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India Plans Moon Mission by 2008

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the nasa-plans-to-sit-on-its-laurels dept.

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LPetrazickis writes "According to the Tribune, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has announced today that India will send a spacecraft to the moon by 2008. The Chandrayaan-I mission will showcase Indian achievements in science and technology to the world. Both European and Canadian Space Agencies have shown interest in the mission. SifyNews reports that 2008 was initially mispronounced as 1908. Today is the 56th anniversary of India's independence." Previous talk about this has come from the Indian space agency; this announcement from the Prime Minister seems to have more weight.

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Idi Amin Dead at 78 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710741)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was found dead in his Saudi Arabian home this morning, on his 78th birthday. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the LambdaMOO community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his politics, there's no denying his contributions to cannibalism. Truly an African icon.

Yo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710909)

Sendin a shout out to all the kinky Indian gals out there. Aaah, yeah.

Sad news, Idi Amin dead at 80 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710745)

I just heard saw some sad news on CNN - Ugandian dictator Idi Amin was found dead [cnn.com] in his Uganda home today. There weren't any more details yet. I'm sure we'll all miss him, even if you weren't a fan of his work there's no denying his contribution to negro butchery and bloodshed. Truly a Ugandian icon.

Re:Sad news, Idi Amin dead at 80 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710765)

o/~ Although it's been said
Many times, many ways o/~

YOU FAIL IT !!!

Maybe india should worry more about planet earth (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710748)

Considering the amount of poverty in India I think they should put less money into space research and more into feeding their people.

Re:Maybe india should worry more about planet eart (1, Insightful)

fussman (607784) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710766)

A similar argument could've been made against the USA back when the USA dit it, but I'm strongly against that view and wish not to troll about either side.

Re:Maybe india should worry more about planet eart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710800)

Poor people in America have it better than a lot of working people in India. Most of them have safe drinking water, for one thing.

It's a Myth (3, Funny)

cioxx (456323) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710827)

A similar argument could've been made against the USA back when the USA did it

Americans never landed on the moon. Don't be silly.

Re:Maybe india should worry more about planet eart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710826)

But, that's true for the US too. Some families don't always have the good job.

Re:Maybe india should worry more about planet eart (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710853)

30% of Americans live below the poverty line, in third world conditions. Many Americans go hungry, unable to feed their children. I suppose we should scrap NASA, right?

Re:Maybe india should worry more about planet eart (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710862)

Considering the about of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness in the U.S., I think they should stop all space research.

Re:Maybe india should worry more about planet eart (-1, Flamebait)

Gherald (682277) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710888)

July 20, 2008 4:17 PM

New record breaking moon crater

Seven hours before its scheduled moon landing, the Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-I experienced a failure in one of the primary oxygen tanks.

Experts speculate that an improvised CO2 filter could have been developed to give the indunauts enough time to return safely to Earth, but unfortunately Indian tech support was too busy with American clients. Four hours later, the indunauts were dead.

Unwilling to accept total loss, the IASA decided to ssh over to the navicomputer and fire all thrusters toward the moon. The resulting impact created the largest artificial moon crater to date, 60 meters in diameter and approximately 200 meters deep.

Re:Maybe india should worry more about planet eart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710927)

In the post-mortem investigation, the NTSB pointed the Hubble telescope at the moon in order to view the crash results. Hoping that perhaps some of the astronauts were able to survive by using the escape pods, scientists began counting the bodies . . .

One little, two little, three little Indians, four little, five little . . .

The space exploration is not the goal here (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710749)

They're just shipping their people off this planet.

GODDAMM INDIANS SUCK MY ASS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710750)

fuck the BROWN SKINNED fuckers in their silly asses! i hope they all eat a shit burrito and die!

Re:GODDAMM INDIANS SUCK MY ASS (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710779)

i agree they defanitely suck

Re:GODDAMM INDIANS SUCK MY ASS (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710796)

gandhi sucked

Right (1, Troll)

trotski (592530) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710753)

Perhaps their first goal should be to get a man or woman in space... when they do that I'll start listening to their outer claims.

