With the Mars orbiter launched under the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan about to reach its destination on September 24, educational institutes across Pune are taking this opportunity to build interest among city students about astronomy. In a collaboration, Vijnana Bharati and Jyotirvidya Parisanstha along with Fergusson College, recently organised a three-day seminar to discuss astronomy, MOM and career opportunities for students at the college.
In this context, Professor Suresh Naik, former General Director ISRO said, “The seminar is open to students as well, wherein they can get insights about the Mangalyaan mission, which will soon reach its defining moment, as the orbiter soon enters Mars orbit.”
He further added that this is India’s first mission to Mars. Russia has failed numerous times trying to send a satellite to the planet. Even China and Japan have failed. The scientists at ISRO studied the reasons for their failures and designed the orbiter accordingly. Hence students will be educated about the significance of this mission in the seminar. The seminar will begin on September 24.