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World Space Week celebrated in India

Hyderabad: Around 350 children and teachers from 14 different schools in Hyderabad and Secunderabad attended the one day programme conducted by National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) in Hyderabad in association with Hyderabad Chapters of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) and the Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA). This event also coincided with the 25 years of Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) programme which was celebrated by the different Chapters of ISRS all over the country.

The programme was organised to commemorate the World Space Week (WSW), celebrated by more than 65 nations during 04-10 October every year since 1999 under the declaration on United Nations. The launch of first human made Earth satellite Sputnik on October 4, 1957 and signing of the International Outer space treaty by United Nations on October 10, 1967 marks the celebrations. The theme for current year programme was “Exploring Mars and Discovering Earth”.

Vikram Sarabahi Space Centre (VSSC), Trivandrum under the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is the lead centre which is coordinating WSW 2013 in India and all ISRO centers are organising various programmes during this period for students and general public.

In his welcome address Dr.V.Raghavswamy, Chairman, ISRS-HC talked about the importance and need of such awareness programmes. Sri.D.S.Jain, Dy.Director, Satellite Data Acquisition, and Processing & Service Area pointed out the relevance and context of this programme in view of the ISRO Mars mission launch scheduled during end of October 2013. Dr.Samudraiah, Vice President, ISRS inspired children to utilise such occasion for their benefit and wished them to become future space scientists and technologists. Dr.C.B.S.Dutt, Dr.V.V.Rao from NRSC, Dr.G.Venkata Narayana from VSSC and Dr.N.Srinivas from INCOIS delivered lectures. The presentations briefly touched upon different aspects of Earth as a system, its mutual interactions and dynamics like atmosphere, climate, land, and ocean applications.

These lectures were made informative and interesting with clippings and exclusive movie on ISRO Launch, Satellite assemblies and Ocean dynamics through which sophisticated Space Technologies and related sciences were made simple that was well received by children. Dr.Venkata Narayana, VSSC explained the Indian Space programme and launch modules through lucid video clippings and animations with special reference to ISRO MARS mission. The afternoon session was exclusively earmarked for the question answers session which was articulated by a predesigned format. This session was made interesting and informative with a panel chaired by Dr.C.B.S.Dutt along with all speakers and Dr.R.Nagaraja, Chairman INCA –HC. The programme ended with a formal vote of thanks by Dr.Reghunatha Menon.K.P. Secretary ISRS-HC.