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Was Richard Branson’s space travel real? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is skeptical, here’s why

Was Richard Branson’s space travel real? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is skeptical, here’s why

Science & environment
New Delhi: Days after Virgin's Richard Branson allegedly 'made history' by becoming the first billionaire in space, popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson expressed his doubts on the whole matter raising questions if Branson did really fly into space. DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York, in an interview to CNN stated that Richard Branson did not to space. “First of all, it was suborbital. NASA did it 60 years ago with Alan Shepard, took off from Cape Canaveral and landed in the ocean. If you don't go fast enough to reach orbit you will fall and return to Earth,” he said. The reputed science communicator had some questions of his own like, “So, did you get high enough? Did you go into orbit? Did you actually go anywh...
Who is Sanjal Gavande, Maharashtra-born woman part of Jeff Bezos’ rocket Blue Origin

Who is Sanjal Gavande, Maharashtra-born woman part of Jeff Bezos’ rocket Blue Origin

Science & environment
New Delhi: Sanjal Gavande, India-born woman is one of the brains behind Jeff Bezos' space rocket Blue Origin's 'New Shephard' that will take a suborbital sightseeing trip on July 20. The 30-year-old engineer from Maharashtra, Sanjal Gavande, is one of the engineers who helped build Jeff Bezos’ space rocket. "I am really happy that my childhood dream is about to come true. I am proud to be a part of Team Blue Origin," she told Times of India. Gavande had applied for the position of space engineer at NASA but was rejected citing citizenship issues. However, she later joined Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin as a systems engineer at the beginning of April this year. She is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Mumbai. She shifted to the US in 2011 to pursue her master’s degree i...