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A Cartosat-3 overview of Doha, as reprocessed by Twitter user @detresfa_

Cartosat-3 images are so clear that you can tell a truck from a car, read road markings

Social media users have begun processing Cartosat-3 images released by ISRO to test their quality. The results are stunning.
ISRO's half humanoid 'Vyommitra' which is to be placed in the first unmanned mission under Gaganyaan

ISRO to send robot ‘Vyomamitra’ in unmanned Gaganyaan ahead of first human spaceflight

ISRO chairman K. Sivan told reporters the humanoid will simulate human functions in space and also interact with the environment control life support system.
The GSLV Mk-III is slated to be the launch vehicle for Gaganyaan

Gaganyaan astronauts to get ISRO’s module-specific training in India after Russia session

The astronauts for India’s first crewed space mission were selected after a round of training in Russia by the launch service provider called Glavkosmos.  
India's communication satellite #GSAT30 was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by Ariane 5 | @isro

ISRO successfully launches ‘high power’ GSAT-30 on European rocket Ariane 5

Launched from French Guiana, the GSAT communication satellite will help provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services.
GSAT-30 satellite | isro.gov.in

ISRO set to launch GSAT-30 satellite, its first space mission of 2020, from French Guiana

GSAT-30, to be launched early Friday aboard a European Ariane-5 rocket, is expected to provide telecommunication services to remote areas in India.
A wildfire burns between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in east Gipplsland on 2 January 2020 in Australia | Bloomberg

Indonesia’s sinking capital and over 1 billion animals dead in Australia

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
ISRO chief K Sivan

First Gaganyaan spaceflight likely to carry only one astronaut, and it’ll be a man

When PM Modi announced Gaganyaan on 15 August 2018, he had said 'an Indian son or daughter' will carry the national flag on the trip in 2022.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru

Chandrayaan-3 on track, 4 astronauts selected for Gaganyaan — ISRO spells out 2020 plan

ISRO chief K. Sivan confirms land acquisition has been initiated for 2,300-acre land in Tuticorin to build the country's second spaceport.
Nambi Narayanan

Kerala approves Rs 1.3 crore compensation to ex-ISRO scientist Nambi Naryanan

Narayanan was arrested in an alleged espionage case in 1994 for selling vital secrets to Pakistan. The Supreme Court had later cleared him of the charges.
File photo of a model of ISRO's GSLV MkII at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota

Want to build satellites, rockets in India? Here’s how you can & challenges that lie ahead

While ISRO is the surest way forward, there about 150 private companies that work in the ISRO supply chain as new start-ups have emerged in the space sector.

On Camera

No need to panic. ‘Westlessness’ just means world without West’s dominance, not its ideas

More than a desire to emulate China’s success, western populism is quite likely an indication that the structure of the liberal democratic state needs to change.

Deora, Kamal Nath, Scindia, Ajay Maken: Congress imploding or showing internal democracy?

Congress is seeing some of its leaders engage in public spats. Ajay Maken criticised Milind Deora for praising AAP and asked him to “leave” Congress if he wanted.

Defence

Indian Air Force fighter jets fly during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

India will purchase 110 new fighter jets in staggered manner, says CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who is mandated with prioritising capital procurement, says India will likely buy more submarines for the Navy too.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.