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ISRO to go ahead with lunar mission

Fakir Chand in Bangalore | April 05, 2003 03:29 IST

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to go ahead with its ambitious unmanned moon mission and plans to seeka green signalfrom the Union government in the next 8-10 months.

A galaxy of 60 top scientists and technologists held a marathon meeting in Bangalore on Friday todiscussthe lunar mission plan.

A peer review meeting of the lunar mission study task force has decided to submit a detailed report to the Centrefor approval.

"Based on the discussions, a project report will be sent to the prime minister, who also heads the Department of Space.

We will alsoincorporate the suggestions and recommendations of the scientific community, which was represented by the heads of various government and private organisations," an ISRO official told

Among those who participated in the meeting were ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan, former scientific advisor to the prime minister M G K Menon, former UGC chairman Yashpal, National Institute of Advanced Studies director Roddam Narasimha, and astro-physicist Jayant Narlikar.

"In spite of divergent views aired in publicon the viability of theproject, we are on course to launch the mission," sources added.

ISRO proposes to send avehicle to orbitthe moon by 2005 at an estimatedcost of $120million to conduct experiments that will unravel the mysteries of the satellite.

"By embarking on thelunar mission, we want to demonstratethat Indiacan also undertakecomplex projects involving cutting-edge space technologies," Kasturirangan had stated at the 90th Indian Science Congress held in Bangalore recently.

A Bangalore-based scientist, who worked on India's missile program earlier, however, decried theproject sayingit would not lead to any tangible benefit to the country's 1-billion population.

While the US remains ahead of other countries in the sphere of lunar missions, including manned ones, Russia (the erstwhile Soviet Union) and Japan later joined the bandwagonby launching unmanned missions of their own.

Incidentally, China isplanninga mannedmission in the next two years to explore the secrets of the heavenly body.

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Iam extremely happy to know that India is planning for unmanned mission to moon. India is respected by the international society mainly because of its ...

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