Tripura’s BJP-IPFT government is planning to build a space museum for children at Sukanta Academy Complex in Agartala, said Tripura Minister for Science and Technology Sudip Roy Barman. He added that the facility would be built with technical expertise from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). A three-member ISRO delegation including Associate Director Jeevan Pandit and Associate Director R. Raghu met the Health Minister recently and discussed the project.
ISRO was asked to submit a Detailed Project Report (DPR) within April this year. The project is expected to be functional before Durga Puja, the minister informed. ‘Such museums are very important for students, especially for children. It will help them understand about space, stars and constellations, space travel, how astronauts function in space, how rockets are launched and such things,’ Barman revealed.
After it becomes operational, Tripura’s space museum would be first of its kind in the State and a novel structure in Northeast. The museum would use an existing structure of replicated theme space travel entertainment centre called ‘Journey to Sun via Mars’ that was inaugurated on December 24, 2008. The project was implemented by Tripura Renewable Energy Development Authority (TREDA) at Sukanta Academy, a city hall built in 1997.