One Rocket, Many Satellites: Isro’s final push to India’s commercial space lift-off

At the end of a public event in Mysore, three young engineers walked up to the chief guest AS Kiran Kumar, chairman of Isro. Rohan Ganapathy and his team had built a prototype of a new propulsion system for satellites and wanted to draw the chairman’s attention towards it. Which they did. A few days later, in late 2015,...

Why don’t oral vaccines work well in India?

On a cold, misty February morning in 2013, three medical researchers got into a car in New Delhi to travel to a highly anticipated meeting. Gagandeep Kang, a microbiologist from Christian Medical College of Vellore, Maharaj Kishan Bhan, then secretary to the Department of Biotechnology, and Nita Bhandari, public-health researcher at Delhi’s Center for Health Research and Development had...

To Moon and Mars, again

Many theories and metaphors exist on how the Moon got its rugged, groovy looks. Last week, one of the long-running lunar programmes of Nasa revealed how one of the biggest and the youngest crater—there are thousands on the Moon—was formed. The 3.8 billion-year-old Orientale has withstood severe fracturing, melting, virtually all brutal natural phenomena, upon its crust to become...

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