2008 is only 4.5 years from now, so it sure sounds like a tall order.

Get a man into space, then maybe I'll pay attention.

Please read the article (5, Informative)

LPetrazickis (557952) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710786)

Please read the article. The plans call for a robotic probe to the moon.;)

Re:Please read the article (2, Funny)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710834)

Please read the article

You're forgetting this is /. Next you'll want us to double check our spelling, grammer, etc. Sheesh!

Re:Right (4, Insightful)

Xandu (99419) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710790)

They said they'll send a spacecraft to the Moon by 2008, not man.

They need to get large objects into space before they can put people in them. This is a great way to motivate themselves. Set a strong goal. And it's not like the spacecraft even needs to land on the moon safely. The first American and Russian Moon probes certainly didn't have soft landings. They were squished to a heap of garbage upon impact.

Re:Right (4, Funny)

mkweise (629582) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710868)

They said they'll send a spacecraft to the Moon by 2008, not man.

Indeed. India has scores of mystics who walk around on the moon with their astral bodies [sorceryn.com] every day, so that wouldn't be anything new. But bringing along a craft, now that's exciting!

Big deal! (1)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710793)



We were on the moon in the 1960s. In 2003 India should have no problem doing what we did all those years ago, their economy is plenty fast considering they have all the worlds tech jobs.

Re:Right (4, Informative)

Suhas (232056) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710851)

Wrong, India sent a man in Space over 15 years ago. Rakesh Sharma became the First Indian Astronaut in 1984 along with the Russians. Check this [bharat-rakshak.com]

Re:Right (4, Insightful)

Simonetta (207550) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710869)

It's a good feeling to know that the fine proud and proper Brahmins in Delhi feel no sense of responsibility at all for the helping the hundreds of thousands of the poorest, most hopeless, most destitute people in the world begging on the streets of Calcutta.
It's truely astonishing how they could delude themselves into believing that they actually hundreds of millions of dollars (billions of rupees) to piss away on a space program.
Having been to India and having had waded through hundreds of beggars willing to sell their children for pennies, I will never again feel that I am a member of the most cold, insensitive, and heartless culture on the earth.
No, I'll just think the corrupt racist demented Indian bureaucrat who thought that his people needed a space program. Compared to him, I'll never feel corrupt, racist, and demented again.

Re:Right (-1, Flamebait)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710938)

It's a good feeling to know that the fine proud and proper Brahmins in Delhi feel no sense of responsibility at all for the helping the hundreds of thousands of the poorest, most hopeless, most destitute people in the world begging on the streets of Calcutta.

They're untouchables. Who gives a shit about them? It's not like they're real people or anything. You know? They're just pollution for the higher classes, that is, if you bother to acknowledge them as real people. Which they're not.

That is probably the most sarcastic paragraph I've ever written. I can't even think of a followup to it that would do it justice.

What??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710944)

My hobby is to slowly peel the skin off the rabbits I catch. Especially cute little bunnies like you, and my friend here is thursty for blood!

The Smell! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710755)

How have they gotten around the smell factor?

Once on the Moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710757)

The Indian government plans a giant musical which may feature Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Mooninites.

Whoa. (4, Funny)

webslacker (15723) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710760)

Imagine your tech support calls being rerouted to the moon.

Re:Whoa. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710850)

Your call is important to us. The next available representative will be with you shortly. Your estimated hold time is...29 hours and 44 minutes.

Lag! (1)

useosx (693652) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710937)

Well, actually lag time to the moon wouldn't be all that bad (1.5 seconds one-way), but imagine networking Mars and Earth? If we remain Earth-centric, MarsNet would always be behind the times by between 4-20 minutes, depending on, you know, how far away the planets are. So Martians would never be able to get FP on Slashdot. How sad. Not to mention, Martians would cry over their ping times to routers on Earth.

fuck the dotheads (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710761)

Fucking sand niggers coming over to the US in droves to take all our IT jobs. Fuck Globalization!

