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IN Science & Technology ON 22 Jun, 2016
Elon Musk is quite famous for his plan of colonizing Mars for the human being. At the same time, he wants to make the earth a better place for everyone. Oh, the irony. He believes in, "Mankind was born on earth. It was never meant to die here."
Elon Musk founded SpaceX, a space exploration agency with a goal of creating the technologies to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars. But recently a rocket Falcon-9 from SpaceX crashed while landing and exploded. So, Elon Musk's company SpaceX must be failing somewhere, and he needs to figure it out before another space agency overtakes him.
Now you must be thinking which other space agency I'm talking about? Which other space agencies have the guts to overtake Elon Musk?
Well, this space agency is from world's biggest democracy - INDIA. India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is India's space agency headquartered in Bengaluru. ISRO was in world news earlier for their successful maiden mission - Mars Orbital Mission (MOM). ISRO was the planet's only space agency to successfully reach Mars on its first attempt.
You can imagine the efficiency of ISRO by just reading this fact, "India's mission to Mars cost less than the Hollywood movie Gravity." It was so cheap that it cost only 10% of what Nasa's Maven Mars mission cost?
Here, again ISRO is setting a new record with launching 20 satellites in a single PSLV rocket. Out of these 20 satellites, 17 satellites are from foreign countries which are far more developed than India but are still not able to launch their own satellites into orbit.
Let's see how ISRO is getting better with time.
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This morning ISRO launched 20-satellites from Sriharikota (AP).
Though factually speaking, SpaceX rockets are far better in terms of technological innovations. But, we need to appreciate a space agency like ISRO from a third world developing country doing a good work with limited resources.
ISRO is world's first choice for putting satellites into orbit most affordable.
That's why we need to know more about this amazing space agency. Though New York Times later apologized to India for this cartoon.
But I do respect Elon Musk and I hope he keeps doing the good work.