Humanity’s thirst for exploration knows no bounds, and when it comes to the vast expanse of space, that curiosity becomes a beacon guiding us through the mysteries of the cosmos. On 19th August 2023, a captivating event took place that united space enthusiasts under one roof. EduOdyssey: Chandrayaan – 3 and Beyond, a collaborative effort by SPACE India and Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, unfolded as an inspiring and enlightening journey through the cosmos.
The event was graced by the presence of Chief Guest, Mr. N. Raghu Meetei, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Technical Development and Innovation (DTDI) at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The event took off with a memorable moment as Dr. Sachin Bahmba, (CMD), SPACE Group, felicitated Mr. N. Raghu Meetei with an extraordinary gift: a picture of the Chandrayaan -3 launch, captured by one of the educators. This picture has achieved the remarkable feat of being featured in the prestigious Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) – NASA.
Mr. Shivam Gupta (CEO & MD), SPACE Group and Avani Patwa (CEO), Space Technology & Education Pvt. Ltd. honored Ms. Sonia Chhabra, Vice Principal of Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura. The event was ceremonially illuminated as guests came together to light the traditional lamp, symbolizing the illumination of knowledge and the beginning of an event. Ms. Chhabra, Vice Principal brought great enthusiasm to the event by her introductory speech to address the audience of 100 participating Schools and 600 students of different schools. Her words echoed with gratitude for SPACE India for spearheading such an inspiring event. She underlined the importance of igniting young minds with curiosity and awe for the universe, cultivating the seeds for future space exploration and innovation.
The stage was then taken by Mr. Vikrant Narang, CTO of Space India, who initiated his talk with a thought-provoking quote from, Carl Sagan. With this, he opened a gateway to the awe-inspiring achievements of ISRO. He wove a narrative that journeyed through time, from the inception of ISRO under the visionary Dr. Vikram Sarabhai to India’s first satellite launch. Mr. Narang then turned the spotlight to the remarkable image of the Chandrayaan-3 launch, an image that encapsulated the dreams and aspirations of the nation.
Following the great buzz and introduction, it was then esteemed chief guest’s speech on stage that mesmerized everyone with the extensive knowledge about the ISRO missions. Mr. N. Raghu Meetei shared the incredible odyssey of Chandrayaan-3, an embodiment of India’s relentless pursuit of knowledge. His speech resonated with the majesty of the universe, the intricate details of our solar system and the profound significance of our Moon. He elaborated on the Chandrayaan-3 mission, offering insights into its objectives and the advancements it promised. He also spoke about the forthcoming missions – Aditya L1 and Gaganyaan – that promise to take India’s space exploration to new heights. Mr. Meetei also emphasized the numerous career opportunities that await young minds for becoming Astrophysicists, Rocket scientists, entrepreneurs, etc.
The event was further boosted by a fireside chat between Dr. Sachin Bahmba and Mr. N. Raghu Meetei. This candid conversation delved into the nuances of space exploration, the challenges, the triumphs, and the dreams that drive the quest for knowledge beyond our planet. The floor was then opened to a Q&A session where enthusiastic students posed insightful questions about Chandrayaan-3, moon colonization, and the future of space technology. Mr. Meetei also shared information about Yuvika, ISRO’s sponsored Young Scientist program, igniting young minds with the possibilities that lie ahead.
The event concluded with a sense of unity as participants gathered for group photographs, encapsulating the spirit of togetherness in this cosmic journey. To conclude the event, Mr. Meetei was treated with a great Astronomy Showcase by Bal Bharati school students and it was inaugurated with a beautifully ISRO- Chandrayaan 3 painted hydro rocketry launch by Mr. Meetei, ushering in a realm of interactive activities. Attendees immersed themselves in terrestrial observation using Dobsonian telescopes, engaged in astronomy-themed games, explored pop rocketry and stomp rocketry, watched comet making, and were treated to a display of fascinating astronomy kits.
EduOdyssey: Chandrayaan-3 and Beyond was a celebration of human ingenuity, curiosity, and the unyielding spirit of exploration. As the event came to a close, attendees left with hearts full of wonder and minds ignited with the spark of curiosity, ready to embrace the boundless universe that awaits us all.
For those who missed the chance to attend in person, the event was live-streamed on YouTube, enabling viewers from around the world to join in the cosmic odyssey.