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Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on Moon passes away


2012-08-26 02:08:34 puneet

Neil Armstrong, the first human being to walk on the moon passed away. He was the commander of the NASA's Apollo 11 space flight on July 20, 1969. Armstrong's second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent 2 hours exploring while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module. The objective of Apollo 11 was to land safely rather than to touch down with precision on a particular spot. The first words Armstrong intentionally spoke to Mission Control and the world from the lunar surface were, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Armstrong set his left boot on the Moon's surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the famous words "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." There was a controversy over whether Armstrong said "a" before the word "man" or not and several researches were made over this. About 20 minutes after the first step, Buzz Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface and became the second human to set foot on the Moon, and the duo began their tasks of investigating how easily a person could operate on the lunar surface. Early on, they unveiled a plaque commemorating their flight, and also planted the flag of the United States. Shortly after their flag planting, the then President of USA Richard Nixon spoke to them by a telephone call from his office. In the entire Apollo 11 photographic record, there are only five images of Armstrong partly shown or reflected. The mission was planned to the minute, with the majority of photographic tasks to be performed by Armstrong with a single Hasselblad camera. After helping to set up the Early Apollo Scientific Experiment Package, Armstrong went for a walk to what is now known as East Crater, 65 yards

(59 m) east of the LM, the greatest distance traveled from the LM on the mission. Armstrong's final task was to leave a small package of memorial items to deceased Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Komarov, and Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. The time spent on EVA during Apollo 11 was about two and a half hours, the shortest of any of the six Apollo lunar landing missions.

Accounts similar in appearance to PMO Account forbidden by Twitter


2012-08-25 20:08:27 puneet

Twitter shunned 6 accounts similar in appearance to the Prime Minister's Office account. The action by twitter came after the Department of Information Technology sent an ultimatum to the social media site for failing to block the morphed and inflammatory web pages. These web pages carried inflammatory contents uploaded to instigate disturbance in the country. Earlier, the social media networks have been issued guidelines by the government asking them not to post confidential information and unverified facts.

Sonia Gandhi ranked 6th in the list of Worlds Most Powerful Woman
2012-08-25 20:08:56 puneet

Forbes magazines has ranked Sonia Gandhi at number 6 in the list of the worlds 100 most powerful women. The other four Indian women in the list with their respective ranks are: Indira Nooyi (12th ), Padmashree Warrior (58th ), Chanda Kochar (59th ) Kiran Mazzomdar Shaw (80th ). Top Rankers: 1. German Chancellor Angella Markel 2. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 3. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Rodent species that doesnt chew discovered in Indonesia


2012-08-25 20:08:19 puneet

A species of rat that doesnt chew was discovered in Indonesia. Out of 2200 known species of rodents, this is the only one which lacks molars and instead has bicuspid

upper incisors. These Rats species were found in the mountainous rainforest of southern Sulawesi Island on Mount Latimojong and 100 km northwest on Mount Gandangdewata in Indonesia. They survive on earthworms.

South Africa becomes Worlds No.1 Cricket Team


2012-08-25 20:08:43 puneet

South Africa after defeating England 2-0 in the Test-match series grabbed the spot of the Worlds Number One Test Cricket team. South Africa thus replaced England to take the top position. The current rankings: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. South Africa England Australia Pakistan India Sri Lanka West Indies New Zealand Bangladesh