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India's Chandrayaan Lands Impact Probe On the Moon

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the peacock-has-landed dept.

Space 203

yaksha writes to tell us that the Indian Space probe, Chandrayaan, has become only the fourth nation to land a probe on the Moon. The 35-kg Moon Impact Probe touched down in what officials are describing as a "perfect operation." "Developed by ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre of Thiruvananthapuram, the primary objective of MIP is to demonstrate the technologies required for landing a probe at the desired location on the moon. The probe will help qualify some of the technologies related to future soft landing missions. This apart, scientific exploration of the moon at close distance is also intended using MIP."

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Moon Base Dell Support Center (3, Funny)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763803)

This is "Patrick". How can I be of assistance?

That's no moon.... (2, Funny)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763807)

It's Cheese!

(if you mod this down, the meme will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine)

Re:That's no moon.... (1, Flamebait)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763967)

Thank you! Come again!

Re:That's no moon.... (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764413)

Troll? Surely the Simpsons should be required knowledge before you get mod status...

Re:That's no moon.... (1, Troll)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764685)

Because I hit too close to their secret plans!

This probe is in reality the cornerstone for the first "Quickie Mart" on the moon!

:)

The first images.... (4, Informative)

sas-dot (873348) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764697)

Here are the first images from MIP.. Image 1 [isro.org] Image 2 [isro.org]

Indian Probe? (1, Funny)

AndGodSed (968378) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763825)

So how long before there is a bollywood musical on this?

Re:Indian Probe? (1)

Smackheid (1217632) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764011)

So how long before there is a bollywood musical on this?

That's not a bad idea. Plus, given Bollywood's prodigious output, it's very likely to happen. Should be interesting to see what the choreographers come up with to choreograph those Indian dance moves in big shiny space suits.

Re:Indian Probe? (3, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764465)

big shiny space suits

You haven't seen a lot of recent Bollywood cinema have you?

While the outfits are likely to be shiny, the ones worn by the women during dance scenes will be tiny.

Re:Indian Probe? (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764377)

Please let there be whalers involved.

Re:Indian Probe? (1)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764939)

They will have to try real hard to up this [imdb.com] one, even with all the cheesy musicals and all.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre of Thiruvananthapuram (0, Flamebait)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763833)

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre of Thiruvananthapuram

Run away, they're Klingons!

Re:Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre of Thiruvananthapu (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764895)

The place used to be spelled "Trivandrum" when written in English, since no one can pronounce the other name- Not even Indians from outside Kerala.
Malayalam is like many other Indo-European languages, you can join a couple of words together to get a new word. Thiru - means holy, Anantha - is infinite, is also a name in Indian myth, puram- place. So in all the name means "Holy Anantha's land" - it was so called because there is a big temple there .Britishers called it Trivandrum when it was capital of the Travancore (Thiruvithamcoor) dynasty .Now it is the capital of Kerala state and they decided to "keralize" the name again.

"Chandrayaan has become only the fourth nation..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25763837)

I didn't realize that Chandrayaan was a nation. Congratulations to them!

Landing? (5, Interesting)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763847)

I don't know if "landing" is the right term for it, exactly. That doesn't seem fair to people and devices that actually... don't splat when they "land."

How about (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25763881)

Indian Money Shot.

Re:Landing? (1)

powerlord (28156) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763903)

That was my first thought also.

On the other hand we use the expression "Land a punch" which is certainly not a soft feathery thing (we hope).

Re:Landing? (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764357)

Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.

Re:Landing? (2, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#25765021)

But nobody walked away from this one...

Re:Landing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764493)

If it "splats" and survives to send back information afterwards, I'd still call it a landing.

It's kind of like that old joke about flying aircraft: any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.

I ate some vindaloo last night (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25763871)

It left quite an impact crater in my toilet this morning.

The probe is a nation? (5, Funny)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763877)

the Indian Space probe, Chandrayaan has become only the fourth nation to land a probe on the Moon

It also must be the smallest nation to ever accomplish such a feat!