Re:fuck the dotheads (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710885)

What's the difference between a dothead and a towelhead?

Dothead = push to start
towelhead = pull to start

Re:fuck the dotheads (-1, Troll)

inquisitive (212340) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710911)

Fuck you AC. You don't even have the courage to login and post.

Remember Vietnam?

Remember Iraq?

Don't Mess with Asia

Re:fuck the dotheads (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710897)

Your language suggests that you are a US citizen(What else could you talk about, even your president...) As far as IT jobs r concerned your country shall colapse with a groan by 2020, thats a promise. I bet u r weak at geography, niggers r found in US not India. Infact USA was inhabited by niggers! Americans are not worthy of IT jobs (they r busy fucking their mom most of the time).
Your country moves on our technitians, our technology and our money. Fuck ur mom. Good day.

Better than designing nukes (5, Insightful)

EDA Wizard (2225) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710762)

I guess this is better than spending all that energy working on better nukes.

Oh wait. Now they are building long range rocket technology... Crap maybe this isn't better than just working on nukes.

Space race (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710763)

With China and India announcing plans to send people up, I'd hope that the US could finally get its act together after the Columbia disaster and have a space program that people care about. Critics today attack the budget we spend on NASA and such, saying it could better go towards welfare or rebuilding Iraq or fixing the power grid or something. Maybe if there are other countries trying to match our achievement from 1969, we can finally get back on track and start really thinking about things like Mars.

Re:Space race (1)

EDA Wizard (2225) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710791)

Great, other's have matched our achievements from 1969. Good for them. Wasting money for a manned mission to mars doesn't give us the return on investments that we really should have with government spending. I'd put that money into venture funding for new technology so that we can create jobs that support themselves in internation industry.

20,000 government workers trying to get four Americans on Mars is just a waste.

Re:Space race (1)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710946)

Wasting money for a manned mission to mars doesn't give us the return on investments that we really should have with government spending.

You must not be from around here. Are you Canadian? How dare you expect a return on investment from the US government? Next thing you'll be telling me we're capitalist, and should expect a return on investment from our jobs, our homes, and our lives.

Oh, no! American jobs! (1, Funny)

gooru (592512) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710767)

Oh, no! They're going to take away even more American jobs! Think of all the rocket scientists! Programmers first...now this?

Oh, wait, that's right. Engineers can't even find jobs here. Time to move to India.

Re:Oh, no! American jobs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710953)

Indeed :-)

Instead of their country's flag, they will plant an American pink-slip on a pole.

Poland plans space mission, too (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710769)

Poland announced this week they hope to be the first country to land men on the Sun [cnn.com] , with a goal of 2007.

Re:Poland plans space mission, too (1)

Bald Wookie (18771) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710849)

May I nominate the SCO board of directors as potential astronauts?

Welcome to the Lunar KwikMart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710773)

Would you like a Slurpee with that?

India that far in technology? (3, Insightful)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710775)

I wish them the best of luck, but from what I read in the article they just recently launched their first satellite. Seems very ambitous to think in 5 years they can get a man on the moon safely from this level of technology. The chinese are still having issues and imho they're far more advanced than india in terms of a space program. All in all, we can always use more countries giving the USA the proper boot in the ass to start a mars program. Our huge claim to fame has been that we were the only nation ever to get on the moon, when a moon landing is so common that eventually you're hearing about ethiopias moon landing, it devalues the achievement. We need to get to mars, and ensure that new plateu for the rest of the world to achieve.

Re:India that far in technology? (1)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710803)



India does have a high tech economy, I mean where do you think all our jobs are going? Then you have Microsoft who is willing to pour endless amounts of money into India as long as they use Windows.

