Current Affairs Today 09 July 2017

Current Affairs Today 09 July 2017

Current Affairs Today 09 July 2017

Current affairs today 09 july 2017

Cassini beams back images of Saturn’s solstice
Cassini, spacecraft launched by the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), has beamed back images of a giant storm erupting on Saturn as the ringed planet’s solstice arrived on on 25th May 2017, marking a milestone in the mis- sion that is approaching the end of its 20- year-long journey.
A planet’s solstice is the longest day of sum- mer in the northern hemisphere and the shortest day of winter in the southern hemi- sphere.
On Saturn, it occurs about every 15 Earth years as the planet and its entourage slowly orbit the Sun, with the north and south hemi- spheres alternating their roles as the summer and winter poles.
Reaching the solstice, and observing sea- sonal changes in the Saturn system along the way, was a primary goal of Cassini’s
Solstice Mission – the second extended mis- sion of the spacecraft.
DRDO’s aero test range inaugurated
Over a decade ago, when a new international airport for Bangalore was being planned at
Devanahalli, its private developers feared that the new landing site and paths of its civil flights would clash with a World War II air- field, some 70 km away at Kolar. The Defence Research & Development Organisation was using the airfield to test its new projects.To cut the story short, Bangalore (as it was then called) got a new civil airport in May 2008 and, in the bargain, the DRDO got a new flight testing place for itself although much farther than Kolar.
The new Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) has been up and running for a few months. It was inaugurated on May 28 by acting Defence Minister Arun Jaitley.

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