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In this episode, we imagine a future where you can travel to space from India. Whether you want to go around the earth for three days, walk on the Moon, or live on Mars for an artistic experiment - you can book a spaceflight from India and go where your heart (and wallet) takes you. We hear from some kids about how they picture this future. And we hear from a space architect who tells us what commercial space travel might look like in the future for people in general and those in India. And a space lawyer tells us how we can travel responsibly.
Also - stay till the end. There’s a surprise!
Imagined Tomorrow is created and hosted by Shreya Dasgupta. Intro and outro music is by Abhijit Shylanath. A big thank you to Abhishek Madan for his feedback on my scripts and for traveling with me to Mars. Get in touch via Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guests (in order of appearance):
Nikshep Raman, 11 year-old space sci-fi enthusiast.
Priyoti, 9-year-old travel enthusiast.
Dr. Susmita Mohanty, space architect and founder of India’s first private space company, Earth2Orbit.
Deepika Jeyakodi, space lawyer.
Dr. Abhijeet Borkar, an astrophysicist who we will hear from in the bonus episode.
Interlude music bits from Pixabay. Includes pieces by GioeleFazzeri, Jacques_Barrette, and Skilsel
From Pixabay by 愚木混株CDD20.
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