Fans and followers are devastated are rumors circulated that Emma Watson aka very own Hermione Granger has left acting to concentrate on her love life.
We all have been growing up either being a Potterhead or no Potterhead at all. And who didn’t love the studious Hermione making her potions and honing her charms to bedazzle Harry and Ron [and the whole Hogwarts] Emma after giving a whole lot of beautiful movies is rumored to be retiring from acting to concentrate on her boyfriend. Since she is away from acting after Little Women (2019) Fans feel emotional.(more…)
This week’s Friday Flix Movie Review features a 2013 American science-fiction romantic drama film Her.
Disembodied, but oh! What a voice. Sometimes when you feel an overwhelming feeling of detachment from every emotion, you feel connected with something else. A deeper connection within, what if I say that connection happens with an artificially intelligent virtual assistant? Ironic, isn’t it? The movie Her has everything into it; love, emotions, helplessness, and more…
Cast and Crew
Her’s cast includes Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chriss Pratt, Soko, Matt Letscher, Luka Jones, Spike Jonze, Portia Doubleday, and others. The movie is written and directed by Spike Jonze, and the cinematography is done by Hoyte van Hoytema.
Her Movie – Plot
Joaquin Phoenix is Theodore Twombly is an ordinarily tragic man in geek displays, frowzy mustache and a belt up to his navel (the future, it ends up, is the place where it is supposed to be). Unfit to proceed onward from the end of his union with his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara), he picks to turn on the female-voice choice while downloading the best in class ‘operating system 1’ framework onto his PC and meets ‘Samantha’ (as voiced by Scarlett Johansson).
In love with an operating system
Programmed to modify to his needs, Samantha always gets him. She re-organizes his confused sad self and generally gets his life in order. He, in turn, is soon enchanted by their easy intimacy, fuelled by late-night talks about big things. Via earpiece, handset (or “portal”), and omnipresent Wi-Fi they need never part. Samantha convinces Theodore to go on a blind date with a woman, with whom a friend has been trying to set him up.
The date goes well, but Theodore hesitates to promise when he will see her again, so she insults him and leaves. Theodore mentions this to Samantha, and they talk about relationships. Theodore explains that, although he and his neighbor Amy dated briefly in college, they are only good friends, and that Amy is married.
In all but bodily presence, Theodore and Samantha are dating, although the intimacy proves somewhat unconventional (Jonze conceives lively variations on verbal intimacy). In other words, they are fully compatible. So yes, you could think of Her as an aesthetic reboot of his Electric Dreams.
The feeling of everything
Confined in Theodore’s discreet presence, Phoenix is a model of sudden and expectation restriction. By far most of his presentation is confined to shaking and recoiling in close-up. Furthermore, Johansson’s imposing voice, if recognizable (you can’t resist the urge to picture her), accomplishes an astounding assortment of states of mind: pleasure, interest, curiosity, delight, happiness…
The film is elusive, a keen romantic comedy that catches the extravagance of beginning to fall in love, and the unavoidable disappointment. Set in a not-so-distant future that has strong tones and a marginally retro-look—flip-telephones that take after little picture casings or cigarette cases—its reality seems unique yet reassuringly natural, which helps the film play as a reasonable sentiment rather than some amiable variant of Catfish. Samantha is even modified to have a funny bone, and she helps dismal pitiful Theodore, who’s going to be separated.
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The paradox of silent connections
But the movie resonates more deeply because Spike Jonze captures the paradox of our connection to devices that can talk and text back: we can be alone with a touchscreen yet feel connected to a whole disembodied community; spill our opinions and interact on Facebook yet still feel hidden; have online relationships that are both soothing and sometimes false.
Samantha may be Theodore’s romantic ideal, but her emotions are not invested in his soul. And it’s not even science fiction. Samantha’s responses are based on algorithms, She is a system that only accumulates facts, and she never really will know anything more than that. This generation might be a tech-geek, but still, there will be no comparison of human emotion to a machine. However, Samantha will not give any stupid answer even if she is built by a human.
The movie is beautifully bound by emotions, which are artificial but felt real throughout and overall raises a question. Does Samantha’s reality matter? A creepy element that involves is how technology may be able to seduce us through different means, or it raises another question; are we ‘this’ alone to be emotionally dependant on an A.I.?
So, are you still thinking to watch any other movie this weekend? Go for this one. And let us know in the comments how you did like it?
