Hyderabad: The city opens a new attraction to its space enthusiasts as the country’s first private Space Museum is being opened to the public here on Friday. Housed in the Birla Science Museum, the space museum has set up in association with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The museum, an initiative of the Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute (BACRI), aims at spreading knowledge across a variety of fields such as science and technology and to encourage young minds to explore new horizons.
A visit to this museum will offer you several exciting exhibits and models contributed by ISRO including the GSLV MK III, the launch vehicle of Chandrayaan 2, satellites like Rohini, Chandrayaan 1, Mangalyaan, the International Space Station and many more.
The museum is curated in a manner that all panels have anecdotes from people who were involved in several projects and teams and who were leaders in the enterprise. Inaugurating the museum along with CK Birla, chairman of CK Birla Group on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of BARCI, Governor ESL Narasimhan said the Space Museum was a must visit for everyone to find out the achievements India has made in the field of space.
“There are several stories in the field of space heard in our childhood days and one can learn and experience them on a visit to this museum,” CK Birla said.
According to officials at the Museum, they had conceptualised how the museum should be and gathered papers, speeches, memoirs, books, audios, interviews and so on to study how ISRO was born.
Few models housed in Space Museum
Bhaskara: The first experimental Remote Sensing Satellite built in India. The on-board TV camera imageries were used in the field of Hydrology and Forestry.
Aryabhata: The Aryabhata spacecraft named after the famous Indian astronomer was the country’s first satellite. It was completely designed and fabricated in In
dia and launched by a Soviet Kosmos – 3M rocket from Kapustin Yar on April 19, 1975.
Rohini RS-1: RS-1 was a 35 kg experimental spin stabilised satellite and was successfully launched on-board SLV-3 from SHAR Centre on July 18, 1980.
International Space Station: It is a multi-nation construction project that is the largest single structure humans ever put into space. The station continually evolves to include new missions and experiments.