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Japan’s Unique Museum has got Elvis Presley and Nemo under the same Roof in the form of Rocks

The museum contains different kinds of ‘jinmenseki’ or rock that look like a human face, and that includes celebrity look-alikes like Elvis Presley

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November 20, 2016: In Japan, two hours northwest of Tokyo, there’s a museum, and it’s one of its kind.

It’s known a Chinsekikan (hall of curious rocks) and it has more than 1700 rocks that appear to be like human faces.

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The museum contains different kinds of ‘jinmenseki’ or rock that look like a human face, and that includes celebrity look-alikes like Elvis Presley.

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The founder of the museum passed away in 2010 and collected rocks for more than fifty years. According to a report, he was initially drawn to rare rocks, but gradually that evolved into gathering, well, weird rocks—especially rocks that naturally resemble like that of religious figures, celebrities, movie characters, and more.

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According to a report, there is a Jesus rock, Donkey Kong rock, Boris Yeltsin rock, and even a Nemo rock.

There are some general stones, which are known as “chorus rocks”.

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Currently, there are so many rocks that all of them don’t have names. The owner occasionally asks the visitors to name the rocks.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram with inputs from various agencies. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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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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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