“NISAR is a great example of the strong U.S.-India partnership”– Bill Nelson

Students engage with NASA-ISRO Officials 

Bengaluru, November 29:  NASA Administrator Bill Nelson encouraged students during an event entitled, “Reaching for the Stars: A Conversation with NASA and ISRO,” at Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (VITM) in Bengaluru on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.  

The event, jointly organized by the U.S. government and VITM, aimed to foster a spirit of curiosity and exploration among the students.  

During the engagement, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson motivated the students, emphasizing the importance of curiosity, perseverance, and passion in the pursuit of knowledge and excellence. Highlighting the ever-growing collaboration between the United States and India in the space sector, he said    countries can achieve more when they join forces to explore outer space.  

“Students across the world are deepening their passion in science and technology, preparing them to be the future innovators and pioneers that help humanity soar to new heights, traverse previously untouched terrain and unlock more secrets of the universe,” said Administrator Bill Nelson. “It is an honor to be in Bengaluru where it’s clear that NASA and ISRO’s work together will create possibilities that benefit members of the Artemis Generation in both our countries – and around the world.” 

Recollecting the long-standing cooperation between ISRO and NASA, ISRO Scientific Secretary Shantanu Bhatawdekar acknowledged the continuing support in Gaganyaan, and looks forward to much anticipated data from NISAR. 

Addressing the students, Former Indian Astronaut Rakesh Sharma said, “As a signatory of the Artemis Accord, I now look forward to a convergence of India’s cultural ethos with NASA’s motto- “For the Benefit of All”.” 

NASA Administrator  also noted how the upcoming joint NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) mission, scheduled for launch in 2024 is just one example of how the U.S. and India’s partnership in space is helping people on Earth. Data from NISAR will help people worldwide better manage natural resources and hazards, as well as provide information for scientists to better understand the effects and pace of climate change. 

Over 200 public and private school students, aged 14 to 16, seized the opportunity to ask NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and Indian astronaut Rakesh Sharma about their journey, exciting developments in space exploration, and opportunities available for aspiring scientists and engineers.    

VITM Director K.A. Sadhana welcomed the guests, and U.S. Consulate General Chennai Spokesperson Samantha Jackson thanked the dignitaries for their  time to inspire the Artemis Generation.   The Office of the Spokesperson at The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai facilitated the  NASA-ISRO Space Diplomacy student outreach program, press gaggle, and social media engagement in Bengaluru. 

Photo Caption 1:  NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, ISRO Scientific Secretary Shantanu Bhatawdekar, Former Indian Astronaut Rakesh Sharma, VITM Director K.A. Sadhana looks at the full-scale model of NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity replica at the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum in Bengaluru on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. 

Photo Caption 2:  NASA Administrator Bill Nelson interacting with students at “Reaching for the Stars: A Conversation with NASA and ISRO,” event held at the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum in Bengaluru on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.   ISRO Scientific Secretary Shantanu Bhatawdekar, Former Indian Astronaut Rakesh Sharma and   VITM Director K.A. Sadhana seen in the picture. 

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