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ISRO’s Mangalyaan captures images of Phobos, Biggest moon of Mars

The Mars orbiter of the Indian Space Research Organization has captured images of Phobos, the biggest moon of Mars. Highlights The Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft was placed in Mars orbit in September 2014. By this India entered the elite group of countries that hold an orbiter around the planet. The other countries that hold satellites ..

NASA Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA marked April 24th as the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch into the low earth orbit in 1990. Hubble Space Telescope The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the largest space telescopes and is named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble. It is a collaborative project of NASA and the European Space Agency. ..

NASA’s New Horizons mission gets a brand-new name “Arrokoth”

The International Astronomical Union and Minor Planets Center, the global body for naming Kuiper Belt objects, has finally given a name for the most distant world ever explored by a space mission. It is called Arrokoth. NASA launched the New Horizons mission in January 2006. After crossing by Pluto in 2015, in 2019 it flew by ..

New Space India Limited

To promote the commercial utilization of the significant technical capabilities developed in the Indian Space industry, the Department of Space has incorporated the New Space India Limited under its administrative control. The NSIL was registered on March 6, 2019. What is NSIL? The NSIL is the second (after Antrix) commercial arm of the Department of ..

Chandrayaan-2 launch successful

A GSLV rocket successfully launched from Shri Harikota launch center (also known as Satish Dhawan Space Centre) placed the satellite carrying Lunar orbiter and lander in the orbit on July 22. The satellite dubbed the Chandrayaan-2 was successfully placed in a bonus altitude of 6000 km roughly 16 and a half minutes after launch. 18 ..

BepiColombo completes its near Earth commissioning phase

The ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA’s (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) BepiColombo mission has successfully completed a series of test. It has completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury. It is a joint mission of ..

2019 International Day of Human Space Flight

The International Day of Human Space Flight is observed every year on April 12 to mark the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration ..

Chang ‘e-4’launched to far side of Moon recently

On December 7, China has launched its first-ever space mission ‘Chang’e-4’ to land a robotic craft on the far side of the Moon. It was launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre, which will explore the Von Karman crater. The mission, which consists of a stationary lander and a ..