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GSAT-7A to be Launched Soon
India will launch its latest communication satellite, GSAT-7A from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on December 19, 2018. GSAT-7A is the 35th Indian Communication satellite built by ISRO. It can also be used by the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army.
NASA's Juno Mission Report
The Juno mission will soon cross the halfway point in data collection by completing the 16th science pass of Jupiter. "On December 21, at 11:49:48 am EST the Juno spacecraft will be 5,053 kilometres above Jupiter's cloud tops and hurtling by at a healthy clip of 207,287 kilometres per hour," NASA said in a statement on December 12, 2018.
First Selfie From Mars
NASA’s InSight spacecraft is parked on Mars and will spend the next two years probing the interior of the Red Planet. The 800-pound lander stretched out its six-foot-long robotic arm and used its camera to snap the first of what is likely to be a series of self-portraits on December 6, 2018.
Voyager 2 Repeats History
The Voyager 2 spacecraft of NASA became the second human-made object to leave the Solar System on November 5, 2018. The announcement was made by NASA on December 10, 2018. Voyager 2, which is now over 18 billion km from the Earth was launched on August 20 in 1977, 16 days before the Voyager 1. Voyager 1 went into interstellar space in 2012.
Agni 5 Successfully Test Fired
India’s defence scientists have successfully launched Agni 5. The 7th of the indigenously developed surface to surface missile was tested from the Dr. Abdul Kalam Island (earlier Wheeler Island), off the coast of Odisha on December 10, 2018. According to DRDO sources, the trial met all expectations of the users and on the technology front. The Agni-5 is the latest and most advanced variant in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
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