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ISRO sets target for 2019, plans 32 missions including Chandrayaan-2

The Indian space organisation also announced that India's maiden human spaceflight programme Gaganyaan will go full steam in 2019.

Remembering Satish Dhawan, the science wizard who pioneered India’s space programme

On his 17th death anniversary, ThePrint takes a look at the life of the space pioneer after whom the Sriharikota launch centre was renamed in 2002.

China’s Chang’e-4 first spacecraft to land on dark side of the moon

The feat caps a series of lunar missions China has launched over the past few years as part of its plan to become one of the world’s top three aerospace powers by 2030.

Desi team wins NASA-backed film competition about humans reaching Mars

Five-minute film on young girl’s journey from Mumbai to being part of team on its way to Mars set to be screened worldwide for a year. 

NASA marks New Year with flyby past farthest, oldest body ever explored

The New Horizons mission is likely to transmit initial data from its flyby past ‘Ultima Thule’ by 10 pm IST tonight.

India needs to ramp up space hardware capacity, says former ISRO chairman

A.S. Kiran Kumar said that the focus has been on increasing capability in space technologies within the country but indicated that the effort may not be enough.

Fire breaks out at ISRO centre in Ahmedabad

The fire broke out in a storeroom at ISRO's Space Application Centre, but was brought under control in an hour.

India will be able to see 2 of 5 eclipses in 2019

An official of the Jiwaji Observatory in Ujjain said a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in July and a total solar eclipse in December.

Reviewer raises serious questions over how Kesavan-Swaminathan anti-GMO paper was published

Dr Pushpendra Gupta, expert on plant genetics, had been sent the paper for review before its publication in Current Science, and said he had rejected it.

60% of life on Earth is lost, and 6 other science discoveries of 2018

In 2018, humans found out that evolution of complex life happened far before we thought, and memory can be ‘transplanted’ between organisms.

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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

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IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft | Twitter | @DefencePRO_Guj

Russian defence industry team to visit India soon for talks on upgrading IAF’s Sukhoi fleet

Upgrades would include more better radar & integration of electronic warfare abilities. Russia also hopeful of inking deal with India to supply 12 more Su-30 MKIs and 21 MiG-29s.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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