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COVER STORY
Flight of Pride
In a little over four decades since launching its first satellite, India’s space programme has achieved rare milestones with increasing self-reliance
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19 SendinganIndiantoSpace
Nearly four decades after Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to go to space, India’s Gaganyaan mission is on course to chart a new chapter in history
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25 Science & Spiritualism
One true unified field quantum vacuum of contemporary physics is in consonance with the concept of Shiva of yore
Profile of the Month
A look at the life of Prof U R Rao, who ‘connected’ India by successfully putting the INSAT series of communication satellites in space
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PATRONS
Prof Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission
Dr G Madhavan Nair, Former Chairman, ISRO Dr Vijay P Bhatkar, Chancellor, Nalanda University and President, VIBHA
Prof K I Vasu, Former Professor, IIT Chennai, IISc Bangalore and Founder, Swadeshi Science Movement
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE Prof Suhas Pednekar, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai
Prof VPN Nampoori, Emeritus Professor, Cochin University of Science and Technology Vivekananda Pai, Secretary, VIBHA Praveen Ramdas, Secretary, VIBHA
CHIEF EDITORIAL ADVISOR & MEMBER, ADVISORY BOARD
Jayant Sahasrabudhe
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Dr Omkar Rai
EDITOR
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Sonam Singh Subhedar
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Interview of the Month
G. Madhavan Nair, former ISRO Chairman, on the opening up of space industry for private players, data security issues and the bright future for space scientists in India
The Grand Quest for Astrobiology
Despite its inherent grandeur, search for life in the Universe has the potential to bring rich dividends to India
Living Legend: Prof Jayant V Narlikar
From hardcore research of steady state cosmology to penning popular science fiction stories, Prof Narlikar’s service to astronomy and astrophysics is unparalleled
Science behind Kumbh Mela
Ancient Indian seers invented micro to macro units of time and there in lies the secret of the 12-year-cycle of this fair
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