India's date with Moon: Our new abode or a transit point?
After centuries of romanticising the Moon, mankind has been dreaming of colonising it. As our search for habitable planets still revolves around Mars, however, more space scientists are looking at Earth’s natural satellite as a layover point or a launchpad to farther expeditions.
India, which will launch its second lunar mission (Chandrayaan-2)on July 15, has been conducting research on various aspects of Moon, including building habitats there. We are interested in sending people to the Moon, Isro chairman K Sivan had said.
Among some serious work by the US, Europe and China is one on using local material to build structures on Moon and building bigger rockets to transport instruments and people. Nasa is leading most of these efforts, with 2028 as the target year.
Chandrayaan-2 will take Nasa-Isro ties to a new height
M Annadurai, the man behind Chandrayaan-1, earlier told TOI: “There’s serious thinking to use Moon as an outpost, just like missions in Antarctica. In the longrun, the space station is likely to be scrapped, and countries including the US are seriously considering building structures more permanent on Moon and working out of there. When it happens, we want India to have contributed.”
Isro has been thinking of building “igloos” on Moon. Earlier this year, Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said: “We’ll go to Moon in the next decade. When we go, we will stay. We’ll use what we learn as we move forward to Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.”
Senior space scientist P S Goel, however, is not so optimistic about such ventures in the near future. “Colonising Moon is slightly far-fetched as of now. But, using it as a transit point seems more realistic in the next five to ten decades. There are several engineering challengeslike how to generate energy for one—that must be overcome,” he told TOI.
China, which has soft-landed on Moon’s ‘dark side’, has been making significant strides. Scientists agree that humans on future lunar missions will be spending way more time than any of the Apollo missions (US has had 12 of them) did. But a lot of work is yet to be done to accommodate humans there, and this will be done in collaboration with serious space-faring nations combined with big private players like SpaceX.
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Mithilesh Kumar • 22 hours ago
All the best and good luck to the team of Chandrayan and Isro.
Jaspinder Singh • 18 hours ago
All the best ISRO. The only govt organisation which makes us proud.
Deadpool • 18 hours ago
ISRO is an inspiration and crown jewel of India. All the best. Jai Hind.
Govindbhai bheda • 15 hours ago
This is proud for to India.
Swarup Paul • 14 hours ago
THIS WILL BE GREAT ACHIEVEMENT OF ISRO. ALL INDIANS ARE PROUD OF IT. BEST OF LUCK TO TEAM ISRO.
Sital Rakshit • 14 hours ago
It will be a huge achievement if ChandraYan 2 become successful.
Mowgli • Jungle • 17 hours ago
Modi ji should launch a tea stall in moon.
Krishna Vasudevarao• 14 hours ago
Strong competitor is in the offing for US !!
PutSomeNameHere• India • 14 hours ago
NASA now has respect for ISRO and considers it a collaborator as well.
Niranjan Shah• 15 hours ago
Do we really need this Moon Mars expeditions at present juncture? Do we not have enough necessities at home?
Anand Gupta • 15 hours ago
One day indians will reach on mars without help of any other country.
narasarao • Hyd • 17 hours ago
Credit goes to Modi!
out Indian • Moon • 12 hours ago
No open defecation on the Moon. Keep Indians out
Thadou • 18 hours ago
Government can't feed it's people but they are spending a lot of money researching to live in space.
Dhairya • 15 hours ago
first fill the craters on Mumbai roads !! this is another way of running away from current problems
PutSomeNameHere• India • 14 hours ago
The current problem is ignorance. The potholes are just symptoms. Ignorance is the naivety that problems will be taken care of by just wishing it.
Sanmesh p • vadodara • 12 hours ago
It will be the world''s first expedition to reach the Moon’s south polar region....