Friday, May 20, 2011

The sound of sounding rockets are back

  They are back again and sure this time with a lot of openness and transparency.

  What are they?

  They are sounding rockets which will lift off from Isro's  Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) which is a part of the under Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Thiruvanathanapuram.

  Every Wednesday these rockets were launched from Thumba and their primary role being to study the upper atmosphere. But the flights were discontinued at Thumba and the action then moved to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.

   But, from May 18, 2011, these flights have restarted at Thumba, and what is noteworthy is that the public, especially students have been invited to witness these launches. Good---its work culture is finally changing and it is certainly changing for the better. ``Beyond Moon and Mars (BMM)'' hopes that it will remain this way.

    The launch will take place every third Wednesday of each month between 5 and 6 p.m.

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