New Delhi: India on Wednesday created history by becoming the first country in the world to successfully send a mission to Mars in the first attempt.
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), or Mangalyaan, was placed into Red Planet's orbit at around 8:00 am this morning.
The project had created a buzz not just among scientists but also among the ordinary citizens, more so students, ever since it was launched last year.
Especially for students, the journey of Mangalyaan ever since its inception has been a learning experience.
And it is natural for many of them to start dreaming about becoming a space scientist, which is an exciting career opportunity.
For those serious about becoming a space scientist, here is what you should know and what you should do:
- First thing to understand is, space science deals not just with astronomy but also astrophysics, galactic science, space colonisation etc.
- Once the course is completed successfully, one can become astronaut, rocket scientist, meteorologist etc.
- Opt for medical or non-medical in your class XI and XII.
- Remember, you need to have Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry as your subjects.
- You have to clear your XII board exams with excellent marks.
- After XII, you have to clear one of the several exams like AIEEE, JEE etc to be eligible for admission into institutes/ colleges/ universities that conduct courses dealing with space science.
- One of the prominent institutes to join is Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram.
- It is a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 and functions under the Department of Space, Government of India.
- According to the institute's website, IIST is Asia's first Space Institute and the first in the world to offer the complete range of undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral programmes with specific focus to space science, technology and applications.
- The various courses conducted by the institute include B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering), B.Tech (Avionics) and B.Tech (Physical Sciences) at undergraduate level and various M.Tech and M.S. programmes at postgraduate level.
- Among other institutes one can join to become a space scientist include Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram; UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS), Mumbai; National Institute of Science Education & Research at Bhubaneswar; Integrated Science Education & Research Centre (ISERC), Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; PHD Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital; Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc), and various IITs.