Balgates’s Weblog

I’m Wat I’m!!!

Indian Flag in moon, Chandrayaan-1 probe sends first signal

Ex-president APJ Abdul Kalam and ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair hold a model of the moon.

CONQUERING MOON: Ex-president APJ Abdul Kalam and ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair hold a model of the moon.

The moon is 3,84,400 km away from earth and on Nov 14, 2008, India became the fourth nation to have its flag flying on the moon’s surface when Chandrayaan-1’s Moon Impact Probe (MIP), with the Tricolour painted on it, touched down.

The 35-kg payload crash-landed on the lunar surface at around 2030 hrs IST. The MIP has started sending its first signals to Chandrayaan-1.

It also contains equipment which will help scientists design a lunar land rover for the upcoming Chandrayaan-2 mission.

The MIP is slightly smaller than an average TV cabinet. Inside the MIP there is a device to constantly check it’s height as it falls. Another device checks what the air on the moon is made of. There is even a video camera to photograph the moon from close range.

The photographs taken by the MIP will help Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) decide where to land India’s first moon rover, a few years from now.

The MIP also has the Indian flag painted on it’s sides and a Sanskrit verse which means “

The MIP disconnected from Chandrayaan-1 100 km above the moon. As it fell, it kept sending information back to the satellite.

Closer to the surface, rockets were fired, to slow down it’s speed and soften the impact on landing.

After half an hour of free fall, the MIP crash-landed on the south pole of moon.

The idea to send a MIP was first mooted by former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

If it weren’t for him, Chandrayaan-1 would only have orbited the moon.

November 15, 2008 Posted by | General, India Related, Science, Technology, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chandrayaan-1 enters operational lunar orbit

Chandrayaan-1 enters operational lunar orbit

Twenty-one days after launch, Chandrayaan-1, India’s maiden moon craft has it seems finally reached its home orbit. It is now in an almost 102 kilometre from the moon. The satellite’s onboard engine was fired for 58 seconds on Nov 12, 2008 at about 6.30 pm.

ISRO officials say preliminary indications are that it has reached its designated orbit. Among its first tasks in the next few days will be to release the probe that carries the Indian national flag on to the lunar surface.

After that it will begin its scientific exploration which will last two years, which includes mapping the lunar resources, preparing a three dimensional atlas of the moon and searching for water on the lunar poles.

November 13, 2008 Posted by | General, India Related, Science, Technology, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ganguly: I won’t miss cricket

Goodbye Dada!

Sourav Ganguly, who returned home to Kolkata to a rousing welcome from fans Tuesday said he would not miss cricket.

The former India skipper also said like to meet the soccer legend Diego Maradona when he comes to Kolkata.

“I just want to see him,” Ganguly said referring to the Argentine footballer.

Having returned to his home town after playing his last Test at Nagpur, Ganguly said that he would, however, miss the company of his teammates.

At his Behala residence Ganguly told reporters: “We share a good camaraderie among ourselves. We make fun and crack jokes together. I don’t think I will miss cricket but will miss the companions.” Reiterating that he will not change his retirement decision, Ganguly said: “In sports, you have to retire one day. It’s about physical ability. Once you start playing, you have to call it quits some day. It’s like when you are born you have to die … All great players like Maradona, Pele, Sampras and Gavaskar retired…” Ganguly picked his Lord’s debut Test, his first captaincy and the recent series win as his Big Three moments.

About his future plans, Ganguly ruled out commentary as an option.

“There are a lot of opportunities coming in. But, at present, there is no such plan to do commentary … It needs lot of travelling.” Ganguly added that he is yet to decide on his future plans.

“You have to wait and see … I have not thought about it yet. IPL is in April there’s a long way to go … But I will definitely do something that will contribute to the game.”

On the 2-0 series win to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Ganguly said, “We outplayed them in all the departments … We celebrated a lot. It was fantastic. We had lot of drinks as we never done in life. We had great fun … Anil and I were there present and celebrated our win till 1 in the night.” Praising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he added, “He (Dhoni) has done well as captain in his last one year tenure and I am sure, he will take India cricket forward. There’s a lot of talented players it depends how they transform them into performance.” Earlier, there was chaos at the airport as large number of fans gathered to welcome him.

His car was mobbed and halted before he was escorted by the pilot vehicles from the VVIP exit of the airport.

Police had to resort to mild baton charge to calm down the situation as Ganguly’s black SUV with his wife Dona and daughter Sana on board made way to their Behala residence.

There were chants of “Dada Dada … Ami tumake bhulchhi na, bhulbo na… (Dada we are not going to forget you).” Some waved the Tricolour while others carried Ganguly’s posters.

The CAB will organise a grand function at the Eden Gardens on December 7 to felicitate Sourav in a befitting manner.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘தேசிய திராவிட மக்கள் முன்னேற்றக் கழகம்’ – புதிய கட்சி

தேசிய திராவிட மக்கள் முன்னேற்றக் கழகம்’ என்ற பெயரில் புதிய கட்சி ஆரம்பித்து கொடியையும் அறிமுகப்படுத்தியிருக்கிறார்கள், கோவையைச் சேர்ந்த சில ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள்.

தமிழகம் முழுவதிலும் உள்ள ரஜினியின் ரசிகர்கள் அவர் அரசியலுக்கு வரவேண்டுமென்று கோரிக்கை விடுத்தும் போஸ்டர்கள் ஒட்டியும் தங்கள் விருப்பத்தை தெரிவித்து வருகின்றனர்.

குறிப்பாக, குசேலன் தோல்விக்குப் பிறகு பலரும் ரஜினியின் செல்வாக்கு சரிந்து விட்டதாகக் கூறிக் கொண்டிருக்கும் இந்த் தருணத்தில் தங்கள் தலைவர் அரசியலுக்கு வந்து தனது செல்வாக்கை நிரூபிக்க வேண்டும் என விரும்புகின்றனர்.

ஆனால் ரஜினியோ இந்த நிமிடம் வரை தனது முடிவு குறித்து தெரிவிக்கவில்லை.

membership_forum by you.

சிவப்பு, வெள்ளை, கறுப்பு என 3 நிறங்களைக் கொண்டுள்ள கொடியில் நடுவில் நீல நிறத்தில் நட்சத்திரம் அதன் நடுவே சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினி காந்தின் உருவம் பொரிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

கடந்த வாரமே சிரஞ்சீவியின் பிரஜாராஜ்ஜியம் என்ற பெயரையொட்டி, ரஜினி ராஜ்ஜியம் என்ற பெயரில் ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள் கோவை முழுவதும் போஸ்டர்களை ஒட்டி பரபரப்பை ஏற்படுத்தியிருந்தனர் என்பது நினைவிருக்கலாம்.

கோவா ஷூட்டிங் முடிந்ததும் தனது ரசிகர்களைச் சந்திக்கும் ரஜினி இந்த விஷயத்தில் தனது முடிவை அறிவிப்பார் என்ற எதிர்பார்ரபோடும், தமிழகம் முழுக்க இன்னும் பரபரப்பான அரசியல் போஸ்டர்களை அடித்து வருகிறார்கள் ரஜினி ரசிகர்கள்.

October 11, 2008 Posted by | Cinema, General, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment