40 lunar missions in last 60 years failed NASA fact sheet

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The success ratio of lunar missions undertaken in the last six decades is 60 per cent, according to US space agency NASA’s ‘Moon Fact Sheet’. Of the 109 lunar missions during the period, 61 were successful, and 48 had failed, it stated. In the early hours of Saturday, Indian space agency ISRO’s plan to soft-land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the lunar surface did not go as per script. The lander lost communication with ground stations during its final descent. ISRO officials said, adding that the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 -second lunar mission – remains healthy and safe. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThis year, Israel, too, launched its lunar mission Beresheet in February 2018 but it crash-landed in April. From 1958 to 2019, India as well as the US, the USSR (now Russia), Japan, the European Union, China and Israel launched different lunar missions – from orbiters, landers and flyby (orbiting the Moon, landing on the Moon and flying by the Moon). The first mission to the Moon was planned by the US on August 17, 1958, but the launch of Pioneer 0 was unsuccessful. The first successful mission to the Moon was Luna 1 by the USSR on January 4, 1959. It was also the first ‘Moon flyby’ mission. The success had come only in the sixth mission.last_img read more


Swimmers Join Speedo For Charity Campaign

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgSPEEDO USA, a division of PVH Corp., has launched its new Art of the Cap campaign, a special collaboration between the brand and swimming’s biggest stars, now live at www.SpeedoUSA.com/ArtOfTheCap.As part of the campaign, five Team Speedo athletes – Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer and Cullen Jones – were paired with five celebrated artists – Dave Kinsey, Adhemas Batista, Gianmarco Magnani, Jessica Hische and Jolby & Friends – to design a limited edition Speedo swim cap, sold exclusively on www.SpeedoUSA.com.The proceeds from each design will be donated to the athletes’ chosen charities – Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), Right To Play, Kids Beating Cancer, Simon’s Fund, and the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative – helping to support and raise awareness for five worthy causes during this holiday season of giving.The athletes and artists were paired based on the connection of their personal stories, interests, and style; the charities chosen by the athletes are all tied important, personal causes they each support. Lochte, Coughlin, Adrian, Vollmer and Jones shared their stories with the artists who then brought their collaborative vision to life throughout the design process. The results come alive at Speedo USA’s “Art of the Cap” microsite, where visitors can view new and interactive content, including athlete interviews, images and videos; learn about each athlete’s personal connection to their cause and each limited edition swim cap design; and buy the cap.11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and Dave Kinsey, a world-renowned artist known for his emotionally charged, multi-layered paintings and murals, created a cap with a bold, argyle design in Lochte’s go-to shade of green. Lochte is supporting Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a non-profit organization that seeks to end Duchenne, a form of muscular dystrophy that took the life of one of Lochte’s close relatives. Duchenne patients are also devastatingly restricted from almost all physical activity, except swimming. Lochte has been working with PPMD for nearly a decade, and proceeds from his limited edition cap will benefit the organization.“I never thought in a million years that I would be in a position to affect kids’ lives,” said Lochte about his charitable work. “It’s humbling.”Natalie Coughlin, the most decorated U.S. female Olympian of all time, and Adhemas Batista, a Brazilian artist whose innovative illustrations and designs feature bold, beautiful colors, created a lyrical swim cap inspired by Natalie’s love of the ocean. A California girl through and through, Coughlin grew up near the water and her cap’s wave-like design and colors reflect her love for swimming and her passion for the environment. Coughlin is a long-time supporter of Right to Play, a global organization that uses sports to educate and empower children facing adversity; proceeds from Coughlin’s limited edition Speedo swim cap will go to the organization, which reaches one million children in regular weekly activities, teaching them critical life skills that affect positive, sustainable change.“I thought Art of the Cap was such a fantastic idea,” said Coughlin. “Not only does it help us give back to our charities but it gives us a creative outlet.”Sprint star Nathan Adrian, who won gold in the 100m Freestyle in London, partnered with celebrated Peruvian illustrator Gianmarco Magnani to create a swim cap that pays tribute to his hard-working hometown of Bremerton, Washington, and its ship-building history. Growing up near the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Adrian was inspired by the speed, power and integrity of a battleship as it moves through the water – attributes all reflected in the swim cap’s design; the number 08, prominently displayed on one side of the cap, is a nod to his family’s Chinese heritage and to his first Olympics in 2008 in Beijing. Adrian and his cap are supporting Kids Beating Cancer, a non-profit organization founded by Margaret Voight Guedes in memory of her son that works to ensure children can receive life-saving cancer treatment regardless of their family’s financial situation.“I feel like I’m in a really blessed position,” said Adrian. “With that position, I’ve always felt a need and a desire to give back to people who haven’t been given the ability to live their dreams.”Four-time Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer teamed up with letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische to create her limited edition swim cap for Speedo USA. The design comes from – and celebrates – the heart and Dana’s own personal history of overcoming a life-threatening heart condition to become a World Champion swimmer. A leading advocate for heart health awareness, proceeds from Vollmer’s cap will benefit the Simon’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children and young athletes.“To put the heart first was a concept that I really liked,” said Vollmer about her cap design. “The heart is right there on the front – it’s what leads you, and everything else kind of flows in behind that.”Olympic gold medalist and swim safety advocate Cullen Jones teamed up with Jolby & Friends, a collaborative creative studio based in Portland, Oregon, to design a swim cap for those who “dare to be different.” Each side of Jones’ cap is unique, inspired by vintage sailor tattoos and Jones’ strong, determined attitude with Cullen’s personal motto of “Dare to be Different” printed on one side. His favorite number, 41, is printed on the other as a subtle tribute to Jones’ father whose basketball jersey number was 41. Jones’ cap benefits the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative, which saves lives by providing swimming lessons to children across the United States, regardless of their ability to pay. After nearly drowning at the age of five, Jones has worked throughout his career to help reduce the drowning rate among minority youth in the U.S., working closely with the USA Swimming Foundation, and promoting diversity in the sport.“I love the idea of Art of the Cap just because we get to express ourselves,” said Jones. “It was a chance to express all the different things that I like in my life and found important – and made me who I am.”The Art of the Cap campaign is a true first for Speedo; the brand has launched limited edition collections inspired by its athletes in the past, but this is the first time the athletes were personally involved in the design process.“We’re incredibly excited about the Art of the Cap campaign,” said Alyssa Igawa, Marketing Director for Speedo USA. “It is a first for the brand and our athletes, and it has been a true partnership every step of the way.”“Through the collaboration, we’ve given our athletes a way to creatively express who they are and what is important to them,” added Igawa. “Every cap sold raises awareness, raises money, and makes a difference – empowering swimmers to look good while doing good.”Art of the Cap marks the second campaign from Hello Design for Speedo USA; based in Culver City, Calif., the agency signed on as Speedo USA’s digital agency earlier this yearlast_img read more


