- 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.
- 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.