‘In 500 Yrs, Mars Will be Earth’s Colony’
Prof Rao, a former chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organisation now heading its physical research laboratory’s governing council, was speaking at the launch of the second phase of the Student Satellite Training Programme (STUDSAT-2) at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology in Yelahanka on Thursday.
“Thanks to the fast depletion of the natural resources, it is inevitable to look beyond outer space for survival of mankind. In the next 500 years, Mars is going to be Earth’s colony,” Prof Rao surmised in his address.
The STUDSAT is a unique satellite technology endeavor undertaken by Indian undergraduate students.
It is the first Pico-Satellite launched by India and led by Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology under ISRO’s guidance. ISRO is training engineering students to design, develop and fabricate a communication satellite under the STUDSAT programme.
“ISRO is training students to harness their skills in space technology that will play a crucial role for India to walk tall among the comity of nations,” he said.
“ ISRO itself started in a small industrial shed in Bangalore, but it has taken giant strides due to unflinching commitment of young scientists, who joined at its genesis,” Prof Rao added.