October 8, 2023
Coimbatore PSG College of Arts and Science witnessed the grand inauguration of its Astronomy Club. The event was graced by the presence of former ISRO Scientist Mylaswamy Annadurai, renowned for his role as the Program Director of Chandrayaan 1 and 2. College Secretary Dr T Kannaian and Principal Dr. D.Brindha presided over the ceremony.
During his keynote address, Scientist Mylswamy Annadurai shared insightful thoughts on space exploration, highlighting the significance of Chandrayaan 3.He stated that Chandrayaan 3, often referred to as “the seed of a tree,” is far from dormant on the moon’s surface. Instead, it is poised to grow and flourish, indicating future developments in lunar exploration.
India’s historic role in confirming the existence of water on the moon through Chandrayaan 1 was noted, followed by subsequent missions that affirmed the presence of oxygen and hydrogen. Mylswamy Annadurai also pointed out China’s recent intentions to establish lunar settlements, emphasizing the need for India to accelerate its moon exploration efforts. He firmly asserted that all lunar missions from now on should assert India’s rightful claim to the moon, hinting at the nation’s plans to construct settlements on the lunar surface utilizing available mineral resources. He also suggested the establishment of an international center on the moon, representing India, with the potential to harness the moon’s mineral resources to mitigate Earth’s climate crisis.
The launch of Chandrayaan has fueled a surge of interest in astronomy among students. Mylaswamy Annadurai encouraged students to engage with astronomy, underscoring that any new meteors or planets they discover could bear their names for eternity. He passionately urged young people to consider astronomy as a pathway to leaving a lasting legacy.
Prior to the ceremony, PSG College students demonstrated Chandrayaan 3 moon landing event by using stimulators, enhancing their understanding and enthusiasm for space exploration.
The inauguration of the Astronomy Club at PSG College of Arts and Sciences marked a significant step towards inspiring and educating the next generation of astronomers and space enthusiasts.Vice Principals A. Anguraj, M. Jayanthi, M Uma Rani also participated in the event.