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Indian Astronomy

Ancient India was the leading nation in the knowledge of astronomy and the astronomers of India were held in high esteem all over the ancient world. European, Muslim and Chinese astronomers learned their lessons from Indian texts. Still the ancient Indian scholars were very open-minded and there is a Sanskrit translation of a Greek book on astronomy dating back to the 2nd century CE. However, half-baked astrologers hijacked this branch of knowledge and held sway among the common people keeping them in the dark about eclipses and other phenomena and outsiders who subjugated India for centuries succeeded in keeping Indians unaware of its ancient advancement in astronomy.

HIF has launched a programme of making students in India aware of their rich heritage in astronomy and of encouraging them to follow in the footsteps of our great forefathers like Aryabhata. HIF envisages an India that leads the world in astronomy, astrophysics and space science once again.

Mobile Planetarium

Mobile digital planetariums within inflatable domes, called sky domes, that will be taken to schools and the students will be familiarized with the night sky as they would see it at that actual time. Thousands of stars will be visible and the planets will be shown in close up and, when the planet Saturn is shown, the moons and the rings will be clearly visible. Such familiarisation with astronomy will help in removing false notions and fears of phenomena like eclipses sown by people with ulterior motives.

View of the earth from the International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable artificial satellite, in low earth orbit. It is the largest artificial body in orbit and consists of components launched by American Space Shuttles as well as Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets. It serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct scientific experiments.The ISS maintains an orbit with an altitude between 330 and 435 km and completes 15.54 orbits per day.

The station has been continuously occupied since the arrival of Expedition 1 on 2 November 2000, being the longest continuous human presence in space and visited by astronauts and cosmonauts from 15 different nations. The station is serviced by a variety of visiting spacecraft: Soyuz, Progress, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, the H-II Transfer Vehicle, Dragon, and Cygnus. After the US Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, Soyuz rockets became the only provider of transport for astronauts at the International Space Station, and Dragon became the only provider of bulk cargo-return-to-Earth services.

Below you can see the live view from the cameras of the International Space Station

The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency's Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is streamed 24/7, though there isn't always a discernable picture.

Note That :

Black Image = The view is switching between cameras or the space station is above the night side of the Earth.

Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS are not available.

No Audio = There are numerous, sometimes extended periods when the station cannot communicate with mission control, or when the crew and ground controllers simply don't need to talk.