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New Delhi: The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) on Friday said it will distribute devices like solar cookers and lamps in rural and tribal areas, to provide clean cooking and lighting benefits to the population.goi_logo

“To provide clean cooking and lighting benefits to rural and tribal population living in forest fringes and protected areas, the MNRE has taken up the programme for intensive distribution of renewable energy devices,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Under the programme devices like unnat chulhas, solar cookers, solar lamps, solar home lighting systems etc. will be distributed by using the funds of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA),” it said.

The scheme has been brought under the definition of forest protection and conservation measures and management of notified forest or protected areas, it added.

The MNRE said the states and union territories have been asked to indicate their renewable energy devices distribution targets for next five years to the union ministry.

(IANS)

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Submit your name to go onboard NASA’s new solar mission

The spacecraft -- about the size of a small car -- will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere about four million miles from the star's surface

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  • NASA is inviting names from all over the world
  • Now you can have your name placed on a microchip
  • This chip would be in NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission, to be launched this summer.

The mission will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and your name will go along for the ride. The submissions of names will be accepted until April 27, the US space agency said in a statement on Thursday.

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This mission will be launched to know more about sun’s atmosphere.

“This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before. This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

The spacecraft — about the size of a small car — will travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere about four million miles from the star’s surface. The primary goals for the mission are to trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles.

Also Read: NASA delays launch of next-gen space telescope until 2020

To perform the investigations, the spacecraft and instruments will be protected from the Sun’s heat by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield. The state-of-the-art heat shield will keep the four instrument suites designed to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and image the solar wind at room temperature. In May 2017, NASA renamed the spacecraft from the Solar Probe Plus to the Parker Solar Probe in honour of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. IANS

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