Space (2019 | Issue 1)

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We have all looked up at the night sky and contemplated the mystery that lies beyond. The sheer vastness and beauty of space is awe-inspiring. The final frontier continues to fascinate. It is a powerful presence in our books, movies, curriculum and news. Our inherent curiosity has driven us to explore this great wide unknown in search of answers. What is our place in the universe? Are we really alone or is there life out there? How can we keep pushing the boundaries of our knowledge in search of new worlds?

Our forays into space have created new technologies, many of which we use in our everyday lives. It’s amazing how many innovations that were meant for space have made their way into our homes, from memory foam to freeze-dried food, ear thermometers to cochlear implants! Thanks to space exploration, we have satellites orbiting Earth, warning us against cyclones and drought, allowing us to use GPS, enjoy our favourite TV shows and so much more! It also creates new technologies and more jobs.

India’s space sector has scripted many a success story. Its mission to Mars, Mangalyaan, created history in 2014 when its spacecraft entered Mars’ orbit in its first attempt—the only country in the world to do so! ISRO (the Indian Space Research Organisation) also launched a German satellite for the first time back in 1999.

As you know, India and Germany have been collaborating across various sectors since decades. Ours is what you call a strategic partnership, where both partners are deeply committed to work together for mutual benefit. The two Intergovernmental Science and Technology Cooperation Agreements signed in the 1970s laid the foundation for Indo-German collaboration in scientific research and technological development, including in the space sector, where our main focus is on disaster control and environmental monitoring. Together, India and Germany are consciously working towards a better future and a safer world. Onwards and upwards we go!

— Dr Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy New Delhi