India’s Mars satellite ‘Mangalyaan’ sends first images

I am very impressed with India’s foray into exploration of our solar system. It is, indeed, historic.

India’s space agency has released its first picture of Mars, taken by its satellite which entered orbit around the Red Planet on Wednesday.

It is the first time a maiden voyage to Mars has entered orbit successfully and it is the cheapest. Nasa’s latest Maven mission cost almost 10 times as much.


Coca-Cola Small World Machines

In March, Coca-Cola installed two first-of-their-kind vending machines in shopping malls – one in Lahore, Pakistan, and a second in New Delhi, India – and invited consumers to put their differences aside and share a simple moment over a Coke. The “Small World Machines” provided a live communications portal linking strangers in two nations divided by more than just borders, with the hope of provoking happiness and promoting cultural understanding.


A new World Champion

Magnus Carlsen beats Vishy Anand in 10 games to become world champion.

World Chess Champion.

I have to admit I have not paid much attention to championship chess since the Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky matches in Reykjavic in 1972.

Magnus Carlsen, 22 year old World Chess Champion

Magnus Carlsen, 22 year old World Chess Champion