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Had heard about Moon in stories: Kids after visiting Isro station before Chandrayaan-2 launch

first_img 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 ISROlast_img read more

Wild Antarctica: Three Cool Cruises to the Southernmost Continent

first_img 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read In a short decade, Antarctica has evolved from a wild, impenetrable destination to somewhere even 70-somethings with enough Dramamine and disposable income can venture with relative ease. But, while most cruise expeditions stop at the Antarctic Peninsula, these unique adventures go much deeper — literally.Antarctica: Ross Sea and the Far SideFor travelers with plenty of time and cash to spend on the adventure of a lifetime, Journey Latin America’s Antarctica: Ross Sea and the Far Side ticks a lot of bucket list checkboxes. The ambitious 35-day trip is a real expedition that departs from Buenos Aires with only a one-day stop at the Antarctic Peninsula. From there, the real journey begins with a sail along the continent’s wild western coast. Travelers cross the Polar Circle, through the Amundsen Sea, before a full week in the Ross Sea. After a stop at Cape Adare, the journey terminates at Invercargill, New Zealand. This is a side of Antarctica that few travelers ever see — including destinations once visited by the continent’s most famous explorers — and it’s not for the faint of heart. Weather permitting, passengers can also visit Campbell Island and the Ross Ice Shelf by Zodiac or helicopter.Cost: Approximately $22,000 USDThe Spirit of ShackletonG Adventures’ 21-day Spirit of Shackleton expedition is a slightly less ambitious roundtrip journey from Ushuaia (the southern tip of Argentina) to Antarctica and back again. The itinerary traces much of the path of legendary Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton, following his journey in reverse from the Falkland Islands and South Georgia (Shackleton’s final resting place) to Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. The unique wildlife-spotting opportunities are among the best of any journey to the continent. If the weather cooperates, twice daily shore landings are offered where passengers can spot thousands of Chinstrap, Adélie, and Gentoo penguins. Plus, the surrounding waters are rich with seals and minke, orca, and humpback whales.Cost: $13,000 USDActive AntarcticaFor travelers not content to simply watch the world outside go by, Audley Travel’s Active Antarctica is dedicated to spending as little time aboard the ship as possible. While most journeys to Antarctica (including the other two above) require little more than an adventurous spirit, this 16-day expedition is for travelers who are physically adventurous as well. Days on the small ship Polar Pioneer are filled with active excursions like climbing polar peaks, glacier kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving the Antarctic waters, camping with penguins on the ice, and witnessing the continent’s unique wildlife under the guidance of professionally trained naturalists. Cost: Approximately $15,300 USD (flights included) 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Editors’ Recommendations Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly How to Read a Topographic Maplast_img read more