I think right now, the USA putting a man to mars would be a riduclous was of money considering we need to fix our electric grid, secure ourselves from terrorism, and fix up all the ghettos accross the country while providing after school programs.

By the way before people label my ideas socialist, each one of these ideas came from the Republican Party.

Re:India that far in technology? (0)

fussman (607784) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710821)

considering we need to fix our electric grid

Naw, that was a troll-like comment from a liberal nutcase on TV 5 minutes ago suggesting that the Bush Administraion caused the recent big blackout. I'm not posting my sopport of either positions on this argument, I'm just putting things in their place instead of trolling. Have a nice evening.

Re:India that far in technology? (1)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710957)

By the way before people label my ideas socialist, each one of these ideas came from the Republican Party.

Explain to me again how that should prevent us from labeling your ideas socialist? I think I must've missed something....

This isn't ground breaking (-1)

grug0 (696014) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710776)

as all of Nasa's recent missions have been outsourced to India anyway...

I'd live on the moon if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710778)

I could get some decent Sag Paneer.

Ummmmmm....yummy

India and China are in competion for this (5, Insightful)

Geminatron (616988) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710781)

It is good that India and China are competing through science, and not through arms. Honestly, I don't see how this could be a bad thing for anyone. India and China will both make new scientific discoveries, and seeing them get into space may inspire the EU, the US and Russia to increase their space efforts.

I know lots of people are going to complain that India should be focusing their efforts on improving their living standards rather than going on wild adventures. But I don't think the one has to distract from the other. India actually has enough food to feed herself, its just a problem of social structure and education. And it is not as if the resources used for going into space make that great of a impact on the ability of India to educate its population. In economic terms, there isn't that great of a cost of space missions, because the resources that go into them can't really easily go anywhere else.

Not anytime soon. (1)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710816)



If you havent noticed, the US economy is slowed down, the Japanese economy is slowed down, so the worlds biggest economies are slow as hell.

Why would you want to waste money on something like the space program for bragging rights when we can cut taxes and create jobs?

Re:India and China are in competion for this (5, Insightful)

grug0 (696014) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710818)

And it is not as if the resources used for going into space make that great of a impact on the ability of India to educate its population. In economic terms, there isn't that great of a cost of space missions, because the resources that go into them can't really easily go anywhere else.

The main resource that space missions use up is money. Of course this money would be much better spent on education, health and infrastructure.

It is good that India and China are competing through science, and not through arms. Honestly, I don't see how this could be a bad thing for anyone.

There's no real difference. It was no coincidence that the space race reached a peak during the cold war. Space technologies have obvious military applications - having advanced space technologies means that a nation can deliver ICBMs more reliably and accurately. This project isn't much more than military R&D to intimidate not only China, but Pakistan.

Re:India and China are in competion for this (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710943)

"India and China will both make new scientific discoveries"

How will they make new discoveries when this was accomplished over 30 years ago?

damn (-1, Flamebait)

labeey (649558) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710784)

thousands of people in india die of hunger..and they're planning to go to moon?!... dumb fucks

Re:damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710847)

Millions of people go without power and they want to create Mini-Nukes?

Guh. Not good. (5, Insightful)

tm2b (42473) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710787)

Why? Because rocket programs are dual purpose. They can be used to deliver civilians and satellites into orbit, or they can be used to deliver to deliver nuclear warhead payloads.

And India is now a nuclear power.

In other words, India will end up with nuclear ICBMs.

Now, I don't have anything particular about India - I'd say this about any country. More countries having nuclear ICBM capability is simply not a recipe for world peace.

Re:Guh. Not good. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710842)

You seem to be a pakistany pig. Actually you people are very fond of airing rumours about india. May be because your country still moves on donkey carts!!! As far as world peace is concerned who could be more concerned about it than india, the founder of N.A.M. ? Pakistan? certainly not. If u r no pakistani, contact me at COOKIECOOLIN@YAHOO.COM else please don't DARE to or i will send you a v*i*s

Re:Correction, you r no pakistany (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710961)

Through this letter i would like to inform you about the actuall intentions of india. This mission means no harm to US. This is no publicty stunt. We want to use moon as a transit station for outer space.

