Indians are happy when Sirisha Bandla went to space in Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane with billionaire British businessman Richard Branson. She was also among the people who returned from space with Richard Branson on Sunday.
Bandla is the second woman after Kalpana Chawla to be born in India. In 2003, while returning to Earth, the Columbia Space Shuttle was a victim of an accident in which Kalpana Chawla died.
On Sunday, Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane took off in New Mexico, USA, and within an hour it came back to Earth.
Sir Richard Branson described this journey as a special experience of his life.
Sunday’s visit has made British businessman Branson a pioneer in space tourism, who himself went into space. He has left behind Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, who are working their way into space tourism.
Bandla developed her early interest in space science and serves as Virgin Galactic’s Vice President of Government Affairs.
Born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Earlier this month, Bandla tweeted that she would be a part of the five-member crew of the rocket going to space.
This historic visit had created a lot of excitement in India, especially in Andhra Pradesh, as Sirisha was born in Guntur district.
As soon as the rocket returned to Earth, congratulatory messages started pouring in on social media.
Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu congratulated him by tweeting. “Her achievement will inspire many young girls in India and abroad to take up the challenge during their careers,” she wrote.
Industrialist Anand Mahindra has written, “Indian women are not only reaching new heights, but they are breaking all limits on this earth and stepping into space.”
Congratulating Sirisha Bandla, MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said that she has done wonders.
This rocket named ‘Unity’ went up to a height of 85 km.
Along with Sir Richard Branson, Unity had pilots Dave McCoy and Michael Masucci, as well as three Galactic employees, Beth Moses, Colin Bennett and Sirisha Bandala.
Sir Richard Branson told the press conference after returning from flight, “I have been dreaming of this moment since childhood. But honestly, there is nothing that can prepare you to see the Earth from space. It felt magical.”
The PRESS24 NEWS’s science correspondent Jonathan Amos says Sir Richard Branson first announced his intention to build a spacecraft in 2004.
He believed that by the year 2007, he would be able to start commercial service for this. But due to technical challenges, this space project became the most challenging endeavor of his career.
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