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The father of India Space Program: Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai

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The country is celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of scientist and innovator Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai. Considered to be the father of India's space program. As a result, the first Indian satellite, Aryabhata, was put in orbit in 1975 from a Russian cosmodrome.entenary comes just weeks after India's Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon.

Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai started a project for the fabrication and launch of an Indian satellite. As a result, the first Indian satellite, Aryabhata, was put in orbit in 1975 from a Russian cosmodrome.

On Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai's 100th birth anniversary here's looking at why the lander of the Chandrayaan-2 has been named after him:

The lander of Chandrayaan-2, India's second mission to the moon, is named 'Vikram' to honor the late Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

The lander of Chandrayaan-2 is named 'Vikram' as part of the centenary celebrations of Vikram Sarabhai.

Lander 'Vikram' is designed to operate to function for one lunar day, which is equivalent to about 14 Earth days.

Lander 'Vikram' has the capability to communicate constantly with the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) in Byalalu near Bengaluru in Karnataka, as well as with the Orbiter and Rover.

Lander 'Vikram' was designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface.

Lander 'Vikram' weighs 1,471 kg and it?s capable of generating about 650 W of electricity. was an Indian scientist and innovator widely regarded as the father of India's space program. Sarabhai received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1962.[2] He was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.

Personal Life

Vikram and Mrinalini Sarabhai c. 1948

Son of Ambalal Sarabhai, he came from the famous Sarabhai family of India who was major industrialists committed to the Indian independence movement. Vikram Sarabhai married the classical dancer Mrinalini in 1942. The couple had two children. His daughter Mallika gained prominence as an actress and activist, and his son Kartikeya Sarabhai too became an active person in science. During his lifetime, he practiced Jainism.[9]

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