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Awaiting lift-off into the Second Space Age

  • Published
    10th Apr, 2023


  • Today, the Second Space Age is here. Though there is no precise date for its beginning, but can be determined by the changing scenario where developing countries are also participating in the journey to space.

Evolution of Space Age:

  • The First Space Age: The Space Age began in 1957 with the launch of satellite Sputnik 1, and in 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the world’s first person in space. The First Space Age became reality.
  • Space powers confined to Developed countries: Between the 1950 to 1991 a period dominated by the Cold War, 93% of the space launches took place annually by the United States and the erstwhile Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR)
  • India’ entry into first space age: The first sounding rocket, a U.S. supplied Nike-Apache, was launched at Thumba (Kerala) in 1963 and in 1969, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was set up.
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