India has made a huge leap this past week when it launched a rocket to Mars, to do what NASA has done— orbit the red planet and collect massive amounts of data. But whereas the same type of mission would cost billions and billions, India pulled it off for just $73 million, which is peanuts in terms of interplanetary space travel. While most of the technology developed to make it cheap for India was developed by NASA, India’s super cheap Mars still could provide the US and other spacegoing nations a model for more frequent, cheaper travel.
It’s not Atlantis, but scientists have discovered a lost mini-continent in the Indian Ocean that disappeared under the waves around 85 million years ago. The chain of islands, now called Mauritia, was once between the southeast coast of Africa and India.
India is at an important crossroads in its development. It’s got a billion people packed into an area about the size of the American southwest, and as their economy grows, all those people are going to eventually demand more cars, which leads to more pollution, which is something India has enough of already. So the country is dedicating over $4 billion to developing electric cars.
India has a billion people, but it doesn’t always have the infrastructure necessary for such a massive population. Today, over 600 million people are without power, cities are without power after crippling power failures yesterday in what’s been described as the largest blackout in human history. Except for that time when no one in the world had electricity. That must have been scary.