Google Doodle Honours Udupi Ramachandra Rao, The Scientist Behind India’s First Satellite

New Delhi, March 10: Google on Wednesday honoured India’s “Satellite Man” and renowned scientist late Udupi Ramachandra Rao with a Doodle showing him with a background of the earth and shooting stars, saying that his “stellar technological advancements continue to be felt across the galaxy”.

As chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Rao supervised the 1975 launch of India’s first satellite “Aryabhata.”

Born on March 10, 1932 in Karnataka, Rao passed away in 2017. Aryabhata Satellite: Everything You Need to Know About India’s First Satellite Launched 43 Years Ago.

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1976 and Padma Vibhushan in 2017.

Rao started his career as a cosmic ray scientist and worked under the father of the Indian space programme, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

In association with the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory group, Rao was the first to establish the continuous nature of the solar wind and its effect on geomagnetism using Mariner 2 observations.

Rao’s experiments on a number of Pioneer and Explorer spacecraft led to a complete understanding of the solar cosmic-ray phenomena and the electromagnetic state of the interplanetary space.

He was also the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad and Nehru Planetarium at Bengaluru and chancellor of the Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology (IIST) at Thiruvananthapuram. Prof Udupi Ramachandra Rao’s 89th Birth Anniversary Google Doodle: Search Giant Honours India’s ‘Satellite Man’ With Animated Doodle of ‘Aryabhata,’ the Earth and Shooting Stars.

Rao was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington, in 2013 at a ceremony by the Society of Satellite Professionals International. With this, he became the first Indian to be inducted in that category.

He also became the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the Prestigious “IAF Hall of Fame” at Guadalajara, Mexico

(The above story first appeared on Fresh Headline on Mar 10, 2021 12:21 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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