Space & nuclear power

Space flights, nuclear power and a missile shield

Print edition : September 01, 2017

Vikram Sarabhai (fourth from right) and ISRO scientists discussing the launch of the sounding rocket Rohini-75 from Thumba in the 1960s. Sounding rockets are launched to probe atmospheric layers. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Albert Einstein with Homi J. Bhabha (right) and two other scientists at Princeton University in 1947. Photo: The Hindu Archives/Princeton University

August 8, 1980: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi going through an album of photographs of the SLV-3 project at a function organised by the science forum of Parliament to felicitate the space scientists Satish Dhawan (second from left) and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the successful launching of the SLV-3. At left is the Information and Broadcasting Minister Vasant Sathe. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The third PHWR unit of 700 MWe under construction at Kakrapara, Gujarat. The reactor building with a double containment dome (at left) is expected to be commissioned in November 2018. The fourth unit, also a 700 MWe PHWR, will become operational in November 2019. Photo: NPCIL

At left, Mars, with the ice caps on its North Pole, from a mosaic of pictures sent by the Mars Colour Camera of India's orbiter. (Above) The three linked craters of Mars. Photo: ISRO

Two supersonic Akash missiles fired from mobile launchers simultaneously at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha by the Air Force to test its multi-target features. Photo: DRDO

The Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor of 500 MWe at Kalpakkam, which will go critical in December 2017. It will herald the commercial phase of India’s breeder reactor programme. Breeders form the second stage of India’s three-stage nuclear power programme. Photo: Bhavini

The TG-26 variety groundnut developed by BARC and harvested by a farmer from her field at Sattupally village in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Photo: BARC

India’s achievements in space, marked by missions to the moon and Mars; its nuclear power programme; and the range of missiles in its armoury were made possible by the visionary zeal of scientists such as Vikram Sarabhai and Homi J. Bhabha and the commitment of the political leadership to building a scientific temper.
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