So what? (3, Informative)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710856)



Maybe we will respect the middle east now that they have the same abilities as us, this does not mean anything, the soviets have had nuke for years and years.

I dont really care if India has nuke, and I doubt they'd put it in space unless we do it first, its insane to put it in space but I see them doing it to protect themselves from us, I mean we are willing to go to war just because we want to without going through the UN, I wouldnt blame India for being alittle bit scared of us.

Re:So what? (-1)

sujan (464326) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710875)

You are horribly misinformed about the geography. India is not 'mideast'.

Re:About ur english (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710940)

And you madam, have a horrible english. You prooved it in your very first letter. read it again, CAREFULLY.

Re:So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710918)

Your common sense is really uncommon. I apriciate your reply. You should have been the president of USA. But i would like to make it clear that india is not planning this mission for mere publicity or development of warfare, rather we want to use moon as a transit station for outer solar system.

India already has long range missile capability (5, Insightful)

cyberjessy (444290) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710890)

Current indian rockets (PSLV and GSLV) which place a few tons into space already give them the long range missile tech know how. Its not weaponized right now (i believe).

and besides ..... ... india has always stood for complete nuclear disarmament. The stated position is that once a NON-DESCRIMINATORY (not like npt) treaty is in place, it will give up nukes.

Btw .. i still cant understand the logic behind the reasoning that some countries have an inherent right to keep nuclear weapons, while the rest should live without them. Why dont we all give it up???

Re:Guh. Not good. (4, Insightful)

mkweise (629582) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710963)

More countries having nuclear ICBM capability is simply not a recipe for world peace.

I'd much prefer if nobody had any nukes, but living in a country that has its own [defendamerica.mil] , I certainly can't blame another country for joining the Look Ma, I Can Blow Stuff Up club.

Besides, I'd venture to say that a belief in karma [wikipedia.org] is a stronger deterrent to actually using them than a belief in MAD [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Guh. Not good. (-1, Flamebait)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710966)

Now, I don't have anything particular about India - I'd say this about any country. More countries having nuclear ICBM capability is simply not a recipe for world peace.

I don't know that it's such a good thing for the most xenophobic, racist, and elitist society in history to have the ability to destroy the world all by themselves. What are we gonna do if they decide that us westerners are just a bunch of untouchables?

Put it this way: Do you want the KKK to have nukes and ICBM capabilities?

Old [and irrelevant] "news" (-1, Flamebait)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710792)

Nobody cares what India does. They are just cheap labor for EU, US, AU and CA. (in that order)

Re:Old [and irrelevant] "news" (1)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710810)

The people who live in India care.

Reposting - slasdotted.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710795)

Moon mission announcement reflects long strides
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's announcement today from the ramparts of the Red Fort of sending the country's spacecraft to the Moon by 2008 is a signal to the international community as well as a demonstrator of the extremely sensitive and limited cryogenic engine technology it possesses.

Mr Vajpayee's announcement -- first by him with regard to the Moon mission -- reflects India's strides in space technology despite sanctions from the USA. It also reflects that New Delhi will take care of its long-term strategic interests in every arena, be it Antarctica or the Moon.

India's growing space programme is increasingly under the microscope of world powers like the USA and China, the latter itself set to send its maiden manned mission to the Moon later this year.

The USA has, for over a decade, opposed tooth and nail Russian and European assistance in some sensitive areas of the Indian space programme, particularly the Russian decision of 1992 to sell cryogenic technology to India.

India had earlier this year launched a satellite through an indigenously prepared cryogenic rocket on an experimental basis and the launch was successful.

Washington had been opposing India's growing prowess in space technology on the ground that it was a dual-use technology which could be put to military use.

