Tirupati, Sep 7 : Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan today offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple and Srikalahasti Temple to seek divine blessings for the success of the launch of PSLV-C21 on September 9.
At both the temples, when arrived at the main entrance, he was accorded a traditional welcome by the authorities and the pundits. He was taken inside the sanctum sanctorum where he stood in front of the deities for some time and paid his obeisance. At Tirumala, Dr Radhakrishnan carried a prototype of the PSLV- C21, the 100th mission of ISRO, into the temple of Lord Venkateswara and got special rituals performed to it.
All ISRO Centres heads and distinguished scientists involved in PSLC-21 project, who accompanied Dr Radhakrishnan, also offered prayers. After darshan of lord Siva in Srikalhasti temple, the ISRO Chief left for Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Nellore district, where the T-51 hour countdown for the launch of PSLV-C21 , the 100th mission of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) began at 0651 hrs this morning. The PSLV-C21, carrying two satellites, would blast off from the Indian Spaceport of Sriharikota at 0951 hrs on Sunday.