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Falcon Heavy all set to launch today

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SpaceX’s most powerful rocket yet, The Flacon Heavy is all set to launch today , on 6th of February at 1:30 pm eastern time (12 am, Wednesday, Indian Standard Time). Disrupting the whole space industry with his company SpaceX, Elon Musk is about to launch a rocket to the mars orbit with his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster as the payload. The live stream can be seen on the SpaceX website or on Youtube.

This is a test launch and the rocket will lift off from the Kennedy Space Centre, launch complex 39, in Florida. It was also the launch pad for several milestone missions, mainly the Apollo mission or Project Apollo that sent humans to the moon in 1969.

The Falcon Heavy

Falcon Heavy

With its debut lift off in a matter of hours, it will be the most powerful operating rocket in the world. With the capability to lift a massive 141,000 pounds into the orbit, it can lift double the cargo than the Delta 4 Heavy which is the next closest operational vehicle.

The Flacon Heavy comprises of 3 Flacon 9 boosters that provide 3 times the thrust. These boosters are recoverable and reusable, which is the USP of SpaceX, thereby cutting down the space travel costs to a miniscule.

SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk said, “Rapid and complete reusability is really the key to opening up space.”

Two of the three Falcon 9 boosters will return to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, whereas the third one will return to a drone manoeuvred mobile launch pad in the ocean.

Each booster consists of 9 Merlin engines, thereby blessing the The Falcon Heavy with 27 Merlin engines that generate more than 5 million pounds or 22,819 kilonewtons of thrust at liftoff. It has the most thrust to payload ratio and is drastically cost effective. It costs a mere 90 Million USD to launch it to up to 8.0mT to GTO (Geosynchronous transfer orbit). This is considerably lower than the billion dollar government projects.

Falcon Heavy comparison

The payload

Tesla Roadster as the payload.

On being asked about his tesla roadster as being the payload of this test launch, Musk said, “It’s just for fun. A lot of people don’t understand the purpose of sending a car to mars. There’s no point obviously. It’s just for fun and to get the public excited. Normally when a rocket is tested, they put something really boring on board, like a block of concrete or a chunk of steel or something.  And that’s pretty boring. So let’s watch the most fun thing we could put on.”

The Mission behind SpaceX

The main goal of SpaceX is to make life multi-planetory. It aims at sending humans to mars and to colonize mars by 2022.

The video uploaded by SpaceX showcasing the Falcon Heavy animation can be seen – here.

All being said and done, this test launch might be the stepping stone to making human life multi-planetary. Do not miss out on the launch and be sure to watch The Falcon Heavy lift off today.

Watch the live streaming of The Flacon Heavy launch – Here

The Time I Went To Dubai

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Founded on 9th June 1833, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates. From being an uninhabited expanse of land to now, an opulent and sumptuous establishment, Dubai has cemented itself not just as a major oil producer, but also as the dreamland everyone aspires to visit at least once in their lifetime.
With its breathtaking architecture, spectacular skylines and lavish lifestyle, it offers a glimpse into the lives of the affluent and the well-to-do.
I went to Dubai wanting to experience the rich, intangible culture and the high and mighty way of living. Now that I’m back from my trip to Dubai, I can undoubtedly claim that I got way more than I bargained for.
Dubai offers a wild variety of recreational activities like –
• The desert safari
• Indoor skiing
• Beaches and sea
• Camel races
• Water sports (like the banana boat ride)
• Deep sea Fishing
• Dubai Creek Cruise
• Desert Motorcycle tours
• Dubai Dolphinarium
• Hot air balloon
• The infamous sky-diving over the largest man-made island in the world.
Not to mention the ever so vibrant tourist hot spots, namely The Burj Khalifa, the Dubai fountain, Burj al-arab hotel, Dubai marina and the Palm islands among many others.
Due to my limited time in Dubai, I was not able to experience every aspect that this city has to offer, but I did manage to visit the following tourist destinations.

Burj Khalifa

Earlier known as Burj Dubai, Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. It has been the tallest building since 2008. With an architectural height of 828 meters (Tip – 829.8 meters) and over 160 floors, the view from the top is unparalleled. It also features the fastest elevator in the world.
You can book tickets for “At the top” (Tour up the Burj Khalifa) if you wish to explore the world’s tallest building. You can either get off at the 125th floor or at the 148th floor (if you pay extra).
Book Tickets here.

Burj Al Arab

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Standing atop an artificial island, 280 meters from the shore, Burj Al Arab is the third largest hotel in the world.
An architectural milestone, it is designed to resemble the sail of a ship. Self proclaimed as the only 7 star hotel in the world, it truly gives an insight into the lives of the wealthy.

Desert Safari or Dune bashing

This was the most exhilarating experience of my trip to Dubai.  Being known for its desert safari and extreme adventure sports in the desert, you can expect yourself to turn into a child while riding the sand dunes on Dune buggies, quad bikes or the 4 x 4 Safari Jeeps.

The Dubai Mall 


Main Fountain, Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is a massive establishment comprising of 1200 shops, a luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and 120 restaurants and cafes. Another tourist hot-spot in the mall is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
The tourists keep pouring in and the mall is always flushed with diverse groups of individuals from all around the globe.
To plan your visit to the Dubai mall, click here.
All in all, visiting Dubai was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I would suggest everyone to visit Dubai with friends or family. For it is with them that we want to build the memories that we can cherish for life.
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5 Undiscoverd/Unexplored places in India

1. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

A village celebrated for its untaintedness and remarkable sanitation, wholly justifying its appellation ‘Cleanest village in Asia’.
Bamboo bins, squeaky clean roads and a living roots bridge are a few of its many highlights.

2. Chembra Peak, Western Ghats

It is the highest peak(2,100m) in Wayanad district, Kerala. En route to the Chembra peak is a heart-shaped lake that supposedly never dries up. The peak is ideal for trekking and the lake serves as a major tourist hotspot.

Lake en route to the top of Chembra Peak.

3. Phuktal Monastery, Jammu & Kashmir

The cliff-side monastery built right underneath a cave enterance paints a rather daunting, yet a sublime sight. Honeycombed with dwellings, it houses over 70 Buddhist monks.

4. Phawngpui, Mizoram

Famed as the ‘Blue Mountain’, Phawngpui is the highest mountain peak in the Lushai hills in Mizoram. It undeniably caters to the eyeball with its unparalleled and scenic beauty.
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Blue Mountain

5. Chakrata, Uttarakhand

Cushioned from the outside world, Chakrata is a secluded hill station, a stone’s throw away from Dehradun. Cascading waterfalls, especially the Tiger falls (having an elevation of 312ft) make this serene locale worth exploring.

View from Deoban of Chakrata

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