Pakistan Launches First Manned Space Mission
Pakistan has revealed that it plans to launch the mission in 2022, same as India. The decision was arrived at the federal cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, on October 25, 2018. The announcement came through the Information Minister of the country, Fawad Chaudhary. China will be assisting Pakistan in its mission to send an astronaut into space for the first time in 2022.
Supreme Court Rules Over Sale of Firecrackers
The Supreme Court will stated that it will not be imposing a blanket ban on the sale and manufacture of firecrackers on October 23, 2018. However, only green and low emission crackers will be allowed to be manufactured and sold. The decision was made by a bench comprising of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan.
China to Have its Own Moon by 2020
China will be launching its own moon by 2020 to do away with street lamps in urban areas. The moon or illumination satellites are being developed by the Tian Fu New Area Science Society along with other universities and institutes. This artificial moon will be launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan.
US Ends Age Old Treaty with Russia
The US President Donald Trump has made the decision for America to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed with Russia 30 years ago during the cold war. The news was confirmed on October 20, 2018.
Spacecraft to Mercury Starts a Seven Year Journey
European and Japanese space agencies collaboratively launched the Bepi Columbo Spacecraft from French Guiana on October 20, 2018. The spacecraft sent into orbit two probes that will reach Mercury in 2025. The UK built spacecraft was launched to explore the existence of water on the planet closest to the sun.