He was 82.Gowarikar, who was suffering from old age related problems, breathed his last shortly before noon at Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital.

Once head of the Indian Space Research Organisation, he along with senior scientist Vikram Sarabhai, laid the foundation stone for India's space technology and space programmes, culminating in many important milestones.Gowarikar was decorated with honours and accolades from around the world, including the Padma Shri and the Fie Foundation Award.

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