88th Birth Anniversary - Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam an Inspiration - Is it UN World Student Day ?

Today 15 Oct is 88th Birth Anniversary of Dr.A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM  Former President of India.

 The above image is when he flew in Sukhoi-30 MKI at the Lohegaon Air Force Base in Pune on 8June2006.

Did United Nations Declare 15 Oct as "World Student's Day"? 
Every year we see messages saying  15Oct Declared "World Students Day" forwarded by people who directly or indirectly believing various aricles/news reports in prominent T.V. & Newspapers Websites or this https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Students%27_Day

In the above wikipedia article sources are quoted bit if you click them they don't lead to any official UN website but local media news articles. Hence articles on Wikipedia are sometimes misleading.

Click&See list of UN Proclaimed International Days https://www.un.org/en/sections/observances/international-days  infact today is "International Day of Rural Women"

Failures Stepping Stones to Success - Failed Dream of Dr. Kalam to become Airforce Pilot in 1958: 
Click on this link https://www.thehindu.com/books/books-authors/failed-in-my-dream-of-becoming-pilot-abdul-kalam-in-new-book/article5035287.ece  to read an interesting article in which Dr.Kalam  explained how he failed to become a Airforce Pilot in 1958.

These days for very small failure we get so much upset ...example not getting good marks, failing in exam, someone didn't put a like a post etc..etc..

In the article link  .. you can see it was Dr.Kalam's dream in 1958 to become a Pilot ..but he was not selected because he got 9th place whereas there were 8Posts.

Instead of being depressed missing to be Pilot so closely having cherished the dream to fly from Childhood. Dr. Kalam made his failure.. a Stepping Stone for success..and went on to give India a new edge with his efforts on Missiles as Scientist Engineer.

And later went on to became Supreme Commander i.e President of India is also  "Commander in Chief" of Indian Armed Forces (Army, Navy& Airforce) with supreme power to declare war or conclude peace.

So much to learn from such great people. It's great he failed to become a pilot else its difficult to imagine today's PSLV or advanced Missiles in India within 3-4 Decades of Indian Independence.So great even after death not just success... great people's failure also  inspires us...

4th Oct - Sputnik1- Historic Day - Space Age

On 4Oct 1957 first man made object reached outer space ..i.e.Russian Satellite called Sputnik1 was launched and inserted into earth orbit. We learnt about Stone Age, Iron Age etc.. in school..

4th Oct marked beginning of "SPACE AGE" when humans started to use Satellites&Space. Same as the early man learned to use stones as tools..4Oct-10Oct is celebrated as UN World Space Week.

1st Satellite launched in 1957..thanks to Homi.J.Babha,Vikram Sarabhai India started space prog in 1962.

150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma - Talisman - Inspiration for Science with Human Face

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."
- One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.
Source: Mahatma Gandhi [Last Phase, Vol. II (1958), P. 65]

5 Years of "Mangal"yaan - Mars Orbiter Mission Around Planet Mars

Today is very special day .. 5 years ago on 24 Sept 2014 "Mars Orbiter Mission(MOM)" i.e. Mangalyaan was inserted into orbit around Planet Mars. Basically, MOM was planned to work only for 6 months but till now itsl working going around Mars.

Today we had Live Discussion on Sneha Tv 4.30pm commemorating achievement will and inputs were given to for Special Programme on TV5 Telugu News Channel telecast at 9.30pm.

Here is the link to Sneha Tv Live

Here is the link to special prog telecast on TV5 Telugu News Channel.

50th Birth Anniversary of ISRO - Major Role in 73 Years of Indian Independence & Prosperity

Dear Reader We Wish you all Happy Indian Independence Day .

Today we have another important reason to Celebrate.. yes today i.e. 15 Aug 1969 ISRO came into existence 50 years ago.

Its interesting to know why not much is written about this in Print & Electronic or Social Media today. However 10 years ago we did commemorate 40th Anniversary of ISRO'S coming to existence as an Institution. http://www.ournewplanets.info/2009/08/indian-space-research-organisations.html

As Promised in Coming days we will announce gist of various activities planned to be implemented.
Anyways here is the TV Discussion we had in Prominent Telugu News Channel today. In this Live Programme contributions of ISRO in different fields have been discussed.

Also we shared our inputs with BBC about today's date and other updates related to Chandrayaan1& Chandrayaan2.

Chandrayaan 2 - 14 Aug 2019 3am-4am - TLI

Between 3am-4am today 14Aug Enroute it's journey to moon Chandrayaan2 will give final goodbye leaving earth today.

Today ISRO as part of Chandrayaan2 will undertake Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) using LAM firing and expects to achieve targeted 266km x 413623 km in coming Approx 7 Days.

