Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nambi Narayanan has expressed his optimism about Chandrayaan-3, India’s upcoming lunar mission, hailing it as a potential game-changer and an inspiration to the world. Narayanan’s remarks come as India gears up for the launch of its ambitious moon mission, aiming to avoid the setbacks encountered during Chandrayaan-2.
Narayanan emphasized the significance of a successful Chandrayaan-3, stating that it would not only boost India’s position in the global space business but also serve as an inspiration for nations worldwide. He expressed hope for its success, remarking that India would become the fourth country, alongside the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union, to achieve a successful lunar landing. Such an accomplishment would not only contribute to the economy and the development of the space sector but also enhance India’s share in the $600 billion industry, which currently stands at 2 percent.
Highlighting the role of private players in space technology, Narayanan praised their contribution, noting that it broadens the scope for startups and increased funding. He further suggested that India could become a destination for foreign startups, fostering collaboration and innovation in the space industry.
Reflecting on the importance of indigenously developed technology, Narayanan underscored that self-reliance is essential for a country’s survival. He emphasized that India’s spending on space missions, when compared to other nations, is relatively low, further emphasizing the significance of achieving success with limited resources.
Narayanan also advocated for the establishment of an Asian Space Agency (ASA) similar to the European Space Agency (ESA), which would undertake more ambitious space missions. He proposed the creation of such an agency, with or without China’s participation, to leverage collaborative efforts in advancing space exploration and research.
Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled for launch on Friday at 2:35 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The mission aims to rectify the shortcomings experienced during Chandrayaan-2 and accomplish a successful soft landing on the Moon. As the launch approaches, ISRO scientists visited the Tirupati Venkatachalapathy Temple with a miniature model of Chandrayaan-3, seeking divine blessings for the mission’s success.
The anticipation surrounding Chandrayaan-3 underscores India’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of space exploration and scientific discovery. With the nation’s eyes set on the lunar surface, the success of the mission could further elevate India’s stature in the global space community, paving the way for future advancements and inspiring generations to come.
Sources By Agencies