Saturday, October 18, 2008
MOON MISSION 2210 2008 India is finally set to send an unmanned mission to outer space. This mission is called CHANDRAYAAN-1(a vehicle to reach the moon), which will be sent to the moon. The spacecraft is currently at the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore and will be moved to Sriharikota for the take-off on October 22. ISRO has also confirmed the meteorological conditions required for its smooth launch. It is a great achievement for India, yet it seems that our political leaders are less than interested in it. So far, neither an appraisal, nor best wishes have been conveyed to our scientists.
ISRO talks about the mission as follows: “In the past few years, there has been a renaissance with regard to lunar exploration. Many countries and international space agencies, including the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan, China, the US and Russia have undertaken or in the process of undertaking unmanned exploratory missions to the moon. These missions intend to seek answers to some of the fundamental questions that concern the moon. India’s Chandrayaan-1 is an integral part of that renewed interest of the international scientific community about the moon.”