Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 11:

Tata Steel in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium (PSP) of Bhubaneswar today kicked off the much acclaimed Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition (VSSE) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the first time in Odisha.


Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium Kailash Chandra Sahoo, along with Tata Steel Project Gopalpur Vice President Arun Misra today inaugurated the week-long exhibition at the Bhubaneswar based planetarium.

The exhibition, celebrating the tenth year of Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS), will be on display from 10 AM to 5 PM from December 13 to December 17, said the organisers.

“We are proud to host ISRO’s first ever exhibition in the state. This will help to develop scientific temper among students,” said Sahoo addressing the students gathered on the occasion.

Speaking about the exhibition, Misra said, “The aim of this exhibition is to develop scientific temper amongst the students and researchers and to make common man aware of the contributions of ISRO initiatives in our daily lives. The children visiting the exhibition should also feel encouraged and pursue higher studies in space science.”

The organisers added that the mobile exhibition presented by Ahmedabad based VSSE features a set of about 20 static panels related to remote sensing satellites and communication satellite and their applications, Chandrayaan / Mars mission, models of camera of Mars mission, satellite images, scale down models of launch vehicles like PSLV & GSLV, various satellite models of INSAT and IRS, OCM, Aryabhatta, RISAT and a working model showing satellites orbiting around earth.

While mechanical component parts used in satellites are on the display, there are various video documentaries on the launch of Mars mission.

For students of higher classes there is also a video display on how to join ISRO.

ISRO’s geo portal: BHUVAN website will be demonstrated during the exhibition as well.

A team of senior scientists and engineers from the Ahmedabad based Space Applications Center (SAC) are also present in the exhibition to interact with the students.