INDIA: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently announced the successful completion of a controlled re-entry of the decommissioned satellite Megha-Tropiques.
Launched in 2011, the satellite has been used to study the water cycle and energy exchanges in the tropical regions of the Earth. After completing its mission in 2019, the satellite was retired and had been in a low Earth orbit until its re-entry was planned.
The re-entry was planned for February 25, 2022, to ensure that the satellite did not pose any threat to other space assets or to people on the ground.
The controlled re-entry resulted in the complete burning up of all the debris of the satellite during the atmospheric re-entry, making the end of the mission safe and successful.
The successful controlled re-entry of Megha-Tropiques marks yet another milestone for ISRO, which has a long history of achievements in space exploration.
ISRO has played a significant role in India’s space programme, with successful missions that have placed satellites in orbit for various purposes, including weather monitoring, communication, and earth observation.
ISRO’s focus on sustainability and safety is evident in its space exploration efforts. The successful controlled re-entry of Megha-Tropiques demonstrates the organization’s dedication to environmental protection and preventing the creation of space debris that can harm other space assets.
In conclusion, the safe and successful completion of the controlled re-entry of Megha-Tropiques highlights the importance of responsible space exploration and the critical role that ISRO plays in India’s space programme.
The organisation’s dedication to safety and sustainability sets an example for other space agencies to follow, ensuring that the exploration of space is carried out responsibly and sustainably.
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