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We consider sacred Earth as our mother: PM Narendra Modi at UN High-level dialogue on land degradation, check key highlights

We consider sacred Earth as our mother: PM Narendra Modi at UN High-level dialogue on land degradation, check key highlights

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (June 14, 2021) delivered a keynote address at the UN High-Level Dialogue on 'Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought' and stated that India considers 'sacred Earth as our mother'. During the video conference address, Prime Minister Modi also said that India has taken the lead to highlight land degradation issues at international forums. He stated that the country is on track to achieve its national commitment of land degradation neutrality.Here are the key highlights from PM Modi's address: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that land is the fundamental building block for supporting all lives and livelihoods. He said that all of us understand that the web of life functions as an inter-connected system. PM stated that land deg...
Seat next to Jeff Bezos, mystery bidder pays this much for space trip with Amazon CEO

Seat next to Jeff Bezos, mystery bidder pays this much for space trip with Amazon CEO

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Washington: Tech billionaire Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin's month-long auction for a trip to the edge of space aboard New Shepard has ended with a closing price of $28 million, the media reported. A single-seat aboard the New Shepard crew capsule, dubbed the RSS First Step Crew Capsule, went up for auction earlier this month, starting with a sealed bidding round that drew "more than 5,200 bidders from 136 countries". People were bidding as high as $28 million for a 10-minute experience on the space tourism rocket, slated for launch on July 20. The month-long open-bidding phase for New Shepard's seat closed on June 10 and entered a live, online auction round on June 12. The bid price soared from $4.8 million to $28 million in under ten minutes, the Verge reported on Saturday. ...
China’s Zhurong rover celebrates one month on Mars, snaps selfie with lander – See pics

China’s Zhurong rover celebrates one month on Mars, snaps selfie with lander – See pics

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New Delhi: China's first-ever rover to land on another planet, the Zhurong rover is celebrating its first month on Mars and China National Space Administration (CNSA) released a selfie. In the image shared by Chinese spact agency, Zhurong can be seen with its landing platform in the background sporting the Chinese flag, from which the rover rolled off at the end of May to begin its exploration. (Image shared by China National Space Administration (CNSA) June 11, 2021)The China National Space Administration (CNSA) said, Zhurong successfully touched down on Utopia Planitia, a vast northern lava plain on the Red Planet, on May 15, after it spent about three months orbiting the planet. The Chinese rover is surveying Utopia Planitia for signs of water or ice that could lend clues as to...
Jeff Bezos to fly to space in July, Amazon’s billionaire founder to use Blue Origin spacecraft

Jeff Bezos to fly to space in July, Amazon’s billionaire founder to use Blue Origin spacecraft

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New Delhi: Amazon`s billionaire founder Jeff Bezos said on Monday he and his brother Mark will fly on the first crewed space flight from his rocket company Blue Origin next month. "Ever since I was five years old, I`ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother," Bezos, who is one of the richest people in the world, said in an Instagram post.Bezos, who is due to step down as Amazon`s chief on July 5, will join the winner of an auction for a seat on the first space flight from Blue Origin. Bezos, fellow billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson have been investing billions of dollars on their rocket startups, but Bezos will be the first of the three to actually travel into space on a rocket developed by his own company. The Blue Origin spa...
World Environment Day: Awareness and action are needed to restore the ecosystem

World Environment Day: Awareness and action are needed to restore the ecosystem

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New Delhi: World Environment Day is globally celebrated every year on June 5 and is the United Nations' principal amplifier to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment. The theme for this year is 'Ecosystem Restoration’ and brings into focus the critical importance of preserving eco-fragility for collective well-being. “The pandemic has shown us that if we stay oblivious to the destruction of eco-diversity, we will pay dearly. The only proactive synergy between all stakeholders can protect the environment,” says Bikrant Tiwary, CEO of Grow-Trees.com (GT). On June 5, Grow-Trees.com is also celebrating its Founder’s Day and 11 eventful years of its inception. GT is a social initiative that was started in the Year 2010 with a vision to increase environmental a...
Study reveals which will be the safest transportation mode amid COVID-19

