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From Gulab Jamun To The Stars

Categories: Non-fiction
Book Type: paperback
ISBN(13): 9789387282599
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On 22 June, 2017, global space history was made when the world's smallest satellite was launched by a NASA rocket. The spacecraft, named KalamSat after former Indian President and rocket scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was designed by a seven-member team of young Indian space enthusiasts, led by the redoubtable Srimathy Kesan of Space Kidz India (SKI), Chennai. This incredible journey started with a balloon satellite launched by SKI in 2015 with plans now to build the first ever ‘Space Park for India’. The book captures behind-the-scenes events explaining how KalamSat was built in a workshop-cum-office – 'The Headquarters' – at Srimathy Kesan's Chennai bungalow. It unfolds the transformation of the lives of the team as history was being made. It shows how an 18-year-old scientist and his young co-warriors, hailing from humble backgrounds and with limited resources – with exams to write and college to attend – followed their dream steadfastly and brought their remarkable project to fruition. An inspiring tale for young and old, From Gulab Jamun to the Stars showcases a new India in the making.

Srinivas Laxman, a graduate from Mumbai’s Elphinstone College, is a space journalist contributing regularly to the Times of India. Over the years he has covered major rocket launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, including India’s maiden lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, and the first flight to Mars, Mangalyaan.

He has interviewed the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, and the last man who stood on the lunar surface, Eugene Cernan. He has also interacted with India’s first spaceman, Rakesh Sharma, and Indian-American astronauts, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams.

He has visited NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre at Florida, the Johnson Space Centre at Houston, Texas, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena near Los Angeles and the European spaceport of Kourou in French Guyana, South America.