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
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Umar Akmal got a ban imposed on him for 12 months and a fine of 4.25million by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has announced its decision on the Appeals filed by PCB and Umar Akmal against the Order of the Independent Adjudicator. CAS through a consolidated Order on both Appeals has been pleased to impose on Umar Akmal a sanction of a 12-month ban and a fine of PKR4.25million on one count of breaching Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.
Umar represented Pakistan in the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. After his success at the U-19 level, he earned himself a first-class contract and played the 2007–08 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, representing the Sui Northern Gas team. He is considered a future asset for Pakistan cricket. He is an aggressive style cricketer. In only his sixth first-class match he smashed 248 off just 225 deliveries, including four sixes. He followed that up with an unbeaten 186 in his 8th first-class match, off just 170 balls. He fared less well in his second season of first-class cricket, with a string of low scores batting at number 3. He found form in the final few matches of the 2008/09 season and then in the RBS T20 tournament thus getting the selectors to nod to play for Pakistan A side on their tour to Australia A.
Umar Akmal grabbing the limelight
Umar came to prominence during Australia A tour in June-July 2009. In the two unofficial Test matches, he recorded scores of 54, 100*, 130, 0. In the unofficial ODI series that followed Umar continued his fine form with a century in the opening ODI encounter off just 68 deliveries. These performances made him gather considerable praise from the media who were there to witness him and calls began to grow about his inclusion in the ODI series for the main Pakistan side against Sri Lanka. Later that year, Akmal made his Test, ODI, and T20I debut.
Fine and Charges on Umar Akmal 2020
Umar was charged for two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents that took place in Lahore before the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League began in Karachi on February 20. Akmal will now be eligible to reintegrate into competitive cricket subject to deposits of fine of PKR 4,250,000 and undergoing the program of rehabilitation under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.
CAS has also refused the request of Umar Akmal seeking the return of his two mobile phones, which are in PCB’s custody for some different investigation, and held that under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code it has the power to do so.
On 27 April 2020, the Chairman Disciplinary Panel had found Umar Akmal guilty on two charges of separate breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents and handed a three-year suspension with the periods of ineligibility to run concurrently.
Umar Akmal exercised his right of appeal and on 29 July 2020, the Independent Adjudicator modified the sentence and reduced the ineligibility period to 18 months.
Against this Order, PCB and Umar Akmal both approached CAS. PCB’s appeal had been filed focusing on a point of law in regard to the cumulative operation of the sanctions for the two charges upheld by the Independent Adjudicator whereas Umar Akmal had sought a finding that he was not guilty of both charges.
“The PCB once again urges and reminds all participants to abide by their duty and promptly report any approaches to the anti-corruption offices and help themselves as well as the anti-corruption unit effort to eliminate the anathema of fixing.”
Is it possible that a year could possibly bully other years for its music? [Not that I am promoting or glorifying bullying of any sort] but if that’s the case, give that cookie to the 80s era. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the 80’s era was way much cooler than we all think. Well, my dad and I always have a conflict when it comes to music, but over the years I am convinced that he is right, it’s the 80s songs that helped me feel my raw emotions evenly! It’s not just about costume-party clichés or dancing in those years [a part is] BUT, it is more about quality, the lyrics, the melody, synthesizers, and the emotions!(more…)
Who doesn’t agree that Karachi is famous for its many things, [seaside included] now people from the neighboring countries agree that Karachi has the best food, in South Asia! Karachi, the city of lights, keeping many things in it. Love, seaside, busy life, and of course traffic jam. This city embraces you in its arms after a long, hard day. One more thing that keeps this city’s soul alive is the food. Even if it’s 4 am you can get food anywhere [hint: Hussainabad]. Not that only Karachiittes are a fan of food, there is a lot of people from the neighboring countries who believe the same including Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Pooja Bhatt.(more…)
Growing up while watching PTV News, during the sports headlines I overheard Jahangir Khan’s name plenty of times for his contributions and winnings for Squash, and over the time this name had diminished until I came across a woman from a little town of Timargirah Khyber Pakhtun Khwa, typically known as the war-zone of Pakistan, a place where [pardah karna] is a priority for women, and education can only be exceeded up to grade 5 or 6 especially for women, that young girl is not only up against her opponents in Squash but fighting against gender discrimination as well. Breaking stereotypes and making strides in one of the Olympic recognized sports, Squash. And that woman is Noorena Shams!(more…)
Today in TechTuesday Startup Of The Week, we are going to introduce a start-up for you that is making lives easier for retailers and small business owners by bringing them on one platform.
