Date: 8th June 2012
A unique show of live working models of space equipments from NASA, DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation)- 'Space Festival 2012'- will begin in Coimbatore from July 9. Several scientists, researchers and academicians would take part in this six days show.
Talking to media, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University and coordinator of the event- Dr C Swaminathan said, “Various live models of Solar Viewing Telescope, Scale model of Sun-Earth system from NASA and Brahmos, other missiles from DRDO and rockets from ISRO will be displayed during the first such event in the country.”
He informed that there will be nine visiting NASA scientists, giving lectures every day at the event. The event will be inaugurated by the former President, APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr VK Saraswath, Chief of Department of Science and Technology and Scientific Adviser to Prime Minister, Dr A Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brahmos and ISRO Chandrayan project director, Mylsamy Annadurai, would also be present on this occasion.
The festival will jointly be organised by National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA), Defence Research And Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organization (IIA and IIG) – ISRO, Tamilnadu Science and Technology Center – TSTC, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism – IIG and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research - TIFR, Ooty.
A delegation from NASA includes Dr N. Gopalswamy NASA/GSFC (head of delegation). Dr J. M. Davila, Dr Madhulika Guhathakurta, Paulo Younse, D. Scherrer (Stnafoed University), Martha Wawro, Jaya Bajpayee, Dr. Mark Boyta (Groove of Hope) and AK Scherrer (Grove of Hope) is likely to participate in the event.