Former ISRO chief and eminent space scientist UR Rao no more

New Delhi: The man who was responsible for India's first satellite Aryabatta, breathed his last to be a part of the eternal space finally. Veteran Indian space scientist U.R. Rao passed away here on Monday, an ISRO official confirmed. He was 85.

"Rao passed away at his residence in the city's eastern suburb at around 3 a.m., after prolonged illness and age-related health issues," the Indian Space Research Organisation official told IANS.

Udupi Ramachandra Rao, fondly called professor Rao was the ISRO head for ten years,between 1984 and 1994. He is survived by his wife,a son and a daughter. He was also the brain behind what science needs to be done using Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan.

"Rao breathed his last during the early hours, around 3 AM today," ISRO Public Relations Director Deviprasad Karnik told news agency PTI. 

Rao was the ISRO chairman ofor a decade from 1984 to 1994.

PM Narendra Modi has tweeted his condolence:

"Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten."


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