Study reveals which will be the safest transportation mode amid COVID-19

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New Delhi: A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering found that a person is 300 times more prone to contract COVID-19 infection while sitting in an AC cab with an infected passenger than in an autorickshaw. The study, which was also published in a peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Research, revealed that the probability of catching COVID-19 infections is reduced by over 250 percent in a non-AC taxi, considering that the windows are rolled down, then an air-conditioned taxi. The study was conducted by Darpan Das and Gurumurthy Ramachandran and is titled “Risk analysis of different transport vehicles in India during COVID-19 pandemic”. Das and Ramachandran in their study calculat...
NASA planning two missions worth  billion to Venus to study ‘lost habitable’ world

NASA planning two missions worth $1 billion to Venus to study ‘lost habitable’ world

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Washington: NASA has selected two new missions to study Venus to understand how Earth’s nearest planetary neighbour became an inferno-like world when it may have been the first habitable world in the solar system, complete with an ocean and Earth-like climate. The two missions were selected, based on their potential scientific value and the feasibility of their development plans, from four mission concepts that NASA picked in February 2020 as part of the agency`s Discovery 2019 competition. The project teams will now work to finalise their requirements, designs, and development plans. NASA is awarding approximately $500 million per mission for development. Each is expected to launch in the 2028-2030 timeframe. The first mission DAVINCI+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble ga...
Planning to see ‘Super Blood Moon’? Here’s how you can watch lunar eclipse online

Planning to see ‘Super Blood Moon’? Here’s how you can watch lunar eclipse online

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New Delhi: The full moon on Wednesday (May 26) will be the year`s biggest "supermoon" and feature the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years. During the eclipse, the full moon will pass through the Earth`s shadow. It would appear red, known as a "blood moon", as light is scattered through the Earth`s atmosphere, much like during sunset. In addition, the moon will be at perigee, or the closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it appear about 7% larger than normal and 15% brighter or a "super moon," according to astronomers. May`s full moon is known as the "Flower Moon" since it occurs when spring flowers are in bloom. The eclipse will happen in the early morning hours on Wednesday (May 26)  in western North America, with people in Alaska and Hawaii getting the best views. ...
Lunar Eclipse, Supermoon and red blood moon in India, check date, time and other details

Lunar Eclipse, Supermoon and red blood moon in India, check date, time and other details

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New Delhi: The first lunar eclipse of 2021 will be on May 26, but it will be a super celestial event with three lunar events will coinciding all at once; an eclipse, a supermoon and a red blood moon. On that day, it will be the first lunar eclipse of the year 2021, with the moon's closest approach to Earth it will be a "supermoon" eclipse and the colour of the moon will turn reddish — also known as a "blood moon". Lunar Eclipse, Supermoon and red blood moon: Date and time On May 26, the eclipse will start at 4:47:39 a.m. EDT (2:17pm IST), according to NASA's Eclipse Page. That's when the moon touches the penumbra. The partial phase of the eclipse starts about 57 minutes later, at 5:44 a.m. EDT (3:14pm IST). The moon enters the total phase of the eclipse at 7:11:25 EDT (4:41pm IST) and...
World’s largest iceberg dissevers in Antarctica, says European Space Agency

World’s largest iceberg dissevers in Antarctica, says European Space Agency

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Paris: An enormous iceberg has calved from the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf, lying in the Weddell Sea, in Antarctica. The iceberg, dubbed A-76, measures around 4320 sq km in size - currently making it the largest berg in the world, reported European Space Agency (ESA). The newly calved berg was spotted in recent satellite images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission. The iceberg is around 170 km in length and 25 km wide, and is slightly larger than the Spanish island of Majorca, said the ESA in a statement posted on its website with a photo of the enormous, oblong ice sheet. By comparison, Spain`s tourist island of Majorca in the Mediterranean occupies 3,640 square km. The enormity of the berg makes it the largest in the world, snatching first place from the A-23A icebe...