G20 Development Working Group to be held in Mumbai.

  • The 4-day meeting of G20 Development Working Group (DWG) will begin on 13th December, 2022, in Mumbai under the India's Presidency.
  • Agenda: To discuss developmental issues in Developing Countries, Least Developed Countries and Island Countries.
  • In the meeting, sessions on Data For Development, Role of G-20 in Advancing the 2030 Agenda, Infusing New LiFE into Green Development and Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals are organised.

NASA Orion capsule returns to earth after 25-day test flight.

  • NASA Orion capsule has returned to the Earth from the moon on December 11, 2022.
  • NASA has launched the Orion capsule from Kennedy Space Center on November 16, 2022.
  • This capsule was hit the atmosphere at 32 times the speed of sound, and endured reentry temperatures of 5,000°F (2,760°C) before splashing down west of Baja California near Guadalupe Island.
  • The space agency needed a successful splashdown to stay on track for the next Orion flight around the moon.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Mopa International Airport in Goa.

  • PM Modi has inaugurated Mopa International Airport in Goa, which has been named after former CM of Goa, Manohar Parrikar.
  • This international airport was built at a cost of 2,870 crore rupees.
  • It is about 35 km from capital city Panaji and can handle 44 lakh passengers annually.
  • It is also capable of handling large aircraft such as the Airbus A380.
  • The capacity of this airport can be raised to over 3 crore passengers per year, after expansion plans in the future.

Japan's ispace launches world's first commercial moon lander.

  • Japanese space startup, ispace has launched the world's first commercial moon lander, HAKUTO-R on 11th December 2022 after several delays.
  • This mission was took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, after two postponements caused by inspections of its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
  • HAKUTO refers to the white rabbit that lives on the moon in Japanese folklore.
  • The national space agencies of the United States, Russia and China have already achieved the soft landings on moon.

MK Stalin launches Tamil Nadu Climate Change Mission.

  • Kerala CM, Pinarayi Vijayan has declared a seed farm, located in Aluva, as the first carbon neutral farm in the country.
  • The total amount of carbon emission from the seed farm in the last one year was 43 tons but its overall procurement was 213 ton.
  • Compared to the emission rate, as many as 170 tons of more carbon have been procured at the farm, which helped it to be declared as the first carbon neutral seed farm in the country.

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