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Shailesh Nayak takes over as new ISRO chairman, Radhakrishnan retires

Indian space scientists bid a ‘sombre’ farewell describing Radhakrishnan an “iconic leader” as his exit left the space agency at what ISRO on its Facebook called “at its most glorified pedestal ever.”    

The tenure of Radhakrishnan as ISRO chief, Secretary,Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission was extended by four months in August this year till December 31, 2014 on “functional grounds and in public interest.”

Radhakrishnan, a recipient of Padma- Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, was recently chosen as one of the top ten scientific personalities in 2014 by Nature Science Journal.   

After completing his graduation in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University, he joined Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre  in 1972 and rose through the ranks, in brisk space. Radhakrishnan was handpicked by Prof. Satish Dhawan - the then Chairman of ISRO, to control and monitor the Budget and Economic Analysis activities at the ISRO headquarters.

He never looked back since then and the acme of his achievement was the “Mangalyaan” mission to the red planet.    

India made space history on September 24 when its low-cost Mars spacecraft was successfully placed in orbit around the red planet in its very first attempt, breaking into an elite club of three nations.

The government has appointed Shailesh Nayak, secretary in the ministry of earth sciences, as the ad-hoc chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation.
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