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Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan: Father of India's Lunar Programme

"INDIA SHOULD NOT STOP WITH CHANDRAYAAN-2"
``I AM SURE ISRO IS WORKING ON FUTURE LUNAR MISSIONS,''
FORMER ISRO CHIEF AND FATHER OF INDIAN LUNAR MISSION Dr. KRISHNASWAMY  KASTURIRANGAN

IN AN INTERVIEW TO SRINIVAS LAXMAN HE SAYS THAT THERE IS A LOT MORE
SCIENTIFIC DATA TO BE OBTAINED FROM THE MOON.


 

- Srinivas Laxman


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Mumbai: Former Isro chief, Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, has emphasised that India's moon missions cannot stop with the Rs 425-crore Chandrayaan-2 which is slated for launch either in 2013 or 2014.

 

Kasturirangan, also known as the father of India's lunar programme, in an exclusive interview to Indian Space Station (ISS) said:

``There is a lot of science which we have to learn from the moon. There is a possibility of sample return missions and there a host of things which we can obtain from the moon. Keeping this in view we cannot stop with Chandrayaan-2. I am sure Isro would be working on future lunar missions,'' .

 

His remark assumes significance in the context of Isro not having so far revealed its future lunar plans post Chandrayaan-2 as China has done with its future moon missions.

 

The current plans envisage the Rs 425-crore Chandrayaan-2 being launched from Sriharikota either in 2013 or 2014. It is a joint Indo-Russian venture with the rocket, the main orbiter and the robot from India, and only the lander being the Russian contribution.

 

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