For a while let’s forget the regional politics, our economy, war on terror etc., and discuss the significance of our neighbor's giant step forward in space technology. A very interesting activity is taking place on the other side of our eastern border. Tonight, India is about to launch its first mission towards moon.
India is giving free ride to American & European instruments on its very own mission towards moon.
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Dr. Stewart Nozette, NASA and Lunar Planetary Institute, Houston, USA says that it cost a hundred million dollars to put the MINI SAR together. When asked on whether it is expensive, he said, as compared to a dedicated satellite it is a good deal for NASA.
The Americans are flying a very unique instrument that will initiate the most intense search for ice on the moon while another payload will map the minerals of the moon. While some others will help search for elements that could offer a solution for meeting the Earth s ever growing energy needs, by hunting for deposits of Helium-3, a futuristic energy source. Many nations have invested several millions of dollars on the making of these miniature analyzers and find the risk of flying these on India's maiden mission a cost effective proposition.
For India giving a place to these international partners on Chandrayaan-1 was a way to showcase to the world the arrival of a new kid on the block, whose moon dreams not only intense but also biding with international co-operation being the name of the game in future.
I noticed in past years world paid less attention towards nearest outer space destination i.e, Moon and converged in exploring far-away and the most distant planets, galaxies and universes.
P.S: please discuss the tech part only. No cursing on our domestic problems. No comparison of two countries.