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Proud Moment for Indians! Lord Venkateswara’s Name Included in NASA’s Rocket to Mars

Hindus have always made India proud and there is another moment for India to be proud now as again at international level Indians are being applauded. There is a moment to rejoice as the name of Lord Venkateswara of the famous hill shrine at Tirumala, stencilled in microchips and affixed on NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover, would fly to the Red Planet, former director of National Mission of Manuscripts and an ardent devotee V Venkata Ramana Reddy said

He further said “I am a strong supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara, and I am delighted to send the name of the ancient and world-famous Tirumala shrines presiding deity to Mars. He said he has submitted the name and got the souvenir boarding pass in the name of the Lord from the official website of NASA

It is an indeed proud moment for India as among 10 million names stencilled on microchips affixed on the Rover one name will be of Lord Venkateshwara. The name of Lord has been selected under the campaign “Send Your Name to Mars” run by the NASA website in which NASA invited the public to submit their names to fly to the red planet

The mission is scheduled for launch in July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021. The phases of the Mars 2020 mission would include prelaunch, launch, Cruise, Approach, Entry, Descent, and Landing, Instrument Checks and First Drive and surface operations.

Prelaunch phase will include preparation for the mission, including pre-project planning, science definition and instrument selection, landing site selection, assembly and testing, and delivery to Cape Canaveral. Then in launch phase lift off from earth will be done. In the next phase there will be voyage through space to Mars. After that it will near the red planet Mars and then in next phase landing will be done. After landing when engineers first conduct tests to ensure the rover is in a “safe state”and in the final stage Mars will be studied through the day-to-day activities of rover.

The Rover would search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, and collect samples from Mars.


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