Historic moment for country, especially for AP: CM

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Hyderabad, Oct 22 (UNI) Congratulating the Indian space scientists on the successful launch of Chandrayaan-I, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said it was truly a historic moment for the entire country and more so for Andhra Pradesh, since it was from the soil of this state the Chandrayaan-I lifted off successfully.

In a congratulatory message to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief Madhavan Nair, the Chief Minister said, ''I take this opportunity to wholeheartedly congratulate all the space scientists and all others connected with the Chandrayaan-I Mission.'' The whole nation is proud of you all today as India enters the Moon Club.

''I am happy that the launch was perfect and precise. With this, we have completed the first leg of the mission to the Moon.'' He said amidst joy and pride, ISRO was already looking forward to the year 2015, when it planned to have India's first manned space flight.

''ISRO is planning to send two humans into space (low earth orbit). This is a bit challenging. ISRO has already prepared a project report,'' Dr Reddy said and hoped this mission would became a reality by 2015.

Apart from a training centre in Bangalore, a new launchpad in Sriharikota would also be set up, he added.

The Chief Minister hoped the mission would help Indian scientists locate He-3, which had the potential to produce a large amount of energy.

The scientists hoped to transport it to Earth to run nuclear plants, he added.

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