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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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Chandrayaan-3: As dust settles, Pragyan rover prepares to explore Moon

India's space agency, ISRO, has successfully landed its Vikram lander on the moon's south pole, making it the first craft to achieve this feat.

A still from a video Isro released on Thursday of the Chandrayaan-3’s landing approach (Isro)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 05:09 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Lessons from 2019 play out in 18 mins

Isro chief S Somanath said scientists working on Chandrayaan-3 spent years analysing each contingency and rectifying the errors of Chandrayaan-2

Scientists and engineers watch the live telecast of the Chandrayaan-3 lander Vikram's soft-landing on the moon's surface at Indian Space Research Organisation's headquarters, in Bengaluru, India on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 05:40 PM IST
By, , Bengaluru/new Delhi

Now, ISRO sets eyes on Aditya L-1, Gaganyaan

Isro is also working on some other big-ticket projects that are lined up for the coming months

Scientists and engineers watch the live telecast of the Chandrayaan-3 lander Vikram's soft-landing on the moon's surface at Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO)'s headquarters, in Bengaluru, India on Wednesday. (Isro)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 07:29 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Chandrayaan-3: History, etched in space

For 18 minutes (that’s how long the landing process actually lasted), a nation held its collective breath

Bengaluru: ISRO employees watch the successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the surface of the moon at ISRO's Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network facility, in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI08_23_2023_000366A)(PTI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 04:55 AM IST

India makes history, lands near south pole of Moon

The two robotic explorers Vikram and Pragyan will now take readings and images of Earth’s satellite, with the primary objective of uncovering hidden lunar secrets

HT Image
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Our systems are better tested, our craft is sturdier... We are ready: ISRO chief

The success of Chandrayaan-3 is crucial for future missions and collaborations with international agencies.

interview ISRO Chairman S. Somanath(PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 02:16 PM IST

All eyes on Chandrayaan-3: It’s D-day for Moon mission

The lander module, Vikram, will perform a controlled descent and is equipped with scientific payloads to carry out experiments on the lunar surface.

Students of Sudarsan Sand Art Institute create a sand art on ISRO's lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 at the beach in Puri(PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 04:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Vikram sends images of the far side of Moon ahead of landing

The lander module of Chandrayaan-3 established communication with its predecessor, Chandrayaan-2, confirming the spacecraft's good health.

A combo photo of the Lunar far side area from the Chandrayaan-3 Mission captured by the Lander Hazard Detection and Avoidance Camera on Monday.(ISRO Twitter)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 08:40 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chandrayaan-3 steady as Russia exits moon race

On Sunday, the Indian agency confirmed the lander had now been placed in a 25km x 134km orbit.

Chandrayaan-3 consists of an indigenous lander module (LM), propulsion module (PM) and a rover (Twitter/@isro)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 05:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Chandrayaan-3 final de-boosting completed, ISRO preparing for landing on Aug 23

This is the final leg of the mission. Now the lander module will undergo some internal checks while it hovers over the landing site waiting to make a soft landing near the south-polar region of the moon on August 23, around 5.45pm, according to ISRO

Chandrayaan-3 consists of an indigenous lander module (LM), propulsion module (PM) and a rover (Twitter/@isro)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 09:41 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 healthy, everything going as planned, say Isro officials

A senior official at the Indian Space Research Organisation said that the current position and movement of the spacecraft is being monitored continuously by their teams

Chandrayaan-3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 14. (Twitter/Isro)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 09:48 PM IST

First de-boosting operation of Chandrayaan-3 successfully conducted: ISRO

The next de-boosting operation will be carried out on August 20, before the landing scheduled for August 23 between 5:30pm and 6pm

The development comes a day after the lander module of Chandrayaan-3 successfully separated from the propulsion module. (ISRO)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 04:31 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 releases lander for touchdown

Expressing confidence in the mission, Union minister of science and technology and space said, Isro will attempt the landing between 5.30pm and 6pm on August 23

Chandrayaan-3 consists of an indigenous lander module (LM), propulsion module (PM) and a rover. (ISRO)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 02:00 AM IST

Propulsion module successfully separated from Chandrayaan-3’s lander: ISRO

The space agency will now be conducting a de-boosting manoeuvre before the spacecraft attempts to land on the surface of the moon on August 23

Chandrayaan-3 consists of an indigenous lander module (LM), propulsion module (PM) and a rover. (ISRO)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 02:18 PM IST

Indian and Russian lunar missions vastly different: Isro scientist

While Chandrayaan-3 was launched on July 14, Russia successfully launched its inaugural moon-landing spacecraft on Friday

Chandrayaan-3 is expected to land on the lunar surface around August 23 after completing a 40-day journey. (AP)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 05:47 AM IST

AAP hits out as K’taka min calls mohalla clinics ‘overhyped’ after praising them

AAP said comparing Delhi’s mohalla clinics to Bengaluru’s namma clinics was misleading, as the latter only provide basic care for small ailments.