10th annual Manito Ahbee festival kicks off in Winnipeg

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe 10th annual Manito Ahbee festival kicked off today in Winnipeg.The five day festival is a celebration of Aboriginal culture and heritage.Highlights include an international pow wow, marketplace and the Indigenous music awards.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.last_img


Ziff Davis Acquires Focus Research

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgThis article originally appears on FOLIO: sister site, min.Ziff Davis has acquired the IT research and lead-gen company Focus Research, Inc. The company, which has served IT managers and buyers since 2005 will become Ziff Davis B2B Focus and operate as a standalone unit from its current home in San Francisco. Nevertheless, Focus CEO Scott Albro and a small group from the company have left to build a separate business apart from ZD around the Focus.com site.  Read the rest of the story here.last_img read more


Court rejects Minnis bail plea again in Rifat murder case

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgMinniA Barguna court on Tuesday rejected the bail petition of Aysha Siddika Minni in a case filed in connection with the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif, reports UNB.District and sessions judge Md Asaduzzaman passed the order after a four-hour hearing.Thirty lawyers, including Ain o Salish Kendra’s advocate Abdur Rashid, advocate Nina Goshwami, and advocate Shahida Talukder of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), stood for Minni.Thirty other lawyers represented the state, said public prosecutor advocate Bhuban Chandra Hawlader.The court summoned investigating officer Inspector Md Humayun Kabir at 1:00pm after the first phase of the hearing. It rejected Minni’s petition at 3:05pm after the second phase of hearing.Minni, arrested on 16 July, was first denied bail by Barguna senior judicial magistrate Sirajul Islam Gazi on 21 July. Two days later, the court fixed 30 July for the hearing her repeated bail petition.Aysha Siddika’s husband Rifat Sharif, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on 26 June. She appeared to be trying to protect him during the attack.Police have so far arrested 16 people over the murder.The main accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcement on 2 July.Minni reportedly confessed to her involvement in the murder before the court on 19 July, two days after her arrest.Her father Mozammel Hossain met her in jail on 20 July and alleged that she had been forced to confess and accused a vested group of trying to divert the course of the case.last_img read more