NASA: To Send 10.9 Million Names to Mars

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission which is scheduled for the summer has planned to take the 10.9 million names to the red planet.

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NASA was about to send a Perseverance Mars Rover, the central piece of Mars 2020 mission to the red planet, Mars. This spacecraft was scheduled to be sent between July 17 and August 5. With correspondence to this mission, NASA conducted a campaign named “Send your Name to Mars.”

This campaign gained a lot of response and more than ten million people (10,932,295) had send their names. All their names were stenciled in three finger nail sized silicon chips using electron beams which were placarded to the spacecraft. Also 155 essays selected from the finalists of the NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest were also etched in the chip. The winner of the essay contest was Alex Mather, a seventh-grader from Virginia.

Perseverance launcher was estimated to land on Mars by February, 2021. NASA said that they will launch the spacecraft in spite of corona pandemic. The robot, once it reaches Mars will characterize the geology of the planet while searching for the signs of ancient Mars life.

Four Astronauts from India

Four astronauts from India were identified for the future crewed orbital spacecraft mission Gaganyaan.

ISRO chief, K. Shivan on Wednesday made an announcement on the forecoming ISRO’s two spacecraft mission Gaganyaan and Chandraayan-3.

On his report he said that four astronauts from India were identified for the crewed orbital spacecraft mission Gaganyaan. This spacecraft mission is planned to be launched in 2022. However, the training for the astronauts is to begin in the third week of January in Russia. This Human Spaceflight Programme is planned for seven days.

He also spoke about Chandraayan-3. He said that the initiation for the mission was approved and will be made ready by the next year. He expressed his happiness on the successful ongoing mission Chandraayan-2. Though Vikram moon lander has ended up in a failure, Chandraayan-2 was a very successful ongoing mission as said by K. Shivan.

Source: India Today

Indian Engineer Loactes Vikram Debris

India sent a small spacecraft, Vikram to be landed on moon in its space mission Chandrayan-2. However, Vikram changed from its trajectory path before two miles of its destination. The debris of the lost Vikram remained a mystery for a long time.

The remains of Vikram spacecraft is identified by an Indian engineer. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of NASA has been going around the path since September around the south pole. But, the images taken by this lander is not clear to identify any debris.

Shanmuga Subramanian of Chennai, a computer programmer and a mechanical engineer took the search out of curiosity to solve the mystery. He went through the images taken by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The possibilities of the image of debris remained shrouded.

He then located a place in the lunar surface from where the lander is supposed to land by calculating the last velocity and the position of Vikram lander. A small speck was noticed which he doubted to be the lander debris which might be buried in the lunar soil.

NASA took his sugesstion and scoured the area to confirm his findings. The images taken before and after the landing is compared. A more clear image with more resolution showed the debris from Vikram lander.

Source: The New York Times


The Indian Space Research Organization on Wednesday successfully launched PSLV-C47 on its 49th mission from Sriharikota.

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On its 49th mission PSLV-C47 carried with it CARTOSAT-3, a satellite designed for performing cartography (with special map-making applications). It has a total mission period of five years.

PSLV-C47 is also carrying 13 nano satellites from USA. They were roped by New Space India, a new commercial arm. These nano satellites were capable of most advanced spacial resolution.

The launch took place in Satish Dawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. With this successful launch India is likely to become a global launch destination for the small satellites with the mission vehicle PSLV.

India’s Historic Attempt Fails

Chandrayaan 2 fails to make a historic record on Friday night as it loses its contact with ISRO.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) took a great leap this year by building a grand project, Chandrayaan 2. With this project, the scientists aimed to reach a historic milestone by landing its smart robotic spacecraft in the south-pole of the moon. The whole country along with the scientists and the world spectators looked forward for the great event to unfold before them.

However, the robotic spacecraft, Vikram lost its contact with the research centre (ISRO) about 1.3 miles above the landing site. The director of space program, Dr. K. Sivan doubted the inavailability of contact to be a signal glitch. But after “15 minutes of terror” the possibility of recovery seemed impossible.

In the last fifteen minutes, Vikram is recorded traveling at a speed of 2000 miles per hour at an altitude of 20 miles. Four engines were fired to reduce the landing speed of the spacecraft. Unfortunately, the landing speed is too fast and the spacecraft lost its signal.

Though Vikram had failed in its attempt, Chandrayaan 2 by itself is not a failure. The orbiter still continues to orbit in the destined path. After the lose of signal, a long silence fell upon the research centre.

Prime Minister Modi who was available there to witness the historic moment addressed the gathering. He encouraged the scientists saying that the attempt was so close. He proudly stated that the effort was worth that and so does the journey.

Despite its failure, the attempt has attracted the attention of the whole nation. The whole nation is speaking about the proud attempt made by the Indian scientists.

India Makes History- Chandraayan 2

India is to make history tonight with its ₹978 crore project of ISRO. Chandrayaan 2 space vehicle launched by the Indian Space Research Organization is expected to land on the south-pole of the moon tonight.

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ISRO is undertaking serious missions in with its developing technology in the world stage of space and technology. As an advanced mission of this process, Chandrayaan 2 was launched on July 22nd with an objective to explore the moon.

The spacecraft is expected to land on the south-pole of the moon by 1:43 am tonight on Saturday. If the mission is accomplished successfully tonight, India will be elevated in the world stage of Astronomy by becoming the first country to land the spacecraft on the south-pole of the moon. It also becomes the fourth coyntry to explore the moon.

The event was anticipated by the whole country. The exact place of landing will be determined a few minutes before landing. The event was to be spectated by 60 students and the Prime Minister along with the scientists.

Following Chandrayaan 1 and Mangalyaan, Chandrayaan 2 is gonna be the next great milestone of India. Chandrayaan was launched on July 22nd. It is a three-module spacecraft consisting of a orbiter, lander and a rover.

“Young Scientist Programme”-Online Registration

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a special programme for School Children called “Young Scientist Programme” “YUva VIgyani KAryakram” (युिवका) from this year.

The Program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger ones with their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities.

Eligiblity criteria :

The residential training programme will be of around two weeks duration during summer holidays and it is proposed to select 3 students each from each State/ Union Territory to participate in this programme covering state, CBSE, and ICSE syllabus. Those who have just finished 9th standard (in the academic year 2018-19) and waiting to join 10th standard (or those who have started 10th Std just now) will be eligible for the programme.

Students belonging to the rural area have been given special weightage in the selection criteria.For more information log on to

The interested students can register online from 25th March 2019 (1800 hrs) to 03rd April 2019 (1800 hrs).

The following is the  link for Registration:


PM MODI address to the Nation

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the nation today.India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile.

Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme.

Mission Shakti is special for 2 reasons:

(1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability.

(2) Entire effort is indigenous.

India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony.”

Source: Press Information Bureau