Re:The probe is a nation? (-1)

pseudorand (603231) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764151)

Yes, with a population of only 1,15B [wikipedia.org] , I don't know where they found the people to do it. Or maybe you were referring to the land area of a mere 1,269,210.

Re:The probe is a nation? (2, Informative)

ifdef (450739) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764219)

Read more carefully. India might have a population of 1.15 billion, but the probe itself does not.

Re:The probe is a nation? (0, Flamebait)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764351)

Read more carefully. India might have a population of 1.15 billion, but the probe itself does not.

They didn't wash their hands when building the probe.

Fun Fact (1)

tobiah (308208) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764241)

The Chandrayaan Constitution was twittered!

Re:The probe is a nation? (3, Insightful)

denttford (579202) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764249)

The probe is not a nation, nor is the EU.

Instead: "With the Chandrayaan-1 mission, the ISRO becomes the fourth space program..."

Which is it? (5, Funny)

paiute (550198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763879)

Is it a lander or did it impact?

When I book a flight, I want to know the landing time, not the impact time.

Re:Which is it? (4, Funny)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764029)

That's because they *can* tell you the landing time in advance. The impact time tends to be determined on rather short notice...

Re:Which is it? (1)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764551)

When someone asks you how far you'd get if you lost one of the engines, tell 'em "All the way to the scene of the crash! We'll beat the paramedics there by half an hour, we're haulin ass!"

(Credit Ron White for that.)

Re:Which is it? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764095)

It is MIP - Moon Impact Probe. The summary is bad. But that's no excuse not to read the linked story.

Re:Which is it? (1)

gnapster (1401889) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764103)

It was an impact probe that was dropped from a lunar sattelite, according to this article [www.cbc.ca] . Chandrayaan was apparently the name of the sattelite, not the probe, which is why it could land a probe despite not being recognized as sovereign in International circles.

CBC News: Now with more information and fewer typos than TFA!

Re:Which is it? (1)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764107)

They probably called it an 'Impact Probe' even though it's a lander because that way if it slams into the moon, they can just say 'Uhh ya that's what we meant to do'.

Re:Which is it? (1)

Xerloq (809159) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764621)

I hope you don't get on the flight if they give you the impact time.

Impact probe (1)

bastafidli (820263) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763885)

One thing I wonder about is why to spend all this resources to send an impact probe? I mean, why don't you send a probe which can do more and just in case fails and crashes, there you go, there is your impact probe.

Re:Impact probe (3, Informative)

sighted (851500) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764211)

Chandrayaan-1 is an orbiter that will be in operation for some time. The Moon Impact Probe just rode along. One purpose for the impactor was to serve as part of a dress rehearsal for a later soft landing mission. From the source announcement [isro.org] : "Weighing 34 kg at the time of its launch onboard Chandrayaan-1, the box shaped MIP carried three instruments â" a video imaging system, a radar altimeter and a mass spectrometer. The video imaging system was intended to take the pictures of the moonâ(TM)s surface as MIP approached it. The radar altimeter was included to measure the rate of descent of the probe to the lunar surface. Such instruments are necessary for future lunar soft landing missions. And, the mass spectrometer was for studying the extremely thin lunar atmosphere."

Re:Impact probe (1)

ijakings (982830) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764603)

As long as it doesnt carry and Anti-Mass Spectrometer I dont mind.

Re:Impact probe (2, Informative)

danene (1407515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764787)

Actually, the impact probe is actually an afterthought. The original plan included only the Chandrayaan which is a satellite which comprises of 11 missions (terrain mapping etc) for a 2 year duration. Indian ex-President Dr. Kalam suggested that perhaps a probe could also be added and the Indian Space Agency got quite enthusiastic about the idea. The real purpose is not to land or impact on the moon its the development of technologies to reach the moon and the 11 missions on the satellite. It is simply a precursor to landing a man on the moon which is planned for in the next 15 years. Why does it take so long you might ask ? 2 reasons, one cant obviously simply buy the technologies, and secondly the whole program is on the shoestring budget (this particular program including the development and deployment of all the technologies cost US $ 76 million).

