Editorial: Space observatory takes wing

With the successful launch of the space observatory, Astrosat, the Indian Space Research Organisation has put India in a select group of countries that have a space telescope to study celestial objects and processes. The ability to simultaneously study a wide variety of wavelengths — visible light, ultraviolet and X-ray (both low- and high-energy) bands … Continue reading Editorial: Space observatory takes wing

What ails science in India?

Unlike other countries, India successfully sent a spacecraft (Mangalyaan) to Mars in its first attempt. But the country has failed to produce any path-breaking research or Nobel Laureates for the last several decades. And in all likelihood, India may not produce one in the near future unless some dramatic changes are brought about. What stares … Continue reading What ails science in India?

ISRO: Radhakrishnan in journal Nature’s top ten list

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is one of the 2014 top ten scientists chosen by the prestigious journal Nature . This is the first time in the recent past that the journal has chosen an Indian working in India. He is listed along with other people like Andrea Accomazzo, … Continue reading ISRO: Radhakrishnan in journal Nature’s top ten list

ASTROSAT, India’s unique space observatory

Published in The Hindu on September 27, 2015 The launch of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) ASTROSAT telescope today (September 28) will be a shot in the arm for astronomers, particularly those in India. This is the first time India is launching a space observatory. But that is not the only reason why the ASTROSAT … Continue reading ASTROSAT, India’s unique space observatory