ISRO’s New Mission Accomplished!

ISRO’s New Mission Accomplished!

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ISRO’s GSLV Mk III-D2 mission is accomplished! GSLV stands for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, ‘Mk’ stands for mark, III represents that it is a three stage vehicle, ‘D2’ represents second development flight.

GSLV Mk III-D2 launched the sattelite, GSAT-29. ‘GSAT’ stands for Geo synchronous Satellites.

The mass of the sattelite is about 3423 kg, which is the heaviest satellite launched by ISRO.

It was successfully launched on 5:08 PM (Indian Standard Time) on November 14, 2018.

GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders which will bridge the digital divide of users including those in Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern regions of India. It also carries Q/V-band payload, configured for technology demonstration at higher frequency bands and Geo-stationary High Resolution Camera. carried onboard GSAT-29 spacecraft. An optical communication payload, for the first time, will be utilized for data transmission.

Some information of the mission is illustrated in the two infographics below:

Here’s a video from PIB India:


The GSLV Mk III being transported (last week) to the Vehicle Assembly Building at SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.

The GSLV Mk III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 being moved to the 2nd launch pad at SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota ahead of its launch.

Beginning of the Countdown for Launch

The filling of fuel

Ready to Rock!


Under the ‘SHADOW’ of Moon!

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India congratulating ISRO through Twitter:


All the images are taken from ISRO.GOV.IN


  1. GSLV Mk III-D2 / GSAT-29 Mission – ISRO. November 2018. (accessed November 15, 2018).
  2. ISRO (@isro) | Twitter. (accessed November 15, 2018).

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Dawn comes to Dusk

Dawn comes to Dusk

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was a mission to study the two most massive bodies in the asteroid belt (between Jupiter and Mars) — VESTA and CERES. It was launched in 2007 and ended its journey on November 1, 2018.

Ceres is a dwarf planet like PLUTO, which was supposed to be a planet at a time. Ceres is the only dwarf planet in the INNER SOLAR SYSTEM.

Vesta is a rocky asteroid.

When Dawn visited Vesta and Ceres, it made us realize that these both evolved very differently from each other and faced a number of processes in their evolution.

Dawn orbited (and explored) Vesta in 2011-2012 and it is in orbit around Ceres since March of 2015.

Dawn delved into the unknown worlds and increased our knowledge of the development of the two bodies.

It is the first mission to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, the first to visit a dwarf planet, and the first to orbit two deep-space destinations.

Captured by DAWN.


Dawn orbited Vesta for more than an year and found unexpected carbon rich material on its surface which scientists hadn’t observed before.

When it started orbiting Dwarf Ceres, it found something more unexpected — An ocean world of Water and Ammonia.

The bright spot on CERES is due to the presence of AMMONIA.

Dawn even found some organic matter on the surface of Ceres.


On November 1, 2018, Dawn ended its mission and will remain around Ceres for some further decades. Actually, the spacecraft has gone silent.

The reason for the end of this historic mission is that Dawn has ran out of HYDRAZINE, the fuel of Dawn. So, Dawn can no longer turn its solar panels to be recharged by the Sun.

“Today, we celebrate the end of our Dawn mission – its incredible technical achievements, the vital science it gave us, and the entire team who enabled the spacecraft to make these discoveries,”

— said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

He continued,

“The astounding images and data that Dawn collected from Vesta and Ceres are critical to understanding the history and evolution of our solar system.”

“The fact that my car’s license plate frame proclaims, ‘My other vehicle is in the main asteroid belt,’ shows how much pride I take in Dawn,”

— said Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

“The demands we put on Dawn were tremendous, but it met the challenge every time. It’s hard to say goodbye to this amazing spaceship, but it’s time.”

“In many ways, Dawn’s legacy is just beginning,”

— said Principal Investigator Carol Raymond at JPL.

“Dawn’s data sets will be deeply mined by scientists working on how planets grow and differentiate, and when and where life could have formed in our solar system. Ceres and Vesta are important to the study of distant planetary systems, too, as they provide a glimpse of the conditions that may exist around young stars.”

Dawn will remain in orbit for at least 20 years, and engineers have more than 99 percent confidence the orbit will last for at least 50 years.



  1. NASA. NASA’s Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End. November 01, 2018. (accessed November 04, 2018).
  2. NASA. Dawn Mission | Mission. (accessed November 04, 2018).

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