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All About Rockets and other Space Facts.

One-minute read. Written by Hridhaan Kohli, a grade 4 student.

In 1976, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai said that the world’s most peaceful place is space…

By I Kid You Not , in Astronomy Science Space , at May 5, 2020 Tags: , , , , , ,

One-minute read. Written by Hridhaan Kohli, a grade 4 student (this is an archived piece) 

When I think about space I get the word “Peace”.   
In -fact in 1976, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai said that the world’s most peaceful place is space. In 1978 the 1st manned mission in India was launched. It is believed that Dr. Vikram Sarabhai died a day before the Aryabhata satellite launch in India (Aryabhata was one of the first Indian astronomers and mathematicians)

What are rockets and how are they unique?

Rockets are no ordinary vehicles; the longest rocket was 363 feet. Many of them have been to space- GSLV (Geosurnomuas Space Launch Vehicle). Yes, shocking as it sounds that the rockets take the satellite to space and the satellites have fuel. Though, it is around 3000 kilograms heavy. A satellite is the heart of a mission. In 2013 India crossed the Van-Allen belt. 

Now, what is the Van Allen belt?

It is the belt that separates the Earth and Mars.  ISRO was the first organization to reach Mars in their first attempt, whereas NASA reached in their 5th attempt and Roscomos reached in their 10th attempt.

Who was Dr. Vikram Sarabhai?

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was the Father of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). India was successful to launch its first satellite 147 km over the ozone layer. 

What is the ozone layer?

The ozone layer is a layer that surrounds the earth and stops the sun’s Ultraviolet rays from entering the earth’s atmosphere. Now our ozone layer is getting damaged. The satellites that click pictures above/in the ozone layer and the ultraviolet rays of the sun are damaging the ozone layer!

How fast does a rocket go?

A normal PSLV can go up to 1350 mph but GSLV can go up to 1540 mph. Yes, a GSLV mark 2 is the only GSLV that can reach the moon and finish its fuel. As the Chandrayaan 2 was launched in a GSLV mark 2 in Shriharikota.

What is India’s main launch site?

India’s main launch site is in Shriharikota, Madhya Pradesh. On 16 July 2019, the biggest mission in ISRO happened – Chandrayaan 2. No country has reached the south polar orbit in history and India succeeded to stick the landing but after 10 minutes of terror, the orbiter lost its signal. After the rover placed the Indian flag down the mission got aborted. 

What is the meaning of 10 minutes of terror?

10 minutes of terror was when the orbiter was 10 km away from the moon’s surface. 

I myself dream to be a rocket scientist and I will try my level best to be one. Best of luck to all of you for achieving your life goals.

Also Read: Fun Facts About Solar Systems

Written by Hridhaan Kohli 
Hridhaan is a talented boy in art and chess. He loves to play cricket and to swim. He is 10 years old and loves to travel to hills and go to hilly areas.

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