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Google doodle honours ‘satellite man’ Professor Udupi Ramchandra Rao

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Google Doodle: Google has today remembered Indian scientist Professor Udupi Ramachandra Rao through his doodle.

Google has made this special doodle on the occasion of the 89th birthday of Professor Rao. If you are doing some search on Google in India right now, then you must be looking at a cute little Google doodle.

Professor Rao was born in 1932 in a small village in the Udupi district of Karnataka. Under the leadership of Professor Rao, who comes from a very simple family, India designed more than 20 satellites. It includes Aryabhata, as well as launched them into space.

Professor Rao started his career as a colleague of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, known as the Cosmic-ray Physicist and the grandfather of the Indian Space Program. He also went to America and also worked for NASA.

Professor Rao returned to India in 1966, in the year 1975, India successfully sent its first satellite ‘Aryabhata’ under his leadership. He was also the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from the year 1984 to 1994. In 2013, the Society of Satellite Professionals International also inducted Professor Rao into the ‘Satellite Hall of Fame’. This was also the year when India launched the ‘Mangalyaan’ mission.


Honours from Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan
In 1976, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian honour, for the contribution of Professor Rao. At the same time, he received Padma Vibhushan in the year 2017. Professor Rao died at the age of 85 on 24 July 2017.