Chandrayaan lander lowers orbit further ahead of historic Sept 7 moon landing

first_imgBengaluru: Chandrayaan-2’s landing module ‘Vikram’ was on Wednesday brought closer to the Moon after its orbit was lowered further from where it will begin its final descent to pull off a historic soft-landing on the lunar surface in the early hours of Saturday. Joined by 60 high school students from across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present at the ISRO centre in Bengaluru to witness live the space feat, said a senior official of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A successful landing taking billion dreams to the Moon will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to achieve a soft-landing on the lunar surface. But it will be the first to launch a mission to the unexplored Moon’s south pole. The nine-second de-orbiting manoeuvre–the second in two days–was executed at 3.42 am using the Lander’s on-board propulsion system, the ISRO said in a statement giving the latest update on the Rs 978 crore unmanned moon mission. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “With this manoeuvre the required orbit for the Vikram Lander to commence its descent towards the surface of the Moon is achieved,” it added. The Lander is now in an orbit that would be about 35 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point(perigee) from where it will begin its final descent on to the Moon, it said, adding the orbit was 101 km from the lunar surface at the farthest(apogee). The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft continued to orbit the moon at a perigee of 96 km and apogee of 125 km. “Both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy,” the ISRO said. It further said the Lander is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7, followed by its touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am. Following the landing, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will roll out from ‘Vikram’ between 5.30 am and 6.30 am and carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days. The main orbiter will continue its mission for a year. “Chandrayaan 2 is ready to take a billion dreams to the Moon now stronger than ever before,” the ISRO had said while announcing the rescheduled date for the launch after the lift-off was aborted on July 15 due to a technical snag. A week later, India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 successfully put the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the earth’s orbit on July 22. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a “terrifying” moment as the ISRO has not done it before, whereas Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was successfully carried out during the Chandrayaan-1 mission. Describing a soft-landing on the Moon, former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair said it’s something like flying saucers coming in hovering on the top and then slowly descending like in science fiction. It’s almost a similar sequence which the ISRO is going to implement, with practically no real-time controls on the ground. “…Only on-board cameras would look for the right location and once it matches, there are five rocket engines which will precisely control by first reducing the speed and then making it virtually float at that point and have some lateral movement in such a way that it goes just to the location, slowly guide it to the landing site,” Nair explained in an interview to PTI. Cameras, laser ranging systems, on board computers and, above all, software required for the entire operation has to work in unison, said Nair, who spearheaded the Chandrayaan-1 mission more than a decade ago. “It’s a very, very complex operation. I don’t think any nation has done a similar operation trying to have real time pictures and then try to have an on-board computer implement autonomously the function of the landing. “It’s going to be a remarkable event and we are all looking forward to that event. I am sure it will be a 100 per cent success,” he said. To increase awareness about its space programmes, the ISRO had in August conducted an online quiz for students from Class 8 to 10. The space agency selected the top 60 students to witness the historic event. “Two top scoring Students (from class 8 – 10 only) from each State and Union Territory will be invited to ISRO, Bengaluru Centre to watch the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon, live along with the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” according to the terms and conditions of the quiz on the MyGov.in, an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government with the help of technology for growth and development of India. Chandrayaan-2 began its journey towards the moon leaving the earth’s orbit in the dark hours on August 14, after a crucial manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) that was carried out by ISRO to place the spacecraft on “Lunar Transfer Trajectory”. In a major milestone for India’s second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 had successfully entered the lunar orbit on August 20 by performing LOI manoeuvre. The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon while the lander carries three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments. The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface. The expedition would also shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, its South Polar region. According to the ISRO, the objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. On the science front, the mission aims to further expand the knowledge about the moon through a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and atmosphere, leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon, it said.last_img read more

Xavier Dolan brings Cannes prize winner Its Only the End of the

first_imgXavier Dolan is just settling in for a Riviera beachfront interview with several Toronto movie critics at the Cannes Film Festival when he’s suddenly interrupted by noisy laughter from another group.“They’re having a lot of fun,” the Montreal filmmaker says without skipping a beat. “Should we laugh?”That’s a good question, not only regarding the nearby chortlers but also for the oft-combative director/actor/screenwriter himself, who at this very moment is unsure about whether he should even smile. This group interview in Cannes last May is happening the day after the world premiere of It’s Only the End of the World, a dysfunctional family drama Dolan calls “my best film” — his others include Mommy and I Killed My Mother — but which many critics called the worst among the 21 competing for the Palme d’Or. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