Delhi health minister Saurabh Bharadwaj and Karnataka health minister Dinesh Gundu Rao at a Mohalla Clinic, in New Delhi, Friday.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 04:21 AM IST

National Research Foundation Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

The National Research Foundation will be an apex body to provide high-level strategic direction of scientific research in the country as per recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP)

Union minister Jitendra Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 02:13 PM IST

Dengue ‘emergency’ in Delhi’s hospitals

On Wednesday, health minister Saurabh Bharadwaj called for a meeting with officials to review the dengue situation in the Capital

The latest dengue data released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi showed that till July 28, the city reported 121 cases of dengue. (Representational image)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 03:44 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 successfully leaves Earth's orbit, heads towards Moon

Isro officials said that the Chandryaan-3 mission has stuck to schedule and the spacecraft’s health is currently normal.

Chandrayaan-3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 07:25 AM IST

Russian, Indian institutes eye partnership in quantum tech

An official proposal is expected to be presented before India to explore possible collaborations in the upcoming BRICS meeting to be hosted by Russia.

Russian institutes are already in talks with individual research centres in India to collaborate on developing various aspects of quantum technologies
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 03:51 AM IST
By, Moscow

Trend shows dip in rains in 5 states: Centre to Lok Sabha

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Nagaland have been seeing a reduction in south-west monsoon rainfall over the past 30 years, earth sciences minister Kiren Rijiju said in a reply to a question in Parliament

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Nagaland has seen a reduction in south-west monsoon rainfall over the past 30 years, says data (ANI/PIB)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 12:10 AM IST

Isro completes two more hot tests for Gaganyaan

During tests, the thrusters were operated in both continuous and pulse mode, in sync with the mission profile, Isro official said

Isro successfully tested the Gaganyaan Service Module Propulsion System at IPRC, in Mahendragiri (PTI)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 03:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

July this year set to be the hottest month on record, finds analysis

On July 6, the daily average global mean surface air temperature surpassed the record set in August 2016, making it the hottest day on record

A woman cools off at Fontana della Barcaccia at the Spanish Steps in Rome during a heatwave across Italy on July 17 . (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 03:40 AM IST

PSLV to launch on July 30 with six more satellites

The 360 kg satellite will be inserted into a near- equatorial orbit 535 km above the earth’s surface

Isro announced that the PSLV-C56 carrying Singapore’s DS-SAR satellite along with 6 co-passengers is scheduled to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (Isro Twitter)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 12:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Isro successfully completes key Gaganyaan test

Isro has successfully completed the service module propulsion system test for Gaganyaan at its Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri.

Isro successfully completes the service module propulsion system test for Gaganyaan on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 03:11 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi govt restricts sale of common painkillers during dengue season

The pharmacies can sell these medicines only against the prescription issued by a registered medical practitioner.

The order was issued keeping in mind the rising cases of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in the national capital. (Representational image)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 12:25 AM IST

Engine calibration, landing site expansion for Chandrayaan-3: Lessons from 2019

India successfully launched Chandrayaan-3, its third lunar mission, on Friday.

E ISRO's Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM3) M4 rocket carrying 'Chandrayaan-3' lifts off from the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota, Friday, July 14, 2023 (PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2023 01:45 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 sets off on a long journey to the Moon

Mission director S Mohana Kumar said the LVM3 rocket once again proved to be the most reliable heavy-lift vehicle of ISRO.

Chandrayaan-3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Friday, on board the LVM-3 rocket. (ISRO)
Updated on Jul 15, 2023 04:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Isro launches Chandrayaan-3 for another attempt at soft landing on moon

With the success of its third lunar mission, India hopes to become the fourth country in the world to land on the moon’s surface and the first to land near the lunar south pole

Chandryaan-3 is the successor to India’s ongoing series of lunar missions. (Twitter | ISRO)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 03:24 PM IST

Moonshot moment: India’s stakes claim as space power

Leading up to the launch, HT takes a look at why the third lunar mission is significant for furthering India’s space ambitions

The Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM3) M4 vehicle with Chandrayaan-3 at the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre(PTI)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 02:21 AM IST
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