Colony of Humans on Moon Possible in Future: Nair

Colony of Humans on Moon Possible in Future: Nair
With the discovery of water on the moon, there was a distinct possibility of humans setting up a colony in the nearest satellite from the Earth, former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said today.

The Chandrayaan-I mission's finding that large quantities of water were present in the polar region of the moon opened up the possibility of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, Nair said at the function to present him with the Malayali-2009 honour by Asianet News channel.

While hydrogen could be used as fuel, oxygen would help sustain life on the satellite. Initially, robots could be sent to the moon to study whether the moon's surface was inhabitable before sending human beings, he said.

"The finding of water on the moon's surface was the most important scientific truth India gave to the world," Nair said. The Chandrayaan-I could find out that the polar region of the moon had around 100,000 tonnes of water, he said.

Nair said Chandrayaan-I also proved the efficacy of international co-operation in space missions. The mission took two American and three European instruments to the moon which produced the desired results which showed that such joint ventures would be extremely useful in future study of planets and galaxies, he said.

Nair said India had produced great scientists since ancient days. However, there was a `dark period' from 500 AD till independence, after which the country could make tremendous achievements in the field of science.

In independent India, space programmes also received a big boost and developments in rocket, satellite and cryogenic technology that the country developed indigenously were remarkable, he said.

Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, who presented Nair with the Malayali-2009 honour, described the former ISRO Chairman as the pride of the nation. Nair had dedicatedly led a team of scientists in the country's space programmes, he said.

Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy and poet O N V Kurup also spoke.
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