the Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar

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Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

After Vikram’s ‘hop’, Isro eyes next lunar leap: To bring back samples from Moon

The recent successful hop experiment by Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander will inform future lunar missions.

Vikram lander, as captured by cameras on board the rover, on the Moon’s surface. (ISRO)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 04:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Isro to wait 14 more days for Pragyaan, Vikram signals

Scientists are hoping that as temperatures rise on the Moon, the possibility of revival will also go up.

On August 31, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released an image of Chandrayaan-3 Vikram Lander clicked around 11 am IST from about 15 m through a Pragyan rover's navigation camera, hours after the release of its first image, which shows the lander resting on the moon's surface on Wednesday. (ISRO Twitter)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 05:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Isro continues efforts to establish contact with Chandrayaan-3

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists are continuing their efforts to re-establish communication with the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Despite not receiving any signals so far, ISRO is persisting in its attempts to revive the lander and rover. The revival attempt aims to extend the mission's objectives and collect more data. The batteries on the equipment were left charged before being put to sleep, and if the revival is successful, the rover will resume movement and the lander will collect data once again.

New Delhi, Aug 31 (ANI): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) releases an image of Chandrayaan-3 Vikram Lander clicked around 11 a.m. IST from about 15 m through a Pragyan rover's navigation camera, hours after the release of its first image, which shows the lander resting on the moon's surface, on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (ISRO Twitter)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 12:38 AM IST

ISRO aims to revive lander, rover during lunar sunrise

The Isro chairman, said that they are hoping when the sun rises on the Shivshakti Point, where lander & rover are parked, the equipment will come back to life.

Chandrayaan-3(ISRO Twitter/ Representative)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 05:24 AM IST

Rajya Sabha discusses India’s space journey

While addressing the Rajya Sabha, Union minister of science and technology Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that Chandrayaan-3 has been a major leap in the country’s space programme

On August 23, Isro created history by successfully landing the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft near the lunar south pole. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 12:01 AM IST

ISRO sends off Aditya-L1 to final destination, successfully performs key manoeuvre

On September 2, the Indian space agency launched the Aditya-L1 spacecraft—the country’s maiden mission to study the Sun—from the spaceport in Sriharikota

The mission will allow India’s scientists to unlock new insights about the centre of our solar system. (ISRO)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 03:06 PM IST

After its successful sun, moon expeditions, Isro works on polarimetry mission

ISRO is preparing to launch its first polarimetry mission, XPoSat, by the end of the year. This will be the second polarimetry mission in the world

A rocket carrying India’s solar mission Aditya-L1 lifts off. (ISRO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:09 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Vikram pulls off a lunar hop before entering sleep mode

Vikram lander, part of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, successfully completed a "hop" on the lunar surface.

ISRO hsares images of Vikram Lander from Moon's surface.(ISRO)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 01:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Chandrayaan-3 instruments to be put to ‘sleep’ today

The primary objectives of the mission have been successfully completed, including recording the first seismic readings on the Moon.

The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on July 14 from the Sriharikota spaceport (PTI)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 01:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Aditya-L1 begins its long solar voyage

At 11.45am on Sunday, Isro will perform the first Earth-bound firing to raise the orbit of the Aditya-L1 craft.

The Aditya-L1 spacecraft takes off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 01:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Aditya-L1: ISRO launches India’s maiden Sun mission from Sriharikota

The Aditya-L1 mission, which will mark India’s first mission to study the Sun, will allow India’s scientists to unlock new insights about the centre of our solar system

ISRO’s PSLV-C57 carrying ‘Aditya-L1’ spacecraft lifts off from the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota, on Saturday (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 12:58 PM IST

HT Interview: No one got continuous data on Sun yet, we will, says Jagdev Singh

India's Aditya-L1 mission will study Sun and provide data on its visible emission line and solar corona, according to Professor Jagdev Singh.

Jagdev Singh (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 05:08 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 takes seismic readings from lunar surface

India’s lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-3, took its first seismic readings on the moon, detecting the mild rumble of not just the rover and other scientific instruments probing the surface of the moon but also what appeared to be a “natural event” now under investigation.

Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander and Pragyan rover  held the first in-situ measurements of surface.
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Solar mission Aditya L-1 in position, set for launch

The solar probe is scheduled to be launched at 11.50am on Saturday atop the PSLV-C-57 rocket, which is a version of the India’s workhorse space launcher strapped on with additional engines

The first photo of the Vikram lander on the surface of the Moon, clicked by the Pragyan rover. (Isro/ Twitter)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 11:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan rover confirms presence of sulphur on surface of Moon

Rover has also detected elements like aluminium (Al), calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), titanium (Ti), manganese (Mn), silicon (Si), and oxygen (O).

Chandrayaan-3 Pragyan rover roams around the 'Shiv Shakti Point', Vikram' lander's touchdown spot, on the Moon at the south pole. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 05:21 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pragyan rover avoids crater, data collection key objective now: Isro

The Pragyan rover on the Chandrayaan-3 mission had to retrace its path to avoid a crater on the lunar surface. It is now safely heading on a new path. The mission is focused on maximizing findings from the lander and rover before the lunar sunset on September 6.

A crater (L) that the Chandrayaan-3 Rover Pragyan encountered on Aug. 27, 2023 (PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 12:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Aditya-L1 solar mission set for launch on Saturday from Sriharikota

The solar mission will be carried out by the Aditya-L1, which will be launched from the Sriharikota spaceport on the Isro’s workhorse rocket, the PSLV.

A graphic representation of ISRO’s Aditya L1 mission.
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 01:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

AIIMS doctors save 2-yr-old girl’s life after her heart stops on flight

Five doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) came to the rescue of a two-year-old girl who stopped breathing on a Vistara flight from Bengaluru to Delhi. The doctors improvised medical equipment from whatever they could find on the plane and managed to revive the child and stabilise her until the flight made an emergency landing in Nagpur. The girl had recently undergone heart surgery and had experienced post-surgery complications. The doctors continued to assist the child until she could be handed over to a paediatrician from a nearby hospital.

The five doctors who saved the 2-year-old on the flight. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Isro to launch India’s first Sun mission on Sept 2

Isro has announced that India’s first Sun mission, Aditya-L1, is scheduled to take off from Sriharikota on September 2 morning

A graphic representation of ISRO’s Aditya L1 mission.
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 06:35 PM IST

Vikram sends back first moon readings

India's Chandrayaan-3 mission has recorded temperatures on the lunar surface, offering new insights into the Moon's thermal behavior and characteristics of lunar soil. The temperature dropped significantly as the probe dug deeper into the lunar surface, with temperatures of around 55°C at the topmost level and around -10°C at a depth of about 8cm. The experiment is set to continue for 10 more days.

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Updated on Aug 28, 2023 12:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Naming landing point ‘Shiv Shakti’, a message for gender equality: Scientists

Scientists responsible for Chandrayaan-3’s success said that the PM’s speech will encourage them to do better in the future.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with women scientists of the Isro team involved in Chandrayaan-3 mission, in Bengaluru. (ANI/ PIB)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 04:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pragyan rover moves around lunar south pole region, all experiments functional

Isro says both the lander and the rover are in good health, and the mission is progressing according to schedule

Isro says Pragyan rover is roaming around Shiv Shakti Point in pursuit of lunar secrets at the South Pole. (ISRO twitter)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 11:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

PM Modi announces August 23 as ‘National Space Day’, lauds Isro scientists

Hailing the efforts of the woman scientists for the successful space mission and the landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon, PM Modi further announced that the point on the moon where Chandrayaan-3 landed will be called ‘Shivshakti’

PM Modi in Bengaluru met and congratulated ISRO scientists as he lauded Chandryaan-3 heroes involved with the successful lunar landing (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 10:57 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3: Pragyan rover successfully travels 8 metres on lunar surface

Pragyan, roughly 92cm in length and 75cm in width, has on board two spectrometers that can analyse the composition of moon rocks and dust

Rollout of rover of Isro's Chandrayaan-3 from the lander to the lunar surface, as observed by Lander Imager Camera, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 04:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

ISRO releases first images of Pragyan rover rolling out

Officials confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet ISRO chief S Somanath and the team of Chandrayaan-3 scientists on Saturday, soon after returning from Athens in Greece.

The Chandrayaan 3 rover on the surface of the moon. (ISRO)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 06:02 PM IST
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