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Honoured: M. Annadurai (second right) receiving Tamilmamani award from C. Govindasamy, MLA, at Iduvai in Tirupur on Sunday. –
Honoured: M. Annadurai (second right) receiving Tamilmamani award from C. Govindasamy, MLA, at Iduvai in Tirupur on Sunday. –

Staff Reporter

“I have chosen to tour on Saturdays and Sundays to kindle interest in young minds about space science”

Tirupur: The Indian Space Research Organisation is trying to better technologies for making access to space cheaper, to realise the goal of a developed India by 2020, according to M. Annadurai, project director of Chandrayaan-1.

Inaugurating a science exhibition organised by Kamatchiamman Matriculation school at Iduvai on Sunday, he reiterated the role played by the outer space development to the overall growth of the country.

Listing out some of the priorities identified in space research over the next few decades, he said that space explorations using the proposed Chandrayaan-2 and Chandrayaan-3, projects to find whether moon is habitable and mission to Mars, were in the offing. Mr. Annadurai told the students that the landing of the Moon Impact Probe (MIP), which got ejected out of Chandrayaan-1, on the lunar surface was a perfect gift to the children of the country since it had happened on the Children’s day (November 14).

He disclosed that the landing was planned in advance in such a manner to befit the occasion. The scientist said that two-days a week of his time had now been allocated to interact with youth to disseminate the progress made by the country in space science.

“I have chosen to tour on Saturdays and Sundays to kindle interest in young minds about space science while attending my regular job on other days.”

C. Govindasamy, MLA, handed over the ‘Tamilmamani’ award instituted by Tirupur Muthamizh Sangham to Mr. Annadurai at the function. Earlier, Mr. Annadurai interacted with the children who had displayed miniatures of ‘mission to moon’ and ‘Chandrayaan -1’, among others, at the exhibition.

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