News Wrap : February 2024 :Your go-to e-newspaper for all the coolest news, made just for you!

News Wrap : February 2024 :Your go-to e-newspaper for all the coolest news, made just for you!

India Announces Crew for Gaganyaan Mission

India's space dreams are about to blast off! The Gaganyaan mission aims to send three astronauts into orbit for three days, a historic first for the nation. To prepare, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has selected four Air Force pilots for the mission. They've faced rigorous tests of their endurance and quick-thinking skills, proving their readiness. After all, space travel isn't just physically demanding – astronauts need nerves of steel to handle any unexpected situation. These pilots – Group Captains Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair, Ajit Krishnan, Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla – aren't just skilled; they're national heroes already. They've endured intensive training in Russia and India, proving their mental and physical strength. Prime Minister Modi and ISRO chief S. Somanath recently honored them, highlighting their role in carrying the nation's aspirations into space. Gaganyaan isn't just about the mission itself. It's a massive investment in India's space future, with a budget exceeding 90 billion rupees. This ambitious project builds on past successes like Rakesh Sharma's 1984 journey and recent lunar and solar missions. The goal? An Indian space station by 2035 and astronauts on the Moon by 2040. This mission will solidify India's place among the world's space-faring nations. It's a testament not just to technical prowess, but to the nation's unwavering ambition. Gaganyaan also demonstrates India's commitment to international collaboration, as the astronauts' training in Russia showcases. Space exploration transcends borders, reminding us that we're all citizens of this small, blue planet. It sends us all a powerful message: if your country can reach the stars, you can achieve anything. Perhaps among them are India's future scientists, engineers, and explorers, ready to carry the torch even further.

Understanding Blue Aadhaar Card for Children 


Imagine Blue Aadhaar as your little sibling's first official ID card! It's a bright blue card with a unique number, designed especially for kids under five. Unlike the white Aadhaar for adults, it doesn't have fingerprints yet – those get added later for extra security. Why does a young child need an ID card? Blue Aadhaar streamlines so many things for families. From enrolling your child in their dream school to accessing important healthcare programs, this card makes it easier to prove their identity. Think of it as unlocking benefits that help kids learn, grow, and stay healthy. Parents can start the process online and then visit a special Aadhaar center with their child for a quick photo. Remember, it's important to update Blue Aadhaar! Once a child turns five (and again at fifteen), they need to provide fingerprints and a current photo. This keeps their card valid, ensuring they don't lose access to the benefits they need as they grow.


National Science Day

National Science Day, celebrated on February 28th, marks a turning point in Indian history. In 1928, physicist Sir C.V. Raman made his groundbreaking discovery — the "Raman Effect." This phenomenon, where light changes properties as it passes through material, earned him the Nobel Prize and put India on the global scientific map. National Science Day is a nationwide celebration of scientific curiosity, reminding us that science isn't confined to textbooks. It shapes our world. Schools and research centers host exhibitions, lectures, and competitions designed to ignite young minds. The goal is to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers, just like Sir C.V. Raman. National Science Day reminds us that India faces complex challenges. Science offers solutions in healthcare, agriculture, and environmental protection. It's up to today's youth, equipped with scientific thinking, to build a brighter future for their nation.

Shakespeare and Greek Myths: New Moons

The cosmos just got more interesting! Three new moons have joined the family around Uranus and Neptune. The International Astronomical Union officially recognizes these discoveries, and soon they'll be named after characters from Shakespeare and Greek mythology. One moon, tiny at just 5 miles across, orbits Uranus. It will get a Shakespeare-inspired name, like many Uranian moons. Neptune welcomes two new moons that take years to circle the planet. They'll be named for Nereids, goddesses from Greek myths. These discoveries weren't easy. Astronomers used powerful ground-based telescopes and special imaging techniques to spot the faint, distant moons. The new moons remind us how much we're still learning about our solar system. With better technology, we're finding moons galore – even around distant planets like Uranus and Neptune!

Teen Crafts Archimedes Ray: Innovative Project

Inspired by the legendary Greek inventor Archimedes, a Canadian teen named Brenden Sener embarked on his own quest to recreate the ancient "Death Ray." The legend says Archimedes used mirrors to set Roman ships on fire during a battle centuries ago. Brenden set up mirrors to focus light and heat. To his amazement, a temperature increase occurred, proving the concept was possible! He realized that with more mirrors and a stronger heat source, perhaps the Death Ray myth could become reality. For centuries, scientists have debated the Death Ray's feasibility. Thinkers like René Descartes doubted it, while others actively experimented with mirrors. In modern times, some theorize Archimedes may have used the mirrors not to burn ships, but to disorient Roman soldiers. Brenden's project isn't just about proving the legend. It shows how the past can inspire young minds to explore the world with scientific curiosity.


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