Why was the Thumba Rocket Launching Station established?

Around 1962, the UN committee on the peaceful uses of Outer Space passed a resolution recommending the creation and use of sounding rockets in the equatorial region and southern hemisphere, under UN sponsorship. Sounding rockets are rockets that 'sound' or study the different layers of the atmosphere.

Accordingly, the US National Aeronautics and space Administration, or NASA,signed an agreement with the Indian National Committee for Space Research- INCOSPAR - to launch US sounding rockets from India.

NASA also agreed to train Indian scientists in assembling and launching the important US rockets. A small space launch station was needed for this purpose, and so, one was setup at Thumba, near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This was the Thumba Rocket Launching Station, and it set the ball rolling for the Indian space research programme.

+Universe +The Independent Space Research Organisation 

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