A beautiful combination…

January 10,2007 saw the successful launch of PSLV-C7 by ISRO. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7), carrying four satellites, lifted off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Wednesday.
More details on the launch here.

This is incredible. True that the satellites still have to perform but it’s always great to see the success of ISRO, one mission at a time. That is not all. Here is another piece of news that made me feel all warm.

India is beautiful, says Sunita from space

A few excerpts from the article:

“Space is an amazing place for all. Here there are no borders, and the world is very peaceful here,” said Sunita, chatting with an audience in India from the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting more than 400 km above earth.

Reiterating the words of the first Indian in space, Rakesh Sharma, who said that India is the most beautiful country, Sunita said: “I have the opportunity to look at India a number of times from the spacecraft and it looks beautiful. It’s a colourful country, with greenery and red mountains. Just great,” she said.

Commenting on the successful launch in India of an indigenously built satellite launch vehicle that carried four satellites, she said: “Congratulations. It’s a great achievement.”

To a question on India’s plan for a manned mission to the moon in the near future, Sunita said it was a great idea.

“It would be great if India goes for it. Space missions are engineering projects, biological projects and physics projects. They are the result of good coordination,” she said, citing the ISS, which is the result of coordination by 16 countries.

What more could I ask for?? India and Space together is my personal feel-good factor. That is India-Shining for me. It’s incredible…this union of two of my biggest passions in life. I know India’s launched satellites before, but with every passing day…the value of Brand India is increasing. India is making heads turn when She takes a step for progress in any field.

Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from. ~Eric Hoffer


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