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NASA's $2.5 billion 'Curiosity' rover lands on Mars

Curiosity, the rover, is not equipped to search for living or fossil microorganisms but it will look for basic ingredients essential for life, including carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulphur and oxygen

 
Pasadena: NASA's $2.5 billion Mars rover on Monday made a dramatic touchdown on the Red Planet, marking a successful end to the most sophisticated Mars attempt in history, reports PTI.
 
"Touchdown confirmed," said a member of mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the room erupted in cheers. "We are wheels down on Mars. Oh, my God." 
 
Scientists have found signs of water on the red planet, though it is now a dry place with a thin atmosphere, extreme winters and dust storms.
 
Curiosity is not equipped to search for living or fossil microorganisms but it will look for basic ingredients essential for life, including carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulphur and oxygen.
 
Curiosity traveled nearly 570 million kilometers since it was launched in November.
 
NASA officials told reporters at a pre-landing news conference Sunday that the spacecraft was functioning properly as it sped toward its target.
 
Curiosity carries 10 science instruments with a total mass 15 times as large as the science payloads on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, such as a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.
 
The rover will use a drill and scoop at the end of its robotic arm to gather soil and powdered samples of rock interiors, then sieve and parcel out these samples into analytical laboratory instruments inside the rover.
 
To handle this science toolkit, Curiosity is twice as long and five times as heavy as Spirit or Opportunity. The Gale Crater landing site places the rover within driving distance of layers of the crater's interior mountain.
 
Observations from orbit have identified clay and sulfate minerals in the lower layers, indicating a wet history.
 
The landing site was 154 million miles from home, enough distance that the spacecraft's elaborate landing sequence had to be automated.
 

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HC modifies CLB order; Allows Uninor to receive EoI from bidders till 8th August

The HC order came on a plea by Uninor against the CLB order which had stalled the auction of the telecom firm's assets on a plea by its Indian partner of the joint venture, Unitech Group

 
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday modified a Company Law Board (CLB) order and allowed Uninor to receive till 8th August the expressions of interest (EoI) from bidders interested in purchasing the telecom major, a joint venture of Norwegian Telenor and Unitech Group, reports PTI.
 
The CLB, on 3rd August had stayed the operation of Uninor's 1st August auction notice for sale of its assets, saying the proposed auction process appeared to be "very clever" one.
 
"I am modifying the order of the Company Law Board to the extent that the date to receive the EoI (i.e., the intention to purchase) from the bidders is extended till 8 August," said Justice Indermeet Kaur adding that the CLB will decide the petition on merit.
 
The court's order came on a plea by Uninor against the CLB order which had stalled the auction of the telecom firm's assets on a plea by its Indian partner of the joint venture, Unitech Group.
 

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Olympics: Vikas Gowda makes the cut for the discus throw final

Gowda is also only the second Indian to make the finals in track and field at the ongoing Games after Krishna Poonia, who eventually finished seventh in women's discus throw

 
London: India's Vikas Gowda became only the seventh Indian to qualify for the finals of the track and field event at the Olympic Games when he hurled the disc to 65.20 metres for an automatic selection, reports PTI.
 
Gowda, who trains in the United States, breached the 65m mark in his second attempt, having managed a throw of 63.52 m in his first throw. 
 
The automatic qualification standard for the discus final was set at 65m.
 
Iran's Ehsan Hadadi was just behind Gowda with a throw of 65.19m.
 
The finals will be held tomorrow at 07:45pm local time (Wednesday morning 12.15am IST).
 
Gowda is also only the second Indian to make the finals in track and field at the ongoing Games after Krishna Poonia, who eventually finished seventh in women's discus throw.
 
The other five Indians to make it to the final round of Olympic Games' track and field events are Milkha Singh (400m), Gurbachan Singh Randhawa (110m hurdles), Sriram Singh (800m), P T Usha (400m hurdles) and Anju Bobby George (Long Jump).

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