PM Congrats ISRO for its 100th mission milestone
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after achieving a milestone of 100th indigenous mission of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday morning praises the organization and efforts of its scientists.
ISRO on Sunday morning at 9:51 a.m achieved a landmark of launching 100th indigenous mission. It launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - C21, carrying two foreign satellites today. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with minister in PMO Narayansamy were present in the agency at the time when PSLV- C21 took off.
Congratulating to scientists Prime Minister said that the work of the organisation was a source of inspiration to the entire nation.
Addressing the assembled dignitaries at the launch site in Sriharikota, Dr. Singh said, "The ISRO community has always been a source of inspiration to our country through its quest for the stars. I wish all of you the very best as you continue the journey to push the boundaries of science and technology, and reap its benefits for society and for accelerated social and economic development of our great country."
"I am delighted at having witnessed today's launch of India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - C21, carrying two foreign satellites. On behalf of all fellow Indians, I warmly congratulate the Department of Space and all members of the Indian Space Research Organisation fraternity for this spectacular success. As ISRO's 100th space mission, today's launch is a milestone in our nation's space capabilities," he said.
"I would also like to congratulate EADS Astrium of France and Osaka Institute of Technology of Japan for the successful launch of their satellites. The launch of these satellites on board an Indian launch vehicle is testimony to the commercial competitiveness of the Indian space industry and is a tribute to Indian innovation and ingenuity," he added.
Asserting that this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the commencement of our space programme, Dr. Singh said "I am also happy to see here today many stalwarts of our space programme in its earlier years, including the Project Directors of our initial space missions."
"Given the string of successes since then, we often forget how challenging space technology is and what a relatively new field it continues to be. India is justly proud of its space scientists, who have overcome immense odds to set up world class facilities and develop advanced technologies," he said.
"We owe a great deal to pioneers like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and Prof. Satish Dhawan. I remember working closely with Prof. Dhawan when I was a Member of the Space Commission in the late 1970s, and I am privileged to have had this long association with our space endeavours. It is befitting that this new state-of-the-art mission control centre has been named after Prof. Satish Dhawan," he added.
He further said questions are sometimes asked about whether a poor country like India can afford a space programme and whether the funds spent on space exploration, albeit modest, could be better utilized elsewhere.
"This misses the point that a nation's state of development is finally a product of its technological prowess. The founding fathers of our space programme faced a similar dilemma, but they persevered in pursuing their vision," he said.
"When we look at the enormous societal and national benefits that have been generated in diverse fields, there can be no doubt that they were right. Equally, I have no doubt that ISRO will build on these glorious traditions and scale still greater heights," he added.
--With Agencies Inputs--
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