Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Newsmakers 2013: K. Radhakrishnan

K. Radhakrishnan
K. Radhakrishnan
For someone who steers the country's premier scientific institution, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) head Koppili Radhakrishnan, 64, is a deeply religious man. None of his major missions kick off without a visit to temples at Guruvayur or Tirumala. Radhakrishnan was the man behind the Mars Orbiter Mission or Mangalyaan, India's most audacious exploration into space which took off on November 5. A mere 22 of the 52 Mars-bound missions have succeeded so far. Come September 2014 and ISRO, if it pulls off the mission, will join an exclusive club of three agencies that have gone that far-European Space Agency, Russian Space Agency and NASA. Radhakrishnan has his punchline ready: "We'll tell the world India's frugal engineering is the most cost-efficient and successful-from automobiles to space."

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