ISRO learned from NASA’s past mistakes

Published: 13th September 2012 10:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th September 2012 10:52 AM   |  A+A-

The Chandrayaan I moon mission was a success because scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) were meticulous about the finer details of the project and learned from the mistakes made by space agencies such as NASA in the past, S M Ahmed, principal scientist with the Central Instrumental Laboratory, Hyderabad, said on Wednesday.

 Ahmed, who joined the Chandrayaan I project at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in 2005,  was delivering a lecture on the theme ‘The success story of Chandrayaan I’ organised by the Institution of Engineers, Thiruvananthapuram chapter.

 The mission gifted India engineering and technical advancements, revealed the presence of water, ignited young minds and provided unique business opportunities. The business of Antrix Corporation, ISRO’s commercial arm, tripled, when India became the fourth nation to send an object to the moon.

 ‘’We got spectacular five-metre images of the lunar surface. Never was the moon studied in such high resolution,’’ he said. In ‘inserting’ the Chandrayaan satellite into an orbit around the moon, ISRO scientists did a fabulous job, he said. ‘’That’s where (NASA’s) Ranger missions failed. ISRO scientists did it successfully. They learned from past mistakes,’’ he said. Ultimately, the moon mission also prepared India for another bigger target - Mars.

 Dr Verghese Kurien Remembered: Dr Verghese Kurien, the father of India’s white revolution, was remembered at the Institution of Engineers as a visionary and a brilliant businessman who single-handedly revolutionised milk production in the country.

Satish Babu and Amarnath Raja spoke on the occasion.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp