India Moves Forward on Human Spaceflight as Scientists Eye Mars

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A couple of brief updates on ISRO’s activities:

India has begun the process of building a training centre for astronauts, designing a new launch pad and modifying the rockets as preparations for its ambitious manned flight to space gathers momentum.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has drawn up an outline for the training centre, which would come up near the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahally on the city outskirts, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair told PTI here.

Nair also told reporters that India plans to send its first robotic spacecraft to Mars between 2013 and 2015, KUNA reports:

He said the Indian Government has earmarked USD two million to carry out relevant studies for the purpose, thereby finding a viable route of the mission and other related details.

“Already mission studies have been completed. Now we are trying to collect scientific proposals and scientific objectives,” the ISRO chief told reporters.