12 thoughts on “The lunar journey begins”

  1. Indeed it is. Congratulations to ISRO and everyone involved are in order, I guess!!!

    Nitin, a post with insights on the strategic and scientific direction of our space program would be most welcome, along with the Acorn’s opinions of course (particularly for lazy creatures like myself).

  2. Also, speaking as a somewhat recent sci-fi convert (now a devotee), one hopes this ignites a spark in a million minds and that one day we will have our own Clarke or Haldeman.

  3. Amazing moment! I feel like throwing a party. Amidst all the negative news coming out of India, this is one HUGE moral booster!!!

    Media is playing a positive role by highlighting how this would benefit a common man etc – to lay off fears of socialists who question space research programmes 🙂

  4. @ Nanda: This post (shameless self-promotion) probably does not have the insights on the scientific or strategic direction of the programme but I hope you and others will enjoy it…[link]

  5. The first step has gone ahead successfully and it was good marketing by ISRO – everyone involved, right from Dr.Madhavan Nair were seen wearing overcoats with a huge ‘PSLV’ written on it.

  6. Sorry to rain on the huge parade, but sending probes to the moon is old hat. It is not hard. What’s hard is providing electrical power to the population (he said as he furiously typed hoping against hope that the power which just came back minutes ago lasts at least as long as it takes to type the comment.)

    The USSR sent a moon probe nearly 50 years ago. Sure warms the cockles of my heart that India is finally catching up with the USSR (which does not even exist.)

    If sending a moon probe unites India as Z hopes, I am afraid that India is in deeper trouble than I imagine. The divisions that exist in society surely don’t arise from not sending probes. Where are India’s priorities?

    Let’s all take a break from all this cheering and seriously work on prioritizing our goals. Sending manned missions to the moon is all very fine and good but shouldn’t the political, scientific and technical capabilities of the country be more focused on development?

    I know that life is not just about survival; there are things that one spends resources on such as music and art and just plain old curiosity. But it is perverse to do things that increase one’s estimate of one’s technical capabilities when the more basic needs are neglected.

    There is place for scientific exploration and even space exploration. Developing the capability for orbiting satellites is important and urgent because it helps with communications and with remote sensing for a host of important earthly uses. Sending probes to the moon is pointless and stupid.

  7. Mr. Dey:

    Check out Mr. Shantanu’s post

    here’s an excerpt:

    How do you handle criticism from a section of the people that a poor nation like India shouldn’t be wasting money on projects like Chandrayaan?

    We have faced this question in the early phase of the programme. We are convinced that we are doing more service to the society than the money spent on the programme. But to doubly assure ourselves, we asked a school of economics in Chennai a couple of years back to make an assessment. The report they submitted was really mind-boggling. They found that what we have given back to the society in terms of products and services is something like one and half times more than the cumulative investment made on the entire space programme. Leave alone the infrastructure, the technology, the human resources and the various laboratories we have developed, if we add all that it is certainly more than five times spent on the programme.

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