Saturday, October 24, 2009

ISRO invites astronauts for manned lunar mission

Post Chandrayaan ISRO invites astronauts for manned lunar mission. Two eligible Indian citizens can grab the unique chance to hitch a ride to the moon onboard ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization)’s next manned spacecraft slated for launch in 2015.

An announcement inviting applications from wannabe Indian astronauts fit physically and mentally, and willing to face challenges was made by Dr TK Alex, director of ISRO Satellite Centre in Bangalore.
After the widely lauded success of its maiden lunar mission Chandrayaan-I, ISRO had publicized its plans for a manned space mission. Chandrayaan-I was a landmark achievement in that, the mission had confirmed presence of water on the moon.
Indian Planning Commission earmarked $2.5 billion for the mission months ago. ISRO’s Chairman G Madhavan Nair had on several occasions spoken about Chandrayaan-II’s slated 2013 launch. Chandrayaan-II will be a joint mission by India and Russia.
Madhavan Nair had told reports that ISRO is under pressure to consider various International proposals for payloads to be sent onboard Chandrayaan-II. However, he said the final draft of the scientific objectives of the second Chandrayaan mission will be ready latest by March 2010.
Chandrayaan-II will probe the lunar surface beyond analysis of soil samples, according to Nair.

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