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The Spill: Moon Landing, 9/11, and a New Dinosaur

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India’s Moon Landing

Only three countries have landed a spacecraft on moon before, the US, China, and Russia. Now India has joined the club. The Vikram is a type of spaceship that has inside it a lunar rover, which is a small vehicle for moving around on the moon.

After a 48-day journey from Earth, the Vikram landed on the surface of the moon, but there was a problem. Possibly because of a mechanical issue, it looks like it landed on its side, so scientists back in India can’t connect to it or the lunar rover.

The rover is called Pragyan, which means “wisdom.” It was supposed to be a small science lab that could move from crater to crater to see if there was any water on the moon. India’s space agency hoped that it could look in craters that are usually in shadows, meaning that we can’t see in them using telescopes or satellites.

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What is 9/11?

Americans remember September 11, 2001, as the day of a big terrorist attack. The day is also called 9/11. On that day, terrorists stole airplanes and flew them into important buildings. Early on the morning of 9/11, two planes crashed into the famous World Trade Center in New York. A third hit the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day.

Terrorists are people who use violence to get a message across – usually terrorist attacks are political. A group called al-Quaeda gave money to nineteen terrorists. It is thought they were getting revenge for US military action in the Middle East.

At 8:45 a.m., the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. Eighteen minutes later, the second plane – a Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175 – crashed into the south tower near the 60th floor.  By 10:30 a.m., the north building of the twin towers collapsed.

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New Dinosaur Found

A new species of dinosaur has been discovered. A team of scientists found the fossils near Mukawa Town in northern Japan. The dinosaur was first called Mukawaryu, after the place where it was found. Scientists later gave it the official name Kamuysaurus japonicas, which means “Japanese dragon god.”

In 2013, researchers from Hobetsu Museum and Hokkaido University Museum found part of the dinosaur’s tail. Over time, they uncovered a nearly complete skeleton with hundreds of bones. Scientists think the dinosaur is a duck-billed, herbivorous (plant-eating) species.  It was over 26 feet long 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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