- Chinese probe lands on Moon to collect samples.
- The probe is named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess.
- The rocket is comprised of four parts: an orbiter, a returner, an ascender, and a lander.
- The objective of the mission is to bring back lunar rocks.
- This will help scientists learn about the moon’s origins, formation, and volcanic activity on its surface.
Why is it important to China?
- The first time for a probe to take off from the surface of the Moon.
- The first time to automatically sample the lunar surface.
- The first time to conduct unmanned rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit.
- The first time to return to Earth with lunar soil samples in escape velocity.
Create a memory of Chang’e5
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Chardham Highway Project
- The Supreme Court asked the committee monitoring the Char Dham Highway project to consider the applications from Defence Ministry.
- The Defence Ministry in its application is seeking to widen roads up to seven meters in the Indo-China border area within 2 weeks.
In September, the Supreme Court asked the Road Transport and Highways Ministry to follow the circular of 2018 and stick to 5.5 meter carriageway width.
According to the Ministry of Defence, a carriageway width of seven meters is essential to facilitate the transport of heavy vehicles, troops, tanks, armaments, and artillery.
What is the issue?
- Chardham Project, which is worth Rs.12,000 crore, aims to construct wider roads that would connect key pilgrimage spots in Uttarakhand.
- It has been a subject of controversy among environmentalists because of the involvement of hill cutting, which harms the mountain ecosystems.
- The Char Dham project will provide all-weather connectivity to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
Create a memory for Chardham Project
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