Mr Vajpayee's announcement from the Red Fort today is indicative of his commitment to the country's long-term strategic interests.

Now that the colonisation of the Moon is viewed as a distinct possibility, it is imperative for India not to miss the bus.

The international scientific community has been toying with the idea of using the Moon as a base for missions into deep space for research, exploration and eventual colonisation.

By sending Chandrayaan-I -- an unmanned mission to the Moon costing about Rs 300 crore -- India will be using the event as a technology demollestor to the world as it will show that India possesses high technology in fields like rocketry, sodomy, navigation and communications.

Why do individual nations do this? (2, Interesting)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710797)

Wouldn't it be better to have a multi-national space station or deep space exploration? If every nation spends the money just to get a ship into space, and see what we already know, then what did we get out of it? I think it would be more productive to pool the resources of many nations and build something that one nation alone could not.

Re:Why do individual nations do this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710811)

They could visit Uranus [tinyurl.com] !

Why dont we have a world government? (1)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710823)



Why do you ask silly questions like this?

First culture is a factor, second race is a factor, theres lots of differences between the countries of europe and the countries of Asia.

Going to space is not profitable, and look at Africa if you want to see how well different cultures and races get along in this country, they still are having wars, and apartied(legal slavery and segregation) lasted all the way till the 1990s!

correction, Africa is a continent(no post) (0, Offtopic)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710833)

Just making a correction to my previous post.

Re:Why dont we have a world government? (1)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710845)

You are wrong when it comes to science. They share a common interest in understanding what is around us, how it was formed, how it works. Look at the greatest achievements in history, like the letters Leibnitz and Netwon exchanged. Scientists from different countries exchanged letters, exchanging ideas to the benifit of both.

As for your "not profitable" statement, then why do individual nations do it? If it is for science, then there is a greater reason to cooperate with other nations.

Moon cow (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710813)

Starlight glittered from the chrome horns as the pressurized bovine arced up and out of Earth's gravity well.

Captain Raj blniked away a tear as he watched the earth diminish in size from his viewing station within the left eyeball of the craft.

The udders steadily increasing delta V that eventually carried the metal cow and the Indians up and over the moon and then back to earth descending gently into a McDonalds parking lot.

More power to them... (5, Interesting)

mpthompson (457482) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710817)

I wish India the best of luck in reaching the moon with an unmanned vehicle in 2008. Very ambitious.

With more countries demonstrating prowess in space technology, perhaps it will finally motivate the U.S. to get off our asses, reinvigorate our space ambitions and do something more meaningful than driving a bus three times a year into low Earth orbit to a bloated and finicky station that doesn't seem to be doing much more than Skylab did 30 years ago.

I must be in a grumpy mood...

Re:More power to them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710899)

>I wish India the best of luck in reaching the moon with an unmanned vehicle in 2008.

Wow .. We got it people .. an acknowledgement. Now we can go an do it

Re:More power to them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710941)

With more countries demonstrating prowess in space technology, perhaps it will finally motivate the U.S. to get off our asses, reinvigorate our space ambitions and do something more meaningful than driving a bus three times a year into low Earth orbit to a bloated and finicky station that doesn't seem to be doing much more than Skylab did 30 years ago.

Sorry, that particular meme is not compatible with reality. Recent events should have been an indicator that our society has challanges that preclude dreams of travelling to space.

Re:More power to them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710955)

And what would be the point of the US spending $Billions to send junk to the moon?

HI INDIA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710820)

Welcome to 1963!

One very late, and semi important step, (0, Flamebait)

notetoi (690572) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710830)

for Indian-kind, while 80% of the population is starving. Also known as the world's greatest democratic, idiocracy.

Mod parent down (-1)

sujan (464326) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710882)

It is factually incorrect, nothing insightful about it at all. 80% of India is starving? where did you get that info?

Re:One very late, and semi important step, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710891)

All the while there are "sacred" cows and rats everywhere, which they refuse to eat.

