Updates from : The Hindu| Oct 06, 2017
Space research has brought about the greatest revolution in the history of mankind, the communication revolution, Sivaji Chakravorti, Director of National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode, has said. Opening the World Space Week celebrations at the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium here on Wednesday, he pointed out that communication revolution was as important as the green revolution and white revolution as far as India was concerned.
He told students that advances in space research was not the monopoly of countries such as the U.S. “It is about how you make use of your human resources,” he said and advised students to concentrate on their skills.
V.R. Lalithambika from Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, spoke on ‘Reaching out from planet earth’. She spoke on exoplanets, how to detect them and how to identify earth-like planets.
The World Space Week is observed from October 4 to 10 every year in memory of two momentous occasions in space research. It was on October 4, 1957, that the first man-made satellite Sputnik-1 was launched while it was on October 10, 1997, that the United Nations passed a resolution that fruits of space research should only be used for the betterment of mankind. The aim of the celebrations is to create awareness on the achievements in the field of space research. The theme this year is ‘Research in search of new worlds in the space’.