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Legendary Soviet Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov passes away

Alexei Leonov (85), the legendary Soviet Russian cosmonaut, has passed away in Moscow on October 11, 2019. On 18th March 1965, he created history by becoming the first human to conduct a spacewalk for 12 minutes and 9 seconds during the Voskhod 2 mission.

NASA launches Icon satellite to explore where air meets space

NASA has recently launched its new Ionospheric Connection Explorer (Icon)  satellite  from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. The refrigerator-size Icon satellite will study the airglow formed from gases in the ionosphere and also measure the charged environment right around the 360-mile-high (580-kilometer-high) ..

ISRO Attempts to Reconnect with Lander Vikram

After the Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission lost its communication link with the ground station, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had started its efforts to restore the link. This has not been successful so far. About Chandrayaan-2 Mission Chandrayaan-2 Mission was India’s first moon lander and rover mission. ISRO attempted to soft-land the ..

UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre announces that 85% of Hope Probe project completed

The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have recently announced that 85% of the Hope Probe project has been completed. Hope Probe is an ambitious dream project of UAE to send a mission to Mars. Hope Probe is scheduled to be launched in July 2020. With a successful launch, UAE hopes ..

Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Phase-4 Programme

The Union Cabinet has approved the ongoing Phase 4 of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme consisting of five rocket flights during 2021-2024. Significance Of The Programme The phase four will enable the launch of 2000 kg class of communication and other satellites to a GEO (or geosynchronous) orbit. It will make the country ..