Here’s an exciting piece of information – The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has constructed a launch viewing gallery in the form of a stadium at the spaceport of Sriharikota at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Inaugurated on March 31 by ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan, this gallery can accommodate 5,000 visitors who can view live rocket launches.
According to a news release on the ISRO website, the visitors’ gallery was placed at an appropriate location with a clear line of sight to the two launch pads of the Sriharikota Range.
“The visitors can view [the] launch from this gallery in real time with naked eyes,” it said, adding, that large screens were also placed to visually explain the various intricacies of launches and satellites.
Other than the gallery, a rocket garden and space museum will also be functional at the premises.
Build to a 1:1 ratio, various ISRO launch vehicles like Sounding Rocket, SLV, ASLV, PSLV, GSLV, Mk-III will be displayed at the rocket garden. Visitors will also have a chance to go inside and explore these vehicles. There are also various points for visitors to click pictures.
The space museum will provide an account of the Indian Space Programme from its infancy–in six sections–comprising history, education, technology, applications, global and the future. This will not only be an educational space but is also aimed at encouraging children and young adults to take an active interest in India’s robust space programme.
How to reach Sriharikota?
Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district is quite well connected to various other cities. However, the nearest train station is at Sullurpeta, which is 18 km away. From there, you can take public transport or hire a private taxi. The nearest airport is at Tirupati, 73 km away. Local buses also ply regularly.
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(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
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