K.R. Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri Students Visit Nehru Planetarium
Five students of K.R. Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri attended “Cosmonautics Day”at Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi on April 12, 2018.Nehru Planetarium, in collaboration with Russian Centre of Science and Culture and SPACE-India was celebrating Yuri Gagarin’s milestone travel to space on April 12, 1961. Space flights of famous astronauts like those ofValentina Tereshkova and Rakesh Sharma were also celebrated.
Students were shown animated astronaut movie in dome shaped Sky-Theatre. The video emphasizedthe challenges faced by astronauts during training on Earth and while staying in space. Further,Aleksey Shaposhnikov, Head of Science and Technology section of Russian Centre of Science and Culture presented a movie on Yuri Gagarin. The movie shed light on how Gagarin sailed through tough selection procedure and rigorous training course to become the first person to go into space.Mr.VikrantNarang, senior educator from SPACE-India cleared doubts asked by astronomy enthusiasts whileDr. NandivadaRathnasree, Director of Nehru Planetariumleftstudents scratching their heads with her questions. The event culminated with students writing messages for their favorite astronauts andenthralling rocket launch demonstration. Curious students approached Dr. Aleksey personally, asked their doubts and took autographs.
When students were asked about what they liked the most, Saisha of class VI replied “Collaboration of SPACE with Russian Centre of Science and Culture as it gives us more exposure and a chance to interact with other enthusiasts” while Nimrit of class VII exclaimed “Astronaut Chad movie- It was interactive and quite fun way to teach students.”
The major highlight of the museum was the original Soyuz T-10 descent Module in which Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma returned to Earth after he spent eight days in space on board the Salyut 7 space station. Students were amazed to see the burnt heat shield of the module which had charred during reentry.