Kerala to get a space museum

A space science museum is coming up in Pallikkara in Kochi, which is made famous by the water theme park of Veegaland. The Phase I of this facility has gone live a few days back when it was formally inaugurated by the former president APJ Abdul Kalam. This  museum is being jointly developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Indira Rajan, a leading educationist in Kerala, who also heads the  Minerva Educational Institutions in Kerala and is the chairperson of the Resul Pookutty Foundation. The selfless act of  Indira who  donated this prime piece of land in Pallikkara for the museum purely out of her passion for science and technology, deserves special mention. She was inspired to do something for the students to develop  their interest in science  after her visit to the NASA. She took up the matter with DRDO officials who promptly extended all their support for this novel venture.

During the inauguration function, a massive model of PSLV weighing a staggering 1,800kg was unveiled on December 17, which is celebrated all over the world as  Wright Brothers’ Day, in commemoration of their  historic 12 second  flight on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk.

This museum, which is modeled after the Smithsonian Museum in the US, though as  a scaled down version, when completed will be a comprehensive facility featuring special sections of  natural and physical science, space and defense. At present  only the Space Wing is  being opened in an existing building. The main objective of this museum would be to inspire the students in science topics according to the  former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair.

The museum will be one of the best centres of excellence in Indian aerospace and defense sectors that would not only attract scientists and students but curious tourists as well.  When completed, the museum will have separate  sections for atomic energy, industrial revolution and scientific research apart from live experiment sections on every live and  scientific phenomenon. A contest is currently being conducted for the school children in Kerala to find a logo and an apt name for the museum, which will be announced soon.  Though Kerala is a 100% literate state, it is astonishing that it has not produced  many scientists or researchers of national and international acclaim. This museum might go a long way in igniting the passion of science and research among  the youth and help to make the world a better place to live.

Sholto Ramsay

Boss, motivator and general eccentric with a deep love of Kerala and India who just wants everyone to enjoy an amazing and life enhancing experience of Kerala.

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  1. A great effort taken by Smt.Indira Rajan in starting such a museum.Hope the museum will do good to students and scientists interested in the space field .

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