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India should be proud of Chandrayaan: ISRO

August 30, 2009 23:02 IST

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair today said the country should be proud of Chandrayaan-1 for being a successful low-cost planetary mission.

"Most of the missions are expensive between 1 and 1 USD billion. India can be proud as Chandrayaan-1 was less than USD 100-million mission," Nair told reporters shortly after the mission was formally called off.

"We started the Indian mission inviting queries, the response was very good. We spent USD 85 million, while USD 30 million was spent by the other partners," he said.

Through its maiden Rs 400 crore moon mission, Chandrayaan 1, India has set a very good example, the ISRO chief said.

"No country has done mission of this kind for less than USD 500 million," said Nair, who was talking to reporters on the eve of the start of the eighth international conference on Low Cost Planetary missions.

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