20 winner students of Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) 2015-16, got a rare opportunity to learn about various aspects of operations of ISRO and evolution of Indian satellites.
Flagged off by Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik on May 8, 2016, the tour was led by Subhendu Pattnaik, Deputy Director of Pathani Samant Planetarium along with a Tata Steel official.
The 40 member team included 20 winners of YATS accompanied by their guide teachers. They visited the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), which is a primary body engaged in developing satellite technology and implementation of satellite systems in the country.
Amareshwar Khened, Project Director, Small Satellite Systems (SSS) – ISRO Satellite Centre, a renowned space scientist complimented Tata Steel & Pathani Samanta planetarium for organising this tour and engaged with students along with guiding on how to pursue a career in space science. H L Srinivasa, Senior Scientist of ISAC gave a guided tour of the space exhibition at the centre to the students explaining the evolution of satellite system of the country.
The students also visited Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, where they witnessed rare display of aircrafts of many genres and pictorial representation of evolution of aviation industry.
The four-day tour, starting May 10-13, also included a visit to the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum that displays priceless exhibits including a full scale replica of the 1903 flyer of Wright brothers and many other scientific wonders that left the students spellbound.
The students also visited Department of Entomology of University of Agricultural Science and had an interactive session with K Chandrasekhra and Prof V V Belavadi and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium where Pramod G Galgali, Joint Director and H R Madhusudan, Senior Scientist of the planetarium demonstrated some science experiments and workings of various types of highly sophisticated telescopes.