Staff Reporter

ISRO is working on Chandrayaan II

‘Restrictions on imports made India self-reliant’

BANGALORE: Madhavan Nair, Chairperson, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has said that by 2020 India will be ready for a manned moon mission. He was speaking at the inauguration of Christ Junior College’s International Year of Astronomy (IYA200) and the sesquicentenary of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species.

Dr. Nair, inaugurating the year-long celebration, said that as of now India did not have the technology to send a man on moon because of a 10 per cent failure rate, and that they would have more clarity about the manned mission in a few years’ time.

Dr. Nair said that in order to set up a platform for exploitation of minerals on the moon, a manned mission was necessary and that they would be launching the development of a life-support system for the same.

He added that the ISRO was working on Chandrayaan II, a wheeled rover which would move on the lunar surface to pick up soil or rock samples for onsite chemical analysis.

The International Year of Astronomy is a year-long celebration of astronomy declared by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation and International Astronomical Union, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Galileo Galilei and the publication of Johannes Keplerr’s “Astronomia Nova” in the 17th century.

Dance performance

The event began with “Theatrical Chandrayaan”, a dance performance interspersed with a slide show with information on Galileo and Darwin’s work.

Father Jose C.C., Principal of Christ Junior College said, “One of the objectives of Christ Junior College is to imbibe a scientific temper in our students and teachers, so that they help the country march forward in the field of science.” Dr. Nair also threw light on the State’s role in encouraging research and technological innovation through the Five Year P lans after Independence.

He said Indian technology was world class, and the restrictions on imports during the pre-liberalisation era, had resulted in making India self-reliant in terms of technology.

He highlighted the importance of the youth in ensuring progress in the field of science and technology.

In response to questions posed by students in the interactive session that followed,

Mr. Nair said he thought colonisation of outer space may become possible in the future with advances in science and technology.