The South Asian Life & Times - SALT   
  January - March 2012           




Editor's Note

 Cover Story
 Dr Karan Singh

 Tech Stories 2011
  Steve Jobs

  Harish Hande

  Umar Saif

  Azim Premjee

  Adventure & Sports
  Mingma Sherpa -
  the 1st South Asian
  to climb all 8000ers

  Photo Feature
  Bhutan Royal

  Bhutan Royals'
  State Visit to India &
  Rajasthan visit


  Floods in South Asia

   Famine in Somalia

  Performing Arts
  Kumud Diwan

  Space Exploration
  Juno to Jupiter

  Earth-like planet

  Women of the Year

  2011 Recap

  Book Picks 2011
  Steve Jobs by
  Walter Isaacson

   Wonder of the Age

   No Way Down

  Vishnu - Hinduism's
  Blue-skinned Savior

  Sentinels of Raisina

   Northeast Trilogy





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Space Exploration

Juno is on its way to Jupiter

2011 has been a busy year in space. The Space Shuttle Programme came to an end with its 135th flight. The focus is gradually now shifting to inter-planetary exploration to Mars, where water has now been discovered, and to Jupiter the largest planet in our solar system. In early December 2011, came the news that an Earth-like planet had been discovered. Astronomers have confirmed the existence of Kepler 22-b, an Earth-like planet in the "habitable zone" around a star not unlike our own.

 The 30-year-old space shuttle programme 1981-2011 comes to an end

On July 8, 2011 the engines of the space shuttle Atlantis roared as it rose off the launching pad and disappeared into the clouds on a 12-day mission carrying 8,000 pounds of supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. The space shuttle programme officially came to an end a couple of weeks later when the wheels of Atlantis rolled to a halt on the runway on July 21, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center.

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Evidence of possible water on Mars

On August 5, NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons. (SALT ran a feature on Mars in the October-December 2011 issue).

 Juno - on a mission to Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft will make the five-year, 400-million-mile voyage to Jupiter and orbit the planet, collecting data for more than one Earth year.

Juno, the first solar-powered spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011. The 4-ton spacecraft is on a five-year, 400-million-mile journey to the largest planet in the solar system.

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Curiosity - a historic voyage to Mars

NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the Nov. 26, 2011 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), which carries a car-sized rover named Curiosity. (Read October-December 2011 issue of SALT)

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