ISRO gets green signal for manned space mission

New Delhi: Rs.12,400-crore manned space mission to the moon of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) got green signal from the Planning Commission.

The mission to moon is likely to launch by 2015 by ISRO. The decision has been taken after a meeting of Planning Commission and ISRO officials.

Speaking about the decision Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission said, "ISRO needs to be supported as it has done marvelous job in the field of Space Science, that's why Planning Commission will support it."

"An unmanned flight will be launched in 2013-2014 and manned mission likely to launch by 2014-2015," added Ahluwalia.

"We are planning to put persons in the vehicle and launch them into space for seven days in an orbit of 275 km," said Radhakrishnan Space Commission member and Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.

Besides ISRO, other agencies are also likely to take part in launching of the project.

Late last year, ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair had announced that India expected to accomplish a manned space mission in 7-8 years and would undertake its manned moon mission by 2020.

"Several countries have approached India to set up a common lunar research centre for conducting studies," informed an ISRO official.

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