The Indian Space Research Organization has achieved something great today, 104 great things to be more clear. It launched 104 satellites into space today with its PSLV rocket – more than any other launch vehicle on the planet, ever.
Before this mission, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has placed 122 satellites in space in over 23 years. Its largest payload was 20 satellites in June 2016.
This time, the PSLV launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. It was carrying 88 satellites, called Doves, from US firm Planet. They will capture high-resolution images of Earth. The company said that, along with the 50 Doves that are already orbiting the globe, the newly launched ones now make up the largest group of satellites in human history.
The other satellites on the PSLV’s payload included India’s Cartosat-2 series satellite, which has the capability of high-resolution imaging and is aimed at Pakistan and China.
With this mission, ISRO took the crown from Russia’s space agency Roscosmos State Corporation. The latter had launched 37 satellites into the orbit in June 2014, with its Dnepr rocket.
ISRO was quite modest with announcing such an amazing feat with a simple tweet.
The PSLV will be put into action again in December. It will carry moon landers from Indian firm Team Indus and Japan’s Hakuto as they will be competing for Google’s $20 million Lunar XPrize. The mission here will be to successfully land a rover on the moon and have it cover 500 meters on its surface and send high-resolution images and videos to earth.
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The infographic here shows how space food evolved over the years and What (and How) Astronauts Eat in Space?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re fantasizing about traveling to space and discovering new planets and signs of other life organisms in the universe? Have you ever daydreamed of becoming an astronaut, exploring the endless vacuum zone and revealing its secrets?
Astronauts are that group of people that confront many challenges in order to contribute to the general progress of humankind. One of those challenges is definitely one of the most important human needs – eating. Imagine eating in microgravity where everything floats – food, plates, tableware etc. Not to mention the fact that the food also needs to be prepared in a special way.
Folks at Labeley created the following infographic that shows how space food evolved over the years. You’ll find out what Yuri Gagarin and John Glenn ate on their space missions in the sixties and how that changed for Scott Kelly, for example. The infographic also explains what astronaut food should be like, what kind of preserving methods are used so the food has longer shelf life, how astronauts prepare their food and how they eat their meals. Check it out and find out what it’s like to eat as an astronaut.
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how much does space travel costs? to get the answer, you can see the infographic here.
Yup, As anyone would expect, going to space is expensive, really expensive. This is why we don’t often go to space, only countries with a lot of money consider doing that.
But how much does a space mission costs? to get the answer, you can see the infographic below. As we can expect, most of the missions are conducted by NASA. However, India’s ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has also done great work here with several of its missions, most notable being ISRO’s Mangalyan that cost almost $75 Million.
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