ISRO Chief S Somnath Diagnosed with Cancer on Day of Aditya-L1 Launch

ISRO Chief S Somnath Diagnosed with Cancer on Day of Aditya-L1 Launch

ISRO Chief S Somnath Diagnosed with Cancer on Day of Aditya-L1 Launch

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India’s space community was jolted on September 2, 2023, when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief, S Somnath, received a diagnosis that would alter the trajectory of his life.

On the very day when India’s pioneering solar observatory mission, Aditya L1, set sail to explore the mysteries of the Sun, Somnath underwent a routine medical scan, only to be confronted with the unexpected news of a growth in his stomach.

In an exclusive interview with Tarmak Media House, Somnath recounted the moment of revelation, stating, “There were some health issues during Chandrayaan-3 mission launch. However, it was not clear to me at the time, I did not have a clear understanding about it.” This revelation came as a shock not only to Somnath himself but also to his family and colleagues, who rallied around him during this challenging period.

Following the discovery, Somnath swiftly sought further medical evaluation in Chennai, which confirmed the presence of a hereditary disease. This revelation marked the beginning of a rigorous battle against cancer, alongside his professional duties.

Undergoing surgery and subsequent chemotherapy, Somnath exhibited remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. “It was a shock for the family. But now, I perceive cancer and its treatment as a solution,” he remarked, underscoring his pragmatic outlook towards his health journey.

Despite uncertainties regarding his prognosis, Somnath’s recovery defied expectations. Remarkably, within just four days of hospitalization, he resumed his duties at ISRO, demonstrating unwavering dedication and fortitude. “I will be undergoing regular checkups and scans. But, now I am completely cured, and have resumed my duties,” Somnath affirmed, signaling a triumphant return to his responsibilities.

Somnath’s journey serves as a testament to the human spirit’s resilience in the face of adversity, inspiring both his colleagues at ISRO and the broader community. As he continues his mission at the helm of India’s space exploration endeavors, his story stands as a beacon of hope and courage.

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