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Himachal Pradesh’s Keylong sees Mercury below Freezing Point for First time in the Season

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place in the state recording minus 0.9 degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa in Kinnaur district at 1.2 degrees

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Shimla, November 6, 2016: Himachal Pradesh’s popular tourist resorts Shimla and Manali saw mercury falling on Sunday while the temperature in Keylong town plummeted below the freezing point for the first time in the season.

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Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 8.8 degrees Celsius, the town’s lowest for the season, while Manali recorded 2.6 degrees Celsius.

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place in the state recording minus 0.9 degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa in Kinnaur district at 1.2 degrees.

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“Higher reaches of Lahaul-Spiti have been recording up to minus seven degrees Celsius these days, but it’s normal temperature,” Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS.

He said dry weather has been prevailing in the state and would continue till November 12.

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Dharamsala recorded the night temperature at 13.2 degrees Celsius, while the maximum stayed at 20.8 degrees.

Shimla recorded the maximum temperature at 19.7 degrees Celsius. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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