In Surprising Twitter Chat Serena Williams Says She Desperately

The usually tight-lipped Serena Williams opened up on Friday about several personal issues, saying in a Twitter chat that she desperately would like to settle down and start a family.The 33-year-old tennis star starting the Q and A session off tweeting “Today is Friday. Is anyone feeling a quick #SerenaFriday ?? If so ask anything you want. I’m here and ready. Hurry before I get too busy. :)”  Fans were invited to tweet Williams anything they wanted with the hashtag #serenafriday to which Twitter users wasted no time, asking her a barrage of questions and vying for her attention.The questions ranged from what hair color she preferred on herself to more intimate questions about her relationship status. She admitted to “desperately” wanting to start a family and saying that her “time will come.”The 18-time Grand Slam singles title holder revealed that if she wasn’t playing tennis, she would try to delve into the world of acting, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as we saw her on the silver screen along with her sister in the 2004 film Hairshow, in addition to a starring appearance on an episode of “Law & Order.”Getting more intimate, user @rabas2004 asked Williams what her worst habit was. She responded by saying that she has a tendency to look after people and forget to think about herself first. She even went on to say that her single status was not by choice.Though she may be having some hard feelings about being on her own, Williams’ exes seem to have nothing but kind words to say about her.“Point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time,” her ex-beau rapper Common told the International Business Times earlier this past July. “I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”According to her twitter chat, the star is taking a break from more than just relationships as she told fans that she is taking some time off from tennis training right now. read more

Dress to impress No we dont

first_imgHow do you define sexiness? What is sexy?, ‘From an infectious smile of  Madhu Bala to the poised grace of Zennat Aman; dancing swirls of Madhuri Dixit and to the zero figure of Kareena Kapoor, everything is sexy! It has nothing really to do with how they dress up,’ said fashion critic and journalist, Reena Dhaka during a discussion in Oxford bookstore.‘Is being sexy anti-sexist?’, ‘Does dressing up in a sexy manner define a woman’s mindset?’ were some of the pertinent questions that were raised during the engaging conversation. An audio-visual presentation seeking responses from various women with different backgrounds attempted  to answer these questions. They all were asked one question and that was, if they dress-up for others? The unanimous answer was an outright ‘No’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The discussion attracted quite an ethusiastic crowd who were of the opinion that they dressed-up for themselves and no one else.The key speakers of the conversation,  fashion designer, Rina Dhaka and Vinita Dawra Nangia discussed how dressing-up sexily does not really mean that one is easy or available. Nangia further said, ‘To even ask such a question would hint at sexism.’ The rape victims in this fairly sexist society are often slapped with a counter-argument as to how they deserve what hapened to them because they asked for it. When you ask them how? They will promptly reply with, ‘Of course, because of the clothes they wore.’ No one asks for violence, no one wants to get beaten up or raped, no matter what you wear. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDhaka said being a woman she has to confirm to various roles in a day and is expected to dress aprropriately for all the ocassions. She asked, ‘How can you expect a woman to dress appropriately throughout the day for varied ocassions. Isn’t that hectic? To dress three to four times a day? Just because people think it’s inappropriate to step out in a dress outside in the public?’ She said that dressing-up has nothing to do with sexiness. The definition has changed. It’s all in one’s attitude and the way they feel they are, not the way they dress. However, Dhaka’s ‘When in Rome, do like Romans’ comment did not strike well. She said, ‘In India,  it is very important to select a dress according to the place and environment. There is no harm in carrying a shrug or a scarf, which you can easily take off once surrounded with a like minded people.’ The question this comment raises and remained unaswered was,  why does one need to carry a scarf around? Instead of being preventive, why can’t we strive to change the mindset which compels us to carry a scarf with us?last_img read more

