Monday, 27 June, 2022
TopicSpace exploration

Topic: Space exploration

World’s smallest antenna made of DNA can monitor proteins, help crack disease & drugs

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

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.

Indian-origin American Sirisha Bandla to take off with boss, Richard Branson, into space

Sirisha Bandla stresses the importance of youngsters and ‘people of colour’ to participate in the commercial space industry.

China successfully launches crewed mission, sends 3 astronauts to space station for 3 months

The astronauts Nie, Liu & Tang are expected to set a new record for China's manned space mission duration, exceeding the 33 days spent by Shenzhou-11 crew in 2016.

Moon & Mars done, Jupiter & Uranus next on the list — China’s racing away in space too

Chinese space programme was initiated in 1956, when the country’s first rocket research institution was founded. It launched its first rocket into space on 19 July 1964. 

Not just Earth, humans are polluting space too. Here’s how we can stop

Space junk is rapidly proliferating in low-Earth orbit, or LEO, which generates more debris and imperils space exploration.

SpaceX Starship SN9 crash lands amid escalating tensions with US aviation body FAA

SN9 managed a successful launch but failed to land properly, exploding during the test run. Meanwhile, the Elon Musk company is being investigated for FAA license violations.

Mars, Moon & a fresh pair of eyes in the sky — the big space missions planned for 2021

Among other things, the coming year will provide a glimpse at the progress being made by the burgeoning private space industry — with many new rockets set for their maiden flights.

Chang’e-5 landing latest feat in China’s big Moon plans that aim for lunar base, human mission

China is among the leading players in the space of lunar exploration. So far, only the former USSR, US, and China have managed to successfully perform soft landings on Moon.

IISc, ISRO develops sustainable process for making brick-like structures on Moon

It can exploit lunar soil, use bacteria, guar beans to consolidate the soil into load-bearing structures and eventually help assemble structures for habitation on the moons surface.

On Camera

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G7 ban on new Russian gold imports ‘largely symbolic’, may not have major impact

The US, UK, Japan and Canada plan to announce the ban during the G7 summit that started Sunday in Germany. Flows have already been restricted by previous sanctions.

Defence

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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