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Trade Fair ‘Space Odyssey’ finds few takers

One of the most advertised events at the IITF ‘09 has been the ‘India: A Space Odyssey’ exhibition set up at the Nehru Pavilion.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi |
November 17, 2009 2:01:35 am

One of the most advertised events at the IITF ‘09 has been the ‘India: A Space Odyssey’ exhibition set up at the Nehru Pavilion. There are posters of it everywhere — indicating how important the ITPO considers it to be.

However,a visitor to the much-hyped show is likely to feel extremely lonely. Pragati Maidan saw 50,000 visitors in the first three days,of which only about 300 visited the space exhibition.

“The response has been cold. It is probably due to the fact that the first five days are designated business days,” reasons Asha Chopra,in-charge of the exhibition.

Newsline had reported on Monday that families had bought the expensive business tickets to be at the trade fair.

The exhibition itself is fairly small for its publicity and occupies only a portion of the ground floor of the Nehru pavilion.

The centrepiece is a film on the Indian space programme playing continuously. A security officer at the venue said that six -hour-long movies are being played.

One of the films was on how Chandrayaan-1 would be beneficial to the Indian space programme. It was clearly shot before the launch of Chandrayaan. November 14 marked the first anniversary of the touchdown of the Moon Impact Probe.

There are three scale models of rockets and five of Indian Satellites. Chandrayaan-1 has the pride of place with November 15 photos of the Moon and details of the Moon Impact Probe displayed prominently.

“We’re youngsters. We’re not interested in these things. They should at least try to make the exhibition look interesting,” said a youngster,who dropped in to see the exhibition.

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