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Super Earth Discovered

The Astronomers at the University of Gottingen detected a system of super earth planets. The planets are orbiting a near by star Gliese 887. It is the brightest red dwarf star in the sky. About the discovery The Super earth discovered is close to the habitable zone of the red dwarf. Based on its proximity ..

Cryogenic Rocket Engine Technology

A cryogenic rocket engine uses a cryogenic fuel or oxidizer which are both liquefied and stored at very low (cryo) temperatures. This increases the density of the fuel and simplifies tankage. Why is a cryogenic engine used? In a cryogenic engine, the rocket propellants and oxidizers are cooled sufficiently and exist in the liquid phase ..

Russia sends robot “Fedor” to space

The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos had launched an unmanned rocket into space which was carrying a humanoid robot. What has happened? Russia launched its unmanned rocket carrying the Soyuz module from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. While the Soyuz is generally used for manned missions, this time the Soyuz was carrying out a special mission ..

Lunar Module of Chandrayaan-2 enters Lunar Orbit

The Lunar module of the 2nd Indian space mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 has entered the Lunar orbit. This information was shared by India’s premier space agency and the main project coordinator of the project, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). What has happened? The ISRO announced that the lunar module of the Chandrayaan-2 is ..

Gravity Assist Maneuver

The Gravity Assist Maneuver (also known as a gravitational slingshot, gravity assist maneuver or simply swing-by) is a term used in aerospace technology when the satellite uses the gravity of a celestial body (Earth, Moon or the Sun) to change the direction profile and moving of a spacecraft. What is Gravity Assist Maneuver? The Gravity ..

Vikram Sarabhai Journalism Award in Space Science, Technology and Research

To mark the centenary year celebrations of the birth of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has decided to institute two awards in the field of journalism. These awards will be called the ?Vikram Sarabhai Journalism Award in Space Science, Technology and Research?. Who was Vikram Sarabhai? Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was one ..

ISRO to set up Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow

The Union Cabinet has approved the request of Indian Space Research Organization to set up a Technical Liasion unit in Moscow, Russia for the better co-ordination of joint Indo-Russian and other special Indian Space missions. The government has sanctioned an amount of INR 1.5 crore for the upkeep and maintenance of the ISRO’s Moscow unit. ..

Meteorite Recovered in Bihar

A meteorite has been recovered in Bihar. The object, weighing 13 kgs crashed into the field where its fall had created a five-feet deep hole. After its recovery by locals, it was shifted to the district treasury and the state Department of Science & Technology was informed of its recovery. The state Chief Minister has ..