In Other News.... (1, Funny)

TheNecromancer (179644) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763887)

Indian officials have announced the first 7-11 on the Moon will open in early 2009.

Re:In Other News.... (2, Informative)

tejaskokje (828874) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763915)

7-11 is not owned by India dumbo.

Re:In Other News.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764009)

Yeah but the stereo type is that an Indian guy works at 7-11.

Re:In Other News.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764087)

a) joke, tasteless though it may be
b) he didn't say India owns 7-11. Pakistan does.

Re:In Other News.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764205)

"You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent ... I'm not joking."

-- Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden

Re:In Other News.... (1)

sponga (739683) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764539)

It was a stereotype for awhile and it was true that a lot of people/families from India ran the 7-11's, when the mass immigration took place.
This is true about the dry cleaner also, it is a mostly dominated by Asians and there is some history to that but that's for another day, not racist it is just they dominate that industry.

Most of the 7-11's these days are run by the Indians because they have a lease from 7-11 for them, basically their family members run the business until they have enough money to buyout the establishment to run themselves.
What you are seeing now is a lot of those families who ran the business are now reaping the benefits of the hard work they put in to save up for the buyout(whatever it is called), replaced with the steady Mexican worker now.

I talked to a 7-11 clerk one day who explained that they own a couple of them and have worked their way up to it.

Living in Southern California you experience a lot of different nationalities and after walking into a 7-11 for the past 15 years to get coffee.

Re:In Other News.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764597)

Indian officials have announced the first 7-11 on the Moon will open in early 2009.

What's the purpose of such bigoted opinions?
Your jobs are going to India?
Sure they are -- you suck at it!

Re:In Other News.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765011)

Come on, I am from Kerala (the place the space station is at ) and I found the joke inoffensive.
We keralites migrate a lot, so the local joke was that when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, there was a keralite called Kuttappan running a teashop there.( its funnier in Malayalam since Kuttappan and Tea rhymes).
Now stop stealing our 7-11 jokes or we'll steal your 7-11 jobs :-)

Irrational Fear (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25763895)

Am I the only person who worries that when the Indians start getting their act together instead of subsidizing other countries with cheap intellectual talent that we're done for?

Re:Irrational Fear (5, Insightful)

colmore (56499) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764031)

Yes, if there's another successful nation on the planet, we're dooooooomed.

Talk about insecure.

Re:Irrational Fear (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764293)

"Done for" in what sense? Just because someone else gets it better doesn't mean you get it worse.

Re:Irrational Fear (1)

vidarh (309115) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764593)

Why worry? The more the Indian economy grows, the more employees it needs, the more salaries get driven up. Large Indian software companies are already helping drive up the cost of outsourcing IT jobs to India. Fair enough, it will mean more competition to some extent, but more likely it will long term drive up demand for IT skills worldwide (outsources are already scouring China, and even African countries are seeing investment - some Indian outsourcing companies are even sub-contracting to companies in these countries).

Re:Irrational Fear (5, Insightful)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764825)

Unfortunately, you're not the only one. A lot of people are deluded in precisely the same way. There's a old human instinct that gets misapplied in modern times such that when someone in Florida is successful, someone in Michigan gets excited about it, proud of the accomplishment and hopeful for his future prospects in the world, whereas if it's someone in Berlin or Baghdad or Beijing, the same person in Michigan gets depressed, takes no pride in it, and worries about his future prospects in the world. This never made a great deal of sense, and makes virtually none at all in the modern world with a global economy.

We enrich ourselves the most (both monetarily and culturally) through our interactions with those more closely on par with us economically. Our best trading partners are the G8, and we all profit immensely from their success. Our most harmful relationships, both for our own economies and citizens as well as for those we exploit, are with third-world nations. The imbalances in those relationships hurt us all in different ways.

