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Last week, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) head K Sivan spoke about India building its own space station by the end of the next decade.

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It’s been nearly three months since India’s three-minute “moment of pride” – when it “shot down” a low-orbit satellite – and it would appear about half of the debris fragments generated are still in orbit today.

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Holding the high ground has always connoted a position of advantage or superiority in the military. Sixty years after the first satellite was launched, space is becoming the new military high ground that countries want to seize and dominate.

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In one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by India, the country is planning to launch its own space station, Indian space agency ISRO chief K Sivan said today.

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In a little over a month from now, India will launch its second unmanned mission to the moon. In the first mission, launched in October 2008, Chandrayaan-1 carried out orbits of the moon.

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Chandrayaan 2, India’s second moon-mission, will be launched early morning at 2:51 am on Friday. It is expected to land on the Moon on September 6. The total mass of the mission is 3.8 tonnes and has cost Rs 978 crore.

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ISRO has announced the launch date for India’s second moon mission, Chandrayan-2, powered by GSLV Mk-3. The launch will take place early morning at 2:51 am on July 15 (Monday) and the landing is expected on September 6 or 7. ISRO says it is following the same launch strategy that was followed for Chandrayaan 1.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) will “screen and select 10 potential crew members for the country’s first manned space mission in two months”. Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chairman K Sivan told TOI that the space agency will choose the final three astronauts from the ten people who the IAF would train.

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India is in the process of strengthening its space assets through a slew of initiatives and collaborations. The desired outcome is that the surveillance, navigation and communication operations of the civilian space programmes become more robust to combat threats and attacks.

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In a significant discovery, NASA scientists have confirmed that water is being released on the lunar surface during meteor showers.

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