Talk by Mr. Joydeep Mukherjee On December 14, 2011 to St.
Xavier's Collegiate School
(Director, NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium and Interim
Director, Florida Space Institute)
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On December 14, 2011, Mr. Joydeep Mukherjee, Director, NASA
Florida Space Grant Consortium
and Interim Director, Florida
Space Institute came to St. Xavier's Collegiate School to
talk to the students about the space shuttles that NASA had
sent to space - their success and disasters. Dr. Mukherjee
is a close friend of Mr. Mihir Nundy, a Xaverian, who has
been kind enough to introduce Dr. Mukherjee to the students.
Dr. Mukherjee also spoke of the detailed planning and
technology involved during these ventures. His power point
presentation included an interesting video clipping showing
the sequence of events which occur during the launch of a
space shuttle and the precautions that NASA takes to ensure
safety for the astronauts.
He spoke to two batches of students- first to students of
classes 9 and 11 and then to the wide-eyed eager students of
classes 6, 7 and 8. This is the 3rd year in succession that
Mr. Mukherjee has visited St. Xavier's and each year he has
brought something new and exciting for the boys. Apart from
space shuttles, he also talked about NASA's sophisticated
Rover 'Curiosity', which was launched recently for a journey
to Mars which
sample Martian soil and rocks. His
presentation was followed by an interactive session during
which the students bombarded him with curious questions to
each which he had a prompt and satisfying answer. A
particular student asked him, "How does the orbiter take off
from space on its journey back to earth if all its fuel is
exhausted? Another student of class 6 asked, "How much
damage does the external fuel tank cause to marine life when
it falls into the Indian Ocean?" And yet another inquisitive
student asked "Why are we always probing the surface of
Mars? Why don't we dig inside?
Overall, the students found the programme very informative
and in their words "awesome"! Such programmes instill into
these young minds the love for science and a craving to know
more. As Mr. Mukkherjee did not have time to answer all
their questions, he has kindly agreed to interact with the
students through email.
"We hope to continue such programmes in future so that our
students benefit greatly in their choice of careers and in
quenching their thirst for knowledge", stated Fr. K.K.
Devasy, Principal of the school.
Ms. Sandhya Sinha
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