It was a huge loss for India as former ISRO chief and renowned space scientist, Prof UR Rao passed away on Monday morning.
He was responsible for the launch of India’s first satellite, Aryabhatta. His demise has left the ISRO bereft of the experience of a man who had been a part of all of its launches.
Rao had served as the chairman of ISRO for nearly a decade(1984-1994).
The nation is grieved over the loss of the scientist. The sad news has been trending on Twitter since morning. Tweets are pouring in, offering condolences. PM Modi has also expressed his grief in a tweet.
Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten.
Here is how the people are offering condolences:
— Vijay Darda (@vijayjdarda) July 24, 2017
— Nandkishore shastri??? (@NKShastri777) July 24, 2017
Today India lost one of its great mind UR Rao, the man behind Aryabhatta 1. May his soul rest in peace. #URRao
— Hindustan Hour (@HindustanHour) July 24, 2017
Tribute to space scientist & former ISRO chief #URRao. India's rocket launching technology owes him a lot.
— The Right Angle (@DRightAngle) July 24, 2017
You are forever in our hearts #URRao
— Mahesh Herambha (@MahiHerambha) July 24, 2017
Sad to hear of passing away of eminent scientist Prof #URRao. He shall be remembered for his rich contribution to India's Space Program.
— Mayank Joshi?? (@MayankJoshiBJP) July 24, 2017
The scientist who loved interacting with children #URrao passes away at 85.?
May his soul 'rest in peace' and space will miss your presence!
— Aman Deo (@_iamAmanDeo_) July 24, 2017
— unPopularPoe (@the3venthoriz0n) July 24, 2017
— Vishnu Deo Sai (@vishnudsai) July 24, 2017