Indian origin prof gets prestigious recognition, named Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute

Indian-origin professor in the University of Arkansas’ Department of Civil Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI).

R. Panneer Selvam, a University Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, has been given this prestigious recognition for his significant contributions to the field of engineering mechanics and, demonstrating outstanding leadership within the community. He is the first member of the civil engineering faculty to receive this appointment.

Oreo-sized device on India’s Vikram moon lander enables NASA to precisely locate lunar target

The Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA) on India’s Vikram moon lander has begun providing ‘fiducial points’ (precisely located markers for reference) on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) achieved a laser range measurement using the LRA by successfully detecting signals reflected by it on December 12, 2023.

CRINK in Peace Time

In 2023, I talked about USINIS – the US, India & Israel – a triumphant triumvirate of the democratic aspirations for the free world. I would end the year talking about a resurgent coalition on the opposite side. Torchbearers of autocracy, theocracy, and dynastic rule as they are, this foursome does not intend to stop before they, together, make the four walls collapse on the house of peace, free will, free speech, and religion, and most importantly, agency to control one’s destiny in a free democratic process.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson lands in India to strengthen ISRO relationship

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson touched down in India on Tuesday, expressing his enthusiasm for a week of meetings and events aimed at strengthening the partnership between NASA and ISRO. He emphasized that India is a leader in space and is looking forward to a productive visit. “Touchdown in India! Ready to embark on a week of engaging meetings and events to grow @NASA’s partnership with @isro. India is a leader in space and we’re looking forward to a productive visit,” Nelson said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

NASA shares Diwali greetings with celestial image by Hubble

NASA on Monday took to social media to extend Diwali greetings with a celestial image captured by Hubble Space Telescope. The US space agency called the globular cluster, located 30,000 light-years away from Earth, a “celestial festival of lights”. A globular cluster is a stable, tightly bound cluster of tens of thousands to millions of stars, and are associated with all types of galaxies.

Seven student teams to represent India at NASA’s rover challenge 2024

Seven Indian student teams including three high school groups will participate in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) 2024 in the US. The teams are from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, Goa Campus; Candor International School, Bengaluru; Kanakia International School, Mumbai; KIET Group of Institutions, Delhi-NCR; Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh; Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai; and Young Mind Research and Development, Faridabad.

Chandrayaan-3: India’s political parties hail successful moon mission

The Congress on Wednesday hailed successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon, saying that it is a matter of great pride for all of Indians as the entire world is looking up to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday congratulated ISRO for the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon. On Wednesday evening, India’s moon lander successfully set its four legs softly and safely on the lunar soil as planned, as the country became the fourth nation in the world to achieve the feat.

NASA, ESA congratulate India on success of Chandrayaan-3 mission

Space agencies of the US (NASA), the UK and Europe (ESA) have congratulated the success of India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission. The Chandrayaan-3 mission, led by scientists and engineers at Indian Space Research Organisation, made history on Wednesday after India became the first nation in the world to land near the South Pole of the moon. India also became the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the moon after the erstwhile USSR, the US, and China. The lander landed near the South Pole of the moon after travelling about 384,000 km for over 40 days.

Chandrayaan-3: Scientists and engineers behind India’s successful moon mission

The scientists and engineers were confident of soft-landing the country’s moon lander on the lunar soil, a ‘Mission Possible’ after the failure of Chandrayaan-2. Incidentally, unlike the Chandrayaan-2 mission, where a couple of women were in a lead role — with Project Director M. Vanitha and Mission Director Ritu Karidhal Srivastava — this time around it was an all-male club. In Chandrayaan-3, the Mission Director was Mohan Kumar and the Vehicle/Rocket Director was Biju C. Thomas.