From Gulab Jamuns to KalamSat
By Knowledge Tribe
On June 22, 2017, NASA launched the Terrier Orion sounding rocket from Virginia, USA. Thousands of miles away, in Chennai, a team of eager young scientists at Space Kidz India, kept their eyes peeled, following the launch closely. Onboard NASA’s rocket, was the world’s smallest satellite, KalamSat– a 64-gram cube named after former Indian President and nuclear scientist, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.As the rocket powered into space, these scientists, led by Rifath Sharook, cheered as they watched their achievement take off. The launch was the culmination of a journey that began with (no kidding) a thought of making a satellite of the size of a gulab jamun, an Indian sweetmeat.