India’s first space probe directed to the moon just started and at the same time India’s space program wrote history. India is back on stage so to say. India has been a very forward nation in middle ages, lots of science came from that place at that time, then the advance was lost in history. With launching this moon probe named „Chandrayaan-1“ successfully India showed the entire world what they are capable of. But there is more to it than some nice headline. ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organisation can be really proud now!
India is catching up
As space technology has always been some kind of measurement where a country is at India has made a statement that it is no longer a 3rd world country. The moon probe has yet not reached the moon, however everything is looking fine and there is only few doubt, that the Indians can’t make it to the moon. The main objective of „Chandrayaan-1“ is mapping the moon for resources like metals and helium-3. While this has been done countless times before, it is somehow another demonstration of technology. With this mapping India is repeating what Japan’s „Kaguya“ moon probe and China’s „Chang´e-1“ moon probe have done before. And of course the Western nations and Russia have done this before. The result of „Chandrayaan-1“ could be more than some beautiful maps.
The way from earth to moon of the „Chandrayaan-1“ moon probe.
„Chandrayaan-1“ could further destabilize the China – Pakistan – India triangle
Recently China has recently shown strong support for Pakistan, the smaller neighbour of huge India. Also India has some disputes with Pakistan. To get respect for themselves both India and Pakistan have developed and successfully tested nuclear bombs. However India has space technology while Pakistan doesn’t. China therefore has given generous support to Pakistan and heating up the situation.
At the moment I only hope this Indian moon mission is successful and everyone in the China – Pakistan – India triangle will cool down soon, maybe with a bottle of Qingdao beer. Why China doesn’t like India really is unknown to me. India is still far behind China, most parts of India are far more rural than any random place in China. Maybe China has some self esteem problem. Probably the government has, as it is not elected by the people.
Indian scientists work on the „Chandrayaan-1“ moon probe only few days before launch
India’s space plans
For 2011 India planned another moon probe, that time a Indian moonrover is planned to examine the moon surface in detail. Also the idea of sending humans into space is part of the Indian space programm, although no date for this is given so far. At the moment the leading Asian space nation seems to be China, at least when talking about manned space programs. China recently showed their space capabilities with Shenzhou 7. I’m looking forward what the Indian Space Research Organisation has to offer in the future.