Sunday, 27 September 2009

Chandrayaan-I: the reason why India should re-invent the wheel.

"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)  

Chandrayaan-1 ( launched last October), the Indian lunar mission became a part of history in late august-2008, when its communication system shut down.
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)

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