So 2018 came and went by and we hardly noticed. And this year has been EPIC. We have had so so so many thing to keep us hooked on and have a chat about.
So here are the top 12 things that happened in 2018.
1– Super blue blood moon.
So on the 31st of January this year, sky lovers were in for a treat with a once in a lifetime opportunity with a total lunar eclipse taking place. This was also the first blue moon eclipse since 1983. The super blue blood moon takes place for the first time after 1866.
2– Falcon heavy launch
So SpaceX launched another rocket, what’s the big deal in that ? You might ask. Well this is the biggest rocket ever launched ! In your face Saturn V. It’s payload was a Tesla model s with a mannequin wearing a space suit. On it’s Dashboard was written DON’T PANIC. What makes it better ? It is partially renewable.
3– The two rivals meet.
President of the United States Donald Trump accepts an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting in May to discuss the denuclearisation of North Korea. This will go a long way in restoring world peace.
4– TESS is launched.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission. It was launched on April 18, 2018 atop a Falcon 9 rocket.
The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight)[ mission is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars.[ It was manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and most payload instruments it carries were built by European agencies. The mission launched on 5 May 2018 at 11:05 UTC aboard an Atlas V-401 rocket[ and successfully landed[ at Elysium Planitia on Mars on 26 November 2018 at 19:52:59 UTC. InSight traveled 483 million km (300 million mi) during its journey.
6– Saudi Arabia allows women to drive.
So Saudi Arabia broke it’s uniqueness by allowing women to drive motor vehicles. This will go a long way to add male female equality.
7– The legend of Apple Inc, continued.
On the 2nd of August Apple Inc. becomes the world’s first public company to achieve a market capitalization of $1 trillion.
8– Major changes to our constitution
On the 6th of September the Supreme Court of India decriminalises homosexuality.
9– Target : – Mercury
The unmanned European-Japanese spacecraft BepiColombo is launched on a seven-year journey to Mercury
10– Genetic engineering.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui, at a public conference in Hong Kong, announces that he has altered the DNA of twin human girls born earlier in the month to try to make them resistant to infection with the HIV virus; he also reveals the possible second pregnancy of another gene-modified baby
11– InSight Lands successfully.
NASA’s InSight probe successfully lands on the surface of Mars.
12– A more connected world.
The U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union reports that, by the end of 2018, more than half – a full 51.2 percent – of the world’s population are now using the Internet.
So that’s it. Thank you all for being part of the journey. This has been our first year blogging and we all overwhelmed by the response. After all the journey is the reward.
Stephen William Hawking (1942 – 2018)
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special .