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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Abby Becker


MOM on Mars, forgets kids on Earth

With a successful insertion in Martian orbit through its Mars Orbital Mission (MOM)  Sept. 23, India joins only the United States, Russia and the European Space Agency as the only countries to successfully send a mission to Mars. Being an extraordinary scientific achievement, it’s understandably a source of national pride for India. At the same time, about 620 million people in India do not have access to adequate toilets, and the $74 million price tag for the Mars mission could have been put to better use. India’s space program has been beneficial in typhoon warnings and monsoon predictions, so it has definitely benefited the country, but many probably feel the money put towards the Mars mission could have been put toward improving the country instead. 

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Leaving a legacy and looking ahead

Anyone who knows me knows that I obsessively write down everything in calendars and lists. I tend to know what’s going on, when things are due and am obsessively on time. But three years ago, I wrote down the date of The Daily Cardinal’s fall recruitment meeting wrong in my calendar and showed up at the office desperately wanting to write anything and to find a place to belong. Writing down the meeting date wrong was probably one of the best things that happened to me because I showed up to 2142 Vilas and met some people who convinced me I could belong at The Daily Cardinal. 

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