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The Interstellar Traveller

How hard is it to hop to the nearest star system or soar across the galaxy? A typical "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" movie makes it look easy. When the heroes get a distant distress call, they use "warp drive" or "hyperdrive" and arrive at their destination within minutes or hours. If we got the right propulsion, would it be possible for us to voyage that quickly in real life?

Almost 50 years ago, humans were walking on the moon. But we stopped going in 1972 and never ventured any farther, except by sending robotic probes. Humans have never gone to Jupiter, as the book and movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" promised us, or even to Mars. What is it that makes travel far away so difficult? 

​Besides the obvious human health concerns and budgetary issues, there are vast technological problems with traveling to faraway places. Yet, Interstellar travel is still possible and we will explore and learn how.

The course consists of 6 sessions and is offered in English. 

Each session would be of 45-50 minutes. Special Q&A session every Saturday/Sunday.

Recommended Age Group: 10 years onwards​

Price of Course: Rs 4,000   

 

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Course Overview

Voyage Towards New Home

Potential Habitable Worlds

Discovering thousands of planets beyond our solar system counts as a “eureka” moment. But the biggest payoff is yet to come: which could be next celestial body with life?

This module is divided into two sessions:
 

  • Exoplanets and Moons
    Astronomers are studying several celestial bodies and their conditions that could potentially host life. Lets have a look at some of such bodies.
     

  • Interstellar Spaceships
    Long considered science fiction, leaving the solar system and speeding amid the stars may soon reality. Let's discuss technologies that could make this real.

Mysterious "unknowns" of Universe

Most Dangerous Stuff in the Universe 

We still have a long way to go when it comes to untangling the mysteries of the Universe. Lets look at some of the most perplexing questions yet to be answered by science.

This module is divided into two sessions:
 

  • Matter, Anti-Matter and their Interaction
    In another strange mystery, we will see how the beginning of the universe started with equal amounts of matter and anti-matter, yet somehow only matter survived.
     

  • Dark Energy
    Dark energy is everywhere. It dictates how the universe behaves now and how it will end. We'll discuss in detail this mysterious force dominating everything in the universe. 

The Science of 'Interstellar'

Interstellar: Fact or Fiction?

The sci-fi epic "Interstellar" is just a movie, but it throws a lot of science on the screen. Let us have a look at some of the space-science concepts that play key roles in the film,

This module is divided into two sessions:
 

  • Black Holes and Wormholes
    What are those exotic entities called black holes and wormholes? Here we'll talk about them and some of the dissolve misconceptions surrounding them.
     

  • Time Travel: Paradoxes & Possibilities
    While Einstein's theories appear to make time travel difficult, there are several alternate solutions to jump back and forth in time.

Meet Your Trainer

Srijan Pal Singh

India's #1 Science Author and Former Advisor to Dr. Kalam

Srijan Pal Singh is an author, education innovator, futurist and social entrepreneur. He studied in La Martiniere College and then completed his Engineering and further went to the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad to study management. He was awarded the Gold Medal for the Best All-rounder Student of the 2009 batch at IIM-A and was also the President of the Student’s Council there.​

 

He served as Officer on Special Duty and Advisor (Technology and Policy) at the Office of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam where he worked as a close aide to the former president on various consulting works. Some of the projects include Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA), Kalam-NSS, USA Initiative for Space-based Solar Power,  Projects on Koodanakulum Nuclear Plant, Neutrinos, Development Plans for various governments across India, Russia, Maldives, Canada and UAE.

He has interacted with leading institutions of the world for addresses/research and delegate visits including, FermiLab (Chicago), UKCA Yorkshire, CERN (Switzerland), Boulby Underground Dark Matter Laboratory, Harvard University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Boston University, Kentucky University, Sydney University, University of Edinburgh, St Gallen's University (Switzerland), Beijing University, HBS, DRDO, BrahMos Missile Project, Toyota Motors (Georgetown), George Washington University, Mahindra, NITI Aayog, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and many other leading institutions across the world. He has been a host to several Nobel Laureates and Astronauts in his shows.