B2B ecommerce, or business-to-business electronic commerce, describes online order transactions between businesses. Because orders are processed digitally, buying efficiency is improved for wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors and other types of B2B sellers.
Different Types of B2B Commerce models
Business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) web-based business takes out the agent typically between the B2B association and the B2C, putting the organizations directly in contact with the buyer. In a B2B2C model, the distributer or producer arrives at the last purchaser by either banding together with the B2B or straightforwardly offering to the customer. With B2B2C web based business, these advances happen on the web, regularly through virtual retail facades, an internet business site, or even applications.
Organizations frequently purchase products in mass at a lower cost and turnaround to sell them at retail esteem. The products are typically bought straightforwardly from the maker or wholesalers. This is discount, and it’s a mainstream type of B2B. Discount could likewise be portrayed as the offer of products to different organizations. Discount B2B models are available in numerous enterprises including retail, food administration, development, and clinical, among numerous others.
Manufacturers produce completed merchandise for an enormous scope by using parts and crude materials in blend with physical work and machines. In a B2B model, the completed products are offered to different makers or wholesalers.
A wholesaler is an individual who works intimately with makers with an end goal to carry perceivability to the merchandise they are creating, with the objective of expanding deals. In an internet business model, the coordinations of the deal happen on the web, frequently through an internet business stage. Numerous manufacturers work with distributors and taking things computerized sets out a more prominent opportunity for development and growth. Similarly, as with other B2B models, wholesalers are attempting to abbreviate the lead time from the deal to conveyance and make a client experience that beats client expectations.
As B2B commerce and market has replaced most of the business setups, the Bazaar startup too has made an online market for whole sellers and manufacturers to be able to stay on one platform!
Bazaar is a brainchild of Saad Jangda and Hamza Jawaid, It is a mobile-based e-commerce marketplace that enables people running local grocery stores (Kiryana stores) to purchase the inventory for their stores from manufacturers, wholesalers, and suppliers.
When the two co-founders had started building Bazaar, they had set a target of serving 800 retailers in Karachi by the end of 2020 but they closed the year with over 10,000 retailers, beating their initial targets both in terms of a number of users served through the platform and GMV by over 10x. They also have an app that features over 500 SKUs of branded and unbranded products, offering free next-day delivery.
Bazaar offers a convenient ordering and reliable, fast delivery with market competitive prices.
Bazaar offers features for suppliers as well, and that includes the direct route to market, cost-efficient distribution, and actionable market insights.
Received Seed Funding From Alter Global
B2B e-commerce marketplace Bazaar has raised an unprecedented $1.3 million in a pre-seed round from the US and Pakistan-based institutional and angel investors.
The investment round for the seed funding was led by Pakistan-focused fund Indus Valley Capital started by Aatif Awan, former VP of Growth at LinkedIn, which led to early investments in Airlift. The round was co-financed by Alter Global – a Silicon Valley-based emerging markets fund (making this their first investment in Pakistan) and other strategic angel investors.
The amount raised is unusually high, particularly by Pakistani standards. And it became the largest ever pre-seed raised by a Pakistan-based startup, ushering in a new era of growth for startups in the country. Bazaar co-founder Saad Jangda also said that because of the idea, the team they built around it and the market size helped them get the backing of investors and eventually score a significant round all over.
While their far-fetched goal is to use technology to solve this industry-wide problem faced by millions of retailers in Pakistan, Saad and Hamza’s ultimate vision is to materially contribute to Pakistan’s tech ecosystem. On one occasion Saad said, “So much of Pakistan’s best talent has helped build great products and companies globally. We want to assemble and nurture the best talent to build something incredible in and for Pakistan. We know that with the right team, our underlying purpose, our self-belief, and a lot of hard work, we can build a company that can create a massive impact for our ecosystem.”
As the Pakistani tech market for B2B business is now seeing a major boom, businesses like bazaar is making business easy for people [manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors] to have one BIG platform for all their problems!
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This week in the Book Review segment we are going for Elif Shafak’s beautiful novel Forty Rules of Love that heals with the transformative power of love, friendship, and a deeper soulful connection!
