New Mars Rover exhibit at US Consulate

Chennai, Dec 9: U S Consul General Chennai Judith Ravin launched an exhibit of a full-scale model of NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Mars Rover “Opportunity” at the American Center, together with U S Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India Venkateswaran Narayanaswamy. A press release said that the American Center, located inside of the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, invites students, teachers, and science enthusiasts to visit the new Mars Rover exhibit. “Built by Cornell University students, the full-scale model was previously on display at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. and at the U.S. Pavillion during the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday between 10 am and 4 pm through January 2023. School groups must book slots in advance by contacting the American Center,” the release added. U S Consul General Chennai Judith Ravin said,” “In 1970 – 52 years ago – here in Chennai people were talking about moon rocks and lunar exploration – and hoping to inspire young generations of Indians to understand more about the moon-earth system… Today, you are here to see the Mars Rover, renowned for its planetary exploration… The technologies developed in support of space exploration have real-world applications that affect all of us, from advancements in telecommunications and satellite navigation to agricultural monitoring and weather forecasting.”     The Consul General added,“U S and Indian scientists and engineers have an opportunity to work together to change the world. We hope that the ties between our two countries in the space sector, including between NASA and ISRO, will continue to expand with future missions to Mars and beyond. We hope this exhibit will inspire students such as yourselves to explore all the opportunities that lie ahead for you in the space sector as you begin to think through what you want to study and where you work.”