This TLI is been initiated after completing 5  orbit raising EBNs of Chandrayaan2 while covering the distance between Earth and Moon while providing required velocity.
This is crucial and final step after 23 Days since Launch on 22July close to Home for Chandrayaan2. This phase will last for approx 7 Days. Leading to most crucial part of all Lunar Missions which will occur on 20/21Aug

Anyways from Planetary Society of India we wish all the best to ISRO Scientists and farewell to Chandrayaan2 (Orbiter, Vikram Lander and Pragyan the Rover).


Dear Members, Friends and Students

Over past 2-3 Years there has been hiatus in the online publication of our articles in Print, Electronic or Social Web Media. Yes there were greater challenges in our 16 years journey in promotion of Space Sciences and more so since 2014. On this day inspired by Dr.Vikaram Sarabhai Birth Anniversary we re-dedicate ourself to promote space sciences in more better ways than. 

 However just as a reminder to past . Click Here the article we wrote in 2009 commemorating 90th Anniversary of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Birth in 2009. On that day we demanded .. 12 August be Declared as "SPACE SCIENCE DAY" .. which will be in true spirit of UNISPACE III Declaration of 1999 and also recognise the potential of "Space Science" with its multi-disciplinary nature. Science Communication particularly Space Sciences has lot more to do reaching out to people..Still things have not changed a lot in 2009 or now.

From Planetary Society of India we will make special efforts so as to reach in a effective manner.

 We will update in coming days Year long celebrations and would work with various Governmental &Non Governmental organisations including ISRO  and associated organisations to supplement their efforts. #Sarabhai100 #SarabhaiCentenary #isro #vikramsarabhai

15th Anniversary of Planetary Society, India

Dear Readers, Students and Members of Planetary Society today 17 October we celebrate 15th Anniversary of formation of our organization .
On this day 15byeare ago on  17 October 2003 Planetary Society was born as legal person. 

Remembering Atal Bihari Vajapayee - Indian Mission to Moon - 15 Aug 2003 Independence Day Speech

As Tribute Remembering Honorable former Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee announcement of Indian Mission to Moon on Independence Day 15 Aug 2003 . We Present following Video Courtesy Govt Of India Source.

Following the announcement of P.M. in year 2008 on 22 Oct 2008 Chanddrayaan I was launched and was placed into orbit of Moon on 8 Nov 2008. Later as part of this Mission following suggestion of Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a "Moon Impact Probe" which was included as part (not orginally planned) of this Mission which landed on surface of Moon on 14 Nov 2008. Importantly presence of Water on Moon was confirmed because this mission telling new truth to world. Hats off to the then Prime Minister and Team ISRO. #atalbiharivajpayee


49th Birth Anniversary of ISRO - Manned Mission 2022 - Thanks P.M.

49 Birthday ISRO - India'S Manned Mission by 2022 - Thanks P.M. Modiji:Dear Friends/Students wish all Happy Independce Day.
However we feel sad that most of you didn't remember ISRO in your wishes and things didn't change much in last 9years reg. Access to Space Science outreach/Awareness is Prog.Because today 15 Aug is 49th Birth Anniversary of ISRO.

http://www.ournewplanets.info/2009/08/indian-space-research-organisations.html?m=1 if you have time read my article written 9years ago on occasion of 40th Anniversary.

So happy 9yrs ago or today PSI doing its duty. Hence need for a organisation which spread importance of "Space Science " we started "Planetary Society, India"  in 2003 .

Yes India needs large number of Planetariums, Science Communicators, Support to Organisations imparting space science awareness and education form relevant agencies.

We thank honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcement of "Manned Mission" by 2022. Actually we expected this immediately after 104 Satellite Mission.

So it's time now greater outreach program should be developed ..But in the recent we have seen the Govt agencies relying on theirs officers are planning such programs.Which are not fulfilling the task but just achieving some preset goals of serving some numbers. Hence without involving space based or amateur astronomy groups ..any outreach will not serve much purpose. Like 40th or 49th Anniversary of ISRO will be limited to a Post on web.

Through this article we Hope already 50th Anniversary of ISRO is celebrated properly. Even for Chandrayaan 2
on  awareness aspwct lot is needed to be done . We definitely don't need to see what happens during such events or missions  in USA . How  KG to PG resources are build and spread involving large number of Organisations by NASA.And sometimes they provided opportunity to organisation outside USA to serve/reach out local communities in other countries.

While remembering great scientists like Dr.Vikram Sarabhai, Homi J. Babha, Arvamudam, APJ Kalam, U.R.Rao, Satish Dawan, Kasturi Rangan and many others who are continuing the legacy in service of nation .We wish all Scientist's a Happy 49th Birthday Anniversary of ISRO.