ISRO successfully launches 31 satellites in one goIndia’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its 40th flight today successfully launched 31 satellites in one go into a 505 km polar Sun-Synchronous Orbit.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made rocket carried a 712 kg Cartosat-2 series Earth observing satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing 243 kg. Read more at ABN Live.
Tenth planet discovered in outer solar systemAstronomers have found a tenth planet, larger than Pluto and nearly three times farther from the Sun as Pluto is today.Temporarily designated 2003 UB313, the new planet is the most distant object yet seen in the solar system, 97 times farther from the Sun than the Earth is. It also is the largest body yet found orbiting in the Kuiper belt, the group of icy bodies including Pluto which orbit beyond Neptune. Read more at News Scientist.
Canada releases world’s first glow-in-the-dark coinThe Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a specially designed two-dollar coin, or 'toonie', which it claims is the world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin to enter circulation. The specially designed two-dollar coin, or toonie features features two people paddling in a canoe as the northern lights – vivid in green and blue – dance high above them. The coin, part of a collection created to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, also ranks as the world’s first coloured bimetallic coin. Read more at The Guardian.
Indore installs India’s 1st 14-foot robot to control trafficThe number one clean city of India — Indore has got another milestone to its name. This commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh has reportedly become the first city in India where robot is being used a robot managing traffic at a busy intersection in Indore. Indore deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Hari Narayan Chari said this was the first time in Madhya Pradesh that a robot had replaced humans in managing the traffic. Read more at Newsnation.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft passes key Safety TestsNASA’s Orion spacecraft – designed to take astronauts to deep space destinations such as the Moon and Mars – has successfully completed a series of tests for its critical safety systems. NASA engineers tested the abort motor for Orion’s Launch Abort System (LAS). The launch abort system is an important part of making sure that crew members stay safe on the launch pad and on their way to space. Read more at Newsnation.
China sends 1st-ever ‘unhackable’ signal from space to EarthScientists in China have successfully transmitted entangled photons farther than ever before, achieving a distance of more than 1,200 km (745 miles) between suborbital space and Earth. Using the ‘quantum satellite’ Micius, the scientists were able to communicate with three ground stations in China, each more than 1,000 km (621 miles) apart. Read more at Newsgama