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2010-01-27 12:09:05

A top official said Wednesday that India will launch its first manned space mission in 2016 in an effort to match space pioneers such as Russia and the United States, AFP reported. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had already been granted plans by the government for a human space flight project. Last year it gave the go-ahead for funding of around $2.8 billion. The agency will develop the space module for the program within four years, according to ISRO chairman K....

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2009-09-23 11:10:00

India announced Wednesday the launch of seven satellites in a single day. The successful launch of six foreign and one domestic satellite from the Sriharikota space center came less than one month after the country ended its Moon mission. The Oceansat-2 satellite will monitor ocean patterns, wind speeds, and track monsoons and cyclones, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) spokesman S Satish told BBC News. The satellite will improve upon the first Oceansat, which launched in 1999. Four...

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2009-09-02 15:58:35

India's first unmanned lunar mission was abandoned after the nation's space agency lost contact with the craft on Saturday. Officials with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that the agency lost contact with its first moon-orbiting spacecraft earlier this week. The agency cited computer problems with the loss of communication. The $100 million unmanned Chandrayaan-1 craft was launched October 22, 2008. The ISRO said it had initially planned for the mission to last 24...

2009-08-31 00:13:40

India's unmanned moon mission was called off after space scientists lost radio contact with the Chandrayaan-I craft, the space agency said. The decision was made Sunday after Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, announced there was no likelihood of retrieving the craft. The Data Documentation Initiative said the nearly $90 million maiden moon mission, launched in October 2008, ended about a year before it was scheduled to end. We survived for 315 days which is a...

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2009-08-30 07:50:00

According to an announcement made on Saturday, India's Space Research Organization (ISRO) lost all contact with an unmanned, automated spacecraft while attempting its first lunar exploration mission, leading officials to announce later that afternoon that the mission had been aborted. Early Saturday morning, S. Satish, spokesman for the space agency stated that the severed contact was, "a serious problem.  If we do not re-establish contact we will lose the spacecraft." Within a few...

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2009-08-06 08:20:00

This image of Earth taken from 200 kilometers (124 miles) above the lunar surface was taken by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper, one of two NASA instruments onboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. Australia is visible in the lower center of the image. The image is presented as a false-color composite with oceans a dark blue, clouds white, and vegetation an enhanced green. The image data were acquired on July 22, 2009. The Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument is a...

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2009-07-17 10:39:55

An official said on Friday that India's only satellite orbiting the moon almost overheated before scientists were able to save it and achieve more than 90 percent of the mission's objectives, The Associated Press reported. India's October 2008 launch of Chandrayaan-1 put the country in an elite group along with the U.S., Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China to have lunar missions in space. Chandrayaan translates to "moon craft" in Sanskrit. However, the Indian Space Research...

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2009-06-12 14:20:00

A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency researcher said Friday that Japan and India are planning to launch their first joint space research project this year, which will include an experiment to grow plants in zero gravity. The countries are going to launch an Indian-made satellite in October, which will carry Japanese laboratory equipment that is set to orbit for a week at a height of 370 miles. Noriaki Ishoika, a professor for Japan's space agency JAXA, said the satellite will look for growth...

2009-04-20 19:42:12

India successfully launched a radar imaging satellite Monday, the country's space agency said. The Indian Space Research Organization fired the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket carrying the RISAT-2 satellite from its facility at Sriharikota, The Times of India reported. Citing informed sources, the newspaper said the satellite's day-night capability, and its ability to look through clouds and fog, gives it defense applications. However, organization chief G. Madhavan Nair rejected the...

2009-03-17 10:41:12

Scientists in India say they've found three species of bacteria in the stratosphere, all of which are alien to Earth and resistant to ultraviolet radiation. One of the species has been named Janibacter hoylei, after the late astrophysicist Fred Hoyle. The others are named Bacillus isronensis, recognizing the contribution of the Indian Space Research Organization in the balloon experiments that led to its discovery, and Bacillus aryabhata after India's ancient astronomer Aryabhata and also the...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.