The moral of this story is quite simple: the sooner India, China, and other third-world nations "get their acts together" and rise to "first-world" status, the sooner they come to be on par with us in the same way our G8 partners are, the richer we all will be. An impoverished and thus cheaply exploitable India is a far greater threat to us than opportunity -- a rich and prosperous India would be a far greater opportunity than threat.

Pround moment (4, Insightful)

tejaskokje (828874) | more than 5 years ago | (#25763937)

Wonderful day. Proud to be an Indian.

Re:Pround moment (4, Insightful)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764573)

Considering that this advances humanity (albeit just a little more, since we've done similar things before, but rarely), I think all of humanity can be proud of this.

Re:Pround moment (3, Insightful)

catbertscousin (770186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764803)

Congratulations! The more countries that study space, the better. The final frontier shouldn't be an elitists club; anyone with the dedication to develop and support a space program should be proud.

Re:Pround moment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764879)

> Wonderful day. Proud to be an Indian.

Someone needs to bring `whitey on the moon` up to date.

india has nukes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25763975)

India can put a probe in orbit around the moon and hit it with an impacter. they also have nukes. do i smell another cold war style arms race? i wonder how this makes China and Pakistan feel?

not saying, or hoping, it goes that route. however if you can get stuff to space and get stuff to the moon you can surely hit anything on the earth. India is now another player in that crowd.

Re:india has nukes (3, Informative)

Digitus1337 (671442) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764023)

This does not change India's status as a "player" in that respect. It does not need very much range at all to hit Pakistan or China. It is so close to Pakistan that it would be -very- difficult for either side to retaliate in the case of a nuclear attack if there was any amount of hesitation, which does make the situation dangerous (for fear of false positive indicators of an attack) but this does not change that.

Re:india has nukes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764079)

Someone's a bit jealous. Why do you have to bring nationalism into this?
How about just congratulate them for what they have done and move along.

Ahh.. American Relevance (1, Interesting)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764037)

ahh.. American Relevance in the new century fades a little more. Just hope we don't go kicking and screaming.
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Re:Ahh.. American Relevance (0, Troll)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764281)

ahh.. American Relevance in the new century fades a little more. Just hope we don't go kicking and screaming.

Oh $#@*! They're only 40 years behind us! PUT YOUR BACKS INTO IT, MEN!

Re:Ahh.. American Relevance (2)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764391)

Since the US has been sat on its ass gloating for 40 years they're not 40 years behind any more. I'd put them maybe two or three before they go for the moon shot.

Mod parent Funny (1)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764427)

Wish I'd saved a mod point earlier.

Re:Ahh.. American Relevance (2, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764285)

This should come as no surprise. Just as it should have been no surprise when the British Empire fell either.

It's very hard to understand why Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is not required reading for politicians and corporate leaders. If you depend on slave labor (in the US case, outsourcing) then ultimately your empire will fall. It's inevitable. And yet so avoidable. Eventually, there is a payback for greed, and this's just yet more proof that politicians are ultimately self-centered morons.

Re:Ahh.. American Relevance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25765045)

Or maybe, all empires eventually wane and decline -- regardless of whether they were dependent on "slave labor" or not??? I mean, its not like any other empires from the Roman era are still are around -- everything eventually dies. That's simply nature's way.

Re:Ahh.. American Relevance (1)

PaneerParantha (713034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764335)

ahh.. American Relevance in the new century fades a little more.

Oye yaar, vee did this fotty years after Amreeka. How does Amreeka's relevance fade a little more? You are still ahead of us. C'mon yaar, have some faith in yourself.

Can we finally... (3, Interesting)

RelaxedTension (914174) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764047)

Get some images from another country of the original American landing site? They have the probe in orbit, as does China. It would finally put to rest (or verify) the conspiracy theories.

Re:Can we finally... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764157)

As a moon landing denier, let me be the first to say that any such pictures would be fakes.

Re:Can we finally... (1)

jfengel (409917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764177)

You know they're not going to accept that, either. It would just prove that the conspiracy reaches even further. India is a US ally, after all.

