A Journey to the SHAR: Open Space Foundation's Visit to Witness the Aditya L1 Launch in Sriharikota

VISTA Sep 7, 2023

Open Space Foundation embarked on a momentous journey to Sriharikota to witness the historic launch of Aditya L1, India's first space-based observatory dedicated to studying our Sun. The launch of Aditya L1 represents a monumental achievement for ISRO and a pivotal moment for India's space exploration endeavors. For Open Space Foundation, it was a privilege to provide this unique opportunity to 50 students, 8 teachers, and our dedicated team head, enabling them to witness the majestic PSLV rocket's ascent into the sky. This report captures the awe-inspiring experience of our students and teachers on September 2, 2023.

The big day : September 2, 2023

On the morning of September 2, 2023, our contingent of 50 students, 8 teachers, and Open Space Foundation's team head gathered at the Sriharikota launch view auditorium at 9:40 AM. However, the scheduled launch was set for 11:50 AM. This auditorium experience was a special privilege granted to Open Space Foundation by the SHAR director, providing us with an extraordinary view of the launch.

Inside the auditorium, we were treated to a live view of the mission control center and the PSLV rocket on the launch pad. Our students and teachers avidly absorbed the intricacies of the Aditya mission, gaining a profound appreciation for the incredible feats of engineering and science that make such missions possible.

Countdown to the Skies: A Thrilling Moment

As the launch time approached, our students' anticipation reached a fever pitch. They eagerly and impatiently joined in the countdown: "T minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and liftoff!" The pure sight of the rocket ascending into the sky was a breathtaking experience. They felt the vibrations and saw the brilliant light emanating from its thrusters as it left the Earth's surface.

In that moment, our students erupted in joy, jumping, screaming, and soaking in the pride of our nation's remarkable achievement. Their hearts swelled with the knowledge that they were witnessing history in the making, and they were part of it.

Reflection and Inspiration: Looking to the Future

After the launch, we returned to the auditorium, where we eagerly listened to the post-launch updates and watched interviews with the crew members. The sense of accomplishment and national pride was palpable among our students and teachers. They had not merely witnessed a rocket launch; they had witnessed the power of dreams, determination, and scientific ingenuity. The students and teachers shared their feelings and experiences in this event, and that is nothing but exceptional.

In conclusion, the journey to Sriharikota to witness the Aditya L1 launch was more than a field trip; it was an opportunity to ignite the flames of curiosity and inspiration in the hearts of our students. It showcased the limitless possibilities of science and exploration, reminding us all that with dedication and vision, we can reach for the stars. Open Space Foundation is committed to nurturing this spirit of curiosity, and we look forward to many more journeys that will inspire and shape the future of our nation. Together, we will continue to explore the wonders of the universe and inspire generations to reach new heights of knowledge and discovery.