Sriharikota: Indian space scientists are going ahead full steam with the planning of next moon odyssey Chandrayaan-2, a mission which will see a soft landing of small rovers on the surface of earth’s natural satellite.
“We are finalising the instruments to be carried in the rovers. The work is on.... it will be launched by 2011 end or during the beginning of 2012”, said director of Isro Satellite Centre, T.K. Alex.
Chandrayaan-1, the country’s first moon mission, launched on 22 October 2008, completed six months in orbit Sunday and is doing very well, sending data from scientific instruments on board the spacecraft, an Isro official said.
“We are making routine manoeuvres to ensure that the spacecraft is kept 100 km from the moon,” they said after the successful launch of India’s RISAT-2 and ANUSAT satellites Monday morning.
Isro chairman Madhavan Nair said the success of Chandrayaan-1 has ignited the minds of young people. “When Isro advertised for filling up of 300 posts, we received a whopping 1.32 lakh applications.... I am happy about it,” he said.
On a manned space mission, K. Radhakrishnan, director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre said, “We call it a human space flight.
“Under the Rs12,400 crore mission programme, that will be spread over the next seven years, two astronauts will be put in a orbit about 275 km to 400 km above the earth for about seven days and made to return in a module that may splash in the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea,” he said.