Re:Can we finally... (1)

RelaxedTension (914174) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764375)

China, on the other hand, would probably love to be able to show the landing areas being completely devoid of equipment or flags. And, any pictures that are produced would be scrutinized, pixel by pixel, like the ones that were shown to be doctored by the Chinese last time.

Re:Can we finally... (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764453)

What about finally sending one of our own back there to verify any conspiracies friend or foe?

Re:Can we finally... (1)

RelaxedTension (914174) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764659)

No, because if NASA does it, we would then need to wait for another nation to land people there to see if the equipment is made of foam and plywood.

Re:Can we finally... (1)

mqsoh (1002513) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764565)

No, because they're all fake.

Re:Can we finally... (1)

Fumus (1258966) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764877)

And how exactly would you be able to tell if they photographed some untouched lunar surface and said the landing was a fake?

more people in poverty than population of USA (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764057)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_India

Why are they doing this again?
I get trying to inspire people but does this really help the people of India in any way?

Re:more people in poverty than population of USA (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764521)

Are you implying that if they hadn't done this, there would be less poverty in India?

Typical of the mods. (0, Flamebait)

DigitalReverend (901909) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764533)

They want to talk about all the shiny neat new tech stuff, but they'll mod you down for pointing out that the money was a waste and could have been spent somewhere else. If I had the points, I would have modded you up.

Re:more people in poverty than population of USA (4, Insightful)

argiedot (1035754) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764587)

You know, I'm going to tell you something. It may seem like the sensible option would be to take the space money and put it elsewhere, but that isn't true.

India's INSAT series have been very helpful in the past, and people were saying this when those were launched. ISRO has a nice commercial launch program and this will only improve perceptions of their ability and reliability.

That's all without pointing out the implicit false dichotomy in your comment. India can solve its problems, we, as a people, in incredible short sightedness, have chosen not to. Corruption is rampant, but the only people who can stand strong against it (the informed, educated middle class) is happy because they have good salaries. The poor cannot do anything, they have little power. The rich won't do anything, they benefit. We're in that lovely no-man's land where it is better for the individual to take what he's got and live it nicely. I don't mean this as a condemnation of any political philosophy, or India itself. I am Indian, and I am like this, and I can see that everyone else is, too.

Re:more people in poverty than population of USA (1)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764789)

Corruption is rampant, but the only people who can stand strong against it (the informed, educated middle class) is happy because they have good salaries. The poor cannot do anything, they have little power. The rich won't do anything, they benefit. We're in that lovely no-man's land where it is better for the individual to take what he's got and live it nicely.

So basically just like the US. Got it.

Re:more people in poverty than population of USA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764673)

So what, a country can work both the poverty issue and space issue.

Besides "According to the new World Bank's estimates on poverty based on 2005 data, India has 256 million people, 21.6% of its population, down from 60% in 1981 living below the new international poverty line of $1.25 (PPP) per day." That was 3 years ago, and the situation is getting better. AND 256 million is not higher than 295M ((US Census Bureau estimate based on 2000 census).

Search for what technologies were discovered from the US space program. Search also for how improvement in morale improves productivity and eventually helps the well being of a country and its peoples. A lot of people keep asking the same tired old question.

five stories below this one (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764115)

is a story fretting about nasa funding shortfalls under the obama administration

so the larger take home message is that yes, while the american space program is but a shadow of its former glory, the global space race is alive and well, with china with its space walks and india with its moon landings, rising in prominence. the eu, australia, japan, brazil... lots of nations are in the game, no longer is it a cold war chest thumping exercise between the ussr and the usa

well, its still a tribal chest thumping exercise, but there are a lot more chest thumpers ;-)

and you can fret that such a low brow motivation should fund such a high brow cause, but personally, i think in this case, the ends justify the means. with all of our problems we have in the world, its amazing we can get any space funding at all. and if we harness nationalistic pride to propel mankind into space, so be it. i don't care how we get there, as long as we get there. the higher and nobler causes can only be served by getting us into space

Shouldn't the story really say... (1)

TheLevelHeadedOne (700023) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764165)

India/Chandrayaan has become only the fourth nation to STAGE a landing a probe on the Moon...

