Space research programme to help social sector in India says Kasturirangan

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    Jamshedpur : President of the National Academy of Sciences and former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr K Kasturirangan on Thursday said that the space research programme of the country will benefit the Indian social sector.

    He noted that we aim to explore possibilities for improvement in social sectors like health, education, agriculture, and weather forecast. Our space programme was to ensure benefits to our social systems, for which we have invested much. He also noted that the success of ‘Mars Mission’ will give India a par with the leading nations like US, Russia.

    Kasturirangan was in city to take part in a day-long workshop on ‘women empowerment in science and technology’ hosted by National Academy of Sciences, Jharkhand chapter, at the National Metallurgical Laboratory, a CSIR lab.

    He hailed Indian scientists and Centre for the successful ‘Mars Mission’. The eminent scientist complimented the leadership of ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan. He also referred to the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet to the mission.

    Stating that India can now work with the world in planetary exploration, he said, “We are in the club of few nations such as the US,Russia and European Union in achieving the feat. Our space programmes are country-oriented to explore possibilities for improvement in various social sectors such as education, health, agriculture, weather, environment, industrialisation, communication etc., he said refusing to draw parallels between our success with anyone.

    . The project has been achieved at a low budget in the first attempt and paved way for a new beginning for us. We can look forward to more international collaboration especially in remote sensing and planetary exploration,” said the Padma Vibhushan recipient.

    He further said that though the project was on a low budget but involved complex technology. “It was one of the most challenging task to execute into the Martian orbit in a span of nearly three years. The Mars mission aims at exploring next benign environment after Earth for human survival,” added Kasturirangan.

    India’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft successfully maneuvered itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of NASA’s Maven orbiter and sparking congratulations from around the world.

    The car-sized probe — on a mission estimated to cost about a ninth as much as NASA’s — is also known as MOM or Mangalyaan (Hindi for “Mars-Craft”). It executed its 24-minute engine burn successfully, the Indian Space Research Organization reported.

    Mission controllers in Bangalore applauded the news — which came on a delayed basis because MOM had to emerge from Mars’ far side and send the confirming signals across nearly 140 million miles (225 million kilometers) at the speed of light.

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