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'India can send spaceship to the moon in few years'

September 13, 2006 01:22 IST
Last Updated: September 13, 2006 01:49 IST

Former Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Kasthurirangan has said that India will be in a position to send its own spaceship to the moon in a few years time.

Kasthurirangan, Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, was delivering his special lecture on "Space Research Programme of India" at the Alagappa University in Karaikudi on Monday evening.

He said Indian space research scientists had reached greater heights with "a little budget," unlike NASA scientists where huge amounts were spent on space research programmes.

India was one of the four countries, which had the capacity to launch satellites into space. Many developed and developing countries were seeking India's help for launching their satellites. He also explained the role of INSAT I and II "in bringing up the Indian economy and promotion of education in every nook and corner of the country."

He underlined the importance of satellites in identifying ground water level, ideal fish catching zone, prediction of monsoon, disaster management, and bringing many Television programmes to the rural areas.

He said the knowledge of Mathematics and Physics was very much essential for space research programme,and donated Rs 86 lakh from the MP's Local Area Development fund for building the Ramanujam Centre for Higher Mathematics at the University.

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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: Good news FINALLY !

Great news !! However, why is it taking India such a long time to reach the technological level that it has reached so far ? ...

Posted by Ashish

Sub: When?? Pl. dont make promise like Politicians

I think that it is to be sent in coming 2-3 years. But i request not to make promises like politicians

Posted by suhasnatyan

Sub: Landing on Moon

We can reach and land even on the farthest Sun in the farthermost glaxy in but attaining the escape velocity and reaching the geo-stationery orbit ...

Posted by Shiban

Sub: Is he serious?

Is this person on crack? We couldn't even launch the last attempt of the GSLV (which might be thanks to saboteurs).

Posted by Ahriman



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