ISRO to celebrate Sarabhai centenary, launch TV channel

• The Indian Space Research Organisation will have a year-long Vikram Sarabhai centenary celebration starting in August 2019 to honour visionary scientist and its legendary founding father.

• In a few months’ time, it plans to roll out a dedicated ISRO TV channel showcasing space applications, developments and science issues and targeted at youngsters and people in remote areas in their language.

• Sarabhai, the architect of the Indian Space programme, the first ISRO chief and renowned cosmic ray scientist, was born on August 12, 1919.

• Its tribute to Sarabhai starts with naming the first Indian Moon landing spacecraft of the Chandrayana-2 mission ‘Vikram’. The mission is planned for January 2019.

• A chair each at Sarabhai’s alma maters Cambridge University and Gujarat University and MIT would be set up apart from giving awards, scholarships and fellowships in the country and abroad.

• A new bust of Sarabhai has been unveiled at the remodelled atrium of ISRO Headquarters, Antariksh Bhavan.

• As it strengthens its public outreach, ISRO will shortly start allowing the public to watch satellite launches from the Sriharikota launch centre.

• Selected students of classes 8 and 10 will be trained at ISRO for a month and taken to various laboratories and centres across the country. Making of student satellites would be encouraged.

• Six startup incubation centres were being set up across the country to tap the best brains. Technology cells would be started for industry and academia to improve the existing linkages.

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