Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chandrayaan - 1 : The home run

Chandrayaan-1 has hit the home run. The Indian spacecraft, the 1st moon is now orbiting the poles of moon at an altitude of about 100 km. India has now made its presence felt at a distance of 3,84,000 km from the Earth (The distance of moon from earth). I was initially skeptical about the moon mission in terms of success, but the optimism and faith in India's talent kept my hopes alive and here it is, the grand show on an international platform of our determination, perseverance and talent.

The lunar mission carries five ISRO payloads and six payloads from other international space agencies including NASA, ESA, and the Bulgarian Aerospace Agency, which were carried free of cost.

This home run has made India victorious in the space age, but we still have a long way to go. On one hand we have highly qualified scientists, looking to explore moon and on the other is grim picture of riots, violence, poverty, crime and illiteracy, the last being the most important. This mission might have shown India's might, but has also highlighted the need to bridge the gap between the educated and illiterate, because to grow, we'll need to unite in the fabric of a secular, truly democratic and a literate India.Image courtesy: Wikipedia