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Satish Dhawan Satellite to carry Bhagavad Gita into space

In the lines of other space missions which conveyed sacred books, including the Bible, a copy of the Bhagavad Gita was decided to send.

Satish Dhawan Satellite to carry Bhagavad Gita, photo of PM Narendra Modi, names of 25,000 citizens into space by the end of this month.

Satish Dhawan Satellite to carry Bhagavad Gita into space

A nano-satellite, SD SAT to carry Bhagavad Gita copies, a photograph of PM Narendra Modi and the names of 25,000 people.

The Polar Satellite launching vehicle (PSLV) is called Satish Dhawan Satellite or SD SAT, it is named after the founding fathers of the space programme in India), as per a Hindustan Times article.

The SD SAT is one of two India-based satellites, first deployed by ISRO after the government approved it last year by the formation of a new agency, the IN-SPACe, to have more private interest in space activities across the world.

Names of 25,000 citizens

Dr Srimathy Kesan, the founder and CEO of SpaceKidz India talking to Hindustan Times said, “When we finalised the mission, we asked people to send in their names that will be sent to space. And, within a week we received 25,000 entries.

Of these, 1,000 names were sent in by people from outside India. There is a school in Chennai that sent in the names of everyone. We decided to do this because it will spark the interest of the people in the mission and space science.”

In the lines of other space missions which conveyed sacred books, including the Bible, a copy of the Bhagavad Gita was decided to send.

It later became clear that during the landing on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin took the Bible with him in the Apollo 11 capsule.

He was the first human in the world to carry the holy book into space.

On the bottom panel were the names of Dr K Sivan of the ISRO chairman and Dr R Umamaheswaran, scientific secretary.

“We have also added the name and photograph of the Prime Minister on the top panel with the words Atmanirbhar mission.

This satellite has been completely developed and fabricated in India, including the electronics and circuitry,” Kesan stated.

SpaceKidz India’s satellite also carries Trois payloads — one for testing space radiation, the other for the magnetosphere and the other for displaying a large contact network of low strength.

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