The Indian Space Research Organisation has done it. The successful splashdown of the Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) in the Bay of Bengal on Monday has proved to the world that India's scientists and engineers are second to none in space technology.

T. Raju,
Secunderabad

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By successfully recovering the SRE-1, ISRO has not only added another feather to its cap, it has also boosted India's image abroad. The efforts of the ISRO team, working in tandem with the Coast Guard against heavy odds, have paid off. The sky, literally, seems to be the limit for our space scientists.

Nalini Vijayaraghavan,
Thiruvananthapuram

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The flawless recovery of the SRE-1 is definitely an important milestone in ISRO's history and deserves all-round praise. However, the organisation has miles to go before its dream of a manned mission to space is realised. However, nothing can remain a hurdle for long for the scientific community in ISRO.

R.S. Shanmuganathan,
Sriharikota

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The successful effort has brought a new vigour to the Indian scientific community's efforts to put a man in space.

K.V. Simha,
New Delhi

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With Monday's effort, ISRO's multi-mission that began on January 10 with the launch of the PSLV-C7 is a grand success. India has also become the fourth nation to have mastered the re-entry and recovery technologies.

M.P.R. Nair,
Kochi

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The ISRO team's success in recovering the SRE-1, which plunged into the atmosphere at 29,000 km an hour and withstood temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius, is a major achievement. The team has made India proud.

V. Govindarajan,
Kuala Lumpur

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A proud day for India. Hope it gives a boost to our plans for a manned mission to the moon.

Air Commodore V.V. Nair (retd.),
Alappuzha

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The success of the effort tastes even more sweet against the backdrop of a few failures in the past. Congratulations to the ISRO team for the great success in handling a challenging task.

Ajay G. Pise,
Manipal, Karnataka

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This shows that given the proper environment and the necessary backup, our scientists and engineers can achieve even the near-impossible.

M.A. Chandrashekar,
Mysore