ISRO to send astronauts to space before 2015-16

ISRO is planning to send astronauts to space before the year 2015-16.

Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 21:25 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Indian Space Research
Organization is planning to send astronauts to space before
the year 2015-16, Deputy Project Director of ISRO`s
Chandrayaan Mission Jaswinder Singh Khoral said here today.

Khoral was addressing the students at the Haryana Space
Science Congress Programme at Faridabad today which was
organized by Space Applications Centre, Hisar on the occasion
of the birth anniversary of Dr Vikaram Sarabhai, the father of
Indian Space Programme.

About 800 students from 40 schools participated in the
day-long programme aimed at sensitizing the students about
developing a career in the field of science.

Khoral said ISRO was also working to send an unmanned
lunar mission Chandrayaan-II in 2012-13, an official release
quoting him said.

He said that India is in the select league of six nations
which have sent their satellites to the moon.

He also informed the students about different details
regarding the successful launch of Chandrayaan-I by ISRO.
Director, Haryana Science and Technology Department
Sandeep Garg said the State Government has launched the
Haryana Science Talent Hunt Scheme for students of class 9th
to 12th to promote science among the students.

ISRO’s senior scientist Dr P K Champati Ray said that
India is one of the leading countries in space technology in
the world, having the capability of fabricating and launching
its own satellites with indigenous launching vehicles.

He said India had successfully launched 17 remote sensing
satellites and 24 geostationary satellites since 1975.

Elaborating on the strength of Indian Space Programme,
he said the recently launched Cartosat-2b Remote Sensing
Satellite has less than one metre resolution, which is capable
of identifying the objects smaller than one metre and would be
highly useful for urban and infrastructure planning.