Rocketry and Astronomy


Nearly 800 years ago, the Chinese used gunpowder to propel projectiles into the air that marked the beginning of rocketry. Since then, human interest is ever rising in this field, not only for the sake of fun but to use it to let the explorations mark a new beginning into the unknown universe.


It is the type of rocket that uses water and pressurized air as its fuel. This type of rocketry will not only be fun but can be really helpful in understanding the working principles and aerodynamics of the flight.

Through this activity participants will learn:

  1. About the working principle of a rocket
  2. How to design an aerodynamically perfect hydro rocket
  3. About the aerodynamics of the flight
  4. How to design a launcher
  5. Launch your indigenously manufactured rocket and Compete with other teams


Since the beginning of time, universe has offered so much to explore and to learn from. Humans have always been intrigued and amazed by the wonders of the night sky.

As a science, it has lead the way in overturning ancient notions of how nature should behave. At one time we believed ourselves to be at the centre of the Universe, with all objects, including the Sun, revolving around the Earth. Astronomers through the ages slowly revealed a different truth. Astronomy has revolutionized our understanding of nature and it will continue to do so.

When you look into space, at any star you care to mention, you are looking into history. You are not seeing the star as it is now, but as it was when the photons of light left its photosphere many years ago. If you can find the Andromeda Galaxy in the sky, you are getting a picture of how it looked two million years ago, long before humans ever roamed our planet.

Astronomy is fascinating even when applied to our own modest human story. We have had an intense relationship with the stars and planets for thousands of years. It guided the ancient cycles of sowing and harvesting. It provided the raw material for belief systems, rituals and religions. It contributed to our language. It assisted with navigation and discovery. In living memory, we have witnessed men walking on the Moon and robot probes being flung out of the solar system � events likely to be celebrated for millennia to come. Our relationship with the stars has shaped the culture of today.

Astronomy is available to all, from the small child with his toy rocket ship, to the octogenarian peering through his/ her telescope at a crater on the Moon. Few endeavors are so wide in scope, so rich in detail, or so marvelous in implication.

Zlife team invites you to join in this activity. It will be an overnight star gazing session with astronomers.

At present we have, 5 Newtonian Telescopes (4', 5', 6', 8' and 10' inch apertures respectively) and the entire relevant inventory needed for star gazing/night sky observation.

You can learn about following from this program:

  1. Basic concepts and definitions applicable in understanding the night sky.
  2. Constellations, the myths and the facts.
  3. Stars, their distances from earth and the brightness magnitude.
  4. Finding directions and time using the positions of stars.
  5. Planet finding technique.
  6. Telescopic observations of PLANETS, STAR SYSTEM AND NEBULAE.

What can you expect to see?

Most of the northern hemisphere constellations (eg: in summers you can see Aquila, Leo, Scorpio, Virgo, Lyra, Ursa Major etc and in Winters you can see Orion, Taurus, Auriga, Gemini, Pisces, Canis Major etc) are visible from here. Through telescope you can observe following: Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Mercury, Orion nebula, Pleiades star cluster, Bee Hive star cluster, Andromeda Galaxy etc (Depending on the visibility on a particular day).