ISRO set to launch its TV channel

ISRO set to launch its TV channel

News:

  1. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will have an year-long Vikram Sarabhai centenary celebration to honour the visionary scientist and its legendary founding father. 

Important facts:

  • Sarabhai, the architect of the Indian space programme the first ISRO chief and renowned cosmic rays scientist, was born Aug 12, 1919.
  • As a part of celebration, series of activities will be organized nationally and internationally to commemorate the great international scientist.
  • Awards, scholarships and fellowships will also be given in the country and abroad.
  • It plans to roll out a dedicated ISRO TV channel showcasing space applications, developments and science issues, targeting young viewers and people in remote areas in their language.
  • ISRO’s tributes to Sarabhai start with naming the first Indian moon landing spacecraft of the Chandrayaan-2 mission ‘Vikram’.
  • The mission is planned for early 2019.
  • A chair each at Sarabhai’s two alma maters, Cambridge University and Gujarat University, as also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), would be set up.
  • 100 lectures by science luminaries would be held across the country in association with the International Astronautical Federation, the global space networking body.
  • ISRO will very soon start allowing the public to watch satellite launches from its Sriharikota launch centre.
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