Fact Check: Old Incident Of NASA Launching World’s Smallest Satellite Viral As Recent One

Recently, an image has surfaced on social media platforms with the claim that NASA in recent times, has launched the world’s smallest satellite ‘Kalamsat’ which designed by Tamil Nadu’s 18-year-old student Rifath Farooq.

A Facebook user shared the image with a caption that says, “India made history yesterday when ‘NASA’ launched the world’s smallest satellite built by Tamil Nadu’s 18-year-old student Rifat Farooq. This satellite has been named ‘Kalamsat’ while paying respect to former President Kalam Saheb. It weighs only 64 grams. But India’s Godi media is busy playing ‘Kashmir file’.”

(Original:भारत ने कल इतिहास रच दिया जब तमिलनाडु की 18 वर्षीय विद्यार्थी रिफात फारुक द्वारा तैयार किए गए दुनिया के सबसे छोटे सैटलाइट को ‘NASA’ ने लांच किया. भूतपूर्व राष्ट्रपति कलाम साहब को सम्मान देते हुए इस सैटेलाइट का नाम ‘Kalamsat’ रखा गया है. इसका वजन सिर्फ 64 ग्राम है. लेकिन भारत की गोदी मीडिया ‘कश्मीर फाइल’ खेलने में व्यस्त है.)


NewsMobile fact-checked the viral image and found it to be shared with a misleading claim.

On performing a Reverse Image Search we found the image carried in a tweet by news agency ANI on June 22, 2017. “Chennai: Students who built the world’s smallest satellite, rejoice after its launch. The satellite weighing 64 grams was launched by NASA,” reads the caption.

The Indian Express also reported the incident on June 23, 2017.

According to the report, NASA launched the world’s smallest satellite designed by Tamil Nadu student Rifath Shaarook and his team on June 21, 2017. Named as Kalamsat, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the tiny satellite weighs around 64 grams. The satellite was flown into space in a NASA-sounding rocket from a NASA facility in Wallops Island.

Hence, with the above information, it can be concluded that the claim is misleading.

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