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Asia's Space Program Is Heating Up

Photo: An Indian spacecraft takes off carrying the country’s first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1 last autumn

India Approves £1.7bn Plan To Launch Astronauts As Asian Space Race Heats Up — Times Online

India has approved a £1.7 billion plan to launch its first astronauts into space by 2015, in its latest bid to close the gap with China in what many see as a 21st Century Asian version of the Cold War race for the Moon.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will attempt to put two people into orbit 172 miles (275 km) above the Earth for seven days, according to a proposal approved by the Planning Commission at a meeting on Friday.

“ISRO needs to be supported as it has done marvellous job in the field of Space Science. That’s why Planning Commission will support it,” Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, told reporters.

“An unmanned flight will be launched in 2013-2014 and manned mission likely to launch by 2014-2015,” he said.

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First pictures by Chandrayaan-1

It was another proud moment for the country. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was shown the first pictures that were taken by Chandrayaan-1 through the Terrain Mapping Camera on Friday.

The TMC was operated in October through a series of commands, which were issued from the Spacecraft Control Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru.

The first images, which were received by the Indian Deep Space Network at Byalalu was later processed by the Indian Space Science Data Centre. The first images were taken at 8 am from a height of 9,000 km.

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