Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 9:
The weeklong visit of the twenty aspiring young astronomers from Odisha to the Satellite Centre of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and other noted Centres of Excellence situated in Bengaluru concluded here today.
The visit aimed at inspiring these young scientific geniuses of the state, selected through Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) programme, was sponsored by Tata Steel and coordinated in association with the Pathani Samant Planetarium, Bhubaneswar.
The visit of the team to ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), engaged in developing satellite technology and implementation of satellite systems in the country, gave an opportunity to the students to learn about the evolution of the Indian satellites. They were given a guided tour by a senior scientist of the institute in the well-stocked museum in the campus and explained various aspects of satellite making.
The tour, which was flagged off by the Chief Secretary of Odisha on May 2 from the state secretariat, was quite enriching as the team also had the privilege of visiting laboratories of the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and interact with Asst. Prof. of Physics Dr. R. C. Mallick who, along with some Ph D students, guided the YATS team in the campus.
The students also visited Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, displaying many priceless exhibits, including a full scale replica of the 1903 flyer of the Wright Brothers, one of the only two models available anywhere in the world.
The students also toured the Raman Research Institute, founded in 1948 by the Indian physicist and Nobel Laureate, Sir C V Raman, and were introduced to his work and personal collections. The team’s visit to Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with rare display of aircrafts of many genres and pictorial representation of evolution of the aviation industry in the country was one of the highlights of the visit.
To see one of finest collection of geological items of the country, the YATS team went to Geological Survey of India (GSI) museum in the city and interacted with one of its Director, JN Das. They also watched a show at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and interacted with its Director Dr BS Shaylaja.