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India Is Gearing Up to Make Its First Landing on the Moon

We’re rooting for you, India!

India is aiming big and setting its sights on the Moon. In 2018, the country will be ready to make its very first Moon landing. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as part of its highly anticipated Chandrayaan-2 mission, is gearing up to land its first lunar rover by the end of March 2018.

The last time a country visited the Moon was in 2013 when China’s Yutu rover made a successful landing. Before that, man’s journey to the Moon dates all the way back to the 1970s.

Chandrayaan means ‘moon vehicle’ or ‘moon journey.’

The Chandrayaan-2 mission isn’t India’s first journey to the Moon, although it is the country’s most ambitious yet. Back in 2008, the $US83-million Chandrayaan-1 blasted off from Sriharikota island off the East coast of India. The spacecraft made it into lunar orbit, but it crashed into the Moon and got lost in November 2008. It was found by NASA in 2016.

NASA spots Chandrayaan-1 still circling some 200 kilometers above the lunar surface

The Chandrayaan-2 mission is ISRO’s first attempt to get a closer look at the lunar surface.

ISRO is reportedly preparing three unmanned vehicles for the mission: a lander, a rover, and an orbiter. The lander will examine the lunar crust and mantle. The rover will roll about and explore lunar rocks and soil. The orbiter, on the other hand, will create a detailed three-dimensional map of the Moon’s surface.

The project reportedly has a modest US$93-million budget.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission will be completed in 14 Earth days, if all goes well, according to Business Insider. It’s enough time for the Moon to make one complete orbit around Earth.

The ISRO is looking to launch more space missions in the coming years. One of their current projects called Aditya will study the sun. Their 5-year satellite, XPoSat, will be used to study cosmic radiation.

What do you think of this development? Are you excited for India’s upcoming trip to the moon?

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Ancient 99-Million-Year-Old Frogs Look Just Like Modern-Day Toads

Frogs will always be frogs, whether they were born today or in the Cretaceous Period.

The world is filled with exciting new discoveries from ancient times. Scientists have just uncovered evidence that frogs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. Interestingly, these ancient toads seem to look just like their modern-day descendants.

A new report confirms that scientists have found four frog fossils in northern Myanmar. The tiny bodies were encased in amber and offer a clear glimpse at what tropical rainforests looked like in the Cretaceous Period. In any case, the discovery is groundbreaking since frogs rarely become fossils.

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Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Get Misused On Social Media Despite Strict Terms & Conditions

What better way to start a particularly hot summer?

There is little doubt that Elon Musk's flamethrowers are the hottest new commodity right now. After all, the fiery device produced by The Boring Company have just been sold out. However, it looks like consumers have already started misusing the dangerous product despite its lengthy terms and conditions.

The Boring Company finally rolled out Not A Flamethrower at a celebrated pick up event held at the company's headquarters. People who had pre-ordered the gadgets were given a chance to sample the power of the flamethrower on unfortunate marshmallows. Although safety was reinforced during the event, things took a dangerous turn once everyone got home.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organics On Mars, Possible Life On Planet In The Past

The new discovery might confirm life thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on the surface of Mars. The rover has just found possible evidence of life on the planet billions of years ago. NASA might not quite ready to confirm that creatures once roamed the Red Planet. Nevertheless, the agency believes that the findings could mean positive things for future missions.

The NASA rover has found organic molecules in sedimentary rocks near the planet's surface. These molecules may contain hydroxen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and are usually associated with life. However, their presence in the billion-year-old rocks does not confirm life on Mars just yet.

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