Google has decided to celebrate the 89th birth anniversary of India’s satellite man – Udupi Ramachandra Rao. He was the person who supervised the launch of India’s first satellite Aryabhata in 1975. So, in the birth anniversary of Mr.Rao Google has made the effort to make the Google doodle regarding him. It is a sketch of Professor Rao with background of planet earth and shooting stars. The doodle says – ” Happy Birthday Prof. Rao. Your stellar technological advancements continue to be felt across the galaxy. ”
Prof Rao was born in a remote village in Karnataka in 1932. But he studied hard and became a cosmic ray physicist. He was a protege of Vikram Sarabai who was the father of India’s Space Program. Before he became the part of ISRO, Prof Rao, spent some time with NASA. But he came back in 1972 and spearheaded the high energy astronomy program at Physical Research laboratory.
He was the person behind the launch of India’s first satellite. Prof. Rao may have headed the Aryabhata program but he also did so much after that. He also helped with the launch of almost 20 other satellites that empowered the rural development in India. It boosted the communication system in rural India, and improved the meteorological services.
Prof Rao’s contribution to India’s Space program is unparalleled. He acted as the chairman of Indian Space and Research organisation from 1984-1994 ( almost a decade!) Before any other scientist, Prof Rao became the first to enter the Satellite hall of fame in 2013. His contribution to India’s space program is commendable, Google celebrates his 89th Birth anniversary of a legend with this thoughtful doodle.