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India’s scientists have shown that they too can deliver in tough situations

India’s scientists have shown that they too can deliver in tough situations
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Chandrayaan-2 is now an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched about 10 years ago.

Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit
Kudos to the scientists for successfully launching second mission to the moon, the Chandrayaan-2. This will make India the fourth country in the world to land on the moon. Talking about the mission, ISRO Chairman K Sivan has rightly said that “The 15 minute operation that will see the Lander (Vikram) make the final descent will be the most terrifying moments for the agency as it has never attempted such a complex mission.”
It is really appreciated that it is a ‘billion dreams’ in a giant leap for the country’s ambitious low-cost space programme, the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is another benchmark in the field of space technology and we should be proud of our grateful nation. Congratulations to the entire team of scientists of ISRO for giving their heart out to make this operation successful.
Chandrayaan-1, is India’s first mission to the moon launched by India’s national space agency the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The spacecraft was launched by a modified version of the PSLV C11 on 22 October 2008 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, about 80 km north of Chennai at 06:22 1ST.
The mission promises to be a major boost to India’s space program. Chandrayaan-2 is now an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched about 10 years ago. Chandrayaan-1 had 11 payloads — five from India, three from Europe, two from the US and one from Bulgaria — and the mission had the credit for discovery of water on the lunar surface.
Chandrayaan -2 is going to make history by going to South Pole of moon where no nation has ever gone. The second Moon mission will land a rover on the lunar surface in a first for the country. It is also the first time a country is attempting to explore the uncharted South Pole of the Moon. Now India will be only the fourth nation after the US, China and Russia to land on the Moon. This represents a golden chapter in the history of India of not only the development of science and technology but country itself also. In the words of our PM Modi, the launch of Chandrayan 2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science. Let us hope ISRO continues to master new technologies, and continue to conquer new frontiers in the coming days.
This proves that in terms of space technology we are on par with any other developed nation. Our scientists have shown that they are our heart of India who created many milestones. They are the real hero’s of India. ISRO is one public funded institution that is doing very well and showcasing the aspirations of Indian public. ISRO also had many failures but that never bogged it down. We are proud that we have a reliable organisation in our land.
Illustrious persons nurtured this institution to its present level of eminence. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam started from ISRO where he considered failure as the First Attempt in Learning and took the responsibility for failures and success was given to the team.
Our country is competing with other international players for a greater share of that launch market, and is known for its low-cost space programme. Our country has now become a world leader in cost-effective space launches and technologies. Time has now come when we will have to go to the grass-root level and inspire the youngsters to think of a career in space research.

(The writer is based in Ahmadabad)

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