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Twitter Users Want Chandrayaan-2 to Take National Flag to Lunar Surface

Planetary protection refers to the practice of protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life

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India has 447 billion cubic metres of replenishable groundwater reserves, of which 60-70 per cent goes off in irrigation. Pixabay

As India’s heavy lift rocket nicknamed ‘Bahubali’ and its passenger Chandrayaan-2 gear up for their historic flight to the Moon on July 15, Twitter users shared what they would like to take to the lunar surface, with most of them mentioning the national flag.

However, Twitter users also shared many interesting ideas. Gautam Singh, for example, talked about taking a geographical map of India.

“So if an Intelligent ET will find it They can find where do we belong, A Flag will be useless for them,” tweeted Singh.

Some users even suggested that Indian soil should be transported to the Moon, while others pointed out to the planetary protection norms aimed to preserve our ability to study other worlds as they exist in their natural states.

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Twitter users shared what they would like to take to the lunar surface, with most of them mentioning the national flag. Pixabay

Planetary protection refers to the practice of protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life.

“We can sanitize everything before taking it there. Just like it is done today and was done for the flags,” said one user.

“Yep. Very much. Indian soil in the moon. Such a nice headline,” the user added.

The question “what you would take to the Moon” was originally posed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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ISRO said that it received interesting answers from people around the country, while sharing some of the the wish lists.

Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft land the lander, Vikram, and rover, Pragyan, in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70 degree south.

The Indian spacecraft and rover would land near the lunar south pole by September 6 or 7.

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Twitter users also shared many interesting ideas. Pixabay

The 3.8 tonne complex mission will have an orbiter with 8 scientific experiments, a lander with three experiments, a rover with two experiments and one passive experiment from the US space agency NASA.

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The ambitious mission will make India the fourth nation after the then Soviet Union (Russia), the US and China to land and ride on the moon to conduct various experiments on its orbit, surface, atmosphere and beneath. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls Out its ‘Hide Replies’ Feature

Twitter opens 'Hide Replies' feature for developers

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Twitter has rolled out its 'Hide Replies' feature to its developer community, allowing them to create tools that would help users hide replies in the conversation thread. Pixabay

Twitter has rolled out its ‘Hide Replies’ feature to its developer community, allowing them to create tools that would help users hide replies in the conversation thread on the micro-blogging platform that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature. This is a new development in the science and technology field.

Developers can now create tools that automatically hide bad tweets like those including certain prohibited keywords or those that score high for being toxic, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

Twitter today automatically hides replies by keywords or Twitter handles. Soon, it will add support for hiding replies from likely troll or bot accounts — including tweets from user accounts created too recently or from accounts with few followers.

The company has worked with a small number of developers who are now releasing tools that take advantage of the added functionality.

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A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check. Pixabay

Last November, Twitter had rolled out the ‘Hide Replies’ feature globally which lets users hide replies they think are irrelevant, off-topic, or annoying and changing the course of the discussion on the platform.

Anyone can choose to hide replies to their tweets. Everyone can see and engage with hidden replies by tapping the grey icon that will appear on the tweets. It is not the equivalent of a delete button, but hides replies behind an icon. There is, however, a downside to the feature.

“For example, a user could choose to hide replies that simply disagreed with their views. This would then create a ‘filter bubble’ where only people who shared the original poster’s same opinion would have their comments prominently displayed,” Tech Crunch reported earlier.

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A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check.

Twitter said that it was also working on new controls and more clarity around the rules of conversation spaces. (IANS)