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India Plans Mission To Probe Sun By 2020 146

An anonymous reader writes "India is planning a mission to probe the Sun before 2020. The nation launched a Moon mission a few years ago and sent a Mars mission late last year. From the article: 'Indian Space Research Organization has lined up over a dozen missions, including its first probe on the Sun, Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Friday. Though, the mission to probe the Sun was already on the cards, the agency now has a clear picture of its plan and had put a timeframe within which it hoped to undertake it, Radhakrishnan said, while addressing students at a private University here. He said the "Aditya" mission to the Sun had been planned between 2017 and 2020.'"
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India Plans Mission To Probe Sun By 2020

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  • by jma05 ( 897351 ) on Sunday March 02, 2014 @04:50PM (#46383433)

    Not really...

    a.) India always does it cheaper.
    b.) The capability will go towards providing commercial space services. Its a money maker, rather than a drain. India is already doing this.
    c.) The problem India has now is not so much as not having money. It does not have non-corrupt institutions to properly distribute the resources. They will improve as education improves in subsequent generations who will then elect better politicians, demand cleaner systems and more effectively fight for their rights. Projects like these inspire students.

  • Re:I Don't See How (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Sunday March 02, 2014 @09:22PM (#46384797) Homepage

    What nobody seems to be pointing out is that having a program to build rockets that can boost payloads into low earth orbit and beyond is exactly the kind of technology one needs to develop ICBMs and tends to be a bit more politically correct.

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