Interactions with Astronomers and Scientists




Students get the opportunity to meet eminent scientists and astronauts. They hear about their experiences and ask questions.

SPACE periodically organises interactions with eminent scientists, astronomers and visiting astronauts to give SPACE associated students an opportunity to interact with them.

Recent interactions include a fireside chat with Captain Sunita Williams hosted by SPACE CMD Sachin Bahmba which was brought exclusively to SPACE associated schools. SPACE associated school students have also met with luminaries in the science world including Dr. Holdren, Assistant to US President Obama; Dr. Kumar Krishen, NASA scientist; Astronauts Mary Allen Weber and Joan Higginbothem, Dr. Dipankar Bannerjee, scientist for ‘Aditya’ mission, Dr. Jay Pasachoff, Eclipse scientist and Dr. Robert Nemiroff, Director of the site ‘Astronomy Picture of the Day’ among others.

Description of Activity
SPACE creates a forum for students to meet with these eminent personalities in close surroundings, hear about experiences in the newest research and the life stories of these distinguished guests. They ask questions and experience firsthand the excitement of space exploration.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits to Schools
Its a great opportunity for students to meet such eminent people. Schools also get the privilege of hosting and meeting with high profile names in these fields, brought by SPACE as exclusive opportunities to associated schools.

Current programme

Several interactions have been held in recent years with luminaries in science and astronomy.


SPACE has brought many exciting interactions with luminaries in Astronomy and space science to our schools. Recent ones include:

  • In 2016, SPACE hosted a fireside chat with Capt. Sunita Williams, exclusively for associated schools.
  • In 2015, Dr. Holdren, Assistant to US President Obama shared his views on Indo-US science relationships with students
  • In 2014, Dr. Kumar Krishen, NASA Scientist shared his experiences.
  • In 2011, SPACE hosted distinguished Solar Eclipse Conference where eclipse scientists from over the world attended.


Find photos of this event in the SPACE Photo gallery Click here