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Another launch success for India

The competition heats up: Using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket (PSLV) India successfully launched a French Earth-observation satellite on Monday.

The PSLV continues to be a very reliable commercial rocket for India’s government. That this launch was also witnessed by India’s new prime minister Narendri Modi — who also endorsed his country’s space effort in a public tweet — suggests that India’s space effort has a very bright future.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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2 comments

  • Competential

    An Indian friend in aerospace tells me that he is very optimistic for the future of India’s space program, politically and technically. The second space agency ever to launch a probe to Mars orbit, if that works out later this year. The Japanese have failed (to Mars, but they’ve succeeded to asteroids further away). The Chinese failed while piggybacking on a Russian mission. The Europeans piggybacked the Huygens lander on a NASA interplanetary spacecraft. Now ISRO is going to Mars by themselves.

    I think it proves that future space travel will be diverse, not cold war bi-polar.

  • Though I completely agree with you about the bright future of India’s space program, I must correct you. They will not be the second nation to fly a probe successfully to Mars’ orbit, should their Mars Orbiter Mission successfully gain orbit. Europe’s Mars Express orbiter has been circling Mars for years, taking excellent images and gathering tons of new data.

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