Suck at Writing Headlines These 10 Online Tools Will Help

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 10, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Headlines are the first — and often only — factor your audience will use to decide whether they want to click on and read your content. And arguably, that makes them the most critical part of your content to carefully consider and craft.When I’m stumped for a good headline, I use the following 10 tools to find the right eye-catching phrase. I hope they help you take your headlines to higher levels as well.Related: Tricks to Help You Spell Unfamiliar Words (Infographic)1. OptimizelyUsed by Microsoft, NBC Universal and other big players, Optimizely takes headline optimization beyond A / B testing. You can use the tool to conduct multivariate analysis of the combined effects of various headlines and images. Or, alternatively, you can also use it to specialize your headline for a specific goal, such as higher click-through rates, conversions, social media shares or engagement.2. Inbound Now’s Headline GeneratorIf you hate coming up with headlines in the first place, this simple tool by Inbound Now is the perfect option for you. Just type in a few words related to your content topic, and it will come up with engaging, SEO-friendly headlines:3. TaboolaTaboola is best known as a native advertising network that’ll help you get your content displayed on other people’s websites, but there’s one tool hidden in there that’ll help you optimize your content and headlines to increase engagement.Besides promoting content, the service lets users test headlines (among other elements) against Taboola’s custom click-through rate algorithm. The system is based on data from its content recommendation service, giving Taboola unique insights into the kinds of headlines that people are most drawn to.4. KingSumoHeadlines, a KingSumo app, is a unique tool for WordPress that will continue optimizing your headlines even after you publish. To use the app, you write as many headlines as possible for a post, and Headlines will use each of them and monitor how well they perform.Over time, the app determines the best one based on its performance with your actual audience. 5. QualarooQualaroo is unique among headline tools because it actually seeks out user feedback to create its optimization recommendations.Qualaroo surveys users about why a blog post caught their interest, providing real data on what works. When analyzing your headlines, Qualaroo will tell you which ones garner the most attention, but more importantly — why.Related: 8 Subject-Line Secrets That Entice People to Read Your Email6. CoSchedule’s Headline AnalyzerCoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer is based on the real success of past headlines on the web, offering any headline you enter a strength score between one and 100.It includes factors such as how common the words are, as well as measurements of emotion and power. It will also let you know if your headline is too short or too long, and allows you to input tons of iterations so that you can work toward the highest score possible.7. CrazyEggCrazyEgg enables you to take a deeper look at the headlines of your own site and how your audience is responding to them through its use of heat maps.As you monitor your site’s performance, you’ll see which headlines receive the most engagement — and which ones don’t — so you can determine what kind of headlines work best for your specific website visitors.8. Advanced Marketing Institute’s Headline AnalyzerAny marketer knows that developing an emotional connection with your audience through great content is key when it comes building trust and standing out against competitors. Still, how to actually instill that emotion into a headline is lost on many.Advanced Marketing Institute’s Headline Analyzer is a unique solution to this, offering an algorithm that measures the emotional marketing value (EMV) of headlines. The tool calculates a headline’s EMV score based on the number of emotional words in the headline, telling you if your headline evokes spiritual, intellectual or empathetic emotions. 9. OnalyticaOnalytica is a tool developed to help you monitor and build relationships with valuable influencers in your niche, but that’s not the limit of its usability.Onalytica will easily aggregate the headlines of your influencers and competitors and offers analysis that show which are the most successful. This can inform what direction you should take with your own headlines.10. Boost MediaIf you’re looking for a more human touch to improve your headlines, this is the tool for you. Boost Media offers headline algorithms and multivariate testing as well, but its real benefit comes from its network of writers and designers who can help optimize your headlines for your specific niche.As an example, if you sell rock-climbing accessories, Boost Media will try to find you a real rock climbing enthusiast to write your headlines. You’re virtually guaranteed to come up with something engaging.While almost all these tools have some overlap in functionality, each offers some unique features that can bring your content ahead of the game and encourage more engagement.Have another favorite you feel deserves a spot on this list? Share your recommendations by leaving a comment below.Related: How to Write Something That People Will Actually Read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Club Meds twoday Toronto popup includes VR and giveaways

center_img TORONTO — Club Med’s two-day pop-up in downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square continues today, as part of a two-day event Feb. 14 – 15. Guests can step into a heated glass-walled truck designed to look like one of the 65+ Club Med resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.Inside the truck, complete with sand, palm trees and tropical fruits, guests can also use Virtual Reality goggles to transport themselves to the setting of a resort. Usually reserved for the booking process, Club Med’s VR and 360-videos are giving Torontonians a glimpse of the ‘Amazing You’ with experiences like flying trapeze and sailing.To keep warm in the winter weather, Club Med is also handing out hot cocoa and branded hand warmers to passersby.Visitors have the opportunity to post pictures from their visit to the pop-up on social media using #ClubMedAmazingTO for the chance to win a trip for two to one of Club Med’s destinations. Online entries will also be possible by registering at ClubMedAmazingYou.comMore news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe Club Med pop-up resort will be at Yonge-Dundas Square on Feb. 15 until 7 p.m. The contest runs until Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. For more information visit ClubMedAmazingYou.com. Posted by Sharelast_img read more