Come on...you know that nothing has ever been on the moon but sunlight

Re:Shouldn't the story really say... (0)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764389)

mod parent up as funny!

Information vacuum (2, Interesting)

Jivecat (836356) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764209)

It might be nice if they had bothered with an official web site that contained any decent, up-to-date information about the mission. The "News" section is basically just the home page with nothing timely, and the latest entry on the "Press Releases" page is four days old.

Re:Information vacuum (0, Troll)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764627)

Ahhhh No.
They are scientists. No social skills (my next door friend works there).
Plus they are answerable only to the government. So their website is just for show.
Greatly skilled, but zero show off or showing off to own countrymen.
You would think they would have a museum or something, but no...their security actually drives you out if you even venture there.
Most indians dont worry or give a damn about these things.
We have more mundane things to worry about: The price of Gas has NOT come down from its rate of $3/- a gallon even when prices have declined worldwide. Our treasury guys say this is to recoup losses they had earlier!!!
Excusseee me! Since when was government run with profit in mind.
So in next 4 months we have elections where we plan to vote out these bastards and vote in some right wing nuts.
BTW we repealed our PATRIOT ACT 3 years ago, These right wing nuts will bring it back which we don;t want.
 

probes are nations now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764337)

<snark>

"the ... probe ... has become only the fourth nation to land a probe..."

</snark>

Ah... here come the stertypical comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764381)

An Indian success story and the standards comments will be

1. India is poor, why does it need to do this?
2. cliche 7-11 jokes
3. cliche call center jokes
4. comment of quality of Indian programmers.
5. comment on social problem completely irrelevant to the story.

Seriously - why is it so hard to just appreciate somebody and say something that is actually relevant to the story?

Re:Ah... here come the stertypical comments (1)

PaneerParantha (713034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764507)

"comment of quality of Indian programmers"
6. Comment on quality of English of Indians.

"Seriously - why is it so hard to just appreciate somebody and say something that is actually relevant to the story?"

It's the second stage of: first, they ignore you, second they laugh at you, finally they fight you and you win.

Re:Ah... here come the stertypical comments (1)

the100rabh (947158) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764541)

jealous egoists can never do anything worthwhile...marked flamebait

Re:Ah... here come the stertypical comments (1)

argiedot (1035754) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764625)

The answer should be obvious. Slashdot has a narrow selection of geeks, most of whom are into computers per se, rather than in other 'geeky' stuff. Hence, most stuff not related directly to computers results in stuff like this.

Read the exoplanet story comments [slashdot.org] from a few days back, for instance.

This calls for a celebration!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764499)

I'll have me a big, fat, juicy, steak!!!

Thanks nice... (-1, Troll)

Mr.Fork (633378) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764529)

Congrats India. Now get off your tv, and answer your call centre phone. I need help with IT support. :)

Re:Thanks nice... (2, Funny)

tejaskokje (828874) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764575)

Oh $hit..while you were on phone for IT support, your home just got foreclosed

Re:Thanks nice... (2, Funny)

PaneerParantha (713034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764605)

Good day Sir, this is Patrick only.
What do you need IT support for?
To start your foreclosure paperwork?

Re:Thanks nice... (1)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764695)

Excellent Dude!!! Great retort.

Re:Thanks nice... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764779)

Mod parent down for being racist.

A difficult job well done! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25764617)

Go India!

Litter (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764687)

There they go littering up the Moon again. It's bad enough that it's a 'fur sure dust catcher, but now it's becoming everybody's waste receptacle as well. What is the rest of the galaxy to think of us?

Does this have anything to do with: (0, Troll)

Toll_Free (1295136) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764693)

The Indian Anal Probe?

--Toll_Free

Asstronauty! (1)

shelterpaw (959576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764741)

I've seen a few moons I wouldn't mind probing.

Chandrayaan (1)

kulakovich (580584) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764863)

doot doooooo doo-doo-doo.
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