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Mission Gaganyaan: India's first mission to send humans to space runs into trouble
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Mission Gaganyaan: India's first mission to send humans to space runs into trouble

Mission Gaganyaan aims to take a crew of three astronauts to an orbit 400 km above the Earth's surface. The project was conceived in 2007. It was formally started in 2018 and Rs 10,000 crore was allocated for it

Raining Lava: How Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano eruption is different from the others
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Raining Lava: How Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano eruption is different from the others

The magma that flows from Mauna Loa originates in a series of magma chambers located between one and 25 miles (two and 40 kilometres) below the surface. The origin, however, is much deeper in the Earth's mantle, possibly more than 620 miles (1,000 km)

Jurassic Park: What the world would look like if dinosaurs hadn't gone extinct
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Jurassic Park: What the world would look like if dinosaurs hadn't gone extinct

The catastrophic event in which an asteroid struck the Earth and killed over 90 per cent of all species, including dinosaurs, allowed for human evolution

Explained: Why this man is advocating for the extinction of humanity
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Explained: Why this man is advocating for the extinction of humanity

For the sake of the planet, Les Knight, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement, has spent decades pushing one message: 'May we live long and die out'

Explained: Why is Earth being weighed in ronnagrams now?
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Explained: Why is Earth being weighed in ronnagrams now?

After international scientists voted for new metric prefixes on Friday, Earth is now being measured in ronnagrams. Newly added to the International System of Units (SI), prefixes ronna and quetta are for very large measurements and ronto and quecto for very small ones

Happy Birthday Nandita Das: From Fire to Earth, a look at the actor's best movies
Entertainment

Happy Birthday Nandita Das: From Fire to Earth, a look at the actor's best movies

And it was after a decade in 2008 that Nandita donned the Director’s hat and came out with her feature film Firaaq.

The ‘planet-killer’ asteroid in Sun’s glare and the threat to Earth
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The ‘planet-killer’ asteroid in Sun’s glare and the threat to Earth

The ‘planet killer’ named 2022 AP7 was found along with two other near-Earth asteroids using a high-tech instrument on the Victor M Blanco telescope in Chile originally developed to study dark matter. Experts say its collision with the Earth could cause an ‘extinction-level’ event

Explained: Will throwing soup and mashed potatoes save Earth?
World

Explained: Will throwing soup and mashed potatoes save Earth?

Desperate to end complacency about the climate crisis and to pressure governments to stop the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, activists say that they have resorted to high-profile tactics such as throwing food on art at museums because little else has worked

Explained: How scientists discovered proof of the world’s 6th ocean by examining a diamond
News & Analysis

Explained: How scientists discovered proof of the world’s 6th ocean by examining a diamond

A team of scientists have discovered the proof of the existence of a 6th ocean beneath the Earth's surface, buy studying the composition of a diamond from Botswana.

Explained: Why a mission to send humans to Venus is not easy
News & Analysis

Explained: Why a mission to send humans to Venus is not easy

Often called Earth’s 'evil twin' planet, Venus has a thick carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere, no magnetic field and a surface hot enough to melt lead. While there are plans to send crewed mission there in the future, is it really a good?

Has Earth’s water come from asteroids? Here’s what Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe found
Explainers

Has Earth’s water come from asteroids? Here’s what Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe found

After scrutinising material that was brought to earth from an asteroid named Ryugu by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2, scientists are saying water may have come to our planet from the outer edges of the solar system

Solar storm likely to hit Earth today: What you need to know
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Solar storm likely to hit Earth today: What you need to know

The G-1 solar storm, which is expected to hit Earth, is considered relatively harmless. However, it could still cause power grids to fail, minor disruptions to satellites and impact migratory animals

The Earth is spinning faster: What does this mean and how does it impact life?
World

The Earth is spinning faster: What does this mean and how does it impact life?

It is elementary school knowledge that Earth takes exactly 24 hours to rotate on its axis, but something has changed since at least as early as 2020. The quickening spin can impact GPS satellites as well as communication systems on the planet

Chinese booster rocket makes uncontrolled return to Earth, says US officials
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Chinese booster rocket makes uncontrolled return to Earth, says US officials

NASA administrator Bill Nelson criticised Beijing, saying that the failure to share the details of the rocket's descent was irresponsible and risky

Panic bells ring as Earth hits 'Overshoot Day', NGOs warn rest of 2022 to be lived in resource deficit
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Panic bells ring as Earth hits 'Overshoot Day', NGOs warn rest of 2022 to be lived in resource deficit

The date, dubbed 'Earth Overshoot Day', marks a tipping point when people have used up 'all that ecosystems can regenerate in one year', according to the Global Footprint Network and WWF

NASA chalks out plans to bring back Mars rock samples back to Earth in 2023
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NASA chalks out plans to bring back Mars rock samples back to Earth in 2023

The Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars in February 2021, has so far collected 11 samples as part of its hunt for signatures of ancient life

Viral: Anand Mahindra tweets image of Earth captured from Mars, shares important lesson
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Viral: Anand Mahindra tweets image of Earth captured from Mars, shares important lesson

NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars on 6 August 2013. It is said to be the biggest and most sophisticated rover deployed so far to the Red planet. It has been built and designed to study the geology of its surroundings

Watch: Anand Mahindra shares video of astronaut working outside International Space Station, calls it fascinating
India

Watch: Anand Mahindra shares video of astronaut working outside International Space Station, calls it fascinating

ISS is a multinational collaborative project that is stationed in the lower earth orbit

Save the Soil: Why soil parenting is critical for preservation of planet earth
Arts & Culture

Save the Soil: Why soil parenting is critical for preservation of planet earth

Due to the mindless exploitation of nature and its resources, the soil of the planet earth has started degrading

NASA's Crew-3 astronauts return to Earth after six months in space
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NASA's Crew-3 astronauts return to Earth after six months in space

During their mission, Crew-3 carried out hundreds of scientific experiments, including growing chillies in space to add to knowledge of cultivating crops on long-term missions and Earth monitoring