Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chandrayan not a failure: NASA astronaut

NASA astronaut Edward Michael Fincke on Friday said the Indian moon mission 'Chandrayan' was not a failure, but an "amazing success".
"There is a lot of speculation about the mission being failed. On the contrary, it was a success with 95 per cent of its objectives achieved," Fincke, a veteran of two missions in the International Space Station ISS), told reporters here.
"This not the official view but my own perspective as an astronaut and the fact that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was able to put a satellite to orbit the moon and plant the Indian Flag on the surface of the moon is indeed mazing," said Fincke, married to NASA engineer Renita Saikia whose parents hail from Assam.
The NASA astronaut, currently on a 11-day visit to the North East, interacted with nearly five thousand students and professors of schools, colleges, universities and the local IIT.
"NASA has sponsored my trip to the region. We can do a lot to promote interest in space exploration in the region. Personally, I will keep the communication open and we will find a way through different channels," he said.

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