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India to join International Space Station

New Delhi, India: The Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan announced that India has been invited to partner in the International Space Station (ISS) that is scheduled for completion next year. He confirmed that India would initially be contributing instruments but, as of now, there were no plans to send Indians to the space station. India will be the sixth nation to join this USD 100 billion effort.
Earlier, ISRO’s Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) Director S K Shivakumar said that India should participate in this project. However, he added that ISRO will first do a feasibility study as to what they can and cannot do. Last year, then ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair had said that India planned to provide its own manned spacecraft to the ISS.
Currently, the ISS is a joint project between the space agencies of the US, European Union (EU), Russia, Japan and Canada. 
The mission envisages assembling a research facility in low earth orbit where experiments in biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy will be conducted. The project was initially planned to run till 2015, but now may be extended to 2020.
Source: Deccan Herald & NDTV