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India will put man in space by 2016 – Will be 4th country to do so !

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After India successfully completed the unmanned Lunar Mission with Chandrayaana last year, ISRO chief has now announced that India will send a manned mission in space in next 6 years (by 2016).

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If at all India does it successfully it will only be the 4th country to do so since Russia first successfully launched the manned space mission on April 12th, 1961. The other countries to successfully do so are America (1961) and China (2003).

Space scientists and senior officials of ISRO are preparing a pre-project report to build the infrastructure and facilities for the mission, estimated to cost a whopping Rs.124 billion ($2.76 billion).  These funds will be allocated in 2 phases over next 6 years. [source]

Indian space prowess is steadily growing over last few years and it is something that we as Indians should be proud about. Last year, Chandrayaan-1 was the first to find large quantities of water on moon which was a significant boost for India in its space race against China.

One thing many people ask me – Why is India spending Millions of Dollars on space missions when half of the country is surviving below poverty line?

The answer is simple – the benefits and output of these space missions are in longer run going to prove beneficial to every citizen in every nook and corner of India. Space Missions can bring positive and beneficial changes to literally every sector – From Entertainment, Communication, travel to even Education field.

And then there are many indirect benefits as well, not to mention the bragging rights :)

Whats your opinion?

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  1. Muralidhar says

    Now the end of 2014, If so , they are sending a manned mission to space, i didn’t heard any news about it. No Chance before 2016 to send a man in space. Wait for some more years..!

  2. Ayush Sinha says

    Yup.. agreed to full extent. I too had a chance to read this foolish question, a few months ago. The answer is that everything should go hand in hand..

  3. Ayush Sinha says

    Yup.. agreed to full extent. I too had a chance to read this foolish question, a few months ago. The answer is that everything should go hand in hand..

  4. Counter point says

    Let’s be realistic. India’s Chandrayaan-1 was a total failure. The lunar probe was designed for a two years mission and it was disabled after only 10 months. The device that detected water on the moon was made by Nasa i.e. an American product. I see no Indian technology input in this. The only “Indian” involvement was the carrier Rocket that put the probe into space and maybe the satellite platform. But the other technologies, like command and control as well as the other made in India devices failed to perform well, that is the reason for the shorten life span of the Chandrayaan-1 program. To put man to space by 2016 sound more like a suicide mission. China is still way ahead in this field.

  5. Madhav Shivpuri says

    Arun,

    You mentioned “the benefits and output of these space missions are in longer run going to prove beneficial to every citizen in every nook and corner of India. Space Missions can bring positive and beneficial changes to literally every sector – From Entertainment, Communication, travel to even Education field.”.

    I want to know what does the space exploration mean to the country and to the common man, and how does the benefits you have mentioned come about?

  6. Jaspal says

    Rs.124 billion that’s lot of money .. why not use it in india for more work against poverty

  7. Vishal Sanjay says

    Thats wonderful, makes me feel really proud, but 2016 is a long time, I had expected somewhere around 2012. I don’t know much about space exploration, but I felt India is quite advanced and a man in space will be quite quick.

    Well I think India should not cut back on Space exploration, its true that India will not have much benefits atleast for the next 2 decades, but you see poverty and other problems in India are reducing steadily. So if you cut back on such developments, India will still remain backward as other countries would have mastered space. Hence, India will still be called as the third world.

  8. balaji yadhav says

    This is an investment for a projected space tourism industry in the future.If India does indeed succeed in breaching the space barrier we can kickstart the space tourism in the world as we would be able to provide space travel at affordable prices.already our rockets are 10 times less costlier than US or European rockets.So if we can succeed and able to do it at the cost advantages which we inherently possess .So go ahead India.

    1. Vishal Sanjay says

      This is just for the sake of exploration and some indirect benefits such as to show superiority. Space tourism will available some day, but definitely not for the next 10 – 15 years. Even after space tourism begins, it’ll just be the dream journey of the rich. It will take generations for it to be available for the common man.

  9. The_Observer says

    India has already sent people up into space but it was done on American and Russian orbiters. Unless ISRO has been secretly getting help from the Russians in the previous 10 years for the former’s own manned mission I doubt it that the 2016 deadline will be met. You don’t just make a manned module, put an astronaut in it, fire it on top of a booster rocket and hope for the best. There is a lot of testing and re-working to be done even with an adapted Russian capsule.

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