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The Spill: Moon Landing, 9/11, and Dino Discovery

All the hot news this week.

By:  |  September 16, 2019  |    503 Words

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Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

India’s Moon Landing –  Small Success, Big Failure

India has landed a machine on the moon, but the country’s attempts to make a successful moon landing may have failed. The Vikram, a lunar lander containing a rover vehicle that would have carried out experiments on the moon’s surface, appears to have had “a heavy landing.” Scientists have not been able to contact the mobile laboratory.

Only three other nations – the US, China, and the former Soviet Union – have ever successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon. Until Indian scientists can reconnect to the rover, the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) can not yet claim to be the fourth.

ISRO lost touch with the lander as it ended its descent. Although images show that the device is on the surface, scientists do not know whether this was a crash or a landing.

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America Remembers 9/11


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Never before in the history of the United States had a large-scale terrorist attack occurred on American soil until September 11, 2001, also known as 9/11. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day as a result of three suicide missions involving planes hitting important buildings.

Early on the morning of 9/11, four planes left their terminals but would never reach their intended destinations in California. Two crashed into the famous World Trade Center in New York. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Nineteen terrorists from Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations were reportedly financed by the al-Quaeda terrorist organization led by Osama bin Laden. It is believed the hijackers were getting revenge due to American support of Israel and our military action in the Middle East.

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New Dinosaur Discovered

A new species of dinosaur has been discovered. A team of scientists found the fossils in 72-million-year-old deposits of marine soil near Mukawa Town in northern Japan. The dinosaur was first nicknamed Mukawaryu, after the site where it was found. Scientists later gave it the official name Kamuysaurus japonicas, which translates into “Japanese dragon god.”

In 2013, researchers from Hobetsu Museum and Hokkaido University Museum found part of the dinosaur’s tail, and eventually uncovered a nearly complete skeleton with hundreds of bones. The specimen is thought to belong to a duck-billed, herbivorous (plant-eating) species. According to a study, the skeleton belonged to an adult 9 years or older. The creature measured eight meters (over 26 feet) in length and weighed either 4 or 5.3 tons when it was alive, depending on whether it was walking on two or four feet. It also had tilted spines along its back, a short jaw bone, and it may have had a thin, flat crest on its head. The location of the skeleton suggests it lived in coastal areas, a rare habitat for large dinosaurs.

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