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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 25, 2005 9:31:56 GMT -6
US Plans To Put An Indian Astronomer In Orbit
New Delhi (SPX) Jul 25, 2005 The United States plans to put an Indian astronaut in space shortly, an American official said on Friday. In a clear reflection of the newfound bonhomie, Robert Blake, Deputy Chief of US Mission in India, told reporters in Chennai that India's moon mission would have active participation of the US.
"We wanted to do more in the area of space exploration, space navigation, satellite navigation and launch. We want to launch two US instruments on the "Chandrayan" (moon mission). Finally we agreed to include an India astronaut in the US astronaut programme," Blake said.
India plans to send an unmanned mission to the moon by 2008, in what is seen as an effort to showcase the country's scientific capabilities. The mission has been named as ''Chandrayan Pratham'' (First Journey to the Moon)."
The mission is expected to cost New Delhi about 80 million dollars.
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