NASA Announces Solar Probe; Politician Says Indians First People on Sun

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NASA Announces Solar Probe; Politician Says Indians First People on Sun

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erely minutes after NASA announced the launch of the Parker Solar Probe rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA’s spacefaring organisation was caught in a lie by an independent Indian politician named Gyan Gayab. Gayab, who is hoping to join the ruling party in time for the 2019 election, declared, “These NASA people are saying they will be the first humans to reach the Sun. But they are liars! Just like the internet, plastic surgery, and even fire and the wheel, we Indians were the first to venture into the field of solar exploration.”

Gayab made this statement while judging the Annual Bharat Aeronautics Paper Plane Competition being held at a Thane school, and used his credentials as judge to legitimise his expertise on the history of human flight. “Everybody knows the first aeroplane is the Pushpak Vimana from Ramayana. This also means that the first spaceship is the chariot of Surya, the Sun God,” he declared.

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