Space Exploration Current Affairs - 2020

India’s first in-orbit space debris monitoring and tracking system

A Space start up called the Digantara has developed India’s first in-orbit space debris monitoring and tracking system. The system works on LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology. Highlights The system developed by the start up will provide global real-time earth surveillance. This is to be achieved by deploying a constellation of cost-efficient nano satellites Read More…

China launches its first Mars Probe

On July 23, 2020, china launched its first successful Mars probe from the Wenchchang spacecraft launch site. The Mars probe has been named Tianwen 1. Highlights The Tianwen spacecraft was launched to fulfil three objectives as follows To orbit the red planet for comprehensive observation To land on Martian soil and send a rover to Read More…

Hope: UAE launched first Mars Mission

On July 19, 2020, the United Arab Emirates launched the first ever mission to the red planet, Mars. The spacecraft is to arrive Mars in February 2021. Highlights The satellite “Hope” is to be placed in orbit between 20,000 and 43,000 kilometres above the surface of mars. The satellite will complete its orbit once in Read More…

July 20: Space Exploration Day

Every year on July 20, the Space Exploration Day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of man’s first historic landing on the moon. Highlights On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Buzz became the first humans to land on moon’s surface. The Armstrong-Aldrin duo spent 21.5 hours on the surface of the moon. Also, Read More…

New Asteroid discovered near Jupiter

Astronauts have recently discovered a rare space object. The object looks like both asteroid and comet. The new space object is called Active Asteroid Highlights The asteroid has been named 2019 LD2. It has an orbit like an asteroid and a tail like a comet. The 2019 LD2 shares the orbit of Jupiter and is Read More…