Sunday, November 29, 2009

ISRO to send Chandrayan-II in 2012-13

JORHAT, Nov 28: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to send Chandrayan-II in collaboration with Russia to the moon in 2012-13, and the Government of India has already approved the proposal, said Dr Jitendranath Gos-wami, principal scientist of Chand-rayan-1, at the Guest of the Month programme of the Jorhat Press Club here today.

Goswami said that after the end of the first Chandrayan mission on September 30 this year, the ISRO had gathered a lot of information about the moon, thus making India stand as a proud nation at the international space platform.

Goswami said that in its first moon mission, the ISRO had spent Rs 300 crore and used two instruments of NASA and one each of Germany and Bulgaria. On Chandrayan-11, the ISRO will use a Russia-made lander to complete the operation, he added.

Born in Jorhat, Jitendranath Goswami had his schooling from Jorhat Government HS School and graduation from Cotton College. He took Master’s Degree from Gauhati University and PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He is currently working as Director, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. He is the only member of India in the NASA space centre. THE SENTINEL

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