Next Had heard about Moon in stories: Kids after visiting Isro station before Chandrayaan-2 launchSwapnil and Swapnila, both Class 10 students, this week visited the Isro station in Andhra Pradesh and saw the massive rocket that will spark their lunar imagination into reality. There, they heard stories about the the Moon again, but they would have surely missed the warmth of their grandma’s storytelling.advertisement Press Trust of India JammuJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 19:31 IST In Sriharikota, scientists explained the mission to the kids and they said they feel happy about it. (Photo: Twitter/Isro)HIGHLIGHTSGSLV Mk-III rocket will launch the mission into space110 children are part of Chandrayaan-2 projectMission will be launched at 2:51 am on MondayFor a brother-sister twin from Jammu, the Moon had always been about the stories they had heard from their grandmother: a friendly celestial body so far away that they could only imagine to reach there some day. Not anymore, they say.Swapnil and Swapnila, both Class 10 students, this week visited the Isro station in Andhra Pradesh and saw the massive rocket that will spark their lunar imagination into reality. There, they heard stories about the the Moon again, but they would have surely missed the warmth of their grandma’s storytelling.”The launch was only in our imagination. We used to hear stories of moon from our grandmother. When we actually saw it (the rocket), we were spell-bound. It was amazing,” Swapnil told PTI. “It’s a dream come true.”Swapnila said they saw the GSLV Mk-III rocket that will launch the mission into space. “It was so huge,” she added.The students are among 110 children who are part of Chandrayaan-2 project. In Sriharikota, scientists explained the mission to them and they said they feel happy about it.Eleven years after the success of its first lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation is set for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 project at 2.51 am on Monday.The mission on board the Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle Mk-III will take 54 days to reach the moon’s south pole. Billed as the most complex mission ever undertaken by ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth country to soft land on the lunar surface after Russia, the US and China.advertisement”We saw the track through which the Chandrayaan-2 vehicle will be transported to the launch pad. We saw the launching control centre and the main control centre,” Swapnila said.Isro has launched a programme for schoolchildren, called the ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ (YUVIKA), from this year in tune with the government’s ‘Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan’ vision.Swapnil and Swapnila were selected after undergoing a series of test of their academic, sports and extra-curricular record. At the age of 7, both have flown the Microlite Aircraft at Hindon Air Base as co-pilots.The government is inculcating a “scientific zest among the youth” with such programmes for students, Swapnila said. “Best scientists and technocrats will come up now in the country”. Shib Narayan Acharya, a photo officer in the Ministry of Defence, and Sarmistha Acharya are proud parents and said they are happy about their children visiting the Isro station.”The full family will see the live telecast of Chandrayaan-2 launch,” said their mother.Their father said the children were invited by former president the late APJ Abdul Kalam, who spent a few hours with them.Also Read | Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft: Launcher, lander, rover, orbiter explainedAlso Read | Chandrayaan-1 confirmed presence of water on Moon. Will Chandrayaan-2 find alien life?Also Watch | Chandrayaan 2 to be launched on July 15: ISROGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Chandrayaan 2Follow ISRO
Amanda Harrison: “I don’t see myself as inspirational. I’m just a normal woman who has never given up.”Credit:Simon Williams/Solo2Darwin Her gruelling flight will take her 9,497 nautical miles across 20 countries, along a similar route to that undertaken by Johnson almost 90 years ago. The only deviations are those forced on her by the need to avoid conflict zones such as Syria and Iraq.In many of the countries where Ms Harrison will stop to rest and refuel women pilots or aircraft engineers are still a rarity and she hopes her arrival will inspire others to follow in her and Johnson’s footsteps.Ms Harrison, who is raising money for her adventure through a Go Fund Me page and local sponsorship, wants to encourage more women to take up jobs in science, technology and engineering, as well as showing that dyslexia sufferers they do not have to be held back by their condition.“Amy Johnson was the first British woman aeronautical engineer, as well as a pilot. She also had health problems and her sister killed herself. But she still went on to achieve, no matter what the obstacles,” she said.Johnson’s trip to Australia was the first of several record breaking flights undertaken by the Hull-born pilot, before her death in disputed circumstances in the Thames Estuary.These included a solo flight from London to Cape Town in 1932, in which she broke her new husband Jim Mollison’s own record. Amanda Harrison, preparing for her solo flight from London to DarwinCredit:Solo2Darwin Amy Johnson, who became a national heroine in 1930 when she flew single-handed from London to Australia Credit:PA When Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in May 1930 she blazed a trail for future generations.Now that landmark flight from Croydon to Darwin is to be recreated by a daring British woman in the hope of inspiring others to similar achievements.Amanda Harrison, who overcame severe childhood dyslexia to become a commercial airline pilot, says she wants to show that – like Johnson in her day – women can achieve whatever they want, despite the obstacles that continue to be placed in their path.The 46-year-old from Bromley will set off next month in a vintage de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth, similar to the open cockpit Gypsy Moth flown by Johnson. Johnson was killed in January 1941 when she reportedly ran out of fuel and bailed out near Herne Bay, after going off course in terrible weather conditions while transporting a plane from Prestwick, in Scotland, to RAF Kidlington, near Oxford.There has since been continued speculation as to the circumstances of her death, with some claiming her aircraft was shot down by friendly fire from British anti-aircraft guns.Ms Harrison narrowly avoided disaster herself, after she took her 1942 built Tiger Moth, which she had just bought after saving up £70,000, for a check over. The plane has a smaller fuel capacity than the Gypsy Moth, which means Ms Harrison will need to stop more frequently and is aiming to reach Darwin in 32 days rather than the 19 achieved by her predecessor.But if she succeeds she will become the first woman to fly solo to Australia in a Moth biplane since the 1930s.Ms Harrison, whose day job involves flying VIPs on private charter flights around the world, told The Telegraph: “Unlike many of the pioneer fliers of the 1920s and 30s, Amy Johnson wasn’t born into money and had to work for a living and pay her own way. It wasn’t all laid out for her. “But she showed that through perseverance and determination ordinary women could do these things. So if she could do it then I can do it now and so can others.”Ms Harrison’s undertaking is all the more remarkable because in November 2017 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.It took months of major surgery and treatment before she could return to the skies and now she wants to use her flight to inspire other cancer survivors.“Women still seem to have more obstacles put in front of them and we need to encourage women to go for what they dream,” said Ms Harrison, adding: “I don’t see myself as inspirational. I’m just a normal woman who has never given up.” Amanda Harrison and her vintage de Havilland DH82a Tiger MothCredit:Solo2Darwin Engineers at the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford discovered that despite having all the correct paperwork the plane’s wings were no longer bolted on properly and in all likelihood would not have survived the long flight she had been planning.“My father was an engineer who inspired me to take up flying because of his love of building remote control planes,” she said. “So it’s fitting that I owe my life to the engineers who spotted what was wrong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.