Tiny Bytes: Chinese spacecraft on pioneering mission to explore dark of Moon and more

Tiny Bytes: Chinese spacecraft on pioneering mission to explore dark of Moon and more
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Dhanya's spirited journey from the pain of broken bones to national award glory

Born with just 15 per cent physical mobility, Dhanya Ravi, a 28-year-old Keralite woman has proved that her determination is way stronger than her brittle bones. The victim of a rare genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) this Palakkad-based motivational speaker has had more fractures in her life than the number of her bones.

Despite her fragile body, she has bagged the Central government's prestigious award for empowerment of persons with disability in ‘role models’ category on December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons.

Chinese spacecraft on pioneering mission to explore dark of Moon

China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space programme. The probe, the Chang'e-4, is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon.

Previous spacecraft have seen the far side of the Moon, but none has landed on it. The Moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side is never visible from Earth.

The tasks of the Chang'e-4 probe include low-frequency radio astronomical observation, surveying the terrain and landforms, detecting the mineral composition, and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment on the far side of the moon.

Hear the wind on Mars, NASA's InSight captures vibrations from the breeze

Humans can now hear the haunting, low rumble of wind on Mars for the first time, after NASA's InSight lander captured vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet.

The strong gusts of wind, blowing between 10 to 15 mph (five to seven meters a second), were captured as they moved over the solar panels on InSight, an unmanned lander that touched down on Earth's dusty, desolate neighbour November 26.

Two sensors picked up the vibrations: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer on the lander's deck, awaiting to be deployed to the surface by InSight's robotic arm.

Canines turn 'ball dogs' at London tennis event!

Hattie, Tina and Melvin played a different kind of game of fetch on Thursday when the canines took to a London court for the opening of the Champions Tennis tournament - working alongside ball boys and girls.

Arriving on court to the sound of the song "Who Let the Dogs Out", the canines drew cheers and applause from the audience as they helped retrieve stray balls in a doubles match featuring Mansour Bahrami, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Henri Leconte and Mikael Pernfors.

Hattie, Tina and Melvin were provided for the event by the charity Canine Partners, which trains dogs to help people with disabilities, and had to learn new skills for the job.

Women of Kangazha: Punching their way to safety

Age does not get in the way of women from this small panchayat in Kottayam district. Ladies as old as 95 years of age and brimming with energy gather in the hall above the Kangazha Panchayat building to learn self-defence moves. Women officers from the Kerala Police have been training batches of women here in what can be called basic life skills for ladies.

This large-scale initiative was started in April under the Nirbhaya scheme which aims to prevent crimes against women and children.

More than 7,000 girls and women have been trained in Kangazha itself and more than 60,000 in other parts of the district in just eight months.

#ts of wind, blowing between 10 to 15 mph (five to seven meters a second), were captured as they moved over the solar panels on InSight, an unmanned lander that touched down on Earth's dusty, desolate neighbour November 26. 

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