ISRO planning next inter-planetary mission
After India’s much hailed successful missions to the Moon and Mars that boosted its global standing in space, the next <g data-gr-id="10">inter-planetary</g> expedition to be launched is under discussion, according to ISRO. “Currently, discussions are going on...on Venus, Mars, any planetary system,” Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman <g data-gr-id="11">A S</g> Kiran Kumar told reporters, adding, an advisory committee headed by renowned space scientist U R Rao was looking into the issue. Scripting space history, India had on September 24 last year placed its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the red planet, making it the first country to succeed in the very maiden attempt. India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, was launched in 2008 and it helped confirm the existence of water on the Moon. A second lunar exploration mission <g data-gr-id="12">Chandrayaan-2,</g> is being planned for launch during the next two to three years.