BEIJING: China has chosen the name “Yutu-2”, or Jade Rabbit-2, for its new moon rover, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced late Thursday.
The CNSA made the announcement after China’s Chang’e-4 probe, comprised of a lander and a rover, landed on the far side of the moon earlier in the day.
In Chinese folklore, Yutu is the white pet rabbit of Chang’e, the moon goddess who lent her name to the Chinese lunar mission.
Legend has it that Chang’e, after swallowing a magic pill, took her pet and flew toward the moon where she became a goddess and has lived with the white jade rabbit ever since.
Last August, China launched a worldwide poll to name the rover. According to the CNSA, a total of 42,945 proposed names were submitted from Aug. 15 to Sept. 5, among which 3,192 names were submitted by more than two participants.
During the final round, Yutu-2 stood out from nine other names in online voting and a special committee discussion. The other names included “Tansuo” (Explore), “Guangming” (Light), and “Jintu” (Golden rabbit).
The CNSA said that Yutu is a symbol of kindness, purity, and agility, and is identical to the moon rover in both outlook and connotation. It also reflects China’s peaceful use of space.
Yutu-2 faces more challenges than Yutu as its landing area, the Aitken Basin, is the largest, deepest and oldest crater in the solar system. “We hope Yutu-2 can make its exploration with no fear and have a more stable, wide and long journey,” said the CNSA in a statement.
Like its predecessor, Yutu-2, capable of enduring vacuum pressure, intense radiation, and extreme temperatures is equipped with four scientific payloads, including a panoramic camera, infrared imaging spectrometer and radar measurement devices, to obtain images of the moon’s surface and detect lunar soil and structure.
Bears growl at Hong Kong bourse
HONG KONG: Shares fell more than one percent Tuesday, hit by concerns over rising Iran-US tensions and as investors await this week’s crucial trade talks between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
The Hang Seng Index sank 1.15 percent, or 327.02 points, to 28,185.98. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.87 percent or 26.07 points,
to 2,982.07, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, lost 0.99 percent, or 15.63 points, to 1,560.46.
Are journalists being exploited to harm civil-military ties?
LONDON: Savants insinuate that RAW has indulged in 5th Generation Warfare through exploiting journalists and intellectuals who are inclined towards progressive movement and call themselves liberals.
Since UK-based intellectual Aisha Siddiqa and self-exiled journalist, Taha Siddiqui both contribute to The Quint and The Print* known for publishing controversial pieces, some believe that their work is being wrongly exploited.
Numerous instances of progressive intellectuals, writers and journalists could be quoted from the annals who blamed Pakistan Army for not confining to garrisons or defending land borders and undesirable involvement of ISI in political affairs.
Many believe the present aggressive attitude of progressives could harm the civil-military ties. Then there are those who say that in the garb of diplomats, spooks are exploiting journalists in order to create misconception against Pakistan.
*’The Print’ was founded by Indian Journalist Shekar Gupta and ‘The Quint’ was initiated by Raghav Bahl & Ritu Kapur.
Rajasthan stampede: Rahul Gandhi mourns the death of 14
RAJASTHAN: Over 14 people were killed and 60 injured in a stampede at a religious gathering here today after strong winds caused a large marquee to collapse.
More than a thousand people were at the event where Hindu religious sermons were being given. According to a senior police officer, there was a stampede and it appeared that some steel pipes fell on public gravely hurting them.
He told at least 60 people were injured. Police have launched an investigation to see if rules were flouted by organizers. Photos showed wires, pipes and step ladders lying scattered about the venue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the Tweeter to term the accident as unfortunate. He said that the incident was “unfortunate” and wished the injured a quick recovery. It is pertinent to mention here since Police and volunteers could not contain huge congregations, stampedes are common here at religious gatherings.
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