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India moon mission ready for launch

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    deny_all JF-Expert Member

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    NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- India was set to launch its first lunar mission Wednesday, putting the country in an elite group of nations with the scientific know-how to reach the moon, while heating up a burgeoning Asian space race.


    The Chandrayaan-1 will orbit around the moon on a two-year mission.

    The Chandrayaan-1 will join Japanese and Chinese crafts in orbit around the moon for a two-year mission designed to map out the whole lunar surface. Chandrayaan means "Moon Craft" in ancient Sanskrit.

    As India's economy has boomed in recent years it has sought to convert its new found wealth -- built on its high-tech sector -- into political and military clout and stake a claim as a world leader.

    It is hoping that a moon mission -- coming just months after it finalized a deal with the United States that recognizes India as a nuclear power -- will further enhance that status.

    "It is a remarkable technological achievement for the country," said S. Satish, a spokesman for the Indian Space Research Organization, which plans to launch the 3,080-pound (1,400-kilogram) satellite from the Sriharikota space center in southern India at 06:20 a.m (0050 GMT) Wednesday.

    To date only the U.S., Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China have sent missions to the moon.

    In the last year Asian nations have taken the lead in exploring the moon. In October 2007, Japan sent up the Kaguya spacecraft. A month later China's Chang'e-1 entered lunar orbit.

    China, in particular, has been forging ahead in space.

    Beijing sent shock waves through the region in 2003, when it became the first Asian country to put its own astronauts into space. It followed that last month with its first spacewalk.

    More ominously, last year China also blasted an old satellite into oblivion with a land-based anti-satellite missile, the first such test ever conducted by any nation, including the United States and Russia.

    While this is India's first space expedition beyond Earth's orbit, the head of India's space agency believes it can quickly catch China, its rival for Asian leadership.

    "Compared to China, we are better off in many areas," Indian Space Research Organization chairman G. Madhavan Nair said in an interview with India's Outlook magazine this week, citing India's advanced communication satellites and launch abilities.

    India lags behind only because it has chosen not to focus on the more expensive manned space missions, he said. "But given the funds and necessary approvals we can easily catch up with our neighbor in this area."

    The mission is not all about rivalry and prestige. Analysts say India stands to reap valuable rewards from the technology it develops.

    "Each nation is doing its own thing to drive its research technology for the well-being of that nation," said Charles Vick, a space analyst for the Washington think tank GlobalSecurity.org.

    "Traditionally, for every dollar put into space research, we get that much more back," he said.

    India is also collaborating closely with other countries on the mission.

    Of the 11 instruments carried by the satellite, five are Indian, three are from the European Space Agency, two from the U.S. and one from Bulgaria.

    Among the goals of the US$80 million mission are mapping the moon, scanning for mineral deposits under the surface and testing systems for a future moon landing, according to the Indian space agency.

    NASA is sending up a Mini Synthetic Aperture Radar that can search for ice -- an important resource for any human settlements -- under the lunar poles.

    India plans to follow up this mission with landing a rover on the moon in 2011 and eventually a manned space program, though this has not been authorized yet.

    Vick, the space analyst, said an Indian landing was inevitable.

    "Where the unmanned goes, man will ultimately follow," he said. The United States is the only nation to have landed a man on the moon.

    And the Indian space agency was already dreaming of more.

    "Space is the frontier for mankind in the future. If we want to go beyond the moon, we have to go there first," said Satish

    source: cnn
     
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    Yeiiiiiiiipiiiiiiiiiiii!! the savior is here. soon will be getting our fags and booze from the nearest corner shop at the moon!!
     
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    The Truth JF-Expert Member

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    The world will get a chance to see Indian Engineering at its finest. Can't wait. Excellent news.
     
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    Great scientific endeavors indeed, those involved in the project ought to be applauded. With a population of 1.1 billion and a diaspora head count standing at 200+ million, i hope the achievement from this undertaking indirectly funded by foreign aid will have a positive impact to its ever increasing marginalized poor population. And perhaps contribute a little to its shambolic road system and awareness. One thing for sure thought, the nationalistic self-esteem certainly has been fulfilled. But again, whom and how many of them are into that judging from their marooned communities outside the continent.
     
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    The Truth JF-Expert Member

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    Sounds like sour grapes SteveD. India has now joined an elite group that no African nation will ever become a member of...ever. Perhaps that is your contention not so much about the India's poor. There are many advantages to space endeavors to mankind as a whole. So many people not just in India but around the world will benefit as result of Indian Engineering.
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    ....this guy know nothing (Tusi)(Tusi)(Tusi)(Tusi)(Tusi) is just pathetic!
     
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