Amitabh Sinha

Amitabh Sinha is Resident Editor, Pune. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.

Articles By Amitabh Sinha

Chandrayaan-2: Technical glitch aborts moon mission, next launch date could be much later

ISRO says countdown stopped 56 minutes before liftoff; though window exists today, launch unlikely.

Explained: Behind Chandrayaan-2’s GSLV Mk-III rocket that developed a glitch

Chandrayaan-2 was GSLV Mk-III's biggest and the most keenly-awaited launch. But it will now have to wait. Though ISRO has been tight-lipped about the nature of the problem, there are indications that it could relate to the cryogenic upper stage.

Chandrayaan-2 launch called off after ‘technical snag’ in rocket, revised date could take months

ISRO officials indicated that it could take up to a few days to assess the seriousness of the problem. That could rule out another attempt at the launch in the current window of opportunity which is available only till Tuesday (July 16). The next launch date could be months later.

Chandrayaan-2 mission called off for today, technical snag observed: ISRO

The glitch was found in the launch vehicle GSLV MKIII which is the strongest of orbit built by ISRO, and not in Chandrayaan-2 composite module.

Explained: The milestones of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar probe

How will Chandrayaan-2 achieve India’s first soft landing on the Moon? How long will it take to get there, and what role will each component of the spacecraft perform? A breakdown of Mission details.

Why the world’s in a second race to the moon

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin created history, and, on the eve of India’s second lunar mission – Chandrayaan 2 – let's take a look at man’s oldest muse and how it has inspired all manner of human endeavour. First up, why a renewed surge of interest in moon travel is both an indication of the complexities of lunar missions and a future foretold.

Destination Moon: Chandrayaan-2 to launch India into new space age

The Chandrayaan-2, a moon-lander and rover mission, is designed to go where no spacecraft has gone before.

Explained: Behind Iran’s nuclear defiance

Iran has announced that it has amassed more low-enriched uranium than allowed under a nuclear deal signed with the US and other countries in 2015. A look at what was agreed, and why Iran has violated it

Panel to inspect Bt brinjal ‘sowing’ in Haryana farms

The move comes amidst reports that vast tracts of cropland had been sown with Bt brinjal, which is illegal to cultivate in India in the absence of a go-ahead from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Explained: Why govt wants to bank DNA

Yet again, DNA Regulation Bill cleared for introduction in Parliament. Whose DNA will be stored, when is it supposed to be used for reference? What are the concerns, how is government addressing these?

Simply Put: Promise of a new science

IISc researchers have reported superconductivity at room temperature. Their finding, now under review, will be a breakthrough if verified. How does superconductivity work, and why is this claim so significant?

Explained: Reservoir levels — a little more water than usual but not everywhere

Storage in the country’s reservoirs is just over what is normal for this time of the year. But those in Western and Southern Regions are way short of those levels.

The water truck: Record heat adds to woes

While several unusually extreme factors have combined to make this a particularly bad year for water, experts say the shortage is more of a structural problem, and the situation would not improve significantly even in a good monsoon year.

Chandrayaan-2 Explained: What Moon can hold for India

ISRO has announced a series of plans include a space station, human space flight, and the Moon landing mission next month. What will Chandrayaan-2 seek to achieve that Chandrayaan-1 could not?

Dark side of the Moon: Chandrayaan-2 mission will enter uncharted territory, offer great scientific insight

The Chandrayaan-2 mission has taken a long way coming, considering that its predecessor, Chandrayaan-1, an Orbiter mission, had been sent way back in 2008.

Long spell of below normal rain leaves western and southern India parched

This year has produced an exceptionally prolonged dry patch. The 2018 June-September monsoon season produced rainfall that was only 91 per cent of the normal. Anything below 95 per cent of normal rainfall in the monsoon season can lead to stress.

Explained: Why Cyclone Vayu is an obstacle to northward progress of monsoon

Vayu is much weaker than Fani. At its strongest, it is likely to generate winds of speed 110-120 km per hour, according to current forecasts. In contrast, winds associated with Fani had speeds of about 220 km per hour

Fact Check: Why late monsoon is not related to total seasonal rainfall

Though an important marker for the season, the timing of the onset does not have any bearing on the quality or amount of rainfall during the season. It is just an event during the progress of the monsoon.

Explained: ISRO’s RISAT-2B satellite works like a camera flash

ISRO said the images taken by RISAT-2B would be used for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. But services of such satellites are also in great demand from national security agencies as well.

Carbon dioxide in atmosphere hits a high: how it relates to global warming

On May 18, the daily average carbon dioxide concentration, as measured by sensors at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, was 415.02 ppm.