Sunday, February 13, 2011

ISRO-NASA Moon mission announced

Space commission have announced a Indo-US joint moon mission. The commission gave ISRO the go-ahead to partner with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the US, which has sent missions to Mars and Venus, for the project. The mission called Moonrise is slated for launch in 2016 and now it's for NASA to take the final call on the proposal.

ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has invited proposals under its New Frontiers Programme announced in 2009. He said the proposal was an outcome of India-US cooperation announced during the visit of President Barack Obama to India last year.

As per the cooperation agreement, ISRO will send a satellite to orbit around the moon to transmit data to control centers from the robotic rover JPL plans to send to the lunar surface.


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