Prof Suresh Naik,ex-group director,ISRO spoke about Indias Mangalyan 1 mission to the planet Mars on the concluding day of the National Space Conference (Theme Astronomy) held at Tagore Theater on Friday.
While addressing the students,he said,Indias ambitious Mangalyan 1 mission to planet Mars is slated for launch in 2013. It will take Mangalyan eight to nine months to reach MARS because of the staggering distance of 56 crore kilometers between the earth and Mars.
Prof Naik also warned that out of 40-50 expeditions to Mars,fifty percent had failed,but he complimented Indias achievement made by Chandrayan 1,when it discovered the presence of water on the moons surface in 2009 Prof Ranjan Gupta of the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA),Pune talked about career opportunities in astronomy.
Apart from this a quiz on astronomy was also held,in which students of Ryan International School bagged the first prize Prof Sandeep Sahijpal from Panjab University talked about Origin and Evolution of the Solar System and Prof JS Bagga of IISER,Mohali delivered a lecture on The Universe in a Computer.
Around 1500 students from states like Gujarat,Maharashtra,Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh attended the conference.