On this day, 52 years ago, #Apollo11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on to the moon. But did you know that readers of the #Kannada weekly magazine Sudha had already made this lunar round-trip few months earlier? Thanks to...
...this board game called ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಬನ್ನಿ (Travel to the Moon and back). The game had two parts: Taking off & landing on the moon, and then making your way back safely to Earth. Played with a dice & coins, instructions on the board dictated how fast you went & how safely
For e.g. being bombarded with cosmic rays or losing contact with command module would set you back (depending on which square you were in) or you could go faster for instance if your lander faced Earth in the right direction. And guess who made this board game? None other than...
...Prof. Rajashekhar Bhoosnurmath, teacher and a splendid writer of ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಕಥೆಗಳು i.e. Kannada science fiction stories. He was also a prolific science communicator & this one intended for that. #scicomm through a board game. how cool is that. And that too back in 1969!

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