Reaching for the stars at Nehru Planetarium

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the planetarium in New Delhi was setup by Pandit Nehru who was conscious of the fact that an understanding of the spirit and method of science was crucial for children to become responsible citizens of the country. In 1964, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund was set up to promote his ideas and subsequently it undertook to build the Nehru Planetarium with its primary aim being the promotion of astronomy education.

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A projection of an asteroid belt on display at the Nehru Planetarium. A division of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the planetarium in New Delhi was setup by Pandit Nehru who was conscious of the fact that an understanding of the spirit and method of science was crucial for children to become responsible citizens of the country. In 1964, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund was set up to promote his ideas and subsequently it undertook to build the Nehru Planetarium with its primary aim being the promotion of astronomy education. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A projection of an asteroid belt on display at the Nehru Planetarium. A division of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the planetarium in New Delhi was setup by Pandit Nehru who was conscious of the fact that an understanding of the spirit and method of science was crucial for children to become responsible citizens of the country. In 1964, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund was set up to promote his ideas and subsequently it undertook to build the Nehru Planetarium with its primary aim being the promotion of astronomy education. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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55 year-old Bala Chandra has been working here since 1984 as an operator of the dome theatre. The Nehru Planetarium came into existence in 1984 and was recently renovated a few years ago. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

55 year-old Bala Chandra has been working here since 1984 as an operator of the dome theatre. The Nehru Planetarium came into existence in 1984 and was recently renovated a few years ago. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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Children observe a section of the Soyuz T-10 spacecraft used by Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut to travel in space. When asked by Indira Gandhi on how India looked from outer space, Sharma replied ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Children observe a section of the Soyuz T-10 spacecraft used by Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut to travel in space. When asked by Indira Gandhi on how India looked from outer space, Sharma replied ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A man clicks photos with the Soyuz T-10 used by Rakesh Sharma who was elected to travel into space as a cosmonaut as part of a joint programme by ISRO and the Soviet Intercosmic space programme in 1982. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A man clicks photos with the Soyuz T-10 used by Rakesh Sharma who was elected to travel into space as a cosmonaut as part of a joint programme by ISRO and the Soviet Intercosmic space programme in 1982. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A faculty member plays an interactive program for amateur and budding astronomers at the Nehru Planetarium. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A faculty member plays an interactive program for amateur and budding astronomers at the Nehru Planetarium. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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Children look at an interactive touch screen at the digital information gallery of Nehru Planetarium. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Children look at an interactive touch screen at the digital information gallery of Nehru Planetarium. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A man holds up a child looking into the Soyuz capsule spacecraft on display. The Soyuz space flight programme was initiated by the Soviet Union in the early 1960s to put a Soviet cosmonaut as part of a Moon landing project. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A man holds up a child looking into the Soyuz capsule spacecraft on display. The Soyuz space flight programme was initiated by the Soviet Union in the early 1960s to put a Soviet cosmonaut as part of a Moon landing project. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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A student pointing out to a vivid display of colours during a screening at the Nehru planetarium sky theatre show in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A student pointing out to a vivid display of colours during a screening at the Nehru planetarium sky theatre show in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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