India’s very own Chandrayaan 2 was attempting to make history. This accomplishment etched India in space history by being the only country to send a rocket to explore the south pole of the moon. And moreover, at a fraction of the cost of other similar rockets.
Chandrayaan 2, according to plan was all set to land on the moon’s surface yesterday after 48 days. It, unfortunately, lost communication just 2.1 Kms before it’s landing. However, that doesn’t make the mission any less of a success.
But till then, here are some facts you should be knowing about ISRO’s biggest space venture yet:
Chandrayaan 2- Exploring The Unexplored Part Of The Moon
Chandrayaan 2 is the first lunar spacecraft that was to explore the south pole of the moon, something that no country has ever done before. The first mission, Chandrayaan 1, which was launched in 2008, helped confirm the presence of water on the moon’s surface. But the south pole of the moon is permanently shadowed and is reported to contain almost 250 tonnes of water ice in the numerous deep craters. The main mission of Chandrayaan 2 was to confirm these reports.
The Mission Is Headed By Two Women Scientists
The efforts and contribution of project director M. Vanitha and mission director Ritu Karidhal have been tremendous. Karidhal was also the deputy operations director for Mangalyaan. With this mission, M. Vanitha made history by becoming the first-ever female project director at ISRO.
It Was Made With Less Than Half The Budget Of Avengers: Endgame
The Chandrayaan 2 mission only cost Rs 960 Crore. Thus, making it the cheapest spacecraft ever built for a lunar mission of this scale. This might still seem like a lot. But to give you a clearer idea, the film Avengers: Endgame had a budget of more than Rs 2,400 Crore.
The Role Of Pragyan and Vikram
Chandrayaan consists of an orbiter, lander and rover. Vikram is the lander module that was to station itself on the surface of the moon. It contained the rover Pragyan within itself and was to deploy it as soon as it successfully landed on the moon’s surface. It is named after the father of the Indian space programme, Vikram Sarabhai. Pragyan, on the other hand, is a six-wheeled rover that has the duty of scouting the surface. And, directly communicating the information to Vikram. All these parts would carry a series of payloads that would’ve studied various aspects. This would include lunar topography, seismography, mineral identification, surface chemical composition and temperatures of the moon.
It Could Find Particles From Four Billion Years Ago
The moon is a living floating piece of evidence. The craters and particles are scars of the ever-changing universe and they could tell us a lot about our past. Pragyan the rover was to scan the topsoil by blasting it with lasers. Apart from water, Pragyan would search for elements that could have been part of a magma ocean. This, from almost four billion years ago.
However, shortly before touchdown, the robotic lander Vikram—part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission—fell out of contact with mission control. Nevertheless, the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s orbiter remains safely in lunar orbit, with a year-long scientific mission ahead of it. And we are proud!
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iPhone SE: All That You Need To Know
THE NEW APPLE: iPhone SE
Apple unveiled the all-new iPhone SE on its website on 15 April 2020. There’s more than just speculation and excitement about the new product. Needless to say, this new iPhone has left the IOS lovers atwitter.
While there are loads of articles about the technical aspects of the new iPhone, here are a few things that you need to know in the simplest terms.
A-13 Bionic chip, 3 GB RAM
It has the same chip as that of the amazing iPhone 11 Pro. This allows you to easily switch between apps and makes your experience far smooth and engaging.
Glass and Aluminium Body
iPhone SE comes in glass and aluminium body as opposed to all the models of the iPhone launched iPhone 8 onwards.
4.7-inch Retina HD Display
Like the previous SE, this new model to packs the brilliance of the newer models into the old compact versions. The Retina HD display means clearer vision and clearer memories.
iPhone SE is available in three colour- Black, White and Red(known as Product Red).
Camera- 12 mp/ f 1.8 mm; 7 mp/ f 2.2 mm
Click amazing group pictures and selfies with the all-time amazing camera. Portrait mode that was usually a part of the more expensive versions has found its way to iPhone SE. With six lightening effects and special depth effects, your pictures will be better than ever.
The coveted home button with the fingerprint sensor makes its return with iPhone SE.
Dust, Splash, Spatter Resistant
The iPhone is water-resistant upto 1m depth for 30 mins. It is also splash resistant and dust resistant.
The iPhone is already known for its amazing sound quality. The presence of stereo-speakers makes the audio experience even better.
iPhone SE supports dual sims. It is compatible with GSM, CDMA, LTE and all other variants.
It can be charged on a wireless charger or the wired adapter. It claims to have a ceaselessly stream a video for 13 hours if the phone is fully charged. Also, the charging goes from 0 to 50 percent in less than 30 mins.
Price and Variants
The iPhone is available in three colours and features options with storage spaces of 64, 128 and 256 gb. With a starting price of ₹42,500, iPhone SE has made more fans than was expected of it.
With the brilliance of iPhone 11 Pro and the classic body of the older versions, iPhone SE is expected to be the perfect buy for all the iPhone lovers.
Image Credits: https://www.apple.com/
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PUBG To Roll Out Latest Update Very Soon
PUBG players worldwide are eagerly waiting for new changes in this action-packed game. As it is structured in a season-wise pattern, this will be it’s Season 9. Ever since rumours came out, the internet has been rife with guesses and the like. People are speculating that this ultimate battle royale game will launch the updates around September 13th.
More about Pubg version 0.14.5
This quite grand update is going to seriously rev up the PUBG experience in big ways. The way players have been transporting so far is going to change drastically. As each new update and season brings something great to this widely popular game, the expectations are set high already.
Fly with your squad in helicopters
A YouTuber who goes by Mr. Ghost Gaming has revealed a few big details. He did so using the Chinese version of the game. The game will now allow players to fly around in helicopters. Earlier, you may have noticed unused and unmoving choppers in the game. Now, these helicopters are more than just specks on the map.
Heavy weapons mode vs. Classic mode
A lot of people are saying that this exciting update will only be seen on the special heavy weapons mode. This mode is where all the high power weaponry is found. From the MGL and M79 grenade launchers to M3E1-A rocket launcher, it has some of the best. If that is true, will the Classic mode not have it? Many users online have suggested that the update can be added to the game in the form of an arcade mode as well.
Whatever the mode they choose in the end, there is no denying that the update itself is brilliant. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for days around September 13, then!
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Explained: The Technology Behind The Lion King
Simba and Nala stole our hearts more than twenty-five years ago with the iconic Lion King. What made the movie work then, and what made its remake that was released in July work – is the technology.
The minds that devise how to put to use all the relevant and available technology into use in a way that will best bring out all the emotions, facial expressions, feelings, and simply the whole personality of a small cub when paired with background music and voice-overs – they take the movie from just another release to one of the most awaited ones this year. Though overall, there have come to light quite a bit of mixed reviews regarding The Lion King, the common consensus has been that the graphics of the film are impeccable.
“A Virtual Lion King Production Process.”
The team behind The Lion King described the making of the film as a “virtual production process.”
Director Jon Favreau told journalists that they aimed to apply the technology used. They wanted live-action filmmaking to the virtual recreation of Serengeti they would develop.
A dedicated team went to Kenya in order to conduct extensive research on the features of the landscapes and wildlife there. A huge number of photographs were taken which would later help the graphics team. The effects team to reimagine that place accurately for a worldwide audience.
The director revealed that AI was used to feed the 3D model of the lion in various scenarios. For scenes like crying or being hungry which were then used in the film, in order to help the computer make a connection between intent and behaviour.
Huge effort and thought go into creating a film like this. Bringing together filmmaking tools and animation in order to create a whole new world.
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