While the whole nation is counting moments for Chandrayaan-2 to land on the surface of the moon, here’s another space project that scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are already busy readying. Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM) will offer a sneak peak into Gaganyaan, as the new project has been christened, from Wednesday onwards.
Two space suits, saffron in colour, have been designed to replicate the ones that have been just prepared for Gaganyaan. People will acquire first-hand knowledge from scientists about the Gaganyaan project. Kolkata mayor, Firhad Hakim is a special invitee to see the suits first on Wednesday. Apart from scientists and researchers at BITM, some from the ISRO outfit in the city will also be present during the inauguration of the suits.
Gaganyaan will be a space ship designed in the country at ISRO that will be launched in space in December 2021.This will be the first manned orbital spacecraft from India that will orbit the earth at an altitude of 400km above the earth’s surface. It will have enough fuel and other provisions to last a seven-day long expedition.
“Adults and children will be able to wear the suits and get a feeling of the ones designed for Gaganyaan. I hope we will be able to make people in the city curious about the space project,” said V S Ramachandran, director of BITM.
“Do you remember the pictures of Tintin as he explored the moon, complete with the glass round dome from where your head peered out? Times have changed and with it the technology that is used to make the suits that have to be worn in a gravitation-less state. There are harmful radiations that also have to be kept out…we will give details to all visitors as they get into our replica suits,” said Gautam Seal, spokesperson for BITM.
Source: Times of India