`Space travel an integral part of ISRO`s future programmes`
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Last Updated: Friday, June 19, 2009, 22:24
Kochi, June 19: Space travel would be an integral part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s future mission programmes, including sending man to the Moon, the agency's Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Friday said.

The country's first moon voyage Chandrayaan-1 had completed its mission and it was a success, Nair said at a function here. "The moon mission was only a beginning and we have to accomplish many things with regard to space research and space travel programme."

Appreciating the efforts of Indian scientists, he said the country had attained self-sufficiency in space technology due to hard work of its scientists.

For realising various projects lined by the organisation, government support -- both of the state and the Centre -- was essential, Nair said while receiving the Mohammed Abdurahiman Sahib National Award.

The country had succeeded in extending the benefits of space technology to commonman through tele-education and tele-medicine. The technology had been used to provide education and healthcare through satellites and also predicting natural calamities, including landslides.

The space technology, which had a "humble" beginning at the ISRO centre in Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram, had been developed independently by Indian scientists since developed countries had refused to share the knowledge apprehending it would be used for military purposes, he said.

Nair said India was the only country to develop space technology with government funding and extend its benefits to the people.

Pointing out to a study conducted by the Madras School of Economics, he said for every rupee spent in space technology there was a return of Rs 1.50 and emphasised the importance of space research and technology.

More research should be done in the field for further development of space technology in the country, he said.

He hoped the Institute of Space Science Technology at Thiruvananthapuram, which has been functioning for the last two years, will emerge as one of the best institutes in the world.

ISRO had established weather stations in various parts of the country and space technology was being used to develop villages through the 'Village Resource Centres'.

It had plans to set up shortly a radar and a telescope at Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram to observe space, he said.

Among those who spoke at the function are Kerala Revenue Minister K P Rajendran and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director K Radhakrishan.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, June 19, 2009, 22:24

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