About the Author – Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak is a Turkish-British writer, storyteller, essayist, academic, public speaker, and women’s rights activist. In English, she publishes under the anglicised spelling of her pen-name ‘Elif Shafak.’
Shafak holds a degree in International Relations, a master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a Ph.D. in Political Science. She has taught at universities in Turkey. She is also an activist for women’s rights, minority rights, and freedom of speech. She also writes and speaks about a range of issues including global and cultural politics, the future of Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, democracy, and pluralism. She has twice been a TED Global speaker, a member of the Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
Shafak writes in Turkish and English, and has published 17 books, 11 of which are novels, including 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been translated into 53 languages, and she has been awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Review – Forty Rules of Love
“You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. But if you are still in need of knowing exactly where his abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true lover.”
The Forty Rules of Love is a superb ensnarement of two accounts – one set in the contemporary occasions with Ella, a housewife as the main lead [protagonist]. Hers is an account of lost love and expectation, till she winds up changed in light of a book she should read as a piece of her new job’s commitments. The second part of the story is that of the book ‘Sweet Blasphemy’, set in the thirteenth century, which depicts the lives and connections of Shams of Tabriz and Rumi.
Ella Rubenstein, an unhappy forty-year old housewife with a cheating husband and three children; she couldn’t comprehend why she has such a life. Over the time she had all this grown on her and she made peace with what she had, giving up on love and hope. She continues to her daily life drowning herself into household chores to avoid further conflicts. Being a housewife, life takes a turn for her and she reviews a book as part of her new job’s obligation, as a literary reviewer. The book ‘Sweet Blasphemy’ binds her as its own [set in the thirteenth century, which depicts the lives and connections of Shams of Tabriz and Rumi] and then she sets a conversation with a series of heartfelt emails with none other than Aziz Zahara himself.
Shams and Rumi
The current track that unfurls through the correspondence among Ella and Aziz is moderate. The more earnest and broad piece of the book is the spreading out of the old story through twelve voices including the essential players, Shams and Rumi, yet additionally a large group of others including Rumi’s family and a cast of dissimilar yet intriguing characters like Suleiman the Drunk, Desert Rose the Harlot and Hasan the Beggar.
Shams of Tabriz, a meandering dervish and intensive Sufi, outlines the forty principles of love which he grants to individual Sufi devotees. By uprightness of his endowment of having dreams about future, he predicts his own death. He chooses to give his insight to somebody at standard with him, somebody as heartfelt and in adoration as he is.
Significance and Love of Sufism
He makes a trip right to Baghdad to discover Rumi, a priest with a flustered soul. On the course of his imparting knowledge, he faces hatred and disillusionment from others, particularly Rumi’s family. Notwithstanding all chances and risks, he shows the way of light and love to Rumi; accordingly ascribing to his getting quite possibly the most sought-after Sufi and artist of all times.
Through their unordinary and unlikely affiliation, regarded scholar Rumi forgets and relearns the methods of Sufism through Shams, who challenges description. Rumi’s better half, kids, and devotees are astounded at the love that Rumi showcases to Shams, discovering Rumi’s change totally impossible.
For every one of its anecdotes and philosophical leanings, the book isn’t preachy at any stage. Each short part pushes the story ahead in straightforward words in the exceptional voice of each character. The narrative streams easily, holding the reader in riveted consideration. It is difficult to get vested in what happens between Ella and Aziz because the story of Rumi and Shams is of far greater significance. Every minor character makes a major impression because each one of them is critical to complete the tale.
The word ‘Forty’ Being Special
“Forty is a most beautiful age for men and women. In mystical thought, forty symbolises the conquest from one level to a higher one and spiritual awakening,” says Aziz to Ella. And at one point through the end Aziz, through the words of Shams, makes Ella question — Am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?
The Greater Lesson
Much of what happens in life cannot be explained. Everybody, even great philosophers and mystics rationalises the world through their own lens and their beliefs, whether it is the fear that drives people or love, destiny plays a part in everything. To find the heart of the story in Shams, Ella, Aziz, you would find yourself turning pages and then your heart and your eyes will get stuck on Rumi’s words –
“Love cannot be explained. It can only be experienced. Love cannot be explained, yet it explains all.”
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Pakistan Super League is known for providing a platform to the emerging players annually and this time everyone needs to keep an eye on these players.
