After a rather muted 2021, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set for its first launch of 2022 next week.
ISRO plans to place an Earth Observation Satellite (EOS – 04) on board the PSLV C-52 on February 14. This will be the first launch for ISRO under the new chairman, S. Somanath.
EOS-04 is a radar-imaging satellite, designed to provide high-quality images under all weather conditions for applications such as agriculture, forestry & plantations, soil moisture and hydrology, and flood mapping.
The top science adviser to the White House, Eric Lander, resigned. Lander is the first member of Biden’s Cabinet to resign.
An internal review last year, prompted by a workplace complaint, found evidence that Dr. Landerbullied staffers and treated them disrespectfully.
The founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Dr. Lander is a mathematician and molecular biologist. He was lead author of the first paper announcing the details of the human genome, the so-called “book of life”.