US to Help India Reach the Moon
Outsourcing the Moon?
"US to Help India Reach the Moon"
: The US will cooperate with India on "Chandrayaan-1", the South
: Asian country's mission to the moon, a news report said Monday.
: The agreement will be signed during the visit of US President
: George W Bush to India beginning Wednesday.
: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman G Madhavan Nair
: told the Indian Express that a "lunar mission cooperation
: agreement" will be signed during the Bush visit.
: Nair confirmed that "an agreeable text has been arrived at and a
: Chandrayaan Specific agreement will be inked."
: The report said US's National Aeronautics and Space Administration
: (NASA) and ISRO had worked out a memorandum of understanding which
: paves the way for cooperation in Chandrayaan (which means
: moon-craft in Sanskrit).
: India has already agreed to launch two US payloads on the lunar
: About a dozen agreements in areas such as agriculture and
: biotechnology are due to be signed during Bush's visit. Bush is
: the fifth US President to visit India since the country achieved
: independence from Britain in 1947.
: ISRO plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon which will
: later take a polar orbit. The space agency announced last year
: that Chandrayaan will be launched by 2008.
: The 89 million dollar project is aimed at expanding the scientific
: knowledge about the moon, upgrading India's technological
: capability and providing challenging opportunities for planetary
: research, the PTI news agency reported.
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