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Are these images of Earth taken by Chandrayaan-2? Here’s the truth

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With the successful launch of India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2, on July 22, the country’s aim at becoming a major space powerhouse got a lift-off too. Following this, a series of photographs made their way onto the Internet with the claim that they are Earth’s images which are recently captured from outer space by Chandrayaan-2.

Here are some of the posts being shared on social media.

A quick reverse search on each image shows that they were taken at different times and at various places, much before Chandrayaan-2 was launched.

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This image, according to NASA’s official website was captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station way back in 2009. It shows smoke, ash, and steam erupting from Sarychev volcano on the Kuril Islands, Russia.

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This image is a screengrab from an animation video available on Shutterstock. It was also used in an article from 2018, clearly showing that it wasn’t captured by Chandrayaan-2.

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Though the origin of this image is not known, but a Facebook post indicates that it has being doing its rounds on the Internet since 2014.

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This picture is credited to Hana Gartstein and was posted on a website in 2007.

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Besides being available on Shutterstock, the image was also shared by many social media users from time to time. One Facebook post shows it was shared way back in 2015.

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This image, actually a cropped version of the original one, is credited to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, according to a post on flickr. It was posted in 2005.

Further, the latest tweet by Isro on Chandrayaan-2, posted on July 26, is about the spacecraft’s performance. 

Also, the latest pictures related to Chandrayaan-2, that were uploaded on Isro’s website, are about the spacecraft’s launch.

So, the claim that these are recent images of Earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 is incorrect.

Chandrayaan-2 lifted off onboard Isro’s most powerful launcher at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh at 2.43 pm on July 22. The spacecraft was supposed to take off on July 15 but the launch was called off at eleventh hour due to technical snag.

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Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi, nearby areas

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Tremors of the earthquake were felt in Delhi on Friday evening prompting people to come out from their homes.

The earthquake was of magnitude 4.5 on the Richter Scale, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.

As per the agency, the epicentre of the earthquake was 63 km southwest of Gurgaon in Haryana.

Strong tremors were felt in the national capital and surrounding areas for several seconds.

No casualty has been reported yet.

In the last couple of months, multiple earthquakes have hit the national capital and nearby areas.

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‘Your bravery has sent a message to world about India’s strength’: PM Modi to soldiers in Ladakh

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday marked a surprise visit to Leh and forward locations to review the ground security situation.

The visit came amid the ongoing tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Eastern Ladakh.

While addressing the troops at Nimmoo, Ladakh, PM Modi said, “The bravery that you and your compatriots showed, a message has gone to the world about India’s strength.”

“Your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today,” he added.

PM also paid tribute to the martyrs of the 20 soldiers in a recent face-off with the Chinese army in Galwan Valley.

“The bravery of 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere. Tales of your bravery and valour are echoing in every house in the country,” he said.

Mentioning his Atmanirbhar Bharat call which he induced during the lockdown, PM Modi said, “your (soldiers) sacrifice and efforts have strengthen the oath of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

“Bharat Mata’s enemies have seen your fire and fury,” he added.

“Peace can never be brought by the weak. Power is the condition to bring peace. India is widening its powers on land, air and water and this is for the welfare of mankind,” he said.

“The era of expansionism is gone. The world has moved on the path of development. The expansionist forces have ruined the world in the last century. But they have either been defeated or forgotten in the history,” he added.

“Whenever I think of a decision based on national security, I think of two mothers. The first is our Mother India. The second is our mothers who’ve given birth to brave hearts such as you,” PM Modi said.

Located at 11,000 feet above sea level, Nimu is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus.

PM Modi’s visit comes just a day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called off his own visit to Ladakh. Singh was to visit Eastern Ladakh region to interact with soldiers deployed at the hostile border on Friday.

He had plans to interact with the soldiers injured during the barbaric attack carried out by Chinese People’s Liberation Army on June 15.

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2 private tutors held for sexually harassing minors

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Two private tutors were arrested on charges of causing sexual harassment to a minor boy and a minor girl in two separate incidents in Memari and Katwa areas in Burdwan (East) last night.

Sandip Mondal – a private tutor by profession hailing from Gangatikuri village in Ketugram Police Station area in Katwa was booked by the police last night after the parents of a 11 year-old boy student handed over a video footage that reportedly exposed Mondal’s dirty practice.

After the class V student of a local high school complained to his parents that Mondal was forcing him to ‘cooperate’ in filthy acts, the parents had set a cell phone at the study room that grabbed the video on 26 June and helped in exposing Mondal.

Yesterday, after the parents lodged a complaint, Mondal was booked by the police under the provisions of Pocso (Protection of Child from Sexual Offences) Act. Dalim Konda – another tutor from Mondalgram village in Memari was arrested by the police early this morning on charges of causing sexual assault on a minor girl.

Syed Nizamuddin Azad – the judge, Pocso Court in Burdwan today ordered judicial custody for the accused till next Sunday. Also, he ordered forensic examination of the accused.

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