Current Affairs for OAS Prelims 2020: Science and Technology

February 2020

  • NASA’s astronaut Christina Koch has returned to Earth after her record stay of 328 days in space and surpassed Peggy Whitson’s record for an American woman on a single spaceflight at 289 days.
  • The scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology has discovered the nearest-known ‘baby giant planet’ which is named as “2MASS 1155-7919 b”. The newly discovered baby giant planet which is named as “2MASS 1155-7919 b” lies about 330 light-years from our solar system.
  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched the ‘5G Hackathon’ in association with the government of India, academia and industry stakeholders to shortlist India’s focused cutting edge ideas that can be converted into workable 5G products and solutions.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation has revealed in its annual report for 2019-20 that it will launch 10 Earth Observation Satellites in 2020-21.