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    PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 mission successful, Isro places 19 satellites in orbits

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    The Indian Space Research Organisation opened its space calendar 2021 with the successful launch of PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites on Sunday. PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1, an optical earth observation satellite from Brazil, and 18 other satellites lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 10.24am. Around 17 minutes after lift-off and one minute after the PS4 engine cut-off, PSLV placed its primary payload -- 637kg weighing Amazon

    Saharan Dust Heading for Europe

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    February 18, 2021   Each year more than 180 million tons of dust blow out from North Africa, lofted out of the Sahara Desert by strong seasonal winds. Perhaps most familiar are the huge, showy plumes that advance across the tropical Atlantic Ocean toward the Americas. But the dust goes elsewhere, too—settling back down in other parts of Africa or drifting north toward Europe. A dramatic display of airborne dust particles (above) was observed on February 18, 2021, by the Visible In

    Soil biodiversity in danger: why it is crucial to protect Soil

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    From earthworms to nematodes, from mites to insect larvae, and fungi to bacteria, there are more than 7,000 types of species in our soils. According to The German Center for Integrative Biodiversity, you can find up to 1.5 kilograms of organisms living under a single square meter. These hidden cities full of thousands of creatures, known as soil organisms, are crucial to creating nutrients from dead plants and animals to keep our soil healthy and grow new plant life. Without healthy n

    Mount Etna spews smoke and ash in spectacular new eruption

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    Etna produced a very spectacular lava-fountaining eruptive episode, known as paroxysm. Starting from around 5 p.m. local time in the afternoon, the strombolian activity, which had been going on for the past weeks from the New SE crater intensified significantly. Shortly after, a lava overflow was observed from the eastern side of the South East crater. At 16:05 UTC (5:05 p.m. local time), a part of the eastern flank of the cone collapsed into a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the western wa

    Google Maps update brings split screen mode for Street View

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    Google Maps for Android is one of the most actively developed Google apps, with new features and improvements routinely being added to the navigation app. In the last two months alone, the app has gained quite a few functionalities, including a new community feed, a Go tab for accessing frequently visited places, messaging for verified businesses, a new driving mode, and food delivery alerts. The app will also soon start showing COVID-19 vaccine locations in the US. Now the Google Maps on Androi

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