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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Edition2: International News

Two months after India's maiden Chandrayaan-I mission discovered traces of water on Moon, NASA released a note on 13th Nov that it has found "significant amounts" of water ice on its surface, a finding that could trigger a hunt for life in outer space and boost hopes for a permanent . And we didn't find just a little bit, we found a significant amount
NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) probe 'bombarded' the lunar South Pole at a crater called Cabeus on October nine.
In the 20 to 30 metre crater they found atleast, two-gallon buckets of water.
The satellite hit the lunar surface in an effort to create a debris plume that could be analysed by scientists for signs of water ice.
Scientist believed moon to be cool dry space. Scientists are thinking about establishing a lunar base that would help in interplanetary missions and space exploration.
"Preliminary data from the LCROSS, indicates that the mission successfully uncovered water during the Oct 9, 2009 impacts into the permanently shadowed region of Cabeus cater near the moon's south pole," it said.
The impact created by the LCROSS Centaur upper stage rocket created a two-part plume of material from the bottom of the crater. The first part was a high angle plume of vapor and fine dust and the second a lower angle ejecta curtain of heavier material.
"This material has not seen sunlight in billions of years," the NASA said.
"We're unlocking the mysteries of our nearest neighbor and by extension the solar system. It turns out the moon harbors many secrets, and LCROSS has added a new layer to our understanding," said Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
ISRO scientists had in September announced that Chandrayaan-I detected evidence of water across the lunar surface.
Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA instrument onboard Chandrayaan-I, detected wavelengths of reflected light that indicated a chemical bond between hydrogen and oxygen in materials on the thin layer of upper soil.

Germany wall 20 years

Germany celebrated 20th anniversary of he collapse of german wall.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today thanked former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for allowing the Berlin Wall to collapse, as she visited a former border crossing between the once divided Germanies, and what was once a border gate, marking 20 years of reunification.Accompanied by Gorbachev and former Polish President Lech Walesa, Merkel initiated today's celebrations by symbolically walking across the Bornholmer Bridge, which once stood between the divided East and West Berlin.The Bornholmer Bridge border crossing was the first East German border crossing to be opened on November 9, 1989 after the former East German government eased restrictions on travel to the West in the wake of mounting public demonstrations.The opening of the border for a few citizens had led to an unstoppable outpouring of East Germans to West Berlin, finally bringing down the Wall
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Thousands of cheering Germans re-enacted the electrifying moment the Berlin Wall came crashing down — toppling 1,000 graffiti-adorned 8-foot-tall dominoes that tumbled along the route of the now vanished Cold War icon, celebrating 20 years of freedom from separation and fear.
The spectacle — billed by organizers as a metaphor for the way the real wall came down 20 years ago Monday and the resulting fall of communist countries in eastern Europe — was one of several events to mark the anniversary and celebrate the profound change it had not only Germany, but Europe and the world.

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