Watch: On 60th anniversary, NASA shares images on urban growth in Delhi

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Delhi, India Published: Oct 01, 2018, 06.23 PM(IST)

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NASA also honoured the sacrifice and the tragic loss of lives including aviation pilots and the crew members of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Monday ringed-in its 60th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, the American space research organisation tweeted out links to some of its groundbreaking discoveries, researches and technologies used to make space exploration easier. 

"For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe," as stated on NASA's website. 

NASA's 60-year-long tryst with 'the other world' also involved making "great advances in aviation, developing a commercial space industry, enriching economy, creating jobs, and strengthening national security," in the United States.

"Outside the United States, our international partnerships shine as examples of diplomacy. Space exploration has brought together people of diverse backgrounds working for the good of all humankind," the website read. 

One of the NASA tweets caught our fancy, it depicted the gradual conversion of croplands and grasslands around New Delhi into city structures, "to create one of the fastest urban expansions in the world."

NASA's captivating imagery captured by its Earth satellites show urban growth in and around New Delhi from 1989 to 2018. 

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"New Delhi has been experiencing one of the fastest urban expansions in the world. Vast areas of croplands and grasslands are being turned into streets, buildings, and parking lots, attracting an unprecedented amount of new residents. By 2050, the United Nations projects India will add 400 million urban dwellers, which would be the largest urban migration in the world for the thirty-two year period," NASA noted on its website.

"The images show the growth in the city of New Delhi and its adjacent areas—a territory collectively known as Delhi—from December 5, 1989, to June 5, 2018," NASA added further.

NASA also honoured the sacrifice and the tragic loss of lives including aviation pilots and the crew members of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. 

"Sacrifice has also come in the countless hours dedicated NASA personnel—on the ground and in space—have spent away from families to plan and execute missions," the website read.

On its 60th anniversary, the space research body shared that in the coming decade, NASA's exploits and missions will be "full of adventures that only science fiction writers dreamed of and only NASA and its partners will accomplish."


 

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