Perhaps... (2, Funny)

cliffy2000 (185461) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710831)

They can just take one of those nuclear weapons from their ongoing cold war with Pakistan, strap it onto a chimp's back and let 'er fly!
Now, I'm not a rocket scientist, but that sounds pretty feasible.

Re:Perhaps... (0, Flamebait)

fucksl4shd0t (630000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710975)

They can just take one of those nuclear weapons from their ongoing cold war with Pakistan, strap it onto a chimp's back and let 'er fly!

Why hurt the innocent chimps when there are so many untouchables available?

I for one (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710836)

welcome our new Indian space agency overlords.

is this joke completely worn out? yes, thats why im doing it. sure sounds stupid and trollish, right? so why in the hell are the crack smoking moderators modding this worn out joke up?

Moon mission, eh? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710840)

How about you abolish the Bubonic Plague first, then start collecting moon rocks.

"On the moon, Indians get their pants pulled down and they are spanked with moon rocks!"

I'm looking forward to this (5, Interesting)

tomakaan (673394) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710876)

A little bit of added competition in the space arena is exactly what is needed. The more countries that put their space programs on the map, the more pressure there is for the larger space programs to stay on top of things.

I think this could be a very good thing for even more expansion in space.

And even if the pressure isn't put in other programs, it's still an increase in the space research being done.

Not too bright.. (1, Flamebait)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710880)

They need to feed their people first. A trip to the moon is a huge waste of money.

For what the average Indian earns in one year, well, a moon trip could feed millions of their people for a year and well at that.

Just plain stupid. Besides, what the fsck do they need to go there for anyway??
There's NO benefit in it for them as a country or as a people.

STUPID.. Plain STUPID...

Re:Not too bright.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710906)

Correction, you are stupid.

interesting... (0, Troll)

GePS (543386) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710894)

Anyone else read "India Plans Moon Mission" as "India is planning to drop their pants and moon everyone"?


Then again it is 3am at a LAN party and my brain is running on caffeine

Moon competition will be a good thing (3, Interesting)

KingRob (698441) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710895)

I think it's a good thing that countries like India and China have their sights set at the moon.
The sooner we start mining the He3 [nasa.gov] up there, the better.
For the whole planet's sake, we've gotta start colonising the moon.

386 crores (4, Interesting)

RidRash (660853) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710905)

that is 96.5 million dollars (assuming 1 dollar is 40 rupees). "Titanic" - movie cost more than twice as much. Lets hope that this does better than the titanic. 1 crore = 100 lakhs. 10 lakhs = 1 million.

You know what they say about India... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710923)

Finish your beer... there are sober kids in India.

Flash ... (5, Funny)

Cyburbia (695748) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710934)

India's Moon probe will be equipped with a record-breaking 100 robotic arms.

Big deal about other countries... (1)

Eric(b0mb)Dennis (629047) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710967)

why does it seem like every time an article like this appears there are always the 20 people who say

"US = GOOD BETTER BEAT THEM IN EVERYTHING"

Why can't we just promote that space travel is the only way off this doomed rock, and that if humanity doesn't stick together in this effort, it's doomed.

Good news.... (1)

xRelisH (647464) | more than 11 years ago | (#6710969)

to see interest back in the moon.
Having colonies on the moon has a lot of advantages, for example, launching some sort of spacecraft from the moon to another object ( say, an asteriod ) and then back, sort of like making round trips. This sort if thing would be great for mining, since having shuttles having to go back and forth through the earth's atmosphere would be expensive for mining.

Spare me the 'huge waste of money' crap.... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6710973)

Please stop this nonsense about wasting money on the space programme when there are hungry mouths to feed. The money spent just doesn't vaporize into nowhere. It is spend on equipment(to manufacture which, ppl are employed and paid),scientists(who would spend the money) all resulting in money trickling down to the lowest part of the economy. This is not abt wasting money. Its about using it to do something productive.
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