"It is not a question of whether we can afford it, it's whether we can afford to ignore it."
( Dr K. Kasturirangan, chairperson,Indian Space Research Organization)
Criticism was abundant.
They said,the Indian space program is like re-inventing the wheel.
Questions were posed one upon another, even without waiting for any answers.
This week (2009/09/25) when NASA declared about the Chandrayaan's finding of water on Lunar surface, it really made History and hand-signed it.
It was indeed a brilliant question: Do we need to re-invent the wheel?
It seems to me it has to be so,if we need to advance further on.
It is an inspiration and an ambition.
If a $80 million program can serve as a dream and inspiration for the Indian generations and to mark a leap in the human scientific knowledge....
how we can afford to ignore it?
image: India's Chandrayaan-1. (EPA)