Rakesh Sharma says ready to join 'man mission to moon'

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Hyderabad, Sep 28 (UNI) The first Indian in space Rakesh Sharma today said he was ready to join the proposed 'Man Mission to Moon,' conceptualised by ISRO.

Talking to newspersons here, the Retired Wing Commander, who spent eight days aboard the Salyut 7 Space Station in 1984, said, ''It is ISRO's choice. If they give me an opportunity, I will join the Man Mission to Moon.'' Stating Indian space programmes focused on benefits for the common man, Mr Sharma said, ''I am proud to say that our country has reached a remarkable stage in space science.'' The space infrastructure developed in the country was outstanding and would be useful to explore more things in the future.

''We have not given priority to manned missions since space science developed in an unprecedented manner in the country.'' UNI

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