Moon mission, a great event for India: Abdul Kalam

October 21st, 2008 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

ISROHyderabad, Oct 21 (IANS) Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Tuesday said the launch of India’s maiden unmanned moon mission Chandrayaan-1 was a great event for the country.”What I am looking for is a great event. It is a very important day. India lacks payload and it is going to land its payload on the moon,” he said during a brief chat with reporters on the sidelines of the first world congress on disaster management here.

“It will take eight to 10 days (for landing of payload on moon),” he added.

“If weather permits, definitely our ISRO friends will launch it tomorrow (Wednesday),” Kalam said.

He said earth, moon and mars would be considered as a single complex in future. “It has economic importance and strategic importance,” he said.

The spacecraft will be carrying 11 scientific payloads, weighing 80 kg. It was at the instance of Abdul Kalam that a 29 kg moon impact probe, an Indian payload, was loaded. The probe is expected to identify future landing sites and explore the moon from close range.

Chandrayaan-1 will be launched by the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV-C11) Wednesday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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