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Chennai | January 27, 2005 9:57:55 AM IST
India's plan to send an unmanned space probe to the moon in
2007 is on track, the head of the country's space agency has said.
"ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has completed all design
activities for the moon mission. We are in the process of building special
instruments required for it," ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair said.
A special three-stage tracking network to monitor the mission has been
designed and a ground station for tracking the lunar probe will be set up
near Bangalore, Nair told a function late Tuesday near Kanchipuram, 76 km
from here. A mini probe will detach from a circling spaceship and descend on
the moon's surface, he said. "This probe will send data on the moon's
surface to ISRO."
Nair also unveiled the space agency's plans for the year, noting the PSLV-III
rocket would place into orbit CARTOSAT, a cartographic satellite with
cameras of 2.5 metre resolution, sometime after March. This satellite will
be able to photograph objects as small as 2.5 metres. A second CARTOSAT with
higher resolution cameras will be sent up in the second half of this year.
"This will enable detailed mapping of the entire subcontinent," Nair said.
The 3.5-tonne INSAT-4A satellite with 12 KU-band and 12 C-Band transponders
will be launched from French Guyana in May. It will enable the transmission
of programmes over 100 television channels, he said.
On January 27, 2005 was the DAY
NASA family paused to remember and honour
the departed heroes of Apollo 1 and Challenger astronauts
who sacrificed their lives in the search for knowledge of veD which
is being revived through: