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NASA is helping ISRO in establishing communication with Vikram Lander

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CHANDRAYAAN 2: National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) is sending radio signals to Vikram Lander and has also assured that apart from the radio signals, they will also be sharing the images from its own Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to ISRO.

NASA’s Deep Space Network is beaming the radio signals to Vikram Lander. The move will help the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)  to establish communication with Chandrayaan 2’s moon lander Vikram.

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Deep Space Communications Complex

According to astronomer Scott Tilley, who found American weather satellite IMAGE in 2018 that was believed to be lost, said that his station will continue to monitor for signals from Vikram Lander as long as NASA’s Deep  Space Network continues to search for it.

 

The US space agency’s DSN operator Richard Stephenson also confirmed on Twitter that the network is helping secure a communication link with the lander.

 

Assistant professor of physics at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Dr. Nirupam Roy said,

ISRO has already located the lander using the images taken by the orbiter, but in order to establish communication, the lander has to be in a working condition and has to be functioning properly in two ways. Firstly, the solar panel for power and secondly, the antennae for communication. As informed and from what I know, the battery backup of the Vikram lander can at best last only for 14 Earth days. If that is the case then all hope of establishing communication will end as the lunar night begins over the south polar region.

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Italy PM announces lockdown extension till April 13

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Italy: Italian PM Giuseppe Conte announced the extension of nationwide lockdown till 13 April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement has been made just two days before the current lockdown that started on March 10, was due to an end. Italy currently has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world at 13,155, while the overall confirmed cases stood at 110,572.

Giuseppe Conte - PM of Italy

Giuseppe Conte – PM of Italy

“We have surpassed 13,000 deaths, and this is a wound that pains us especially — it is a wound that will never heal,” said Conte.

“So we are not in a condition to relax our restrictive measures yet… and this is why I just signed a new decree that extends the current measures to April 13,” he further added.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has infected 905,295 people worldwide and the death toll has increased to 45,441 on Thursday even as the head of the UN has declared this crisis as humanity’s worst since World War II.

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SpiceJet ready to fly migrant workers to Bihar during Coronavirus lockdown

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SpiceJet ready to fly migrant workers to Patna

NEW DELHI: SpiceJet has offered the operation of some of its flights to the government for the 21-day lockdown.

SpiceJet chairman and MD said the airline is ready to fly some aircraft from Delhi and Mumbai to Patna to relieve the suffering of migrant laborers or workers, especially those from Bihar during the lockdown due to Coronavirus.

“We have offered our aircraft and crew for any humanitarian mission that the government needs us to fly. We are already flying food, medicines and medical equipment for the government every day (on our freighter aircraft),” Singh told PTI.

“We would like to alleviate the suffering of the migrant workers, especially those from Bihar, by flying some flights between Delhi/Mumbai and Patna,” he added.

Indigo, GoAir and SpiceJet

Indigo, GoAir, and SpiceJet

Domestic and international passenger flights are still banned till April 14 midnight.

IndiGo and GoAir have also offered their aircraft and crew and staff members to the government for any humanitarian use.

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Bihar records two new 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

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PATNA: Two fresh cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in Bihar. This took the total number of positive cases COVID-19 has mounted to nine.

“Two more coronavirus positive cases found in Bihar – one from Siwan with travel history to Dubai and another from Nalanda with no travel history to any foreign country,” said RMRI official.

Bihar records two 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

Bihar records two 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

The Director of Rajendra Memorial Research Institute, Pradip Das said, test reports of 2 staff members of a private hospital, where a COVID-19 patient was admitted last week before being transferred to AIIMS Patna where he died, have been positive.

Another patient hailing from Siwan who was admitted to the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) has been tested positive. Sources from the department of health said that the patient had recently visited Dubai and returned to Siwan last week.

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