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India Takes to Space!

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Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Space. The Final Frontier, the Great Unknown, is the key to understanding the Universe. The enticement and granger of space have captured the imagination and attention of humans for decades. Shows, movies, books, articles, and more have depicted our desire to explore space.  And now with the ever-growing technological advances of our day, space has become more attainable, making that desire more attainable. In these past weeks, India has taken that technology and the enticement of space and has landed a rover on the South Pole of the moon.

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On August 23, 2023, at 8:20 a.m., India joined the convened group of countries that have successfully made contact with the moon. The first to join the group was The Soviet Unio    8n who sent the rocket Sputnik,  the first satellite to the moon in 1957. Following their example, The United States landed Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the moon in 1969. Now, India has successfully landed The Chandrayaan 3, the first ever successful rover to touch down at the lunar south pole. While this was attempted by The Soviet Union a mere four days earlier, the probe was reported to have crashed on the moon in an unsuccessful attempt to land and was unable to complete its mission. 

The Chandrayaan 3 was sent with the mission to search for frozen water on the moon, with the hopes of obtaining more information on the elemental structure of the moon. Additionally, hopes that the information may provide potential resources for Earth in the future. The rover is programmed to stay upwards of 3 to 6 months. The rover stays active for a full lunar day (14-day Earth days) on the moon, then uses solar energy via a solar panel and light from the sun to charge the battery. The rover’s landing payload consists of a Lunar Seismic Activity (LSA)  instrument that will be used at the landing site and will be active for the duration of the Chandrayaan 3’s mission. As well as Chandrayaan’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment (CheSTE) which measures the thermal conductivity and temperature of the lunar south pole surface. Many other highly technological instruments included with the design of the Chandrayaan were made, all of which were intended to gather information on the moon and the rover’s landing site. The total mission cost upwards of 6.15 rupees or 75 million U.S. dollars.  These technologies were not available in the past as the United States and the Soviet Union were making their own technological advancements. But through research, invention, time, and effort, India has been able to take modern resources and put them into accomplishing a modern dream. 

The accomplishments made by the Chandrayaan 3 highlight the advances we have made as a civilization, but whether those achievements are deemed enough to outweigh the cost is up for debate. Some believe that the cost of the mission, and many other missions, could be put to better use here on Earth.  Ms. Rams, Agua Fria’s own Psychology teacher had this to say on the matter; “Space travel is cool and extremely interesting, but why are we spending so much money on space exploration when the money could be used better.” Priorities of space travel have been up for debate as problems such as the Ukraine and Russian war, natural disaster relief, and much more.  Others, such as Sam, an Agua Fria Student, believe the opposite. Sam claims, “ The fundamental thing to understand our universe is in space. We could absolutely solve the problem of gathering resources from space.”. The ethics of space travel and exploration aside, the steps that India has taken by landing Chandrayaan 3 on the south side of the moon are monumental. Never before have advancements are being made and the future of space has never been brighter. 

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Caroline Martin
Caroline Martin, News Reporter
Driven, intelligent, passionate, and artistic are only a few words to describe Caroline Martin, a senior at Agua Fria High School and a News Reporter as part of the Owl Newsfeed Staff. Caroline is  17 years old, born November 15th, 2005. She has been attending Agua Fria all four years. Her favorite memories made at Agua Fria have been from being around teachers and peers as well as having a great homecoming week. Caroline has a lot of gratitude for Mr.Martin because he was her AP World  History  Teacher sophomore year. She is close with him, and the table group she was placed with. Caroline was able to confide in  Mr.Martin considering he is also her badminton coach. Caroline mentioned overall he has improved her high school experience. Speaking of Badminton; Caroline is in the first year on the exhibition team. She exclaimed that so far her favorite thing about being on the team is seeing her friend's excitement and how well they are doing. Caroline mentioned how proud she is of them. Before joining badminton,  Martin contributed heavily to the theater program at Agua Fria from freshman through Junior year. Caroline has been in multiple plays. Freshman year she played in  “Please Excuse My Zombies ” as the main character Casandra Casandra  Sophomore year she played “Little Shop of Horrors” as Miss Mushnik. Most recently she played  in “Almost Maine”  Junior year as the character Glory.  Last year she was going to play  Sandy from “Greece”  but this was canceled a week before opening night. One difficult thing about theater Caroline mentioned was that there is a great deal to remember. Various different roles play a part. A lot of behind-the-scenes things go into theater and that can cause some reluctance in students that did not entirely know what they were signing up for. Caroline ended up having to choose between badminton and theater regarding which one she wanted to pursue in her final year of high school. She mentioned that the difficulty in choosing was rather mild. In the process of figuring out who she is, the decision was made. She figured trying out a new sport would help with that. Her friends involvement also played a part in her decision, as they encouraged her to join. Though Caroline has been going to Agua Fria all four years she hasn't always lived here in Arizona. She was born here, moved to  New Mexico, then came back to Arizona. After that, she moved to Mississippi, Tennessee then finally back to Arizona. Caroline explained the reason she moved around so much was because her parents married rather young. They traveled a lot due to college and then job-oriented travel. Mostly moving around supporting the families' education, that includes Caroline and her younger brothers. Caroline has great memories of Mississippi when she was an only child, specifically memories of Christmas.  Martin's academic goal for herself is to remain well-prepared and do all that she can. Both of her parents have been employed in the education field, so education is very valuable in her family culture. When she was much younger her passions differed a little from what she likes now. Caroline loved princesses and when she was younger she had a cousin so she participated in (what?) that but didn't excel. So she ended up branching out and trying new things. What Martin wants to do fluctuates depending on what she is learning at the time or what intrigues her. Right now she'd like to know more, she says “before she settles down”. When questioned about how Caroline handles stress she mentioned that she tries to vent whether it's out loud, to herself. She also paints when she is tense. Her family handles stress differently. She exclaimed that they each have diverse personalities, they all have different creative outlets to deal with things, and they all find a way to regroup thoughts and emotions to limit stress. When asked what advice she has for underclassmen as a senior Caroline passionately responded “High school is only as scary as you make it.. those moments and activities, those are gonna be the highlights if you make them”.Martin is excited about graduation she says “The older you get the more ready you feel..but it also feels so short at the same time” There are some peers here at Agua Fria she's had classes with since middle school. Caroline is such an exceptional and well-rounded part of our Agua Fria Owl Newsfeed staff and our school community.

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