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Bangladesh set to enter space era

 Saiful Islam

 Published: 10:25 PM, 15 January 2021  

Bangladesh set to enter space era

Bangladesh set to enter space era

Bangladesh is set to enter the space era countries like the USA, Russia and China. The government is going to provide a new opportunity for science and technology students of the country to practice space science.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has undertaken a new project for this purpose. It has been named 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Space Observatory Centre'.

An organization like NASA will be set up in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur under this project. Where the stars in the sky and the celestial spheres will be subtly observed. New habitats for mankind will also be sought. 

Visitors from home and abroad can observe space via telescopes from the stage of this 100-meter high structure. This project will be helpful in encouraging the practice of space science for the common people.

The project will be tabled at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) next Tuesday. The total cost for this project is estimated at Tk 213 crore. If the ECNEC project is approved, it will be implemented by June 2024.

Bhanga Upazila of Faridpur is the junction of the Tropic of Cancer and the 90 degrees east longitude that separates the earth. So from this place, the best space observation can be done.

Sources in the Ministry of Science and Technology said that with the approval of ECNEC, work on land acquisition, office building, observatory tower, officers quarters, service building and water supply and sanitation will be started this year.   

In this regard, the Minister of Science and Technology Yafes Osman said, if we want to take the country forward, we have to emphasize science and technology. The project is still under primary level, but if implemented, Bangladesh will join the elite club in space science. 

Meanwhile, according to the project proposal, the space observation center will create opportunities for many workshops and training on space science. In addition to science students, ordinary people will be able to participate here. There will be training camps for those who will take part in the International Astronomy or Astrophysics Olympiad. It will also serve as an educational and recreational center.