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Google marks noted Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai's 100th birthday with sketch doodle
Internet search engine and technology giant Google celebrates the 100th birthday of noted Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai with a sketch doodle in which the second 'O' of the logo has been replaced by the face of the physicist with a background showing a rocket launch pad. The doodle has been illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Pavan Rajurkar.

The blog of Google describes Sarabhai as an 'award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist, and innovator Vikram Sarabhai, remembered by many as the father of India's space program.'

"Beyond his personal interest in cosmic rays, rockets, and satellites, Dr Sarabhai believed in using science and technology as 'levers of development'," states the blog.

It adds, "Dr Sarabhai established the Indian National Committee for Space Research in 1962, later renamed the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). This led to the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in southern India, which had its first successful launch on November 21st, 1963. His dream of an Indian satellite was realized when Aryabhata went into orbit in 1975."

Furthermore, a crater on the moon was named in his honour in 1973 and the current Chandrayaan-2 mission has its moon lander named 'The Vikram Lander' and would touch down on the lunar surface on September 7th of this year, adds the blog.

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