U.R. Rao, Pioneer of India’s Space Program, Dies at 85


Nytimes reports:
The roof leaked and equipment was being transported by ox carts and bicycles, but in the abandoned St. Mary Magdalene Church, along the southern coast of India, there was no room for pessimism. There, in 1962, with rocket prototypes crowding the pews, India's space program was being born. And helping to steer it was U. R. Rao, who believed that science - particularly aerospace science - could help his country solve its food shortages and eradicate its poverty.
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