PSL 2021 is in full swing and fans and followers are gathered united and in groups supporting their favorite team. It’s not just divided into cities; it has taken the hearts of every Pakistani who has a soul and love for cricket.
Pakistan Super League is well known for providing a launching platform to the emerging players every year. Some of these budding players also get their major breakthroughs as they rub shoulders with top players, share the dressing room and watch them before their eyes scoring centuries and making strides!
Pakistan Super League has been a perfect platform to a number of players in the five editions before. Hasan Ali began his career as an emerging player for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2016 and garnered attention and love rapidly to become a world-known player, starring in Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy win after a year.
That same stage kick-started cricketing careers for Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Umar Khan, Arshad Iqbal, and Rohail Nazir to name a few.
The Pakistan Super League 6 might also see all six teams giving at least two emerging players each the platform and a pitch to fire on. Here is a brief introduction of all the emerging players.
All eyes on Qasim Akram this year with Karachi Kings. Qasim, just being 18 years old has already made waves at the domestic level, impressing expert and commentator Bazid Khan. Qasim is a solid middle-order batsman who can give impetus to the innings in the final overs. Qasim is a quality off-spinner and that feature of his game increases his utility as a player. Qasim was part of the Pakistan U19 squad for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2020. He managed just 93 runs in four innings, but his average of 46.50 was impressive. He also took three wickets with an economy of 3.57. Qasim graduated to first-class cricket last year and knocked 389 runs with three half-centuries and grabbed 13 wickets – prominently contributing in Central Punjab finishing as joint-winner of the Quaid Trophy.
“I am from the fertile land of Lahore and feel very lucky that I have been picked up by champions Karachi Kings,” stated Qasim. “I know this is my chance to make it big and I am all for that.”
The 19-year-old Mohammad Abbas Afridi was picked by Wasim Akram. And that can easily sum up his talent. “I was impressed with his action when I saw his video,” said Wasim of the right-arm fast bowler from FATA. Abbas rose to prominence when he was selected for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup last year. Abbas finished with nine wickets in five matches – most by a Pakistani bowler in the event.
The medium-fast bowler Mohammad Wasim Junior is filled with immense potential. He was part of the Pakistan U19 team that featured in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa last year. He picked up five wickets in Pakistan’s win over Scotland.
“I am super excited to be part of Islamabad United,” said Wasim. “I am picked on my performances at the domestic level, so I am ready to prove my talent.”
Ahmed Safi Abdullah is a left-arm spinner of prominent ability. Abdullah was associated with Islamabad United in last year’s HBL PSL as well. He took four wickets in three matches at a good economy of 8.12. Since then, he has lived up to his potential in the domestic season. He featured for joint-champions Central Punjab and scored 245 runs in 10 matches and, more importantly, fetched 34 wickets.
The ‘mystery spinner called by former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif Abrar Ahmed is a gem found by the Peshawar Zalmi. Peshawar Zalmi has picked up Abrar after his spectacular performance in the three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy last year. Abrar was outstanding, taking a whopping 57 wickets in six matches for the Sindh Second XI with eight five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls.
Mohammad Imran Randhawa is also a talented right-arm fast bowler who has speed and aggression to rattle the best batsmen and is another addition for Zalmi for this year’s PSL.
Lahore Qalandars stand out in rooting for talented players and then groomed them in their development program. Spinner Maaz Khan, who turns the ball and the match in his favor and gets wickets, is from Jamrud in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Lahore head coach Aqib Javed states that Maaz has the attitude of a fast bowler, has a good googly, a flipper, and can turn the new ball well too. He has also represented Qalandars in the T-10 league with success.
Zaid Alam’s story is pretty different. Being the son of a tea-staller, he used to help his father at the stall. The 17-year-old Zaid was a player of the streets. He started off with tape-ball cricket on the streets of Lahore and from there he was picked for Pakistan’s squad for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2018 held in New Zealand and now is ready to take his chance in the PSL VI.
Right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Umar becomes Pakistan Super League’s fantastic opportunity for Multan Sultans. He is a fast bowler who played for Sindh in the domestic season, doing well with the white ball. Multan Sultans then picked Umar to give him a chance in the emerging category and he is keen to grab the opportunity with both hands and he is surely not going to drop this off anytime soon.
“HBL PSL is a fantastic event,” admits Umar, adding: “I used to watch it from the sidelines and now I am lucky that I am part of Multan Sultans, so I will leave no stone unturned and make my mark.”
