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US keen on joining India

The US has submitted a proposal to participate in India’s planned lunar mission Chandrayaan – 1, which is expected to be launched by 2007-08. Besides the US, proposals have also been received from Canada, Israel and Europe, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, Mr. G Madhavaan Nair, told UNI.

“ We have received about 20-25 proposals for evaluation, including some from Indian scientists. We will take a view in another month’s time,” he said.

ISRO’s choice of partners for the mission would be based on the scientific merit of the proposal and also the ability to complement India’s own experiments, Mr. Nair stated. The Chandrayaan – 1 mission will involve sending a lunar orbiter to an orbit 100 km above the moon to map terrain, topographical and mineralogical features using a set of remote-sensing cameras.

Source: Business Line