Chandrayaan likely to be launched by October: ISRO Chairman

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Chennai, Sep 7 (UNI) The much awaited Chandrayaan, India's maiden moon mission project, would be launched by the end of October if ''everything goes well'', Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhvan Nair said today.

Talking to newspersons after being honoured with a honorary doctorate by the SRM University at Kattankulathur, near here, Mr Nair said the ''space craft is in good health and if things go well, it will be launched at the end of October''.

He said the thermo-vaccum tests were going on well. ''We are aiming the launch at the end of October, but the only uncertainty is weather'', he added.

The launch was initially scheduled for September 18 to mid-October, but was delayed as alignments were considered key to a successful launch along with climate conditions. Only about three days, each month would provide favourable alignments, Mr Nair said.

Chandrayaan-2, which would involve a moon orbiter and a land rover, was already being planned for a 2011-2012 launch. Agreements had been signed with Russian space authorities and plans had started, he said.

Mr Nair said the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), acting as a nodal agency, was coordinating with the district administrations of Bihar, hit by floods, by feeding with vital datas on the flood situation.

After receiving pictures from the observation satellite, NRSA was sending data to the Bihar government with particulars of inundated areas and safe areas, where the people could be moved.

''We are doing it as a service to the people'', he said adding that since river Ganga was also in spate, there was delay in water receding in many areas in Bihar, Mr Nair added.

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