Shahnawaz Dhani also believes he has a huge platform to make an impact. “I know that this is my chance to make it big,” said Dhani, who hails from Larkana, Sindh, and is a right-arm fast bowler. He says, “I am happy that I have got a chance to play under Azhar Mahmood (bowling coach) and Andy Flower (head coach) in Multan Sultans. This will give me a very good chance to hone my talent.” Dhani caught the attention during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with his 135-140kph speed. He took 26 wickets in seven matches. He also has an effective bouncer, so watch out for Dhani in the emerging category.
Aarish Ali Khan has been a top performer for the past couple of years. He is a left-arm spinner with an outstanding ability to disguise the batsmen and stopping the flow of runs in white-ball cricket. Aarish emerged from a PCB-conducted tournament in 2016, ending as the leading wicket-taker with 45 strikes at 12.24. He was also the second-highest wicket-taker in the PCB National Under19 three-day tournament with 30 wickets, striking at 16.27 in 2019.
Saim Ayub is a left-handed batsman. Ayub has led Pakistan at the U16 level and helped Pakistan win against Australia. He can hit big and long. He was unlucky to miss the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup last year due to an injury.
He is geared up for the big chance, he said, “I am all prepared, mentally and physically, and would do my best to take a flight from the HBL PSL and achieve what I have set out for in cricket.”
So which player out of them all are you rooting for?
Mars Rover Perseverance successfully landed on planet Mars on Thursday and this becomes the awakening of a new era at NASA space station and around the globe for Space lovers
Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars
The good news for all the mighty outer space lovers that after a nerve-wracking seven-minute descent, the largest and most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day long journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers).
Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST).
After executing a daring and beautiful landing which was called, “seven minutes of terror,” ‘Perseverance’ is now NASA’s fifth rover to land on Mars and is set to begin a two-year mission to roam its surface and search for signs of ancient microbial life.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, being larger than only Mercury. It is also called as the “Red Planet”. It is called the red planet because of the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars’s surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye.
Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, with surface features reminiscent of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth.
The days and seasons are practically identical to those of Earth, in light of the fact that the rotational period just as the slant of the rotational hub comparative with the ecliptic plane is comparable. Mars is the site of Olympus Mons, the biggest Mountain of liquid magma and tallest known mountain on any planet in the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, perhaps the biggest gulch in the Solar System. The smooth Borealis bowl in the Northern Hemisphere covers 40% of the planet and might be a goliath sway highlight. Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos, which are little and sporadically molded. These might be caught space rocks, like 5261 Eureka, a Mars trojan.
Mission Around Planet Mars
It is additionally the most recent of three new missions that showed up at the red planet in February. Recently, two other rockets dispatched by the United Arab Emirates and China ventured into Mars and moved into space around the globe.
Some interesting Facts About Mars
-Mars and Earth have approximately the same landmass.
-Mars is home to the tallest mountain in the solar system.
-Only 18 missions to Mars have been successful.
-Mars has the largest dust storms in the solar system.
-On Mars, the Sun appears about half the size as it does on Earth.
-Pieces of Mars have fallen to Earth.
-There are signs of liquid water on Mars.
-Sunsets on Mars are blue.
The Preservance Mission on Mars
The eagerly awaited Perseverance mission could respond to key inquiries concerning Mars’ set of experiences and advancement, but at the same time, it’s an essential venturing stone toward NASA’s objective of sending people to investigate the red planet.
The acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said, “What an amazing day, what an amazing team, the work through all the adversity and all the challenges that go with landing a rover on Mars, plus the challenges of COVID… just an amazing accomplishment. This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally – when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks.”
“The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring, and advancing science and exploration. The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet,” he added.
This successful landing will allow scientists on Earth to study samples collected by Perseverance to search for definitive signs of past life using instruments too large and complex to send to the Red Planet.
“Because of today’s exciting events, the first pristine samples from carefully documented locations on another planet are another step closer to being returned to Earth,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA. “Perseverance [nicknamed as Percy] is the first step in bringing back rock and regolith from Mars. We don’t know what these pristine samples from Mars will tell us. But what they could tell us is monumental – including that life might have once existed beyond Earth.”
This is a great advancement in the world of Space science and definitely, a breakthrough as this mission might lead to the gates of something big, including signs of water or maybe life.