A twitter post shows ISRO’s past at a glance: From carrying rocket components on bicycle to intending for Mars In 6 decades

From carrying components of the first rocket on a bicycle to discovering water on the Moon, the ISRO has come a long way ever since its establishment. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been revolutionary in space operations with tireless zeal.

After its extraordinary success over the years, it is worthy to also honor its journey, its challenges, and its determination to overcome them. A Twitter thread has now magnificently taken the highlights of ISRO and India’s six-decade journey to victory.

The post is by Bengaluru-based entrepreneur Palak Zatakia. The thread consists of 35 tweets and lays out the “story of ISRO.” Zatakia says ISRO’s greatest accomplishment is that it is inspiring generations to “dream bigger and aim higher.”

The beginning

According to Zatakia, India’s space study has roots in the 1920s with Professor S K Mitra. He along with his team conducted several experiments in order to understand radio waves and the ionosphere. This was till the 1940s.

This sparked an interest in space research and scientists began harmonizing:
  • In 1945, Dr. Homi J Bhabha set up the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
  • Two years later (1947), Dr. Vikram Sarabhai set up a Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad
  • In 1954, the Department of Atomic Energy (DoAE) was established to lead the financing for atomic and space research in India

However, in 1957, when the then Soviet Union initiated the planet’s first satellite, known as Sputnik, Indian researchers recognized the need to speed up. The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru known as DoAE to take over the duties of space exploration. In the meantime, Dr. Sarabhai had begun setting up for the Indian National Committee for Space Research.

The future

ISRO announces that it is planning to release India’s third lunar operation — Chandrayaan-3 — sometime in 2021. It intends to incorporate manned operation ‘Gaganyaan’ by 2022, a follow-up of the Mangalyaan by 2024. In addition, construct a space station as a follow-up of the Gaganyaan operation.



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